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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Jefferson County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1914-[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.

Jefferson County was governed by a county court until January 1, 1995, when it was replaced by a board of commissioners.

Records at the Jefferson County Administration Building, Clerk's Record Room:
Commissioners Court Journal Index [to County Court Journal], vol. 1-2, 1914-1988 (2 volumes);
Commissioners Court Journal, vol. 1-2, 1914-1928 (2 volume);
Commissioners Docket, vol. 1-2, 1914-1965 (2 volumes);
County Commission [Journal-includes orders and resolutions], 1930-2003 (3 inches of microfiche);
County Commission Meeting [Journal], 1995-1996 (.35 cu.ft. of computer printouts);
County Court [Journal Documents-includes order and resolutions], 1975-1982 (16 inches of aperture cards);
County Court Journal, vol. 3-10, 1928-1995 (8 volumes);
Jefferson County Commissioner's Journal by Instrument [Index], 1915-1993 (1 binder of computer printouts).

Records at the Jefferson County Administration Building, Commissioners' Office:
[Commissioners Minutes], 1997-2003 (7 volumes);
Minutes [Commissioners], 2004-present (8 binders);
[Orders, Ordinances, Resolutions, and Miscellaneous Signed Commissioners Documents], 1994-present (24 cu.ft.);
Ordinances, Resolutions, and Miscellaneous [includes signed commissioners documents-title varies], 1971-1997 (19 binders).

Records at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Basement Archives:
Handwritten County Court Minutes, 1987-1994 (2 cu.ft.);
Jefferson County Commissioners' Journal by Subject [Index], 1988-1993 (2 volumes of computer printouts).

Records at the Jefferson County Public Works Department Office, Vault:
Co. Court Minutes [County Court Proceedings-copies-trifolded], 1917-1918 (.10 cu.ft.);
County Court Docu. [Journal Documents-includes order and resolutions], 1930-ca.2003 (4 inches of microfilm jackets);
County Court Docu. [Original Handwritten County Court Minutes], 1965-1994 (1.50 inches of microfilm jackets);
County Court [Journal Documents-includes order and resolutions], 1975-1982 (16 inches of aperture cards);
County Surveyor Index [includes surveys, subdivisions, partitions, and commissioners journal references], 1899-present (1 binder).

Records at the Jefferson County Web Site:
Minutes [Commissioners'], 2011-present (Internet).

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