Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Jackson County Records Inventory

Federal Land Grant Records


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 Oregon State Archives:
[Donation Land Claim Book A-R-surnames], 1862-1882 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Donation Land Claim Book S-Z-surnames-with Abstract of Land Owned in Jackson County], 1862-1882 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Map Book of Original Homestead Entries], 1872-1883 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Jackson County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Room 318:
Book Owned by Gottlieb Elksnat Handwritten Copies of D.L.C. Notes [Donation Land Claim-in display case], n.d. (1 volume);
Original County Donation Land Claim and Partial Township Book [in display case], 1855-1859 (1 volume);
Sewall Truax [Survey Field Books-includes donation land claim information-photocopy], 1855-1889 (7 volumes).

Records at the Jackson County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Basement Records Storage Room 6A:
[DLC-Donation Land Claim Survey Records-includes introductions and certificates], ca.1853-ca.1857 (1 inch of microfiche);
Microfilm [Original DLC Notes-Government Field Notes Donation Land Claims-with index], 1854-1917 (1 reel of microfilm);
Original DLC Notes [Donation Land Claim Survey Field Notes], ca.1855-ca.1859 (2 reels of microfilm);
Original Gov't Notes [Survey Field Notes-includes land claim information], ca.1855-ca.1859 (5 reels of microfilm);
Sewall Truax [Survey Field Books-includes donation land claim information], 1855-1889 (7 volumes).

Records at the Jackson County Courthouse Annex, County Clerk's Recording Division Office Room 114:
[Land Claims and Assessments], 1853-ca.1897 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Record of Land Claim-includes Donation Land Claims], vol. A, 1853-1857 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Access Contracted Records Storage Facility:
Deed Record [Record of Land Claims-Bar code 66809], 1853-1857 (1 volume);
[Field Notes of Claims-Donation Land Claims-includes corner survey information-with index-91A.44, Box 53], 1855-ca.1859 (1 volume);
[Government Field Notes Donation Land Claims-includes corner survey information-typescript-with index-91A.44, Box 53], 1855-1917 (1 volume);
[Government Field Notes-Donation Land Claim-manuscript copy-91A.44, Box 54], vol. 1, 1855-ca.1859 (1 volume);
Land Matters [Homestead Register-80A-4], 1877-1885 (1 volume).

Records at the Southern Oregon Historical Society, Research Library:
Donation Land Claim Book A-R [surnames], 1862-1882 (1 reel of microfilm);
Donation Land Claim Records [MS 132], 1862-1882 (1 volume);
Map Book of Original Homestead Entries, 1872-1883 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Jackson County Genealogy Library Building, Library:
Jackson County DLC Maps [Donation Land Claim-General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management], ca.1853-n.d. (46 sheets of microfiche).

Records at the University of Oregon, Knight Library, Special Collections:
Miscellaneous [U.S. Land Patents], ca.1865-ca.1887 (.05 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).


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