Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Grant 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, race, 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 Grant County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Coroner's Inquests [and Reports-title varies], ca.1867-ca.1943 (4 binders);
Coroner's Reports and Inquests, 1879-1888 (1 binder).

Records at the Grant County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Coroner's Examination, 1909-1955 (.25 cu.ft.).

State Archives • 800 Summer St. NE • Salem, OR 97310