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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Harney County Records Inventory - Scrollable Version

The following information is based on an July 2008 inventory:


Addresses and links to offices and repositories listed in the inventory:
Main Harney County Web site: http://www.co.harney.or.us/

Assessor's Office: Courthouse, 450 N Buena Vista Ave, Burns, OR 97720;
Burns-Hines School District No. 3 Administration Building: 550 N Court Ave, Burns, OR 97720;
Circuit Courtroom Cabinet [Trial Court]: Courthouse, 450 N Buena Vista Ave, Burns, OR 97720;
Clerk's Offices and Basement: Courthouse, 450 N Buena Vista Ave, Burns, OR 97720;
Commission on Children and Families Director's Home Office: No public access. Contact the commission office;
Commission on Children and Families Office: 24 Fairview Heights Loop Rd, Burns, OR  97720;
County Fairgrounds, 4-H Exhibit Building: No public access. Contact the county fair office;
County Fairgrounds, Hibberd Building, Fair Office: 69660 S Egan St, Burns, OR 97720;
GIS Program Office: Courthouse, 450 N Buena Vista Ave, Burns, OR 97720;
Harney Behavioral Health Office: 348 W Adams, Burns, OR 97720;
Harney County Courthouse (All offices): 450 N Buena Vista Ave, Burns, OR 97720;
Harney County Historical Museum: 18 W D St, Burns, OR 97720;
Harney ESD Library (Education Service District): 25 Fairview Heights Loop Rd, Burns, OR 97720;
Oregon State Archives
: 800 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97310;
Planning Department Office: Courthouse, 450 N Buena Vista Ave, Burns, OR 97720;
Sheriff's Office: 485 N Court Ave, Burns, OR 97720;
Surveyor's Storeroom: No public access. Contact the planning department for information on accessing surveyor records;
Tax Collector's Office: Courthouse, 450 N Buena Vista Ave, Burns, OR 97720;
Trial Court Office: Courthouse, 450 N Buena Vista Ave, Burns, OR 97720.



Note: Titles listed in this inventory are exactly as they appear on the outside of a volume, box, drawer, or other container. If the title is only in brackets [ ], the record has no external identifying information. Text inside the brackets includes either exact title information from the inside of the volume, box, etc. or a functional title.

 

Aerial Photographs

1965-1994

Series provides visual documentation of changes made to county lands through development and by natural and man-made disasters. The photographs are taken at intervals along a series of flight paths to attain coverage of all or part of a county. They generally include flight path or township, range, and section numbers; show natural and man-made features; and are produced in black and white or color prints to varying scales. An index by quadrant may also be included.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Aerial Photographs], ca.1979 (ca.500 photographs); 1994 (ca.400 photographs);
[USGS Aerial Photography of Burns-United States Geological Survey], 1975 (1 photograph).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
[National Wetlands Inventory Maps-United States Department of Interior-includes some orthophoto maps-in flat file cabinet], ca.1985 (ca.200 maps).

Records at the Harney County Historical Museum:
Bonneville Power Line Glass Slides [Aerial Photographs], 1965 (.50 cu.ft.).

 

Animal Bounty Records

1909-1921

Series documents the payment of county and state bounty money to individuals who presented the scalps and other prescribed body parts of targeted predatory animals. The program was intended to control the threat to livestock. Examples of targeted animals include coyote, cougar, mountain lion, panther, wildcat, bobcat, lynx, and wolf. Records include registers, affidavits, certificates, and statements. Information includes claimant and affiant names; kind of animal; number of scalps; date killed or presented; and number, amount, and date of warrant. The records are also referred to as scalp bounty records.

Beginning in circa 1915, animal bounty information was included in the Commissioners Journals (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Bounty Record Harney County, 1909-1921 (1 volume).

 

Assessment and Tax Rolls

1885-[ongoing]

Series documents the assessment of real and personal property, the determination of tax liability, and the collection of county taxes. Assessment, tax, and delinquent tax records are variously labeled as rolls, lists, or summaries. Records show property owner; description and value of urban and agricultural land, personal property, and livestock; assessments, equalizations, and taxes due; and notations on payment and delinquency in payment of taxes. Beginning with 1900, counties have only been required to retain permanently those assessment and tax rolls for years ending in "0" and "5."

The Assessment Roll, Tax Roll, Tax Register, and Tax Collection Register may contain both assessment and tax information.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Assessment Roll, 1893 (1 volume);
Tax List, 1889-1892 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Assessment and Tax Roll, 1934-1935, 1941-1958 (78 volumes);
Assessment Roll, 1890-1910, 1913-1919, 1921-1933, 1935 (138 volumes);
Assessment Rolls, 1984-1992 (20 inches of microfilm jackets); 1993-2002 (3 inches of microfiche);
Assessment Tax Roll, 1911-1912 (4 volumes);
Continuing Real Property Assessment Roll [Cards], 1968-1975 (6 cu.ft.);
Delinquent Tax Roll [documents Grant County until 1889], 1885-1893 (1 volume);
Old Tax Roll Ledgers [Continuing Cards], 1978-1984 (1 cu.ft.);
Tax Collection Register [title varies], 1913-1914 (2 volumes); 1916-1921 (6 volumes); 1941-1942 (1 volume); 1952-1965 (8 volumes);
Tax Register, 1965-1971 (3 volumes);
Tax Roll, 1893, 1895 (3 volumes);
[Tax Roll], 1958-1963 (6 reels of microfilm);
Tax Roll [and Assessment Roll-Continuing], 1958-1983 (29 cu.ft.);
Tax Roll Assessment, 1934-1940 (36 volumes);
Tax Rolls, 1984-1993 (20 inches of microfilm jackets); 1999 (1 inch of microfilm jackets);
Tax Rolls [Continuing-title varies], 1958-1983 (12 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Assessment Roll, 1894 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Tax Collector's Office:
Tax Roll [includes some tax statements], 1984-present (20 inches of microfiche).

 

Attachment Records

1889-1951

Series documents liens placed on real property by the county to satisfy debts. Attachments are ordered by the circuit court and authorize the sheriff to seize or transfer property to satisfy debts such as loans, mortgages, or tax liens. The sheriff will hold the property in trust until the debt is paid or the property is sold. Information includes defendant name, statement of attachment, property description, statement of return when attachment is satisfied, return of execution, dates attachment is issued and returned, court order, and sheriff's signature. Attachment records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Attachment Certificate Record [with index], vol. 1, 1902-1951 (1 volume);
Attachments Filed [Record], vol. A, 1889-1920 (1 volume);
Attachments on Real Property [Record], vol. A, 1889-1902 (1 volume).

 

Census Records

1900

Series documents the population, property, and agricultural production of the county. Records may include census rolls and abstracts, farm schedules, abstract of assessment and census, enumeration of inhabitants and industrial products, and enumeration of inhabitants and military enrollment. Information includes number of males and females per age category; head of household; name, age, and gender of household members; occupation and relationship of household members to head of household; and description and value of real and personal property. Information may also include nationality, physical description, birthplace, health, and religion of household members and agricultural production statistics.

Records at a Related Web Site:
Harney County Federal Census Transcription [partial], 1900 (US GenWeb Project).

 

Circuit Court Case Files

1888-1985

Series documents cases heard before the circuit courts and the U.S. district courts. U.S. district courts were administered by the federal government during the territorial period and subsequently replaced by the circuit courts upon statehood in 1859. Case files include exhibits, transcripts, indexes, and legal documents such as indictments, subpoenas, fee bills, articles of agreement, bonds, summons, executions, petitions, and injunctions. The case files document civil and criminal actions such as debt, theft, divorce, land claims, arson, murder, rape, assault and battery, and boundary conflicts. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Transcripts [Oregon vs. Edward L. Oliver], 1898 (1.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Circuit Court Case Files [Law, Equity, Misc.-includes mostly civil and some criminal and unnumbered case files-title varies], no. 1-5306, 1888-1963 (89 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Transcripts], 1890-1976 (5 cu.ft.);
Complaint Suit in Equity [Mott vs. Stafford Circuit Court Case Record No. 2903], 1930-1932 (1 volume);
Jim Appling vs. City of Burns [Circuit Court Case Records No. 6996], 1976 (.30 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom Cabinet:
[Circuit Court Case Files-Civil], no. 5307-8315, 1963-1983 (30 reels of microfilm);
[Criminal Files-Circuit Court Case Files], no. 469-1423, 1947-1985 (6 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Criminal Cases [Files-includes other numbered and unnumbered case files-title varies], no. 1-468, 1907-1947 (4.65 cu.ft.);
[Divorce Decrees-and Returns], ca.1950-1958 (.10 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Circuit Court Transcripts], 1913-1953 (1 cu.ft.);
Peter French Papers [State vs. E.L. Oliver Murder Trial Records], 1898 (.15 cu.ft.).

 

Circuit Court Dockets

1889-1984

Series records brief entries about the proceedings of court cases. Information includes date; plaintiff and defendant names; cause of action such as larceny, assault, divorce, or receivership; attorney names; and final disposition of the case. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the state court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
[Circuit Court Docket-very large], no. 1700-2999, 1921-1933 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Register and Fee Book, [with index], vol. A, 1889-1902 (1 volume);
Equity Docket [Civil Docket], vol. 1, 1889-1910 (1 volume);
Law Docket [Civil Docket], vol. 1, 1889-1910 (1 volume);
Record of Trials Circuit Court Equity [with index], vol. 1-2, 1960-1983 (1 volume);
Record of Trials [with index], vol. 2-7, 1921-1981 (6 volumes);
Trial Record, vol. 1-2, 1889-1920 (2 volumes).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Criminal Docket, vol. 1, 1889-1924 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom Cabinet:
[Circuit Court Criminal Docket], 1911-1957 (30 sheets of microfiche);
[Circuit Court Criminal-Docket], vol. A, 1983-1984 (3 sheets of microfiche);
[Circuit Court Docket], 1889-ca.1922 (1 reel of microfilm);
Circuit Court Register and Fee Book [Index], vol. B-P, 1911-1984 (1 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Register and Fee Book-title varies-with index], vol. A-P, 1889-1984 (6 reels of microfilm); vol. A-P, 1889-1984 (2 inches of microfiche);
[Circuit Court Register and Fee Book-with index], vol. O, 1980-1983 (13 sheets of microfiche);
[Criminal Docket-with index], 1911-1957 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Register Criminal A], 1983-1984 (1 reel of microfilm).

 

Circuit Court Journals

1889-1984

Series records chronological narratives of the proceedings of the court including actions taken such as decrees, judgments, arrangements, sentences, dismissals, and grand jury reports. Information includes plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; term of court; character and date of case; case number; and date of issue. The term "judgment" refers to judicial decisions regarding the verdict, decision, or judgment rendered by the court and is distinct from those judgments relating to the recovery of court costs and awards (see Judgment and Execution Dockets). Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
[CCJ-Circuit Court Journal], vol. A-O, 18, 1889-1960 (8 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Journal, vol. A-C, 1889-1904 (3 volumes); vol. 16-37, 1955-1979 (22 volumes).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom Cabinet:
[Circuit Court Journal Index], ca.1889-n.d. (6 sheets of microfiche);
[Circuit Court Journal], vol. D-O, 1904-1957 (1.25 inches of microfiche); 1983-1984 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Journal-with index], vol. D-O, 1904-1957 (5 reels of microfilm);
[Index to Circuit Court Journal-Direct and Indirect], 1889-ca.1922 (1 reel of microfilm).

 

Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings

1889-1979

Series documents the recording of a variety of legal documents filed in the clerk's or recorder's office. These documents were not required to be filed with the clerk and often included filings such as birth and marriage certificates of individuals who were born or married outside of the county but wanted the document to be filed in their county of residence. Other documents include wills, obligation bonds, quit claims, deeds, conveyances, mortgage satisfactions, agreements, charters, partnership dissolutions, contracts, powers of attorney, liens, leases, marriage licenses, military discharges, ministerial certificates, medical personnel licenses, birth and death certificates, and affidavits of publication. Information includes dates filed, names of individual filing, types of action, and volume and page number where recorded. Series may also include alphabetical indexes of individuals filing a recording. Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Miscellaneous Files [includes entries for naturalization], vol. A, 1889-1929 (1 volume);
Index to Miscellaneous Record, vol. C, 1962-1979 (1 volume);
Miscellaneous Record, vol. A-G, 1889-1978 (7 volumes);
Misc. Record [Miscellaneous], vol. G, 1963-1978 (12 sheets of microfiche).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
[Index to Miscellaneous-Record], 1889-1903 (1 reel of microfilm);
Index to Miscellaneous Record, vol. B, 1929-1962 (1 volume);
[Miscellaneous Book G-Record], 1964-1978 (10 sheets of microfiche);
Miscellaneous Record, vol. G, 1964-1978 (1 volume);
[Misc.-Miscellaneous Record], vol. A-F, 1889-1960 (4 reels of microfilm);
Receiving Book [serves as index to Miscellaneous Record], 1892-1914 (1 volume);
Record of Fees Received [also acts as index to Miscellaneous Record], vol. 8-22, 1926-1967 (14 volumes).

 

Clerk and Recorder Official Filings

1984-[ongoing]

Series documents the filing of transactions, authorized by statute, with the clerk or recorder of the county for the purpose of making the transaction a matter of public record. Information includes dates filed, type and description of transactions, filing numbers, names of parties involved, amounts charged or assessed, and clerk or recorder's signatures. Series may also include alphabetical indexes that contain volume and page numbers where recorded and names of individual filing transactions. Transactions include records that were previously maintained separately, such as mortgages; deeds; military service records; federal, mechanic's, and road improvement liens; mining claims; satisfactions; judgment assignments; notarial commissions; medical and ministerial licenses; oaths; and affidavits of publication. This series is commonly referred to as the Book of Records.

Deeds, mortgages, liens, military discharges, and mining claims make up the majority of filings in this record series. Since 1984, these records have been filmed together and indexed on computer in the clerk's office.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Direct Index [to Clerk's Recorded Instruments], 1984-2006 (6 volumes of computer printouts);
Indirect Index [to Clerk's Recorded Instruments], 1984-2006 (6 volumes of computer printouts);
Instruments [Clerk's Recorded-copies], no. 195480-1956643, 840000-20061362, 1984-present (7.50 binders of microfiche).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
[Clerk's Recorded Instruments], no. 195480-195643, 840000-20080926, 1984-present (60 inches of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Clerk's Recorded Instruments], no. 850024-20051042, 1985-2005 (5 binders of microfiche).

 

Corner Survey Records

1875-[ongoing]

Series documents the establishment and/or restoration of survey corners or monuments by the county surveyor or registered land surveyors. Records include maps, field survey restoration notes, historical notes, and indexes. Information includes description of corners; existing markers; descriptions of new markers and any changes made to the locations; property owners; township, range, and section numbers; donation land claim information; date the new markers were set; and surveyor's signatures.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Surveyor's Storeroom:
Corner Books [Survey], vol. 1-18, 1978-present, (18 volumes);
[Corner Survey Field Books], 1962-1963 (9 volumes);
Narratives and Plat Copies [Survey-includes corner information-by township and range], ca.1875-present (3 cu.ft.);
[Records of Lines and Corners Found in Townships Partially Surveyed by the U.S. Geological Survey Since 1931], 1931-ca.1974 (2 volumes).

 

Coroner and Inquest Records

1898-1959

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 Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Coroner's Jury Verdict [Record], ca.1926-ca.1959 (.30 cu.ft.);
Peter French Papers [includes coroner's inquest on French], 1898 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

County Budgets

1940-[ongoing]

Series documents the annual allotment of funds for county government operations as agreed to by the board of commissioners. Information includes total amount of funds budgeted for each office. Later budgets may include organizational charts and a narrative of each county office function.

Beginning in circa 1915, county budgets were included in the Commissioners Journals (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Budgets and Audits [includes county budgets], 1968-1973 (.50 cu.ft.);
County Budgets, 1969-1986 (.50 cu.ft.);
Harney County Budgets, 1940-1958, 1980-1981, 1984-1988, 1990-1991 (.75 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Harney County Budget], 1995-present (1.50 cu.ft.).

 

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1889-[ongoing]

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 cu.ft.);
Commissioners Journal, vol. B-L, 1893-1979 (11 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); 1974-2006 (ca.175 sheets of microfiche);
[County Court Minutes/Orders/Resolutions], 2008-present (.50 cu.ft.);
County Courts Minutes, vol. 3, 1964-1979 (1 volume);
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-present (1 volume);
Journal County Court Minutes, 1945-1956 (1 volume);
Record [Commissioners Journal], vol. A, 1889-1893 (1 volume);
Record [County Court Minutes], 1929-1944 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Commissioner's Docket, vol. 1-2, 1893-1917 (2 volumes);
[Commissioners Journal] vol. A-H, 1889-1958 (4 reels of microfilm);
[Commissioners' Journal, vol. L-T, 1979-present (5 inches of microfilm jackets);
Comiss. Journal [Commissioners], 1997-1998 (1.20 cu.ft.);
[County Commissioners' Minutes], 1889-1893 (1 reel of microfilm);
[County Court Minutes], 1974-2007 (3 inches of microfilm jackets);
County Court Minutes [includes orders, ordinances, and resolutions-title varies], 1992-1998 (5 cu.ft.);
County Court Minutes/Orders/Resolutions, 1999-2007 (13 cu.ft.);
County Ct. Minutes [Court-includes orders], 1965-1991 (2.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom Cabinet:
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).

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

 

County Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, and Resolutions

1924-[ongoing]

Series documents orders, ordinances, and resolutions passed by the board of county commissioners and the county court regulating and establishing guidelines for specific activities within the county. Information includes activity covered by order, ordinance, or resolution; administrative action number; who introduced; findings of fact; conclusions; recommendations; date heard; and hearings officer name and signature. Activities include noise abatement, nuisances, zoning, animal control, solid waste management, land division regulations, elections, comprehensive plan, and road and bridge use limits.

Orders, Ordinances and Resolutions may also be found in the Commissioners Journals or Commissioner's Minutes (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[County Court Minutes/Orders/Resolutions], 2008-present (.50 cu.ft.);
County Court Resolutions, Orders and Court Orders, Agreements, and Leases [with index], 1961-1979 (1 volume);
County Ordinance, 1982 (3 sheets of microfiche);
Harney County Ordinance [includes comprehensive plan and zoning information-with index], 1982-present (5 binders);
[Miscellaneous Trifolded Records-includes road orders and resolutions], ca.1924-ca.1927 (.05 cu.ft.);
Resolution on Highway Matters, 1936, 1959 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
County Court Minutes [includes orders, ordinances, and resolutions-title varies], 1992-1998 (5 cu.ft.);
County Court Minutes/Orders/Resolutions, 1999-2007 (13 cu.ft.);
County Ct. Minutes [Court-includes orders], 1965-1991 (2.25 cu.ft.);
[Ordinances], vol. 1, ca.1982-n.d. (4 sheets of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
Zoning Ordinance & Subdivision/Partitioning Ordinance, 2002 (1 binder).

Records at the Harney County Web Site:
Harney County Subdivision and Partition Ordinance [PDF-47 pages], 2002 (Internet);
Harney County Zoning Ordinance
[PDF-246 pages], 2002 (Internet).

 

County Comprehensive Plans

1978-[ongoing]

Series documents the development and revision of a plan for the use of lands within the county. Series includes plans for transportation, energy, housing, population and economics, public facilities and services, urbanization, natural resources, greenways, recreation, agricultural and forest lands, land capability, resource quality, floodplains, landmarks, historic property, rural community center designation, and natural areas. Each plan includes background information about the subject; supporting documentation such as maps, charts, and diagrams; and a narrative description of each aspect of the plan and how it is to be implemented. Series may also include an overall "comprehensive plan" which contains both historical and current looks at county land practices and defines goals and policies adhered to during the creation and implementation of the plan.

The first basic comprehensive plan was adopted by the county in 1972. The first plan acknowledged by the state was adopted in 1984. Maps listed in the GIS program office are available for purchase.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Harney County Ordinance [includes comprehensive plan and zoning information-with index], 1982-present (5 binders);
[Zoning and Comprehensive Plan Maps-Burns and Hines], 1999-2001 (6 maps).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
Comprehensive Plan, 1980-1984 (1 binder);
Harney County Comprehensive Plan, 1980-present (1 binder);
Harney County Comprehensive Plan Maps & Other Old Maps, 1979-2003 (1 binder).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Planning Dept. [Records-includes comprehensive plan development information], ca.1978-ca.1982 (.40 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, GIS Program Office:
Comprehensive Plan Maps [includes sub-basins, flood hazard, ownership, lakes, wildlife habitat, roads, biomass resources, geothermal resources, desert trails, Paiute Indian lands, and Burns/Hines urban growth boundaries], n.d.-present (11 maps).

Records at the Harney County Web Site:
Harney County Comprehensive Plan [PDF-278 pages], 2002 (Internet).

 

County Court Case Files

1921-1927

Series documents the actions of the county court in civil and some criminal cases. Records include complaints, judgments, decrees, summonses, warrants, affidavits, writs, and an index. County court cases include spousal support, employment compensation, satisfaction of judgments, and divorce. Information includes judge, plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; case type; and filing dates of actions and decrees.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
County Court Cases [Files], 1921-1927 (.30 cu.ft.).

 

County Court Judicial Journals

1889-1919

Series records the proceedings of the county court for civil and some criminal cases. Information includes judge, plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; trial date; memorandum of subsequent proceedings; and fees charged. Cases include citizenship petitions, legal changes to name, commitments, and writs of habeas corpus. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Law Docket County Court, vol. 1, 1889-1903 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
County Court Journal [includes probate, naturalization, and mental commitment information], vol. A, 1889-1919 (1 volume);
Index to County Court Journal [includes probate, naturalization, widow's pension, and mental commitment information], no. 1-500, vol. A, 1889-n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom Cabinet:
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 Fair Records

1905-[ongoing]

Series documents the preparation and organization of the county fair by the county fair board (including any predecessor group) and other county officials. Records include fair board minutes, reports, and annual premium lists and publications. Minutes and reports include information pertaining to county fair employment, budgets, sponsorship, capital improvements to fairgrounds, and event scheduling throughout the year. Annual premium lists and/or publications may include county fair history, names of fair officers, general fair rules and regulations, event schedules, exhibit lists, and photographs.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
[Harney County Fair Association Minutes], 1905-1924 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Fairgrounds, Hibberd Building, Fair Office:
Harney County Fair Meetings [Records-includes minutes], 2003-present (6 binders);
Harney County Fair Premium List [includes some duplicates-title varies], 1967 (1 volume); 1970-present (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Fairgrounds, 4-H Exhibit Building:
Fair Board Minutes [Harney County Fair Association], 1960-1976 (.40 cu.ft.);
[Fair Board Minutes-with related records], 1989-1991 (1 binder); 1991-1994 (1 binder); 1994-1998 (1 binder).

 

County Officials Reports

1889-1958

Series reports the activities of county officials to the county court or board of county commissioners. Series may include reports by the treasurer, surveyor, clerk, roadmaster, assessor, sheriff, school superintendent, and county nurse or doctor. Reports summarize the activities of county officials and their staff as they perform their official duties.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Deeds to Harney County [includes semi-annual statements of clerk and sheriff], 1950-1958 (.10 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Trifolded Records-includes report of welfare office], 1932 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Expert's Report [County Officials Report], 1889-1909 (.25 cu.ft.);
Reports of County Officers [Treasurer's Report], vol. A, 1889-1904 (1 volume);
Semi-Annual Reports [Clerk, Sheriff, Treasurer], 1889-1897 (.10 cu.ft.).

 

Deeds and Indexes

1871-1984

Series documents the ownership of land. Series includes deeds, land sales contracts, quitclaim deeds, homestead exemption claims, corporate certificates, agreements, correction deeds, special assessments of unzoned farmland, easements, and indirect and direct deed indexes. Information includes grantor and grantee name; recording and filing dates; property descriptions; title warranties; consideration amounts; witness and recorder names; and volume and page numbers of where recorded.

Since 1984, deeds have been filed and maintained as part of the Clerk's Recorded Instruments (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Deed Book, vol. 110-121, 1973-1984 (ca.180 sheets of microfiche);
Deed Record, vol. A-G, 8-9, J-Z, 27-110, 1871-1979 (110 volumes);
Direct Index to Deeds, vol. 3, 1917-1950 (1 volume);
Index to Deeds Direct, vol. 1, ca.1874-ca.1898 (1 volume); vol. 1-2, ca.1874-ca.1916 (2 volumes); vol. 4-6, 1951-1984 (3 volume);
Index to Deeds Indirect, vol. 1-2, ca.1874-ca.1916 (2 volumes); vol. 4-6, 1951-1984 (3 volume);
Index to Deeds Reverse, vol. 1, ca.1874-ca.1898 (1 volume);
Indirect Deed Index, vol. 3, 1917-1950 (1 volume);
Right of Way Deeds, 1957-1968 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Deed Books, vol. 110-121, 1973-1984 (4 cu.ft.);
Deeds [includes boxes A-Z-trifolded], 1891-ca.1935 (1 cu.ft.);
[Deeds-Record], vol. A-Z, 27-67, 1871-1960 (34 reels of microfilm); vol. 110-121, 1973-1984 (4 inches of microfilm jackets); vol. 110-121, 1973-1984 (5 reels of microfilm);
[Index to Deeds -Direct and Indirect], 1874-1950 (5 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Deed Book], vol. 110-121, 1973-1984 (ca.175 sheets of microfiche).

 

Delayed Birth Records

1860-1959

Series documents birth records generated by a court in response to a petition. Records may include petitions, decrees or orders, affidavits of correction, registers, and certificates. If the information provided with the petition met the requirements of the court, a decree was issued that served as a legal birth document. Most petitions were filed decades after the actual birth. They were filed in the county of residence at the time of petition, not necessarily in the county of birth. Dates listed in brackets document the range of actual birth dates. Date ranges for court actions such as petitions and decrees are also included. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Delayed births were indexed in the Circuit Court Journals beginning in circa 1959.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Birth Registration [Delayed-documents births from ca.1870-ca.1920-trifolded], 1943-1955 (.30 cu.ft.);
[Delayed Birth Registration Decree Index], 1943-1950 (1 volume);
Emergency Birth Registrations [Delayed Birth Petitions, Orders, and Findings-documents births from ca.1860-ca.1920-trifolded], 1943-1952 (.30 cu.ft.);
Pending Registration of Birth Applications [documents births from 1889-1902-trifolded], 1953-1959 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Election Poll Books

1900-1919

Series documents the registration of voters and the compilation of election results. Records may include the election poll books and/or the election voter register. Information includes elector's name and party affiliation, and in some cases, physical description, occupation, naturalization information, and names of parents and spouse. Election poll books and voter registration records have been inventoried through 1930. For information on more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Elections Division, the county clerk, or the local elections official.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
General County Register [Register of Electors], 1900 (1 volume);
Official Register of Electors, 1908 (1 volume); 1910 (1 volume); 1912 (1 volume); 1914 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
File Book Registration Blanks [Election Registration Records-title varies], 1902 (1 volume); 1904 (1 volume); 1906 (1 volume); 1910 (1 volume); 1912 (2 volumes); 1914 (5 volumes);
Official Register [General Register of Electors-with index], 1906 (1 volume);
Record of Registrations [Silvies and Happy Valley], 1916 (2 volumes);
Voter's List and Poll Book [Valley View Precinct for special election], 1919 (1 volume).

 

Election Voting Abstracts

1892-1963

Series documents the tabulation and reporting of election results for the county. Records include voting abstracts and the record of election. Information includes election date; precinct name and number; office; precinct and total votes; victory margin; winning candidate; county clerk, board of canvasser, and justice of the peace signatures; ballot number; summation of votes; and election board's decision. Election voting abstracts have been inventoried through 1960. For information on more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Elections Division, the county clerk, or the local elections official.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Record of Elections, vol. 1, 1892-1906 (1 volume); vol. 1-3, 1908-1963 (3 volumes).

 

Farm Name Registration Records

1912-1920

Series documents the application for and registration of farm names with the county clerk or recorder. Records may include registers, original applications, or certificates. Information includes owner's name and address; farm name, location, and description; and date and number of application and final application. Series may also include an index arranged either alphabetically by name of owner or by farm name. Farm name records have been inventoried through 1964.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Record of Farm Names, vol. 1, 1912-1920 (1 volume).

 

Federal Land Grant Records

1864-1957

Series records ownership of county lands obtained from the federal government. Series includes records of land grants administered under a variety of federal programs such as donation land claims and homesteads. Donation land claims are the most common type of federal land grant in Oregon that is documented in this inventory project. Donation land claims resulted from an act of the 1850 Congress under which citizens of the United States, or those who filed a declaration of intention prior to December 1, 1850 and had resided upon or cultivated the land for four consecutive years, were granted a specified amount of acreage in the Oregon Territory. Donation land claims were unique in that acreage granted to married couples was divided evenly. Half of the acreage was placed in the husband's name while the other half was placed in the wife's name. Records include plats, indexes, and survey notes. Information includes township, range, and section numbers, names of donation land claim holders and claim numbers, claim dates, acreage, and descriptions of surveys.

Under the Homestead Act of 1862, settlers were given 160 acres of land in the public domain if they built a home on the land, resided there for five years, and cultivated the land. A complete homestead entry file includes such documents as the homestead application, homestead proof, and final certificate authorizing the claimant to obtain a land patent.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Deed Record Homesteads, vol. D, 1890-1914 (1 volume);
Deed Record Pre-emptions [Federal Land Grants], vol. C, 1889-1904 (1 volume); vol. L, 1904-1914 (1 volume);
United States Patents, ca.1891-ca.1921 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Search Land Patents [includes patent and legal land descriptions and some document images], ca.1864-ca.1957 (BLM GLO Web site).

 

Foreclosure Records

1895-1929

Series documents the activities of the sheriff and other county officials relating to the foreclosure of property in order to satisfy creditors in cases involving delinquent taxes, mortgage payments, or court judgments. Records include correspondence, sheriff's deeds and foreclosure sale records, circuit court case transcripts of foreclosure hearings, writs of execution, certificates of sale of real property, judgment orders, receipts, tax redemption records, delinquent tax sales, and tax sale certificates. Foreclosure records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Deeds to Harney County on Tax Foreclosures and County Deeds, 1895-1899 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Register Delinquency Certificates Issued to Individuals, vol. 2, 1916-1926 (1 volume);
Register of Receipts for Certs. of Del. Issued to County [Certificates of Delinquency], vol. 2, 1917-1929 (1 volume).

 

Health and Human Services Records

1964-[ongoing]

Series documents the activities of the county health and human services programs operated by the county. Series includes narrative or statistical monthly, quarterly, and annual reports or minutes discussing program goals, objectives, and accomplishments. Program areas include public and mental health; juvenile services; adult and family services; women, infant, and child (WIC) services; alcohol and drug abuse; and developmental disabilities. In 1994 the name of the Children and Youth Services Commission was changed to the Commission on Children and Families.

The Health Department in Harney County began in 1938 with the employment of a county nurse. The county also ran a hospital until 1992.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
County Hospital Minutes, 1988-1992 (.05 cu.ft.);
Health District Board Minutes, 1991 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Hospital Minutes-County], 1993 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Harney County Hospital Minutes, Contracts, and Financial Reports, 1975-1990 (1 cu.ft.);
HCCCF Meeting Archives [Harney County Commission on Children and Families Records-includes minutes], 1991-2000 (.80 cu.ft.);
[Hospital Minutes-County], 1983-1988 (.25 inch of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Harney Behavioral Health Office:
Behavioral Health Advisory Minutes [includes alcohol and drug treatment information and developmental disabilities information until 2002], 2000-present (.25 cu.ft.);
Mental Health Advisory Board Minutes, 1964-1996 (10 binders).

Records at the Harney County Education Service District Annex Building, Commission on Children and Families Office:
Harney County Commission on Children and Families Meeting Minutes, 2001, 2003 (1 binder); 2004-2005 (2 binders).

Records at the Harney County Commission on Children and Families Director's Home Office:
Harney County Commission on Children and Families Meeting Minutes, 2006-present (2 binders).

Records at the Harney County Web Site:
Harney County Comprehensive Plan on Children and Families [PDF], 2008 (Internet).

 

Insane Commitment Records

1889-[ongoing]

Series documents the examination, commitment, and release of mentally ill persons to and from the state's mental institutions. Series contains statements of complaint and commitment recorded by the county clerk or recorder and includes petitions to have an individual committed; physicians certification that an individual is insane; delivery warrants authorizing a county official (usually the sheriff) to take the individual to the state hospital; patient discharges; paroles or transfers; indexes; and correspondence. Information includes patient and family names, date committed, reason, physical description, and a brief family history. This series may also be known as the Insane Record, Mental Illness Record, and Mentally Ill and Feeble Minded Record. By 1968, in most counties, the commitment of the mentally ill or deficient had become the responsibility of the circuit court. Access to these records may be restricted for 75 years by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496.

Harney County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in circa 1988.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Trial Court Office, File Room:
[Mental Commitment Case Files], 1939-present (8 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
County Court Journal [includes probate, naturalization, and mental commitment information], vol. A, 1889-1919 (1 volume);
Index to County Court Journal [includes probate, naturalization, widow's pension, and mental commitment information], no. 1-500, vol. A, 1889-n.d. (1 volume);
Insane Record [with index], vol. B, 1903-1943 (1 volume);
Record of Insane [with index], vol. 3, 1943-1979 (1 volume);
Record of Proceedings in Insanity [with index], vol. A, 1889-1903 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom Cabinet:
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).

 

Judgment and Execution Records

1887-1957

Series records official decisions by the court and subsequent instructions to the sheriff to recover costs and awards related to debt, divorce, and other civil cases. The record serves as the official notice of the existence of a lien. Information includes title and case number; names of plaintiff, creditor, defendant, debtor, and attorney; amount of judgment; description of property levied on; writ of execution; disposition of case; decisions on appeals; dates docketed and satisfied; and volume and page numbers where recorded. Records may include judgment dockets, execution dockets, and fee books. Judgment and execution records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Execution Docket Circuit Court, vol. A-B, 1889-1957 (2 volumes);
Execution Docket County Court, vol. A, 1889-1893 (1 volume);
Index to Judgment Docket Circuit Court, vol. A, ca.1889-1931 (1 volume);
Index to Judgment Docket County Court, vol. A, 1887-1938 (1 volume);
Judgment Docket Circuit Court, vol. A-B, 1889-1931 (2 volumes);
[Judgment Docket-Circuit Court], vol. A-C, 1889-1931 (1 reel of microfilm);
Judgment Docket County Court, vol. A, 1887-1938 (1 volume).

 

Justice Court Case Files

1905-1913

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before the courts of the justices of the peace. Records include grand jury indictments, complaints, judgments by confession, transcripts of judgment entries and dockets, statements of witnesses, arrest warrants, subpoenas, bills for court costs and fees, petitions for appointment of justices of the peace and constables, petitions establishing justice districts, and marriage records. Cases heard include disturbing the peace, illegal liquor sales, assault, larceny, trespassing, fraud, vagrancy, and burglary. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Miscellaneous Trifolded Records-Justice Court Case Files-Burns District-Kern vs. Robertson], 1913 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
[State vs. Clevinger & Thompson Justice Court Transcripts-Burns District], 1905 (1 volume).

 

Justice Court Dockets

1890-1955

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before justice of the peace courts. Dockets include defendant, plaintiff, attorney, witness, and juror names; action dates and nature of cases; judgments; and statements of costs. Actions include complaints, summonses, appearances, testimonies, bonds, judgments, pleas, fines, jail terms, marriages, and writs of attachment. Civil and criminal cases include larceny, burglary, recovering money or personal property, trespassing, hunting out of season, and illegal voting. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Justice Docket [Harney District No.1-with index], 1890-1917 (1 volume);
Justice's Docket [Burns District-with index], 1938-1946 (1 volume);
Justice's Docket for Burns District, 1919-1927 (1 volume);
S.E. Ledger [Andrews District Justice Docket], 1940-1953 (1 volume);
Small Claims Docket [Burns District Justice Court-with index], 1923-1955 (1 volume).

 

Land Subdivision Records

1902-[ongoing]

Series documents the subdividing and partitioning of land within the county. Records include survey notes, correspondence, photographs, satisfaction of agreements, maps of subdivided and partitioned land, and contracts and permits. Information includes subdivision names; lot, street, and alley dimensions; and township, range, and section numbers of land to be subdivided or partitioned.

Older town plats dating from 1885 are included in the Deed Record (Deeds and Indexes). The Planning Department Central Files are indexed on computer in the planning department office.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[List of Plats-Subdivision, Partition, and Cemetery], ca.1890-present (1 binder);
Plats [Partition], 1990-present (227 plats);
Road Record [includes some road and subdivision survey information], vol. 2, ca.1949-1968 (1 volume);
[Subdivision, Town, and Cemetery Plats], ca.1902-present (ca.125 plats).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
[Planning Department Central Files-includes zone changes, zone map amendments, subdivision and partition cases, lot line adjustments, conditional use cases, and other planning actions], ca.1972-present (40 cu.ft.);
[Planning Department Central Files-includes zone changes, zone map amendments, subdivision and partition cases, lot line adjustments, conditional use cases, and other planning actions], 1984-2001 (10 inches of microfilm jackets);
Zoning Ordinance & Subdivision/Partitioning Ordinance, 2002 (1 binder).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Surveyor's Storeroom:
CS [Surveyor, Subdivision, and Partition Plats], no. CS1-CS1114, 1913-present (1114 plats);
Field Book [Surveyor's-includes subdivision information], 1913-1922 (28 volumes).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, GIS Program Office:
Burns and Hines Subdivisions [Map], 2003 (1 map).

Records at the Harney County Web Site:
Harney County Subdivision and Partition Ordinance [PDF-47 pages], 2002 (Internet).

 

Land Title Registers

n.d.

Series records the ownership of land within the county. Records may include title registers, land indexes, land registration registers, torrens registry of titles, indexes to registered land, certificates of title, town lot indexes, ownership registers, and plat books. Information includes parties involved, land descriptions, dates, number and nature of titles, subdivisions, title holders, terms, discharge dates, and registrar's signatures. The torrens system of land registration was abolished in 1972 by Oregon law. Additional land ownership records may be found in the Deeds and Indexes.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Land Tract Index [by township and range], n.d. (3 volumes).

 

Maps, Plans, and Drawings

1890-[ongoing]

Series provides a visual representation of the county and of physical structures constructed on county lands. Series includes maps, plans, and drawings that vary in size, scale, and date. Included are maps, plans, and drawings of counties and cities, election precincts, courthouses and other county buildings, cemeteries, rivers, Indian reservations, school districts, construction projects, and soil classifications. General road maps may be found in the series titled Road and Bridge Records. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

Maps listed in the GIS program office are available for purchase.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Assessor's Plats, ca.1890-1896 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[County Courthouse ADA Barrier Reduction Plans-Americans with Disabilities Act], 1994 (10 drawings);
[County Courthouse Plans], 1941 (5 drawings);
[County Courthouse Remodeling Plans], 1961 (11 drawings);
[Mental Health Building Plans], 1976 (20 drawings);
[Sheriff's Facilities Remodeling and Additions-Plans], 1996 (31 drawings).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Harney County Flood Maps and Information [Insurance Rate Map], 1984 (2 cu.ft.);
Plat #1 [Assessor's Plat Maps-modified], 1959 (1 volume);
Plat #2 [Assessor's Plat Maps-modified], 1959 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Surveyor's Storeroom:
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes road, road survey, land survey, various Harney County buildings, mines, water projects, county courthouse, quarry site, city and vicinity, flood hazard-rolled], ca.1911-ca.1994 (ca.500 maps and drawings).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Assessor's Maps-by M.A. Palmer-with color highlights], ca.1955 (3 cu.ft.);
Assessor's Maps, n.d.-present (9 volumes);
Metsker's Atlas of Harney County Oregon, 1935 (1 volume);
[Official Map of Burns Oregon-in pressboard binder], 1964 (1 volume);
[Topographic Maps], n.d. (2 volumes).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Tax Collector's Office:
Map of Harney County, 1908 (1 map).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
[National Wetlands Inventory Maps-United States Department of Interior-includes some orthophoto maps-in flat file cabinet], ca.1985 (ca.200 maps).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, GIS Program Office:
Comprehensive Plan Maps [includes sub-basins, flood hazard, ownership, lakes, wildlife habitat, roads, biomass resources, geothermal resources, desert trails, Paiute Indian lands, and Burns/Hines urban growth boundaries], n.d.-present (11 maps);
County Specialty Maps [includes bridges, byways, tour routes, hunt units, Burns/Hines flood zone, landfills, Paiute Indian Reservation, potential dairy locations, county roads, Burns/Hines streets, Crane streets, tax districts, Harney/Malheur Lakes watershed, and Burns/Hines zoning], n.d.-present (13 maps);
Other Maps [includes streets, roads, zoning, land use, hunt units, addresses, school district, tax district, flood zone, water, and sewer], n.d.-present (22 maps).

Records at the Harney County Historical Museum:
Assessors Plats, vol. 1, n.d. (1 volume);
Map of Malheur Lake, 1931 (1 map);
Metsker's Atlas of Harney County Oregon, 1935 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Web Site:
Harney County Tax Districts [Map-PDF], 2007 (Internet);
Voting Precincts Map [PDF], 2002 (Internet).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Tax Assessment GIS Maps [select county], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Marks and Brands Records

1889-1949

Series documents the registration of marks and brands by livestock owners and logging interests in order to clearly establish ownership. Records include registers and certificates. Information includes owner's name and address; diagram of animal showing location and style of mark and brand; written description of mark and brand; and filing date. Types of livestock registered include horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry. Log brands are also documented.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Brand Record, vol. E-F, 1907-1915 (2 volumes);
Index to Marks & Brands, vol. A, 1889-1915 (1 volume);
Record of Brands [Sheriff's-with index], 1940-1949 (1 volume);
Record of Brands, vol. B-D, 1894-1907 (3 volumes);
Record of Marks and Brands [with index], vol. A, 1889-1905 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Historical Museum:
Index to Brands, vol. B, 1889-1915 (1 volume).

 

Marriage Records

1889-1966

Series documents the recording of marriages by the county and includes applications, marriage certificates and licenses, and indexes to marriage records. Information includes the names and residences of bride and groom; justice of the peace, minister, or name of individual officiating; fees charged; date filed; volume and page numbers where recorded; certificate number; date and place of marriage; and signatures of witnesses and county officials. Beginning in 1906, marriages have been officially registered with the state of Oregon. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Marriage records have been inventoried through 1960.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Marriage Record, vol. B, 1912, 1920 (1 volume);
Marriage Record [with index], vol. A-D, 1889-1966 (4 volumes);
Marriages [Return of Marriage], 1929-1930 (1 volume);
Return of Marriage, 1911-1921 (4 volumes).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
[Marriage Certificate-includes applications and licenses], 1952-1960 (.60 cu.ft.);
Marriage Record [trifolded], 1889-1960 (4.85 cu.ft.);
[Marriages-Record], vol. A-D, 1889-1966 (2 reels of microfilm).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Harney County Marriage Abstracts, 1889-1891 (US GenWeb Project).

 

Medical Profession Registration Records

1889-1960

Series documents the registration of individuals in compliance with the requirements of relevant Oregon boards of examiners to practice a medical profession in the state. Professions registered include physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, naturopaths, dentists, nurses, druggists, chiropractors, chiropodists, optometrists, and veterinarians. Records include registers, certificates, and licenses. Information includes name of registrant; name of school; graduation date; names of members of the examining board; licensing and recording dates; and licensing or registration numbers.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Registry Book of Practicing Physicians and Surgeons-includes nurses, optometrists, naturopaths, dentists, chiropractors, and veterinarians], 1889-1960 (1 volume).

 

Military Records

1889-1984

Series lists those eligible for military service and records the discharge dates of those who served in the military. Series includes eligibility, enlistment, discharge registers, or muster rolls, and may include alphabetical indexes. Information includes name of individual serving or eligible for service; enlistment and discharge dates and codes; residences at birth and enlistment; occupations and ages at time of enlistment; branches of service; precinct numbers; service records including commendations; physical condition, education and types of jobs performed while in service; and rank at discharge. Access to military discharge records may be restricted for 75 years by 2009 Oregon Legislative Assembly SB 618.

Since 1984, military discharges have been filed in the Clerk's Recorded Instruments (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Miscellaneous Microfilmed Records [includes references to military discharges, mining claims, mortgages, and related records], 1980-1984 (1 volume);
U.S. Service Discharge Record, vol. 1-4, 1942-1979 (4 volumes).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Military Book [Discharges], vol. 4, 1979-1984 (2 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Military Roll, 1889-1900 (1 volume);
[U.S. Service Discharge Record], vol. 1-3, 1942-1960 (1 reel of microfilm).

 

Mining Claim Records

1850-[ongoing]

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], n.d.-1993 (1.25 inches of microfiche);
Index to Mining Microfilmed Records, 1989-ca.1998 (1 volume);
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);
Mining Record [with index], vol. A-N, 1891-1979 (14 volumes).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Mining Book, 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).

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).

 

Mortgage Records

1880-1984

Series documents the written interest in land providing security for the performance of a duty or payment of a debt. Records include mortgages; trustee's deeds of reconveyance; indexes, both by mortgagor and mortgagee name; and satisfactions. Information includes mortgagor and mortgagee names, property descriptions, mortgage terms, witness names, certifications, recording and satisfaction dates, volume and page numbers where recorded, and recorder's signature. Series also includes executor/executrix information when mortgages were transferred through wills and mortgages of land to individuals under the provisions of the Donation Land Act of 1850.

Since 1984, mortgages have been filed and maintained as part of the Clerk's Recorded Instruments (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Miscellaneous Microfilmed Records [includes references to military discharges, mining claims, mortgages, and related records], 1980-1984 (1 volume);
Index to Mortgages Direct, vol. 3, 1956-1984 (1 volume);
Index to Mortgages Indirect, vol. 3, 1956-1984 (1 volume);
MTG [Mortgage Record], vol. A26-A32, 1979-1984 (1 binder of microfiche);
Satisfaction [Mortgage Record], vol. O-P, 1978-1984 (.30 inch microfiche);
Satisfaction of Mortgage [Record-with index], vol. K-O, 1967-1979 (5 volumes).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Index to Mortgages Direct, vol. 1, 1885-1895 (1 volume);
Index to Mortgages Reverse, 1880-ca.1917 (1 volume);
[Mortgage Index-Direct and Indirect], 1885-1890, 1918-1954 (2 reels of microfilm);
Mortgage Index Direct, vol. 1, 1885-1918 (1 volume);
Mortgage Index Indirect, vol. 1, 1884-1918 (1 volume);
Mortgage Record, vol. A-Z, 1880-1959 (27 volumes); vol. A1-A26, 1959-1979 (26 volumes);
[Mortgage-Record], vol. A.26-A.32, 1979-1984 (2 inches of microfilm jackets);
[Mortgages], vol. A-Z, A.1, 1880-1960 (14 reels of microfilm);
[Mortgage Satisfac.-Satisfaction], vol. O-P, 1978-1984 (.50 inch of microfilm jackets);
Satisfaction of Mortgages [title varies-with index], vol. A-J, 1889-1967 (10 volumes);
[Satisfaction of Mortgages], vol. A-H, 1889-1960 (4 reels of microfilm).

 

Naturalization Certificates

1889-1929

Series documents the granting of United States citizenship to petitioners. Records include applications, witness affidavits, court findings granting or denying citizenship, certificates, and indexes. Declarations of intention may also be included. Information includes name, age, and residence of applicant; applicant's dependents; date of filing of declarations of intention and petitions; and volume and page numbers where papers are recorded.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Miscellaneous Files [includes entries for naturalization], vol. A, 1889-1929 (1 volume);
Naturalization Citizenship Records [Naturalization List], 1907-1910, 1912 (.10 cu.ft.);
Peter French Papers [Certificate of Naturalization-Stubs stored in cabinet with French records], 1907-1927 (8 volumes).

 

Naturalization Declarations of Intention

1889-1978

Series documents the process taken by applicants for United States citizenship in declaring their intention to become United States citizens. Information may include applicant's name, age, physical description, place and date of birth, method of immigration, date and port of entry, names and ages of wife and children, and renunciation of allegiance to foreign governments. Declarations of intention may also be attached to naturalization petitions or naturalization certificates.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Miscellaneous Files [includes entries for naturalization], vol. A, 1889-1929 (1 volume);
Naturalization Citizenship Records [Declarations and Petitions-with index], 1923-1941 (1 volume);
Naturalization Citizenship Records [Declaration of Intention-with index], 1929-1958 (1 volume);
Naturalization Citizenship Records [Naturalization Declarations of Intention and Petitions-with index], 1935-1978 (2 volumes);
Naturalization [Miscellaneous Records-includes facts for petition for naturalization, facts for declaration of intention, request for certificate of arrival, and related records], ca.1906-ca.1929 (.25 cu.ft.);
Record of Declaration of Intention [with index], no. 1-371, 1889-1929 (4 volumes).

 

Naturalization Petitions and Orders

1889-1978

Series documents the application for United States citizenship by aliens. Information includes name, residence, and occupation of applicants; place and date of birth; emigration place, date, and vessel; declaration of intention dates; name, birthplace, and birth date of dependents; and renunciation of allegiance to foreign governments. Accompanying the petitions are witness and petitioner affidavits, oaths of allegiance, court orders admitting or denying citizenship, declarations of intention, depositions, and certificates of arrival.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
County Court Journal [includes probate, naturalization, and mental commitment information], vol. A, 1889-1919 (1 volume);
Index to County Court Journal [includes probate, naturalization, widow's pension, and mental commitment information], no. 1-500, vol. A, 1889-n.d. (1 volume);
Index to Miscellaneous Files [includes entries for naturalization], vol. A, 1889-1929 (1 volume);
Naturalization Citizenship Records [Alejandro Rementeria Naturalization Records], 1941-1964 (1 volume);
Naturalization Citizenship Records [Citizenship Petitions Granted], 1931-1976 (1 volume);
Naturalization Citizenship Records [Declarations and Petitions-with index], 1923-1941 (1 volume);
Naturalization Citizenship Records [Naturalization Declarations of Intention and Petitions-with index], 1935-1978 (2 volumes);
Naturalization [Miscellaneous Records-includes facts for petition for naturalization, facts for declaration of intention, request for certificate of arrival, and related records], ca.1906-ca.1929 (.25 cu.ft.);
Petition and Record [Naturalization-with index], no. 1-189, 1903-1929 (3 volumes).

 

Pension and Relief Records

1912-1963

Series documents financial assistance approved by the county court for widows, mothers, dependent children, orphans, the elderly, and indigents. Information includes applicant name and address, children's names and birth dates, amount of pension or monthly support payment, and county court order. Because the provision of relief became primarily a state and federal function in the 1930s, records are inventoried through 1939.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Miscellaneous Trifolded Records-includes report of welfare office], 1932 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Application for Relief [Widows, Dependent Mothers, Sick], 1932-1935 (.15 cu.ft.);
Old Age Pensioners Accounts, 1934-1935 (1 volume);
Widows Pension and Relief [Records-trifolded], 1912-1935 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom Cabinet:
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).

 

Planning Commission Minutes

1971-[ongoing]

Series documents the discussions and activities of the county planning commission as recorded in the minutes and agendas. Topics discussed include the creation, amendment, and appeal of zoning ordinances and county land use laws; county comprehensive plans; and election or appointment of planning commission members.

For a number of years, minutes apparently were not created from the cassette audio tape recordings of planning commission meetings.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
[Planning Commission Minutes-with gaps], ca.1971-ca.1982 (.15 cu.ft.);
Planning Commission Tapes [on cassette audio tapes-title varies], ca.1978-ca.1998 (ca.350 audio tapes).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
Planning Commission Packets [includes minutes], 1999-present (15 binders).

 

Prisoner Registers

1922-1959

Series tracks individuals incarcerated in the county jail. Information includes prisoner identification number; date entered; name, address, age, birth date, height and weight, eye and hair color, and nationality of prisoner; arrest date; arresting officer; crime committed; sentence; bail; court; release date; and remarks. Prisoner registers, which may also be referred to as jail lists, have been inventoried through 1965. Access to portions of these records may be restricted for 25 years after termination of custody by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496(3).

Records at the Harney County Sheriff's Office:
Jail Register Harney County, 1922-1959 (1 volume).

 

Probate Case Files

1889-[ongoing]

Series documents actions taken on probate cases brought before the county, district, or circuit court for settlement. Records include wills, receipts, claims, vouchers, petitions to sell, notices of annual accounting, final estate accounting reports, appraiser's affidavits, bills of sale, inventories, fee bills, appraisals, administrator and appointment certificates, and appraiser oaths. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Since 1984 computer indexes have been accessible in the clerk's office.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Probate [Case Files-includes small estate case files beginning in 1973], no. 511-2174, 1929-1986 (50 cu.ft.);
Probate Files [Case], no. 1-510, 1889-1929 (18 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Probate [Case Files-includes small estate case files], no. 2175-3073, 1986-present (27 cu.ft.);
Probate Index Cards, 1943-present (1 cu.ft.).

 

Probate Estate Records

1903-1958

Series documents information recorded about estates probated in the county or circuit courts. Information includes deceased party's name; recording and death dates; residence; name and address of executors, administrators, or trustees; estimated values of real and personal property; inventory and appraisal dates; the estate's value according to the appraisals and to the county court; and the names and relationship of heirs. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Record of Estates, 1903-1958 (1 volume).

 

Probate Registers

1889-[ongoing]

Series records the actions taken by the county's probate court. Information includes case numbers, estate or deceased's name, administrator's or executor's name, dates and types of papers filed, and memoranda and court orders listed by dates of appointment of administrator or executor. Series may also be referred to as probate journals, dockets, or records of actions. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases.

Since 1984 computer indexes have been accessible in the clerk's office.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
County Court Journal [includes probate, naturalization, and mental commitment information], vol. A, 1889-1919 (1 volume);
Index to County Court Journal [includes probate, naturalization, widow's pension, and mental commitment information], no. 1-500, vol. A, 1889-n.d. (1 volume);
Probate Bk. [Journal], vol. Q-R, 1979-1984 (.30 inch of microfiche);
Probate Register and Fee Book, vol. A-C, 1889-present (3 volumes).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
[Probate Journals], vol. A-J, 1889-1960 (5 reels of microfilm);
Probate Journal, vol. J-R, 1959-1984 (9 volumes);
[Probate-Journal], vol. Q-R, 1979-1984 (.20 inch of microfilm jackets);
Probate Journal [with index], vol. A-I, 1889-1959 (9 volumes).

 

Road and Bridge Records

1880-[ongoing]

Series documents the development, construction, maintenance, and improvement of county roads and bridges. Records include bonds, general road and highway maps, petitions to have roads constructed or altered, notices, complaints, vacation records, and correspondence. Information includes road numbers and names and descriptions of the activity occurring on the road. Information concerning county roads may be available on the Integrated Road Information System (IRIS) at the county road office. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

For additional information about Harney County roads see the Commissioner's Journals and the County Court Minutes (County Commissioners Administrative Journals). Maps listed in the GIS program office are available for purchase.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
County Deeds [includes road right of way deeds], ca.1923-ca.1952 (.15 cu.ft.);
Highways [Road Records-trifolded], ca.1921-1932 (.25 cu.ft.);
Roads and Highways [includes county and state road relocations, vacations, and exchanges], 1894-1895, 1941-1951 (.50 cu.ft.);
Roads [Records-includes petitions, surveys, relocations, bids, viewers reports, and bonds-trifolded], 1889-ca.1935 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Agreement Frenchglen Highway [includes survey information], 1970 (.05 cu.ft.);
Bridge Numbers and Road Distances in Harney County [Record], ca.1929 (1 volume);
[County Court Road Case Files-Miscellaneous-includes petitions, reports, vacations, survey drawings, legal descriptions, and related records], ca.1884-ca.1941 (1 cu.ft.);
Index to Road Record [indexes survey notes, survey drawings, legal descriptions and surveyor and road viewer reports], vol. 1, 1880-1917 (1 volume);
In the Matter of the Change in the Canyon City and Camp Harney Road [includes road petition and survey], 1892 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Trifolded Records-includes road orders and resolutions], ca.1924-ca.1927 (.05 cu.ft.);
Resolution on Highway Matters, 1936, 1959 (.05 cu.ft.);
Right of Way Agreements [includes roads], 1958-1968 (.05 cu.ft.);
Right of Way Deeds, 1957-1968 (.10 cu.ft.);
Road Record [includes some road and subdivision survey information], vol. 2, ca.1949-1968 (1 volume);
Road Record [includes survey notes, survey drawings, legal descriptions and surveyor and road viewer reports], vol. 1, 1880-1917 (1 volume);
Roads also State Highway [Agreement Records], 1927-1966 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Tax Collector's Office:
Harney County Roads [Map], 1954 (1 map).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Surveyor's Storeroom:
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes road, road survey, land survey, various Harney County buildings, mines, water projects, county courthouse, quarry site, city and vicinity, flood hazard-rolled], ca.1911-ca.1994 (ca.500 maps and drawings);
Roads [Legal Records-includes right of way, petition, and related records as well as copies of early Grant County records], ca.1883-ca.1938 (.80 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, GIS Program Office:
Comprehensive Plan Maps [includes sub-basins, flood hazard, ownership, lakes, wildlife habitat, roads, biomass resources, geothermal resources, desert trails, Paiute Indian lands, and Burns/Hines urban growth boundaries], n.d.-present (11 maps);
County Specialty Maps [includes bridges, byways, tour routes, hunt units, Burns/Hines flood zone, landfills, Paiute Indian Reservation, potential dairy locations, county roads, Burns/Hines streets, Crane streets, tax districts, Harney/Malheur Lakes watershed, and Burns/Hines zoning], n.d.-present (13 maps);
Other Maps [includes streets, roads, zoning, land use, hunt units, addresses, school district, tax district, flood zone, water, and sewer], n.d.-present (22 maps).

 

Road Maps and Survey Notes

1880-1994

Series documents the surveying and mapping of county roads. Records include road surveyor notes, alignment, profile, and other survey maps, and road registers. Information includes legal descriptions of the roads; road names and numbers; plans and profiles; township, range, and section numbers; dates of activity; and scales. General road maps may be found in the series titled Road and Bridge Records.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Surveyor's Storeroom:
Burns to Drinkingwater, Riley to Wagon Tire [State Highway Alignment Maps-rolled], ca.1927-ca.1954 (2 cu.ft.);
Burns to Gap Ranch, Burns to Frenchglen [State Highway Alignment Maps-rolled], ca.1925-ca.1956 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Burns to Seneca, Burns to Malheur Caves [State Highway Alignment Maps-rolled], ca.1920-ca.1963 (2.20 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes road, road survey, land survey, various Harney County buildings, mines, water projects, county courthouse, quarry site, city and vicinity, flood hazard-rolled], ca.1911-ca.1994 (ca.500 maps and drawings);
Road Map Harney County Oregon, ca.1885-ca.1947 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Agreement Frenchglen Highway [includes survey information], 1970 (.05 cu.ft.);
[County and Market Road Maps], ca.1906-ca.1930 (ca.30 maps);
[County Court Road Case Files-Miscellaneous-includes petitions, reports, vacations, survey drawings, legal descriptions, and related records], ca.1884-ca.1941 (1 cu.ft.);
Index to Road Record [indexes survey notes, survey drawings, legal descriptions and surveyor and road viewer reports], vol. 1, 1880-1917 (1 volume);
In the Matter of the Change in the Canyon City and Camp Harney Road [includes road petition and survey], 1892 (.05 cu.ft.);
Road Record [includes some road and subdivision survey information], vol. 2, ca.1949-1968 (1 volume);
Road Record [includes survey notes, survey drawings, legal descriptions and surveyor and road viewer reports], vol. 1, 1880-1917 (1 volume);
[Road Survey Plats and Descriptions-photocopies from volume-in map drawer], 1885-1899 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Roads [Records-includes petitions, surveys, relocations, bids, viewers reports, and bonds-trifolded], 1889-ca.1935 (.35 cu.ft.).

 

School District Records

1875-1972

Series reports the general and financial statistics of each school district located in the county. Information includes school district number and clerk's name; number of individuals within the district between ages four and twenty; number of teachers employed; number of school houses (owned by the district); number of legal voters; number of libraries and books within each; number of private schools; cash on hand at last report; district tax received from county; state schools funds received; general value of school grounds and furnishings; property values; enrollment; number of students enrolled from outlying districts; school census; and board minutes. Series may also contain school attendance and grade reports and data on students and parents. Records may be titled School District Clerk Annual Report, District Clerk's Book of Records, District Clerk Record Book, or Oregon School Register and Record Book, which is the most comprehensive record of school district activities. School district records have been inventoried through 1965. Access to student records may be restricted by state or federal law.

Many of the Burns-Hines School District records listed below include the name of the first teacher listed in each register.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 33-Fields], 1935-1946 (1 volume);
[School District Report Records-District No. 33-Fields], 1945-1947 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Budgets [includes various school districts], 1941-1958 (5 volumes);
County Budgets [School], 1964-1972 (.75 cu.ft.);
Rural School [School District Budgets], 1935-1940, 1952-1957 (1.50 cu.ft.);
Sch. Budgets et al. [School-title varies], 1937-1954, 1960-1961 (11 volumes);
School Budgets, 1952-1959 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Historical Museum:
District Clerk's Book of Records [District No. 6-Drewsey], 1891-1894 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Book of Records [District No. 26-Grant/Harney Counties-Virginia Valley], 1889-1897 (1 volume);
Minutes of the First School Meeting Held at Burns Ore. Grant Co., 1875-1888 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 2-Harney], 1924-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Drewsey], 1895-1898 (1 volume); 1900-1906 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 13], 1909-1915 (1 volume).

Records at the Burns-Hines School District No. 3 Administration Building, Business Manager's Office (District No. 1 Burns Records):
Clerk's Annual Census Report [District No. 1-Burns], 1945-1947 (.20 cu.ft.); 1958-1959 (.15 cu.ft.); 1962 (.05 cu.ft.);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 1-Burns], 1929-1931 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns], 1924-1925 (1 volume); 1925-1932 (1 volume); 1926-1929 (1 volume); 1932-1934 (1 volume); 1941-1944 (1 volume); 1942-1944 (1 volume); 1942-1946 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Alta Cole], 1932-1935 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Eunice Davis], 1932-1935 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Helene Biggs], 1922-1926 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Ilda Hayes], 1920-1923 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Irene Pugsley], 1932-1935 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Jesse Foley], 1932-1935 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Katherine Hirschbuhl], 1929-1932 (1 volume); 1932-1933 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Lelah McGee], 1927-1929 (1 volume); 1929-1932 (1 volume); 1932-1935 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Lulu Hayes], 1920-1923 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Marie Whitney], 1935-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-M. McGill], 1929-1931 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Neva Geer], 1929-1932 (1 volume); 1931-1932 (1 volume); 1932-1934 (1 volume); 1935 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Ruth Lowe], 1929-1932 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Teresa Foley], 1930-1932 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Wanda Spencer], 1935-1936 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Wanda West], ca.1936-1937 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-W.M. Sutton], 1922-1927 (1 volume); 1930-1932 (1 volume); 1932-1935 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Burns-Zella Hagey], 1920-1923 (1 volume).

Records at the Burns-Hines School District No. 3 Administration Building, Business Manager's Office (District No. 30 Hines Records):
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 30-Hines], 1924-1929 (1 volume); 1929-1930 (1 volume);
Hines Minutes [School Board-District No. 30-Hines], 1953-1969 (1 volume);
Minutes [School Board-District No. 30-Hines], 1938-1953 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 30-Hines-includes clerk's annual census report pages], 1960-1962 (1 volume); 1962-1963 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 30-Hines-Agness Davis-includes clerk's annual census report pages], 1933-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 30-Hines-Ella MacKey-includes clerk's annual census report pages], 1934-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 30-Hines-Gladys Denstedt-includes clerk's annual census report pages], 1929-1933 (1 volume); 1929-1934 (1 volume); 1930-1935 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 30-Hines-Helen Smith-includes clerk's annual census report pages], 1935-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 30-Hines-Ida Barber-includes clerk's annual census report pages], 1929-1933 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 30-Hines-James Red-includes clerk's annual census report pages], 1958-1960 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 30-Hines-Office-includes clerk's annual census report pages], 1933-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 30-Hines-R.H. Anderson-includes clerk's annual census report pages], 1933-1939 (1 volume); 1935-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 30-Hines-Sara Anderson-includes clerk's annual census report pages], 1939-1942 (1 volume); 1942-1946 (1 volume); 1950-1952 (1 volume); 1952-1954 (1 volume); 1954-1956 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 30-Hines-Sylvia Larson-includes clerk's annual census report pages], 1946-1948 (1 volume); 1948-1950 (1 volume).

Records at the Burns-Hines School District No. 3 Administration Building, Business Manager's Office (Miscellaneous Records):
BUHS Dist # 2 Minutes [Burns Union High School District No. 2-School Board], 1949-1966 (8 binders);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 37-Alberson-Gertrude Laine], 1919-1927 (1 volume);
[Union High School District No. 2-Burns-Minutes], 1947-1949 (1 binder).

Records at the Harney Education Service District Library (District Clerk's Records):
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 1-Burns], 1890-1892 (1 volume); 1892-1894 (2 volumes); 1894-1896 (1 volume); 1896-1898 (1 volume); 1897-1898 (1 volume); 1898-1899 (1 volume); 1899-1900 (1 volume); 1900-1901 (1 volume); 1900-1902 (1 volume); 1908-1909 (1 volume); 1909-1910 (1 volume); 1910-1911 (1 volume); 1921-1922 (1 volume); 1922-1923 (1 volume); 1929-1930 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 2-Harney], 1886-1894 (1 volume); 1898-1899 (1 volume); 1899-1900 (1 volume); 1900-1903 (1 volume); 1917-1922 (1 volume); 1927-1931 (1 volume); 1931-1938 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 6-Drewsey], 1902-1918 (1 volume); 1903-1907 (1 volume); 1908-1914 (1 volume); 1921-1923 (1 volume); 1923-1928 (1 volume); 1928-1929 (1 volume); 1929-1930 (1 volume); 1931-1935 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 13], 1889-1891 (1 volume); 1899-1900 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 14-Sunset Valley], 1926-1930 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 20-Catlow], 1921-1926 (1 volume); 1926-1929 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 24-Foley], 1908-1912 (1 volume); 1912-1916 (1 volume); 1913-1916 (1 volume); 1916-1923 (1 volume); 1926-1929 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 48-Blitzen], 1912-1916 (1 volume); 1916-1918 (1 volume); 1919-1921 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 50-Saddle Butte], 1913-1916 (1 volume); 1922-1924 (1 volume); 1924-1930 (1 volume); 1930-1933 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 51-Beckley], 1923-1928 (1 volume); 1926-1929 (1 volume); 1929-1932 (1 volume); 1930-1935 (1 volume); 1932-1933 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 54-South Catlow], 1920-1924 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney Education Service District Library (Oregon School Registers):
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 2-Harney], 1897-1898 (1 volume); 1900-1901 (1 volume); 1903-1904 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 4-Crane], 1935-1936 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Drewsey], 1903-1911 (1 volume); 1911-1916 (1 volume); 1916-1918 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 9-Narrows], 1938-1940 (1 volume); 1940-1941 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 16-Venator/Frenchglen], 1917 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 20-Catlow], 1926-1927 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 21-Wolf Creek], 1942 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 23-Harney and 46-Crook], 1919-1923 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 44-Kimball Flat], 1919-1922 (1 volume); 1931-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 47-Wickert], 1913-1918 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 48-Blitzen], 1913-1917 (1 volume); 1915-1919 (1 volume); 1917-1922 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 50-Saddle Butte], 1913-1920 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 51-Beckley], 1932-1933 (1 volume); 1938 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 52-Ross], 1915-1917 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 57], 1916-1919 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney Education Service District Library (Miscellaneous Records):
District Clerk's Annual Report [includes all Harney County school districts], 1933-1942 (1 volume);
Harney County School Census Reports [includes all Harney County school districts], 1950-1956 (1 volume); 1957-1962 (1 volume).

 

Superintendent of Schools Records

1896-1965

Series documents the official and financial affairs of the superintendent of schools concerning teachers, students, and schools located in the county. Records include annual statements on the condition of common (public) schools in the county, school district boundary records, school district accounts, and book purchases. Information includes financial information, school curricula, boundary descriptions, and enrollment and attendance data. Superintendent of schools records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
In the Matter of the Boundaries of School Districts Nos. 1 to 58 [Record], 1927 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney Education Service District Library:
[Eighth Grade Examination Records], 1915-1928 (1 volume);
[Harney County Boundary Board Minutes-School District], 1905-1930 (1 volume);
Minutes of Boundary Board [School District], vol. 2, 1931-1961 (1 volume);
Record of School District Officers, vol. 1, 1896-1936 (1 volume);
Record of Teachers Examined [with index], vol. 1, 1897-1935 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers Under Contract [with index], vol. 1, 1901-1965 (1 volume);
School District Boundaries [Record], 1902-1918 (1 volume).

 

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats

1850-[ongoing]

Series documents surveys of county land by the county or licensed professional surveyors. Records include log books, field notes, and plats. An index may also be included. Information includes survey dates; who the survey was for; donation land claims; township, range, section, and survey numbers; a history of previous surveys made for the area; descriptions of land, vegetation, and soil; landmarks; metes and bounds of tracts surveyed; and surveyor's names. Plats also include corner restoration marks, scales, dates created and filed, and donation land claim owners.

Approximately 75 percent of Harney County is classified as federal land and has not been surveyed by the county. Contact the planning department for access to a database related to county surveys.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Surveyor's Storeroom:
Burns Plats [includes surveys], ca.1914-ca.1965 (29 map rolls);
CS [Surveyor, Subdivision, and Partition Plats], no. CS1-CS1114, 1913-present (1114 plats);
Field Book [Surveyor's-includes subdivision information], 1913-1922 (28 volumes);
Harney County Plats [includes surveys], ca.1902-present (31 map rolls);
Hines Plats [includes surveys], ca.1929-ca.1972 (11 map rolls);
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes road, road survey, land survey, various Harney County buildings, mines, water projects, county courthouse, quarry site, city and vicinity, flood hazard-rolled], ca.1911-ca.1994 (ca.500 maps and drawings);
Narratives and Plat Copies [Survey-includes corner information-by township and range], ca.1875-present (3 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
GLO Survey Field Notes [General Land Office and Bureau of Land Management], 1875-ca.1998 (24 inches of microfiche);
Harney County Survey Plats and Descriptions [Index], ca.1913-present (1 volume);
[Mineral Survey], 1985 (9 sheets of microfiche).

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).

 

Tax Lot Cards

1980-[ongoing]

Tax lot cards, which contain official descriptions of real property, are used to track land ownership and lot size and also may serve as a deed reference. Records include tax lot number; the location of the land in reference to township, range, and section; and a description and record of changes to the property, acreage, and land owner.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Appraisal Jackets-includes transaction history sheets], 1980-present (35 cu.ft.);
[Mineral Rights Appraisal Cards-includes Official Description of Real Property cards on mining claims], 1980-1997 (4 cu.ft.).

 

Water Rights Records

1874-1979

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

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Brief of Behalf of Pacific Live Stock Company [Malheur River Water Rights Adjudication Records], ca.1948 (1 volume);
Decree [Donner und Blitzen River Water Rights Adjudication Record], 1942 (1 volume);
Exhibits [Donner und Blitzen River Water Rights Adjudication Record], 1895-1931 (3 volumes);
In Re Silvies River [Water Rights Adjudication Records-includes statements and proofs, contest papers, original evidence, transcripts, contest testimony, exhibits, briefs, and related records-title varies], ca.1893-ca.1923 (55 volumes);
Jurisdictional Papers, Stipulations, Briefs [Donner und Blitzen River Water Rights Adjudication Record], 1929-1931 (1 volume);
Record of Certificate of Water Rights [with index], vol. 1-2, 1914-1946 (2 volumes);
Record of Water Rights [with index], vol. B, 1905-1917 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1947-1978 (1 volume);
Silvies River Water Rights [Adjudication Records], no. 1403, ca.1919-1928 (.35 cu.ft.);
Statement of Contests [Donner und Blitzen River Water Rights Adjudication Record], 1930-1932 (1 volume);
Transcript of Arguments [Malheur River Water Rights Adjudication Record], 1924 (1 volume);
Transcript of Testimony [Donner und Blitzen River Water Rights Adjudication Record], vol. 1-4, 1931 (4 volumes);
Water Matters [Water District Formation Records-trifolded], 1915-1919 (.05 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Notices-trifolded], 1897-1908 (.20 cu.ft.);
[Water Rights-Record], vol. A-3, 1874-1959 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. 4, 1959-ca.1979 (1 sheet of microfilm jacket).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Donner und Blitzen River [Water Rights Original Evidence Exhibit No. 35], n.d. (.30 cu.ft.);
Findings and Order of Determination [Cow Creek], 1938 (.05 cu.ft.);
Finding of Fact and Order of Determination [Crooked River], 1914 (.05 cu.ft.);
Irrigation Cases [Water Rights Case Files], 1918-1928 (.30 cu.ft.);
Supplemental Findings [Cow Creek], 1939 (.05 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Record Index], vol. 4, 1979 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Record-partial], vol. 4, 1979 (1 sheet of microfiche);
Water Rights [with index], vol. A, 1874-1905 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom Cabinet:
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).

 

Zoning Records

1972-[ongoing]

Series documents the development and implementation of codes and policies relating to the zoning of county lands and to illustrate and locate the various zoned areas within the county. Records include uniform zone codes and ordinances depicting various zoned lands in the county. Information in codes and ordinances includes definition, code/ordinance numbers, purposes, uses, conditions for use, and changes made to codes/ordinances. Maps include area and/or zone descriptions, dates created, scales, and commissioners' signatures. Areas are typically zoned for residential, industrial, commercial, flood plain, agricultural, timber, public and government, and mineral extraction uses.

Zoning information included in the Planning Department Central Files is indexed on computer in the planning department office. Maps listed in the GIS program office are available for purchase.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Harney County Ordinance [includes comprehensive plan and zoning information-with index], 1982-present (5 binders);
[Zoning and Comprehensive Plan Maps-Burns and Hines], 1999-2001 (6 maps);
[Zoning Maps], no. 20010762, 2001 (3 maps).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
[Harney County Zoning Ordinance-includes maps and subdivision ordinance], 2002 (1 volume);
Harney County Zoning Ordinance, n.d. (1 volume);
[Planning Department Central Files-includes zone changes, zone map amendments, subdivision and partition cases, lot line adjustments, conditional use cases, and other planning actions], ca.1972-present (40 cu.ft.);
[Planning Department Central Files-includes zone changes, zone map amendments, subdivision and partition cases, lot line adjustments, conditional use cases, and other planning actions], 1984-2001 (10 inches of microfilm jackets);
Zoning Ordinance & Subdivision/Partitioning Ordinance, 2002 (1 binder).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, GIS Program Office:
County Specialty Maps [includes bridges, byways, tour routes, hunt units, Burns/Hines flood zone, landfills, Paiute Indian Reservation, potential dairy locations, county roads, Burns/Hines streets, Crane streets, tax districts, Harney/Malheur Lakes watershed, and Burns/Hines zoning], n.d.-present (13 maps);
Other Maps [includes streets, roads, zoning, land use, hunt units, addresses, school district, tax district, flood zone, water, and sewer], n.d.-present (22 maps).
Zoning Maps [includes commercial, unincorporated communities, additions, tracts, airport, etc.], n.d.-present (25 maps);

Records at the Harney County Web Site:
Harney County Zoning Ordinance [PDF-246 pages], 2002 (Internet).


Inventory by Gary Halvorson, Senior Archivist
Last Update: May 12, 2009

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