Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Douglas County Records Inventory

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats


Series documents surveys of county land by the county or licensed professional surveyors. Records include log books, field notes, and plats. An index may also be included. Information includes survey dates; who the survey was for; donation land claims; township, range, section, and survey numbers; a history of previous surveys made for the area; descriptions of land, vegetation, and soil; landmarks; metes and bounds of tracts surveyed; and surveyor's names. Plats also include corner restoration marks, scales, dates created and filed, and donation land claim owners.

The Survey Access & Retrieval System maintained by the Surveyor's Office includes assessor maps, city street maps, condominium plats, dedicated street maps, land partition plats, railroad right-of-way maps, subdivision plats, survey plats, county road maps, corner survey plats, GLO/BLM plats and notes, and Donation Land Claim notes dating from ca.1853 to the present.

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
[Assessor's Maps-modified to act as visual indexes to surveys], ca.1865-present (32 volumes);
[B.L.M. Field Notes and Plats-Bureau of Land Management], 1857-1998 (5 binders of microfiche);
BLM/GLO Plats East Ranges [Bureau of Land Management/General Land Office Survey Record], ca.1899-present (1 volume);
County Surveyor Field Notes [Bureau of Land Management], vol. 1-56, 1857-present (56 volumes);
County Surveyor Record Field Notes Donation Land Claims [title varies], 1853-1889 (2 volumes);
County Surveyor's Record, [Original Record], vol. 2, 1916-n.d. (1 volume);
County Surveyor's Record, vol. 00, 1-5, 1868-1968 (6 volumes);
Field Books [County Surveyor], ca.1880-ca.1940 (ca.115 volumes);
[Filed Surveys-Case Files-includes plats and supporting documentation], 1916-present (ca.100 cu.ft.);
[Filed Surveys up to Drawer 161-some include field notes], 1921-present (ca.12000 plats);
Geodetic Control [Record-with geodetic control index map], 1927-present (12 binders);
[GLO/BLM Survey Plats-General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management], ca.1853-present (15 volumes);
Index Govt Field Notes [Government-serves as visual index], ca.1853-n.d. (1 binder);
Old Linen Ownership Maps [includes Oregon & California Railroad Lands, Homesteads, and Donation Land Claims], n.d. (1 volume);
Mineral Survey Info. [Information-Bureau of Land Management-with index], n.d.-1998 (1 binder of microfiche);
Roll Maps Series [Filed Surveys-large scale], 1955-present (250 maps);
TR [Survey Index Cards-includes entries for filed surveys, corner surveys, subdivisions, partitions, and road surveys-by township and range], ca.1860-present (5 cu.ft.);
Wilford Haines Books [Drain Area Survey Filed Books-donated], ca.1954-ca.1990 (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives:
Roads & Maps [Surveyors Maps-includes corner renewals and boundary line adjustments], 1990-1992 (1 reel of microfilm);
Surveyor's Field Bks [Books], ca.1897-ca.1992 (7 reels of microfilm);
[Surveyor's Office Permanent Records-includes filed surveys and corner survey records], 2001-2004 (7 reels of microfilm);
Survey Records, vol. 3, 1920-1928 (1 volume).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Cartography Room:
[Surveyor's Field Notes], n.d. (3 reels of microfilm);
[Surveyor's Filed Surveys-Copies], ca.1921-2005 (ca.54 cu.ft.).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Assessor's Basement Vault:
[Surveyor's Record-Copies], 1868-1968 (7 binders).

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).


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