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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Grant County Records Inventory

Water Rights Records

1862-1985

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 (e.g., length of time, usage). Original water rights certificates are filed with the Oregon Water Resources Department.

Records at the Grant County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Adjudication Claims Settled by Decree [John Day River Water Rights Records-includes adjudications, certificates, petitions, exceptions, and objections-records transferred from county clerk to watermaster], ca.1913-ca.1961 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Concerning John Day River Adjudication [includes transcripts of testimony, bills of execution, and original evidence-title varies], 1887-1959 (2 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Misc. Exhibits [Miscellaneous Exhibits and Files-includes water rights cases], 1925-1940 (2.25 cu.ft.);
[Water Rights Record], vol. G, 1971-1985 (1 inch of aperture cards).

Records at the Grant County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Mining Records Canyon Creek and Marysville [includes water rights], 1862-1863 (1 volume);
Mining Claim Record [includes water rights-with index], vol. C, 1864-1879 (1 volume);
Mining Record Canyon Creek and Marysville [includes water rights], 1862-1863 (1 volume);
Water Rights Record [also indexes volume G-with index], vol. C-F, 1900-1971 (4 volumes).

Records at the Grant County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Side Room:
[Mining Record-includes river claims, bills of sale, bank claims, gulch claims, and water rights], 1862-1865 (1 binder).

Records at the Grant County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Break Room:
Water Rights [Record], vol. G, 1971-1985 (1 inch of aperture cards).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Adjudication Claims by Decree [John Day River], vol. 1, 1910 (FamilySearch.org);
Adjudication Claims by Decree [John Day River], vol. 5-17, 1885-1931 (FamilySearch.org);
Adjudication Claims [Strawberry Creek], vol. 1, 1913-1961 (FamilySearch.org);
Exceptions [Water Rights Adjudication], 1930-1932 (FamilySearch.org);
Mining Record Canyon Creek and Marysville [includes water rights-with index], 1862-1863 (FamilySearch.org);
Objections [Water Rights Adjudication], 1931 (FamilySearch.org);
Petitions for Organization of Irrigation District [Starlight Irrigation District], vol 1, 1913-1961 (FamilySearch.org);
Water Rights Record, vol. C-F, 1900-1970 (FamilySearch.org).

 

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