Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Douglas County Records Inventory
Mining Claim Records
Series documents actions filed with the county related to mineral interest claims. Types of actions include mineral rights and royalty assignments, mineral interest claims, lease releases, interest stipulations, corrections, bills of sale and conveyance assignments, and location notices. Information includes names of involved parties; action types and dates; and volume and page numbers. The series may also include copies of claim location notices giving descriptions and details of individual claims.
Beginning in 1965 mining claims were recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). The Douglas County Geographic Information System includes a variety of GIS-based mapping information related to land corner restoration, contours, soils, parcels, townships, Donation Land Claims, Homesteads, mining claims, roads, highways, reservoirs, and other features as well as assessor map and aerial photograph information.
Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives Storage Room:
[Land Patents-also includes water rights and mining notices], 1885-1910 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mining [Conveyances Record-with index], vol. 1-5, 1857-1963 (3 reels of microfilm);
Mining [Index to Mining Claims-Direct and Indirect], 1857-1964 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mining [Record], vol. 1-18, 1857-1964 (18 reels of microfilm).
Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Records Vault 115:
Liens on Mining Claims [with index], vol. 1, 1893-1913 (1 volume);
Mortgage [Record-also includes mining claims and stock marks-with index], vol. 0, 1852-1861 (1 volume);
Record of Delinquent Assessments Mining Claims, 1906-1935 (1 volume).
Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Genealogy Room:
Index to Mining Claims [also indexes Mortgage Record vol. 0-zero], vol. 1, 1852-1900 (1 volume);
Index to Mining Claims Direct, 1857-1955 (1 volume);
Index to Mining Claims Indirect, 1857-1955 (1 volume);
Index to Mining Claims, vol. 2-3, 1955-1983 (2 volumes);
Index to Mining Conveyances, 1887-1983 (2 volumes);
Mining Claims [Record-title varies], vol. 4-14, 1891-1955 (11 volumes);
Mining Conveyances, vol. 1-4, 1887-1958 (4 volumes);
Misc. & Mining Claims [Miscellaneous Record-some with index], vol. 1-3, 1857-1891 (3 volumes).
Records at the Douglas County Justice Building, Surveyor's Office, Room 105:
Mineral Survey Info. [Information-Bureau of Land Management-with index], n.d.-1998 (1 binder of microfiche).
Records at Related Web Sites:
Index to Mining Claims Direct [includes document images], 1857-1955 (familysearch.org);
Index to Mining Claims Indirect [includes document images], 1857-1955 (familysearch.org);
Mining Claims [Record-includes document images], vol. 4-14, 1891-1955 (familysearch.org);
Mining Conveyances [Record-includes document images], vol. 1-4, 1887-1960 (familysearch.org);
Miscellaneous and Mining Claims [Record-includes document images], vol. 1-3, 1857-1891 (familysearch.org);
Online Land Records [includes various federal land survey records related to Oregon such as survey plats and field notes, mineral surveys, and historical indices], ca.1850-present (Bureau of Land Management).