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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Douglas County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1851-[ongoing]

Series documents all administrative actions of the board of county commissioners and the county court. In most counties, the board of county commissioners has assumed the administrative duties and responsibilities of the county court. Administrative actions include levying taxes; budgeting; approving appropriations; appointing county officials; approving officials bonds and annual reports; receiving petitions and remonstrances concerning county roads; defining and establishing county roads; calling bond elections for the construction of county buildings; compiling jury lists and conducting hearings; approving salaries and expenses of county officials; confirming elections; and issuing licenses for such things as liquor, ferries, warehouses, and groceries. The series may be referred to as the County Court Administrative Journal, Commissioner's Minutes, County Court Docket, or Board of Commissioners Meeting Records.

The Commissioners Journal Proceedings are indexed and searchable back to 1980 on computer in the Clerk's Recording Office. Document images are available back to circa 1974.

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Recording Office:
Commissioners Proceedings, 1967-2002 (310 reels of microfilm);
County Court Journal Daily Recordings [serves as register-title varies], 1958-1982 (2 volumes);
County Court Journal Microfiche [Index], 1980-2000 (1 binder of microfiche);
County Court Journal [title varies], vol. 1-20, 1853-1954 (20 volumes);
County Court Journal [Umpqua County], vol. A-C, 1852-1863 (1 reel of microfilm);
County Court Journal, vol. 1-28, 1853-1966 (17 reels of microfilm);
Index to County Court Proceedings [title varies], vol. 1-4, 1853-1979 (4 volumes).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives:
Commissioners Proceedings, 1967-2006 (344 reels of microfilm);
Commissioners Proceedings [Journal and Index-title varies], 1980-2001 (13 reels of microfilm);
Commissioners Proceedings [Paper Version], ca.1944-present (162 cu.ft.);
[Commissioners Proceedings Umpqua County], vol. A-B, 1851-1860 (1 reel of microfilm);
County Board [Journal of Commissioners of Umpqua County], 1852-1860 (1 volume);
County Court [Administrative Journal Papers], 1911-ca.1979 (11 cu.ft.);
County Court Indexes [to Journal] , vol. 1-4, 1853-1979 (1 reel of microfilm);
County Court Journal [Commissioners Proceedings], vol. 1-371, 1853-2006 (278 reels of microfilm);
County Court Journal [Douglas County Journal], vol. 1-3, 1853-1881 (1 reel of microfilm);
County Journal [Umpqua County-administrative], vol. C, 1860-1863 (1 volume);
Roads and Maps [County Board-Umpqua County Court Journal], 1852-1860 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Umpqua County Court Journal], vol. A-C, 1852-1863 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1259 [Douglas County Board of Commissioners Minutes-transcription of original], 1853-1867 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mss. 1259 [Umpqua County Commissioners Journal Minutes-transcription of original], 1851-1860 (1 reel of microfilm).

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