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.
Since 1965 mining claims have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).
Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives:
Index [to Mining Claims-Direct and Indirect], 1857-1964 (1 reel of microfilm);
Land Patents [also includes mining notices], 1888-1901 (1 reel of microfilm);
Liens on Mining Claims [with index], vol. 1, 1893-1913 (1 volume);
Mining Conveyances [Mining Record], vol. 1-18, 1857-1964 (18 reels of microfilm);
Mining Conveyances [with index], vol. 1-5, 1857-1963 (3 reels of microfilm);
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 Recording Office:
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 [title varies], vol. 4-14, 1891-1955 (11 volumes);
Mining Conveyances, vol. 1-4, 1887-1958 (4 volumes);
Mining [Conveyances-with index], vol. 1-5, 1857-1963 (2 reels of microfilm);
Mining [Record-with index], vol. 1-18, 1857-1964 (18 reels of microfilm);
Misc. & Mining Claims [Miscellaneous Record-some with index], vol. 1-3, 1857-1891 (3 volumes).
Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Government Land Office Records [Abstracts from ca.1850 to ca.1938 including donation land claim, mining claim, and homestead information-by Genealogical Society of Douglas County], 2005 (2 volumes);
Mineral Survey Info. [Information-Bureau of Land Management-with index], n.d.-1998 (1 binder of microfiche).
Records at a Related Web Site:
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).