Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Harney County Records Inventory
Mining Claim Records
Series documents actions filed with the county related to mineral interest claims. Types of actions include mineral rights and royalty assignments, mineral interest claims, lease releases, interest stipulations, corrections, bills of sale and conveyance assignments, and location notices. Information includes names of involved parties; action types and dates; and volume and page numbers. The series may also include copies of claim location notices giving descriptions and details of individual claims.
Since 1984, mining claims have been filed as part of Clerk's Recorded Instruments (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). A separate index of claims was maintained by the clerk until circa 1998.
Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
BLM Geographic Index [Mining Claims-Bureau of Land Management], ca.1931-1993 (1.25 inches of microfiche);
Index to Miscellaneous Microfilmed Records [includes references to military discharges, mining claims, mortgages, and related records], 1980-1984 (1 volume);
Mineral Survey, 1985 (9 sheets of microfiche);
Mining Book, vol. M-T, 1979-1987 (.30 inch of microfiche).
Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Index to Mining Microfilmed Records, 1989-ca.1998 (1 volume);
Mining Books, vol. Q, 1982-1984 (.25 cu.ft.); vol. R, 1985-1986 (.10 cu.ft.); vol. T, 1987-1988 (.25 cu.ft.);
[Mining-Record], vol. A-H, 1891-1959 (4 reels of microfilm); vol. M-U, 1978-1982 (3 inches of microfilm jackets);
Mining Record [with index], vol. A-N, 1891-1979 (14 volumes).
Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Mineral Rights Appraisal Cards-includes Official Description of Real Property cards on mining claims], 1980-1997 (4 cu.ft.).
Records at a Related Web Site:
Online Land Records [includes various federal land survey records related to Oregon such as survey plats and field notes, mineral surveys, and historical indices], ca.1850-present (Bureau of Land Management).