Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Harney County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals


Series documents all administrative actions of the board of county commissioners and the county court. In most counties, the board of county commissioners has assumed the administrative duties and responsibilities of the county court. Administrative actions include levying taxes; budgeting; approving appropriations; appointing county officials; approving officials bonds and annual reports; receiving petitions and remonstrances concerning county roads; defining and establishing county roads; calling bond elections for the construction of county buildings; compiling jury lists and conducting hearings; approving salaries and expenses of county officials; confirming elections; and issuing licenses for such things as liquor, ferries, warehouses, and groceries. The series may be referred to as the County Court Administrative Journal, Commissioner's Minutes, County Court Docket, or Board of Commissioners Meeting Records.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Commissioner's Minutes, 1889-1893 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Commissioner [Journal-title varies], vol. L-N, 1977-1987 (.25 inch microfiche);
Commissioner's Docket, vol. 1-2, 1893-1917 (2 volumes);
Commissioners Journal, vol. A-L, 1889-1979 (14 volumes);
Comm Journal [Commissioners], vol. P-T, 1993-2006 (ca.135 sheets of microfiche);
County Court Journal, vol. A, 1889-1919 (1 volume);
County Court Minutes, 1957-1961, 1963-1970 (3 volumes); 1974-2008 (ca.175 sheets of microfiche); 2012-2013 (1 cu.ft.);
County Courts Minutes, vol. 3, 1964-1979 (1 volume);
Current Year County Court Minutes, 2014-present (.75 cu.ft.);
Index Commissioners Journal, vol. 1, 1933-1967 (1 volume);
Index to Commissioner's Journals, vol. 1, 1889-1933 (1 volume);
Index to Commissioners' Journals, vol. 2, 1966-2010 (1 volume);
Journal County Court Minutes, 1945-1956 (1 volume);
Record [County Court Minutes], 1929-1944 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
[Commissioners Journal] vol. A-H, 1889-1958 (4 reels of microfilm); ca.2000-2010 (9 reels of microfilm);
[Commissioners' Journal, vol. L-T, 1979-2006 (5 inches of microfilm jackets); 2007-2011 (1 inch of microfilm jackets);
Comiss. Journal [Commissioners], 1997-1998 (1.20 cu.ft.);
[County Commissioners' Minutes], 1889-1893 (1 reel of microfilm);
[County Court Minutes], 1974-2009 (3 inches of microfilm jackets); 2006-2008 (3 reels of microfilm);
County Court Minutes [includes orders and resolutions-title varies], 1940-2011 (19 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Court Old Jail File Room:
County Court Journal Juvenile [Administrative and Judicial Journal-includes adoptions, mental commitments, widow's pensions, water rights, civil and criminal judicial actions, and administrative actions], vol. B, 1920-1963 (1 volume);
County Court Register & Fee Book Juvenile [includes administrative and judicial actions in early years-includes attachment information-with index], vol. A, 1889-1979 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Web Site:
County Court Minutes [Administrative], 2007-present (Internet).

Records at a Related Web Site:
County Commissioner's Journal, vol. A, 1889-1893 (Familysearch.org).


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