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, Clerk's Office, Side Room:
Coroner's Inquest [Records], vol. I-V, 1867-1955 (5 binders);
Coroner's Report & Inquest [Records], 1876-1932 (1 binder);
Coroner's Reports [title varies], 1886-1910 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Coroners' Inquests, vol. 1-5, 1867-1955 (FamilySearch.org);
Coroners' Inquests with Index, vol. 1-2, 1867-1888 (FamilySearch.org);
Coroners' Reports, vol. 1, 1879 (FamilySearch.org).


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