Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Gilliam County Records Inventory
Water Rights Records
Series documents the authorization by the state and local governments for the use of public waters. Series includes water rights, licenses, and certificates of water rights issued by the state and filed with the county. Records may include alphabetical indexes to the certificates, transcripts, statements, evidence, and other records specifically related to water rights cases heard by circuit and appellate courts. Information includes names of individuals proving water rights; locations of water rights including the township, range, and section number; descriptions of land under such rights; and limitations of appropriations of rights and use of rights (i.e., length of time, usage). Original water rights certificates are filed with the Oregon Water Resources Department.
Water right location notices are interspersed in the wooden cabinet holding trifolded records in the courthouse lower vault to the left of the door upon entry.
Records at the Gilliam County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
John Day River Drainage-Gilliam, Sherman, and Morrow Counties [Water Rights Records-includes abstracts, permit applications, certificates, and related records], 1869-ca.1990 (1 binder);
Rock Creek Water Control District No. 1 [Record-includes petitions and orders], 1964-1980 (1 volume);
Water Rights Certificates [with index], vol. 1, 1911-1971 (1 volume);
Water Rights Certificate [with index], vol. 2, 1959-1985 (1 volume).
Records at the Gilliam County Courthouse, Lower Vault:
Findings and Order of Determination of the State Engineer [John Day River and Tributaries], 1930 (1 volume);
Findings and Order of Determination of the State Engineer [Willow Creek and Tributaries], 1910 (.10 cu.ft.).