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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Douglas County Records Inventory

Coroner and Inquest Records

1896-1972

Series records the results of the examination of a corpse by the county coroner at the request of the county sheriff. It also documents the proceedings and results of inquests ordered by the district attorney. Reports include date filed; name, age, sex, color, parentage, and birthplace of deceased; date, place, and time of death; names of undertaker and coroner; testimony; and costs. Early reports were narrative accounts detailing the cause of death. After 1900, a standardized form was used for reporting results. Inquest transcripts include coroner and juror names, signatures, and actions; witness names; testimony; and verdict. Coroner and Inquest Records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives:
Douglas County Death Inquest [Abstracts from 1890 to 1949-by Genealogical Society of Douglas County], 2010 (1 binder);
[Index Inquests], 1896-1972 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Inquests and Reports], 1896-1972 (10 reels of microfilm);
Inquests [and Reports-Coroner], no. A-Z, 1-2114, 1896-1972 (5 cu.ft.);
Inquests Index, 1896-1972 (1 binder).

Records at the Douglas County Justice Building, 3rd Floor Trial Court Records Room:
Inquests [and Reports-Coroner], 1896-1972 (11 reels of microfilm).

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