Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Douglas County Records Inventory

Coroner and Inquest Records


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 Oregon State Archives:
Inquests [and Reports-Coroner], no. A-Z, 2-2114, 1896-1972 (3.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives Storage Room:
[Index Inquests-Coroner], 1896-1972 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Inquests and Reports-Coroner], 1896-1972 (10 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Library/Microfilm Room:
Douglas County Death Inquest [Abstracts from 1890 to 1949-by Genealogical Society of Douglas County], 2010 (1 binder);
Inquests Index, 1896-1972 (1 binder).

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

Records at a Related Web Site:
Coroner's Inquest Index [includes document images], 1896-1972 (familysearch.org);
Coroner's Inquest [and Report Records-includes document images], no. A-Z, 2-2114, 1896-1972 (familysearch.org).


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