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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Josephine County Records Inventory

Land Subdivision Records

1854-[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.

A small number of subdivision plats dating back to 1858 are included in older deed records (Deeds and Indexes)

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Cemetery Subdivision Register of Plats-Granite Hill Cemetery-with index], 1900-1903 (1 volume);
Minor Land Partitions [includes plat copies, descriptions, and registration information], 1978-1991 (12 volumes);
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes subdivision, cemetery, townsites, Rogue River-rolled-in cabinet], ca.1901-n.d. (ca. 25 maps);
Original Survey Notes [includes subdivisions], 1854-ca.1905 (2 reels of microfilm);
Partition Plats [with index], 1991-2004 (ca.1200 plats);
Subdivisions [Plats-includes condominiums-with index], ca.1883-present (ca.1700 plats).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index Book 1 Plats Mylar Reproductions [Subdivision], 1889-1972 (1 volume);
Index Subdivision Plats on Microfilm, ca.1980-n.d. (1 volume);
Master Index to Plats, 1883-present (1 volume);
Plat Cabinet G [Partition Plats], 2004-present (ca.450 plats);
Tracings Index [Subdivision], ca.1911-present (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Public Research Room:
Partition Plats [public use copies], 1990-present (14 cu.ft.);
Subdivisions [Summary List/Index], ca.1883-present (1 binder);
Subs [Subdivision Plats-hanging public use copies], 1858-present (23 volumes);

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Cemeteries [Plats], ca.1932-ca.1977 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Records Storage Room:
Hand Drawings of Original Subs and Additions [Subdivisions], n.d. (1 volume);
Partitions [Plats], 1990-present (ca.1650 plats);
[Subdivision Alphabetical Index], ca.1925-ca.1958 (2 binders);
Sub Mylars [Subdivision Plats-in drawer], ca.1858-present (ca.1600 plats);
[Survey Index Cards-includes homestead, subdivision, and mineral survey references-alphabetical], ca.1924-1991 (3 cu.ft.);
[Survey Index Cards-includes homestead, subdivision, and mineral survey references-township and range], ca.1924-1991 (12 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Planning Office:
Josephine County Plats Subdivisions [copies-title varies], ca.1959-ca.1995 (3 volumes);
Old Maps [Land Use Action Reference Maps-includes references to subdivisions and related planning actions], n.d. (1 volume);
[Property Files-Legal Land Use Action Case Files-includes information related to the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinances, subdivisions, partitions, and other planning actions-also includes planning commission minutes-by tax lot number-in boxes], ca.1958-2004 (185 cu.ft.);
[Property Files-Legal Land Use Action Case Files-includes information related to the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinances, subdivisions, partitions, and other planning actions-also includes planning commission minutes-by tax lot number-in cabinets], 2005-present (160 cu.ft.);
Sub [Subdivision Ordinance Amendments], 1978-1991 (2 binders).

Records at the Josephine County Planning Office Booth Street Storage Unit:
[Miscellaneous Planning Maps-includes comprehensive plan, zoning, subdivision, vicinity, and related maps-rolled], ca.1971-present (ca.200 maps).

Records at the Josephine County Public Works Department Engineering Office:
[Engineering Case Files-includes actions related to subdivisions and partitions], ca.1990-present (50 cu.ft.);
Partition Plat [copies], 1990-present (12 cu.ft.);
Subdivision Plat [copies-in map drawers], ca.1858-present (10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
[Land Ownership and Subdivision Plats], ca.1920-ca.1960 (ca.300 maps);
Town Plats, ca.1930 (ca.20 maps).

Records at the Josephine County Web Site:
LION [Land Information ONline-Geographic Information Systems Mapping Resource-includes information related to aerial photographs, comprehensive plan, zoning, land divisions, tax lots, assessment data, boundaries, roads, topography, and other subjects], n.d.-present (Internet);
Rural Land Development Code [includes historical documents related to the urban growth boundary and subdivisions-PDF], 1958-present (Internet).

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