Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Jackson County Records Inventory

Coroner and Inquest Records


Series records the results of the examination of a corpse by the county coroner at the request of the county sheriff. It also documents the proceedings and results of inquests ordered by the district attorney. Reports include date filed; name, age, sex, race, parentage, and birthplace of deceased; date, place, and time of death; names of undertaker and coroner; testimony; and costs. Early reports were narrative accounts detailing the cause of death. After 1900, a standardized form was used for reporting results. Inquest transcripts include coroner and juror names, signatures, and actions; witness names; testimony; and verdict. Coroner and inquest records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at Record Masters of Southern Oregon:
[Coroner's Inquests and Reports-81A.135, Boxes 7350-7351], 1859-1930 (1.35 cu.ft.);
[Death Scene Photographs-78A.37], ca.1932 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Jackson County Genealogy Library Building, Library:
Coroner's Inquest Records [Jackson County Abstracts], 1859-1930 (1 volume).

Records at the University of Oregon, Knight Library, Special Collections:
[Report of Coroner], 1859 (.05 cu.ft.).

State Archives • 800 Summer St. NE • Salem, OR 97310