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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Josephine County Records Inventory - Scrollable Version

The following information is based on a July 2011 inventory:


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

Assessor's Office: Courthouse, 500 NW 6th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526;
Booth Street Storage Units: No public access. Contact the appropriate entity (Planning or Josephine County Historical Society);
Clerk's Offices and Vault: Courthouse, 500 NW 6th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526;
Commission on Children and Families Office: 700 NW Dimmick St, Suite B, Grants Pass, OR 97526;
Finance Department Office: Courthouse, 500 NW 6th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526;
Forestry Department Office: Courthouse, 500 NW 6th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526;
Josephine County Courthouse (All offices): 500 NW 6th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526;
Josephine County Fair Office: 1451 Fairgrounds Rd, Grants Pass, OR 97527;
Josephine County Historical Society: 512 SW 5th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526;
Josephine County Justice Building Storage Rooms: No public access. Contact the appropriate office;
Oregon Historical Society: 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland 97205;
Oregon Public Health Division, Center for Health Statistics Office: 800 NE Oregon St, Suite 205, Portland OR 97232;
Oregon State Archives: 800 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97310;
Planning Office: 700 NW Dimmick St, Suite C, Grants Pass, OR 97526;
Public Health Offices: 715 NW Dimmick St, Grants Pass, OR 97526;
Public Works Department Engineering Office: 201 River Heights Way, Grants Pass, OR 97527;
Surveyor's Office: Courthouse, 500 NW 6th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526;
Tax Collector's Office: Courthouse, 500 NW 6th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526;
Trial Court Offices: Courthouse, 500 NW 6th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526;
University of Oregon, Knight Library, Special Collections: 1299 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403.



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

1939-[ongoing]

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Aerial Photos [title varies], 1950 (ca.2000 photographs); 1964 (ca.1000 photographs); 1969 (ca.1500 photographs); 1975 (ca.100 photographs); 1980 (ca.1000 photographs); 1981 (ca.75 photographs);
Topo Maps [Aerial Photographs-folded paper reproductions], 1986 (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Counter:
Aerials [Photographs-paper reproductions], 1995 (7 volumes);
BLM Photos [Bureau of Land Management Aerial Photomaps], 1971 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Forestry Department Office, Storage Room:
[Aerial Photographs], 2002 (ca.600 photographs);
Aerial Photos, 1950 (ca.75 photographs); 1965 (ca.2000 photographs); 1969 (ca.1500 photographs); 1975 (ca.300 photographs); 1980 (ca.2000 photographs); 1991 (ca.2000 photographs); 1996 (ca.250 photographs).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Public Research Room:
[Aerial Photographs-with flight-line index], 1975 (ca.900 photographs); 1980 (ca.900 photographs); 1986 (ca.980 photographs); 1995 (888 photographs).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Records Storage Room:
[Aerial Photographs], 1939 (125 photographs); 1940 (160 photographs); 1960 (120 photographs); 1969 (ca.900 photographs); 1972 (150 photographs); 1975 (ca.300 photographs);
[Aerial Photographs-Southern Oregon], 1982 (150 photographs);
[Aerial Photographs-U.S. Geological Survey Orthophoto Quadrangle Maps-large format-in map drawer], 1975-1982 (ca.50 photomaps).

Records at the Josephine County Planning Office:
[Aerial Photographs], 1975 (4 volumes);
Aerials [Photographs], 1980 (2 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Planning Office Booth Street Storage Unit:
[Aerial Photographs], 1957 (ca.40 photographs); 1960 (ca.150 photographs); 1967 (ca.150 photographs);
[Aerial Photographs-color], 1980 (ca.400 photographs); 1991 (ca.300 photographs).

Records at the Josephine County Public Works Department Engineering Office:
[Aerial Photographs-printed on paper], 1995 (8 volumes);
Old Aerial Photos [Miscellaneous Photographs-in map drawer], 1950, 1969, 1984 (ca.75 photographs);
Old Aerial Photos [Photographs-large format], 1960 (ca.25 photographs);
Old Aerial Photos [Photographs-negative], n.d. (ca.50 photographs);

Records at the Josephine County Public Works Department Engineering Office, Library:
Photos [Aerial Photographs], 1960 (ca.150 photographs); 1967 (ca.100 photographs); 1968 (ca.100 photographs).

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).

 

Animal Bounty Records

1909-1979

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.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Scalp Bounties [Animal-Lists], 1946-1959 (.10 cu.ft.); 1969-1979 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Josephine County Scalp Bounties Paid [Abstract], 1909-1921 (1 binder).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Scalp Bounty [General Fund Claims-Animal Scalps-trifolded], 1909-1921 (1 cu.ft.).

 

Assessment and Tax Rolls

1856-[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."

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Certification of Tax Roll [includes levies], 1984-present (.65 cu.ft.);
Delinquent Taxes [List], 1919-1926 (.25 cu.ft.);
Delinquent Tax Rolls, 1859-1908 (.25 cu.ft.);
Josephine County Tax Rolls [rolled], 1895-1910 (.75 cu.ft.);
Levy for Assessment, 1896-1918 (.35 cu.ft.);
Summary of Assessment Roll, 1900-1912 (.10 cu.ft.);
Tax Levies [Certification of Assessment Roll], 1971-1983 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Assessment Roll, 1890-1942 (55 reels of microfilm);
Assessment Rolls [Continuing], 1947-1977 (39 reels of microfilm);
Delinquent Tax Collection Register, 1908-1942 (13 reels of microfilm);
Delinquent Tax Roll, 1897-1900 (3 reels of microfilm);
Microfilm Assessment Roll [Microfiche], 1977-present (40 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Assessor's Private Office:
Assessment Roll, 1861-1863 (1 volume); 1862 (1 volume); 1863 (1 volume); 1864-1870 (1 volume); 1870 (1 volume); 1872 (1 volume); 1882 (1 volume); 1884 (1 volume); 1885 (1 volume); 1888 (1 volume); 1889 (2 volumes);
Delinquent Tax Collection Register, 1939 (1 volume);
Delinquent Tax List, 1861-1863 (1 volume); 1861-1864 (1 volume); 1862-1866 (1 volume); 1863-1867 (1 volume); 1863-1868 (1 volume); 1863-1872 (1 volume);
Delinquent Tax List and Assessment Roll, 1879 (1 volume);
Josephine County [Assessment Roll], 1881 (1 volume);
Josephine County Tax Rolls [Abstracts-by Hugo Neighborhood Association & Historical Society], 1859-1861 (1 binder);
[Statement of Taxes and Summary of Assessment Rolls], 1915-1990 (1 binder);
Tax List, 1873 (1 volume);
Tax List [includes transcript of 1872 assessment roll], 1864, 1872 (1 volume);
Tax Roll [actually Assessment Roll], 1859 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Tax Collector's Office:
[Alpha-Index to Tax Rolls], 1978-present (ca.2 inches of microfiche);
[Tax Roll], 1868-1939 (2 reels of microfilm);
[Tax Roll-includes related tax records-receipts, reports, and journals], 1963-1978 (ca.250 reels of microfilm); 1979-present (24 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Tax Collector's Office Old Jail Records Storage Cell:
Assessment Roll [includes delinquent tax information], 1859-1939 (28 reels of microfilm);
Tax and Assessment Rolls, 1890-1965 (ca.210 reels of microfilm);
Tax Rolls, 1978-1993 (16 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Assessment Roll, 1875-1878 (1 volume); 1877 (1 volume); 1879 (1 volume); 1880 (3 volumes); 1882 (1 volume); 1883 (1 volume); 1884 (1 volume); 1886 (1 volume); 1887 (1 volume); 1890 (2 volumes); 1891 (2 volumes); 1892 (2 volumes);
Delinquent List of Property, 1888, 1892 (1 volume);
Josephine County [Assessment Roll], 1881 (1 volume);
Tax Roll, 1885 (1 volume); 1996 (1 volume); 1887 (1 volume); 1888 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Copies of Assessment Rolls [transcripts], 1856-1859 (1 binder);
Copy of Assessment Roll for 1858 for Treasurers Office, 1858 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Booth Street Storage Unit:
Assessment and Tax Roll, 1908-1935 (73 volumes);
Assessment Roll, 1893-1907 (25 volumes); 1942 (1 volume);
Assessment Tax Roll, 1895, 1897, 1900 (5 volumes);
Delinquent Assessment Roll, 1896 (2 volumes); 1899 (2 volumes); 1936 (1 volume);
Delinquent Tax Collection Register, 1913-1914, 1921, 1925, 1927, 1930, 1935, 1938, 1940 (9 volumes);
Delinquent Tax Register, 1908-1916, 1928, 1933, 1936-1937, 1941-1942 (8 volumes);
Delinquent Taxes Collected by Sheriff, 1903, 1906-1912 (8 volumes);
Delinquent Taxes [Record], 1923-1924 (1 volume);
Josephine County Documents [Assessment Roll], 1859 (1 volume); [Sheriff's Return of Uncollected Taxes], 1859-1860 (1 volume);
Tax Roll, 1936-1942 (26 volumes).

Records at the University of Oregon, Knight Library, Special Collections:
Assessment Roll, 1861 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Web Site:
Assessment Roll Summaries and Statements [PDF], 2004-present (Internet);
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).

 

Assumed Business Names Registers

1913-1964

Series documents the registration of business names with the county clerk or recorder. Information includes assumed business name; description of business; filing date; and business owner, notary public, witness, clerk or recorder, and deputy's name. Series may also include an index arranged alphabetically by business name. Businesses which were registered were typically automotive sales, motorcycle repair, merchandise shops, butchers, and feed stores. Since 1964, assumed business names have been filed with the Secretary of State. Assumed business names have been inventoried through 1964. For more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Business Registry Section.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Assumed Business Names-Record], vol. 1-12, 1913-1964 (8 reels of microfilm);
Master Index to Assumed Business Names and Incorporations, 1913-1964 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Assumed Business Names [Record], vol. 1-12, 1913-1964 (8 reels of microfilm).

 

Attachment Records

1858-1983

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Attachment Record of Real Estate, vol. 1, 1886-1892 (1 volume);
Certificate of Attachment Filed Under Defendant [Alphabetical], ca.1909-ca.1979 (.20 cu.ft.);
Court Proceedings [includes circuit and county court proceedings and attachment records], 1858-1912 (5 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Trial Court 3rd Floor Records Storage Room:
Attachment Register, 1896-1912 (1 volume);
Certificate of Attachment Record [with index], vol. 1-2, 1893-1932 (1 volume);
Index to Certificate of Attachment, 1893-1983 (1 volume);
Undertakings [Undertaking for Attachment and Undertaking on Appeal Records], 1898-1920 (.15 cu.ft.).

 

Birth Records

1906-1925

Series documents the recording of births by the county. Records include certificates, affidavits for correction, registers, delayed entry for births and corrected entries. Information includes registration number; child's name, sex, legitimacy, birth date, and birthplace; name, residence, color, age, birthplace, and occupation of father and mother; number of other children born to mother; signature of physician or midwife; filing date; and registrar's signature. Birth records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register births. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Birth records have been inventoried through 1920. For information concerning more recent records, contact the State Registrar. Also see Delayed Birth Records series for related records. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Records at the Oregon Public Health Division, Center for Health Statistics Office:
Record of Births, 1906-1915 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths, 1915-1925 (1 volume).

 

Circuit Court Case Files

1858-1983

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Circuit. [Circuit Court Case Files], 1944-1948, 1952-1955, 1958-1959 (40 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Case Files-Transcripts of Testimony], ca.1900-ca.1920 (1.30 cu.ft.);
Confessions of Judgment, 1888-1900 (.05 cu.ft.);
Court Proceedings [includes circuit and county court proceedings and attachment records], 1858-1912 (5 cu.ft.);
Divorce [Record of Divorce or Annulment-title varies], ca.1951-1983 (19 volumes);
Divorce Returns, 1925-1949 (16 volumes);
Incomplete Circuit Court Files, 1890-1927 (.25 cu.ft.);
Indictments, Verdict of Jury, and Undertaking for Appearance, 1873-1904 (.25 cu.ft.);
Judgment Roll [Circuit Court Case Files-includes some county court], 1887-1932 (67 cu.ft.);
Miscellaneous Circuit Court Orders, 1937-1981 (.50 cu.ft.);
Miscellaneous Court Papers, 1878-1983 (.35 cu.ft.);
Miscellaneous Petitions Circuit Court, 1884-1911 (.25 cu.ft.);
Old Old Records [Miscellaneous Records-includes certificate of tax sale, teacher's report, road supervisor's report, justice court docket sheets, circuit court papers, and various other documents], ca.1859-ca.1913 (1 cu.ft.);
Papers For Judgment Roll, ca.1883-ca.1920 (.70 cu.ft.);
Register Circuit Court [with index to case files], 1863-1884 (1 volume);
Register of Actions [with index to case files], vol. 1-2, 1889-1908 (2 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Room 218:
Circuit Court [Case Files], no. 4049-9734, 50.001-79.1770, 1928-1979 (307 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court [C/C Reg. of Actions-Register of Circuit Court-with index to case files], 1863-1884 (1 reel of microfilm);
Circuit Court [Index to Register of Actions and Judgment Roll Docket], 1909-1984 (7 volumes); vol. 4-6, 1934-1970 (3 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court [Register of Actions-with index to case files], vol. 1-2, 1889-1908 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Trial Court 3rd Floor Records Storage Room:
[Circuit Court Case Files], 1980-1983 (147 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Jo. Co. Court Transcripts [Circuit Court Transcripts of Testimony], 1900-1914 (1.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Miscellaneous Items [Circuit Court Transcripts-in bottom drawer], ca.1910 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1266 [Circuit Court Case Records-Josephine County vs. San Francisco Bridge Company], 1895 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Circuit Court Dockets

1858-1983

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Bar Docket, 1859-1865 (1 volume);
Bar Docket Law and Equity, vol. 1-3, 1899-1908 (3 volumes);
Circuit Court Bar Docket, 1866-1884 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Docket, 1858-1883 (3 volumes);
Circuit Court Docket [with index], vol. 1, 1893-1899 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Fee Book [and Register-with index], vol. 1, 1892-1894 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Journal and Fee Book [Register-with index], 1859-1883 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Minutes, 1926-1933 (2 volumes);
Docket [Circuit Court], 1883-1892 (1 volume);
Register Circuit Court [with index], 1863-1884 (1 volume);
Register of Actions [with index], vol. 1-2, 1889-1908 (2 volumes);
Register of County Court [actually Circuit Court], 1886-1893 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Trial Court 3rd Floor Records Storage Room:
Docket Sheets [Circuit Court], 1961-1969 (3 cu.ft.);
Index to Register of Actions and Judgment Roll Docket, 1909-1984 (7 volumes);
Register and Circuit Court Docket, 1969-1971 (.50 cu.ft.);
Register of Actions, vol. 1-5, 1906-1927 (5 volumes); 1971-1983 (27 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Room 218:
Index to Register of Actions and Judgment Roll Docket, vol. 4-6, 1934-1970 (3 reels of microfilm);
Register [Reg. of Actions-Circuit Court], 1863-1884 (1 reel of microfilm);
Register [Reg. of Actions-Circuit Court-with index], vol. 1-2, 1889-1908 (1 reel of microfilm).

 

Circuit Court Journals

1856-1983

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 Oregon State Archives:
[U.S. District Court Journal], 1856-1859 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 3-48, 1890-1953 (46 volumes); vol. 135-136, 1982 (2 reels of microfilm);
Index to Circuit Court Journal, vol. 1-2, 1890-1919 (2 volumes);
Record [Circuit Court Journal], 1859-1878 (1 volume);
Record Circuit Court Journal, vol. 3, 1878-1890 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Room 218:
Circuit Court Journal [Index Direct & Reverse], vol. 1-2, n.d. (1 reel of microfilm);
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 1-57, 62-142, 1859-1957, 1959-1983 (103 reels of microfilm).

 

Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings

1856-1981

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, name of individual filing, type 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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Miscellaneous Records Direct, vol. 1, 1911-1981 (1 volume);
Index to Miscellaneous Records Indirect, vol. 1, 1911-1981 (1 volume);
Miscellaneous [Records], vol. 9-19, 1913-1969 (11 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Miscellaneous Records, vol. 2, n.d. (1 volume);
Miscellaneous Book, 1857-1859 (1 volume);
Miscellaneous Record [with index], vol. 1, 1856-1862 (1 volume); vol. 5-8, 1886-1913 (4 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Josephine County Records [Clerk's Miscellaneous Recordings], 1864-1868 (1 volume).

 

Clerk and Recorder Official Filings

1980-[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.

Since 1980 deeds, mortgages, mining claims, water rights, and military discharges have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records. Since 1994 commissioners journals have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records. The Book of Records index is available only on computer. A public access computer is available in the clerk's office.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Book of Records [title varies], 1980-present (ca.800 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Volumes [Book of Records], 1980-2000 (ca.400 reels of microfilm).

 

Corner Survey Records

1855-[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 Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Public Research Room:
[Corner Survey Visual Index Plats-by township and range], n.d. (14 volumes);
County Surveyors Book [Corner Restoration Notes-copies], vol. 1-10, ca.1893-2007 (7 binders);
[Original BLM/GLO Survey Records-includes corner restoration and donation land claim survey information-Bureau of Land Management/General Land Office-paper copy of microfiche records], ca.1856-ca.1996 (16 volumes);
Proportioned Corner [Book-Notes], vol. 50, 1989-2001 (1 binder);
Re-Established Corners [Wall Visual Reference Map], n.d.-2008 (1 map).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Records Storage Room:
[County Survey Book-includes corner survey information-originals], vol. 1-10, 1908-ca.1984 (2.50 cu.ft.);
CS Book [County Survey Book-includes corner survey information], 1908-ca.1984 (.50 inch of microfilm jackets);
Government Corner Record Index, ca.1855-ca.1967 (3 volumes);
[Original BLM/GLO Survey Records-includes corner restoration and donation land claim survey information-Bureau of Land Management/General Land Office], ca.1856-1998 (5 inches of microfiche);
Surveyors Records [Corner Restoration], vol. A1, 1908-1951 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Miscellaneous Items [Land Corner Survey Book-with index], ca.1900 (1 volume).

 

Coroner and Inquest Records

1857-1966

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Coroner's Examinations [Records], 1911-1966 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Josephine County Documents [Testimony of Coroner's Inquest], 1857, 1862, 1884 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

County Budgets

1913-[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.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[County Budget-includes trial and estimated budgets], 1935-1950 (.50 cu.ft.);
[County Budget-title varies], 1944-1987 (ca.3 cu.ft.);
Josephine County Adopted Budget, 2008-2010 (3 volumes);
Josephine County Annual Operating Budget, 2000-2003 (3 volumes); 2004-2005 (1 binder);
Tax Levies and Budgets [County], 1913-1951 (.70 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Finance Department Office:
Josephine County Budget, 2006-present (6 binders).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Finance Department Office, Vault:
Budgets [County-title varies], 1972-2008 (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Miscellaneous Items [Josephine County Budget], 1983-1985 (2 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Web Site:
Budget Information [County-PDF], 2004-present (Internet).

 

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1856-[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.

The commissioners journals have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records for some years.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Commissioners Journal [includes exhibits], 1974-1981 (20 cu.ft.); 2009-present (4 cu.ft.);
Commissioner's Journal, vol. 16-94, 1964-1994 (83 reels of microfilm);
Index to Commissioners Records, vol. 1-4, 1856-1983 (4 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Commissioners' Court Docket, vol. 1, 1893-1902 (1 volume);
Commissioners Court Journal [title varies], vol. 3-15, 1882-1963 (13 volumes);
Commissioners Court Papers, ca.1856-ca.1949 (3 cu.ft.);
Commissioner's Court [Records, Notes, and Orders], 1915-1973 (5.50 cu.ft.);
County Court [Administrative Records], 1881-1884 (.35 cu.ft.);
[County Court Journal-pencil entries], 1904-1908 (1 volume); 1912 (1 volume);
County Court Proceedings [Minutes], 1896 (.10 cu.ft.);
Finished County Business [Administrative Records], 1904-1914 (.35 cu.ft.);
Journal [Commissioners Register-title varies], 1939-1945 (3 volumes); 1953-1967 (4 volumes);
Journal County Court, 1856-1864 (1 volume);
Record County Commissioners, vol. 2, 1864-1882 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Clerk's Office Old Jail Records Storage Cell:
Commissioners Journals [includes exhibits], 1981-2009 (80 cu.ft.).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 2270 Commissioners Journal [typescript], 1882-1898 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Web Site:
Agendas & Minutes [Board of County Commissioners], 2005-present (Internet).

 

County Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, and Resolutions

1856-[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.

Since 1856 orders, ordinances, and resolutions have been recorded in the County Court Journal and successive records (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Commissioner's Court [Records, Notes, and Orders], 1915-1973 (5.50 cu.ft.);
County Roads Misc. Orders, Etc. [includes road orders], ca.1963-1971 (.25 cu.ft.);
Roadway of Necessity Petitions, Orders, Etc., 1961-1969 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Records Storage Room:
Pub/County Rds [Public and County Roads State Highway-Case Files-includes petitions, orders, deed copies, road survey copies, and related documents], ca.1900-present (2.50 cu.ft.);
Roads [Case Files-includes petitions, orders, vacations, correspondence, road survey copies, and related records], ca.1878-present (15 cu.ft.);
Roads [Establishment and Survey Record-includes references to petitions, orders, vacations, road surveys, and related documents], ca.1856-ca.1970 (2 binders);
State Hwys [Highway Establishment and Survey Record-includes references to petitions, orders, vacations, road surveys, and related documents], ca.1870-ca.1970 (1 binder).

Records at the Josephine County Planning Office:
BCC Orders [Board of County Commissioners], 1976-2010 (1 binder);
Codes [Zoning Ordinances-includes land development], 1958-1994 (9 binders);
Josephine County Rural Land Development Code [includes zoning information], 2005 (1 binder);
Ord [Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinances], 1981-present (9 binders);
[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.);
RLDC [Rural Land Development Code-includes zoning information], 2001-present (1 binder);
[Resolutions-County Commissioners], 1980-1987 (1 volume);
Sub [Subdivision Ordinance Amendments], 1978-1991 (2 binders).

Records at the Josephine County Web Site:
Ordinances [County-PDF], ca.1981-present (Internet);
Planning Documents and Forms [includes historical codes and ordinances], 1994-present (Internet);
Rural Land Development Code [includes historical documents related to the urban growth boundary and subdivisions-PDF], 1958-present (Internet).

 

County Comprehensive Plans

1958-[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.

Records at the Josephine County Planning Office:
[Comprehensive Plan Development and Reference Library Records-relating to statewide goals-in binders], ca.1980-present (6 cu.ft.);
Comprehensive Plan [Josephine County], 1981 (1 volume);
C.P. Maps [Comprehensive Plan], 1981 (.15 cu.ft.);
Ord [Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinances], 1981-present (9 binders);
[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.).

Records at the Josephine County Planning Office Booth Street Storage Unit:
History & Original Comp Plan Documents [Comprehensive Plan Acknowledgement Records], ca.1981-ca.1985 (1 cu.ft.);
[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, Library:
Comprehensive Plan [Josephine County], 1981 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Miscellaneous Items [Josephine County Comprehensive Plan], 1976 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Web Site:
Comprehensive Plan [PDF-includes historical documents], ca.1979-present (Internet);
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).

 

County Court Case Files

1858-1932

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Court Proceedings [includes circuit and county court proceedings and attachment records], 1858-1912 (5 cu.ft.);
Index to County Court Journal [apparently indexes county court proceedings], ca.1858-ca.1912 (1 volume);
Judgment Roll [Circuit Court Case Files-includes some county court], 1887-1932 (67 cu.ft.).

 

County Court Judicial Journals

1859-1947

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
County Court Docket-Equity, 1861-1882 (1 volume);
County Court Journal [with index], vol. 2-3, 1899-1947 (2 volumes);
Record County Court Journal [includes some naturalization and insane commitment actions], vol. 1, 1859-1899 (1 volume);
Records [Judicial Court Docket], 1859-1883 (1 volume);
Register of Actions County Court [with index], vol. 1, 1906-1947 (1 volume).

 

County Fair Records

1928-[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 Josephine County Fairgrounds, Fair Office:
Board Meeting Minutes [Fair], 2011-present (1 binder);
[Fair Board Minutes], 1947-1952 (1 binder); 1964-2010 (25 binders);
Josephine County Fair Premium List, 2006-present (5 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, Fair Office, Safe:
Premium List [title varies], 1928, 1936, 1948-2005 (3.25 cu.ft.).

 

County Officials Reports

1861-2000

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Financial Statements [includes clerk and treasurer reports], 1861-1918 (.35 cu.ft.);
Josephine County Misc. Reports on Film [Annual Reports-Miscellaneous], 1957-1970 (1 reel of microfilm); 1981-2000 (1 reel of microfilm);
Josephine County Misc. Reports on Film [Clerk's Yearly Activity Report-Miscellaneous], 1977-1990 (1 reel of microfilm);
Josephine County Today [Quarterly Report of Governmental Activities], 1962-1966 (21 volumes);
Road Viewers Reports [includes reports and field notes-title varies], vol. 1-3, 1872-1923 (3 volumes);
Sheriff's Semi-annual Reports, 1917-1942, 1967-1969 (.10 cu.ft.);
Treasurer Reports, 1969-1970 (1 reel of microfilm); 1975-1980 (3 reels of microfilm); 1987 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Josephine County Documents [Report of School Superintendent], 1867 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
County Home Reports [of Superintendent of County Home], 1914-1939 (.25 cu.ft.);
County Records [Josephine County Today-Quarterly Report of Governmental Activities], 1962-1969 (1 cu.ft.).

 

Death Records

1906-1925

Series documents the recording of deaths in the county. Records include registers and certificates. Information includes registration number; place and date of death; name, sex, color, birth date and place, age, and marital status of the deceased; names and birthplaces of parents; primary and contributory cause of death; physician, registrar, and informant signatures; filing date; and date and place of burial. Death records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register deaths. County death records have been inventoried through 1920. Access to death records is restricted for 50 years following the date of death by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096. Contact the Oregon State Archives for access to state death certificates that are more than 50 years old. Contact the Oregon Center for Health Statistics for access to more recent death certificates.

Records at the Oregon Public Health Division, Center for Health Statistics Office:
Record of Births and Deaths, 1915-1925 (1 volume);
Record of Death, 1906-1915 (1 volume).

 

Deeds and Indexes

1855-1991

Series documents the ownership of land. Series includes deeds, land sales contracts, quit claim 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 1980 deeds have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Deed and Mortgage Record, vol. 1, 1857-1859 (1 volume);
[Deed Index], n.d. (4 volumes);
Deed Record [Jackson County Transcripts-with index], vol. 5J, 1859-1885 (1 volume);
Deed Record, vol. 2-168, 1858-1953 (167 volumes);
Deeds and Agreements Belonging to Josephine County [title varies], ca.1925-1991 (3.35 cu.ft.);
Deeds of Conveyance, 1866-1885 (1 volume);
Index Inverted and Direct Deeds, vol. C, n.d. (2 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Deed Index Direct and Indirect, vol. 1-13, 1857-1977 (22 reels of microfilm);
Deed Record, vol. 1-342, 1857-1980 (251 reels of microfilm);
Old Deed Records [Deed Record-title varies], vol. 51-342, 1920-1980 (222 reels of microfilm);
Index to Deeds Direct and Indirect, vol. 1-3, 1857-1906 (3 volumes);
Index to Deeds Direct, vol. 4-15, 1906-1981 (12 volumes);
Index to Deeds Indirect, vol. 4-15, 1906-1981 (12 volumes);
Mortgage Records [Deed and Mortgage-Record], vol. 1, 1857-1859 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Volumes [Deeds], vol. 1-342, 1857-1980 (224 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Deeds and Mortgages, 1855-1898 (.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Deeds [trifolded], ca.1892-ca.1896 (.30 cu.ft.).

 

Delayed Birth Records

1876-1955

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. Also see Birth Records series for related records. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Circuit Court Birth Petitions and Decrees [includes births from ca.1876-ca.1922], no. 1-502, 1941-1955 (1 cu.ft.).

 

Election Poll Books

1900-1950

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
File Book No. 1 Blanks B Oregon Registration [Voter], 1900 (1 volume);
Official Register of Electors [Lucky Queen Precinct], 1900 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Cancelled Registration Cards-Voter], 1914-1950 (2 reels of microfilm);
General Register [of Electors], 1902 (1 volume); 1914 (1 volume);
Official Register of Electors, 1900 (1 volume); 1904 (1 volume); 1906 (1 volume); 1908 (1 volume); 1910 (1 volume);
Official Register [of Electors], 1912 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Poll Book, 1912, 1916 (3 volumes).

 

Election Voting Abstracts

1866-1960

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Elections Miscellaneous [Abstract of Vote], 1866 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Record of Elections, vol. 1-5, 1908-1960 (5 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Josephine County Documents [Abstracts of Votes], 1866, 1872-1878, 1884-1890, 1896-1898 (.15 cu.ft.).

 

Farm Name Registration Records

1911-1964

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Register of Farm Names, vol. 1, 1911-1963 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Farm Name [Registration Records-trifolded], 1913-1964 (.10 cu.ft.).

 

Federal Land Grant Records

1850-1998

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Public Research Room:
DLC Field Notes [Donation Land Claim-typed copies-with index], 1855-1858 (1 volume);
Homestead and Mineral Surveys [Maps], ca.1872-ca.1996 (1 volume);
Homestead Entries Surveys [Field Notes], 1909-1923 (1 volume);
[Original BLM/GLO Survey Records-includes corner restoration and donation land claim survey information-Bureau of Land Management/General Land Office-paper copy of microfiche records], ca.1856-ca.1996 (16 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Records Storage Room:
[Original BLM/GLO Survey Records-includes corner restoration and donation land claim survey information-Bureau of Land Management/General Land Office], ca.1856-1998 (5 inches of microfiche);
[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 Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Deed Record [U.S. Land Patents], vol. 28, 1905-1917 (1 volume);
Government Location Plats and Donation Land Claims for Josephine County, ca.1850-1936 (2 reels of microfilm);
Patents and U.S. Receiver's Receipts [Land], 1884-1931 (.20 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

1859-1926

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Certificate of Sale for Taxes], 1902-1904 (1 volume);
County Tax Foreclosure Deeds, 1895-1920 (.15 cu.ft.);
Old Old Records [Miscellaneous Records-includes certificate of tax sale, teacher's report, road supervisor's report, justice court docket sheets, circuit court papers, and various other documents], ca.1859-ca.1913 (1 cu.ft.);
Return of Sale Tax Foreclosure, 1920 (.35 cu.ft.);
[Sheriff's Certificate of Redemption or Assignment from County Delinquency Sale], 1914-1926 (1 volume);
Tax Sale Certificates and Affidavits, 1893-1898 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Record of Sales of Real Property, vol. 1, 1897-1905 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Tax Collector's Office Old Jail Records Storage Cell:
Foreclosures [Tax-Records], 1915-1920 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Certificates Assigned or Redeemed [Delinquent Tax], 1914-1919 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Booth Street Storage Unit:
Record of Certificate of Delinquency, 1915 (1 volume).

 

Health and Human Services Records

1937-[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.

Commission on Children and Families Advisory Board Minutes from 1994 to the present and Mental Health Advisory Board Minutes from 1984 to the present are "journalized" and filed with the County Commissioners Journal maintained by the county clerk.

Records at the Josephine County Public Health Building, Director's Office:
Bd of Hlth [Board of Health-Minutes], 1985-1988 (.30 cu.ft.);
County Board of Health [Minutes], 1981 (1 binder);
Health [Board of Health-Minutes], 1983-1984 (.10 cu.ft.); 1990-1993 (.20 cu.ft.);
Josco Board of Health [Josephine County-Minutes], 1954-1963 (1 binder);
Josephine County Board of Health [Minutes], 1963-1965 (1 binder); 1965-1968 (1 volume); 1972-1975 (1 binder); 1975-1978 (1 binder); 1978-1979 (1 binder); 1980-1981 (1 binder);
Record [Board of Health Minutes], 1937-1961 (2 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Public Health Building, Administrative Secretary's Office:
[Board of Health Minutes], 1993-2006 (1 cu.ft.);
Signed Minutes [Board of Health], 2007-2010 (1 binder).

Records at the Josephine County Juvenile Justice Center, Commission on Children and Families Office:
CCF Committees [Commission on Children and Families Minutes], 1994-present (1.25 cu.ft.);
LADPC [Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee-Records-includes minutes], 2007-present (2 binders).

 

Insane Commitment Records

1859-[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.

Josephine County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Record of Insane [with index], vol. 1-4, 1898-1940 (4 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Estates and Guardianships [Numerical Card File-includes mental commitments], 1939-1970 (.40 cu.ft.);
Insane Commitments [Records-alphabetical], 1874-1922 (.65 cu.ft.);
Mental Health Commitments [Case Files], 1923-1959 (6 reels of microfilm);
Record County Court Journal [includes some naturalization and insane commitment actions], vol. 1, 1859-1899 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Trial Court Civil Unit Office:
[Mental Commitment Case Files], 1995-present (10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Trial Court 3rd Floor Records Storage Room:
Mental [Commitment Case Files-title varies], 1960-1999 (24 cu.ft.);
Record of Insane [with index], vol. 5-6, 1940-1975 (2 volumes);
Record of Mentally Diseased [with index], vol. 7, 1976-1984 (1 volume).

 

Judgment and Execution Records

1857-1922

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Case Record [Sheriff's Executions], 1912-1915, 1918-1920 (2 volumes);
Judgment Lien Docket [with index], 1857-1861 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Judgment Lien Docket, vol. 2, 1893-1922 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Josephine County Documents [Execution of Judgment], 1858 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Justice Court Case Files

1877-1935

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Transcripts from Justice Court [Old and New], 1877-1911 (1 cu.ft.);
Transcripts from Justice Court to Appear in Circuit Court, 1909-1914 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
[Justice Court Case Files-Merlin District], 1935 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Justice Court Dockets

1858-1946

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Justice Court Closed Docket Register, 1932-1940 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Criminal Docket-County Judge Sitting as Magistrate], 1896-1898 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Grants Pass and Merlin Districts], 1901-1931 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Grants Pass District], 1889-1909 (1 reel of microfilm); 1909-1917 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Grants Pass District], vol. 1-7, 1926-1931 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Selma District], 1915-1935 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Waldo District], 1913-1918 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Wolf Creek District], 1915-1946 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Justice Docket Kirbyville District], 1878-1887 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [Lucky Queen District-only two pages], 1939 (1 volume);
Old Old Records [Miscellaneous Records-includes certificate of tax sale, teacher's report, road supervisor's report, justice court docket sheets, circuit court papers, and various other documents], ca.1859-ca.1913 (1 cu.ft.);
Record [Justice Court Docket-Slate Creek District], 1884-1913 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Room 218:
Justice Court [Docket-Grants Pass and Merlin Districts], 1901-1931 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court [Docket-Grants Pass District], 1889-1908 (1 reel of microfilm); 1896-1898 (1 reel of microfilm); 1926-1931 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court [Docket-no district shown], 1887-1889 (1 reel of microfilm); 1932-1940 (1 reel of microfilm); 1932-1950 (1 reel of microfilm); 1935-1937 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court [Docket-Selma District], 1915-1935 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court [Docket-Waldo District], 1916-1918 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Justice Docket [Grants Pass Precinct-with index], 1893-1902 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [Merlin Precinct], 1895-1916 (1 volume);
Justice's Civil and Criminal Docket Grants Pass Precinct, 1889-1892 (1 volume); 1892-1899 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Old Old County Records [Justice Court Docket-Slate Creek District], 1858-1862 (1 volume);
Old Old County Records [Territory of Oregon-Justice Court Docket], 1881-1911 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Booth Street Storage Unit:
Justice Docket [Grants Pass Precinct], ca.1900-1931 (20 volumes);
Justice Docket [Merlin District and Selma District], 1909-1935 (3 volumes);
Justice Docket [Waldo District], 1913-1918 (2 volumes);
Justice Docket [Wolf Creek District], 1915-1946 (1 volume).

 

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).

 

Land Title Registers

1857-1968

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 ended in 1972 by Oregon law.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Certificate of Title Torrens, 1913-1960 (.75 cu.ft.);
Index of Registered Owners, vol. 1, 1908-n.d. (1 volume);
Land Registration Docket, vol. 1, 1908-1916 (1 volume);
Present Owner [Town Lots and Acreage], vol. 1-6, ca.1864-ca.1929 (6 volumes);
Record of Instruments and Papers Received & Filed Affecting Registered Lands, vol. 1, 1908-1913 (1 volume);
Register of Title, 1908-1950 (.30 cu.ft.);
Register of Titles Index Temporary But Complete [in reused voter registration book], n.d. (1 volume);
Register of Titles, vol. 1-2, 1908-1968 (2 volumes);
Torrens [Index to Register of Title], 1908-1968 (1 binder).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Chicago Land Company [Land Registration], 1927-1949 (1 volume);
Jas. J. McFadden [Land Ownership Plat Book], n.d. (2 volumes);
Present Owner Book, ca.1857-1946 (3 volumes);
Town Lots, ca.1857-1946 (2 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Records Storage Room:
[Land Ownership Plat Book-large], n.d. (1 volume).

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

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
[Land Ownership Plat Books], vol. A-D, ca.1920-ca.1960 (4 volumes).

 

Maps, Plans, and Drawings

1900-[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.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Assessors Maps], n.d. (4 volumes);
Blueprints of Josephine County Courthouse, 1916 (1 reel of microfilm);
[General Highway Map of Josephine County, Oregon], 1954 (1 volume);
[General Highway Map of Josephine County, Oregon-includes orthophoto vicinity maps], 1969 (1 volume);
Josephine County Assessor's Maps, n.d. (2 reels of microfilm);
Josephine County Courthouse [Building Plans], ca.1916 (8 drawings);
Map of Josephine County Oregon, 1962 (1 map);
Metsker's Atlas of Josephine County, Oregon, 1955 (1 volume);
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes subdivision, cemetery, townsites, Rogue River-rolled-in cabinet], ca.1901-n.d. (ca. 25 maps);
[Miscellaneous Maps, Plans, and Specification-includes fairgrounds dance hall, jail, courthouse-rolled-in drawers], ca.1910-ca.1948 (ca.100 maps and plans);
Papers Re: Old Hospital Addition [Josephine County Hospital-includes plans and specifications], ca.1939-ca.1940 (1.20 cu.ft.);
[Precinct Map Booklet-Josephine County], ca.1969 (2 volumes);
WRFPD & ARFPD [Rural Fire Protection Districts-on assessor's map base], n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Assessors Maps, 1978 (1 reel of microfilm);
Assessors Maps [Assessors Maps and Wild Rivers Project], 1973 (3 reels of microfilm);
City of Grants Pass & Vicinity Voting Precincts, Representative Boundaries, Congressional Districts [Wall Map], 2007 (1 map);
City of Grants Pass Voting Precincts [Wall Map], 2007 (1 map);
Congressional & State Representative District [Maps-wall], 2001-2002 (2 maps);
Josephine County Voting Precincts, Representative Boundaries, Congressional Districts [Wall Map], 2007 (1 map).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Assessment Rolls [Assessor's Maps], 1975 (1 reel of microfilm); 1976 (1 reel of microfilm); 1978 (1 reel of microfilm);
Forest Land Applications [Forest, Greenbelt, and Farm Land Special Assessment Records-includes maps-title varies], 1968-present (19 cu.ft.);
Metsker's Atlas of Josephine County, Oregon, 1970 (1 volume);
Metsker's Atlas of Josephine County, Oregon [modified to act as logging and sawmill permit plat book], 1933, 1957-1959 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Assessor's Office, Counter:
Map Book [Assessor's Maps], n.d.-present (22 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Public Research Room:
City of Grants Pass [Map-wall], 1971 (1 map); 2001 (1 map);
Grants Pass Irrigation District [Maps], 1921-1922 (1 volume);
Map of Josephine County [wall], 1969 (1 map);
Soils Map [United States Geological Survey-wall], 1919 (1 map);
U.S. Geological Surveys Topography [Maps], 1946-1989 (2 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Records Storage Room:
Complete Set of USGS 7.5 Min Quads [Geological Survey 7.5. Minute Quadrangle Maps], ca.1982-1996 (ca.50 maps);
Metsker's Atlas of Josephine County Oregon [revised to highlight county owned land], 1955 (1 volume);
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes road survey, highway survey, mining, railroad, subdivision, soils, vicinity, and cemetery-rolled], ca.1909-ca.1973 (ca.150 maps).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Metsker's Atlas of Josephine County, Oregon, 1932 (1 volume); 1955 (1 volume); 1970 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Forestry Department Office, Storage Room:
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes roads, county property, mining, Bureau of Land Management, and topographic-rolled], ca.1967-present (ca.100 maps).

Records at the Josephine County Planning Office:
[Flood Insurance Rate Maps-with index], 1977 (.35 cu.ft.); 1982 (.40 cu.ft.); 1982-1983 (1 cu.ft.); 1991 (.75 cu.ft.); 2009 (.40 cu.ft.);
Metsker's Atlas of Josephine County Oregon [revised], 1932 (1 volume); 1955 (1 volume);
Old Maps [Land Use Action Reference Maps-includes references to subdivisions and related planning actions], n.d. (1 volume);
Wetlands [Maps-hanging], ca.1974-ca.1994 (ca.50 maps).

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:
[Assessor's Maps], n.d.-present (22 volumes);
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes sewer, forestry, county property, flood, vicinity, urban growth boundary, drainage, topographic-rolled], ca.1908-present (ca.200 maps).

Records at the Josephine County Public Works Department Engineering Office, Library:
FEMA Maps [Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Rate Maps], 1982 (.20 cu.ft.); 1991 (.20 cu.ft.); 2009 (.50 cu.ft.);
Metsker's Atlas of Josephine County Oregon, 1970 (1 volume); n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library Building, Attic:
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes roads, assay, vicinity, etc.-rolled-with index], ca.1900-1970 (ca.150 maps).

Records at the Josephine County Web Site:
Assessment and Tax Information Online [includes assessor's maps], n.d.-present (Internet);
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).

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

 

Marks and Brands Records

1886-1949

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Marks and Brands Record-Cattle], 1928-1930 (1 volume);
Marks [Certificate of Registration of Marks and Brands], 1933-1949 (1 volume);
Stock Brand and Mark Record, vol. 1, 1886-1914 (1 volume).

 

Marriage Records

1857-1971

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Applications for Marriage Licenses, 1933-1960 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Ledger Record of Marriage Certificates [with index], vol. 2, 1857-1888 (1 volume);
Marriage Certificates, 1857-1960 (4.50 cu.ft.);
Marriage Record [with index], vol. 4-21, 1894-1961 (18 volumes);
Marriage Returns [title varies], 1911-1953 (73 volumes);
Record [Marriage-with index], vol. 3, 1888-1894 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Marriages, vol. 1-2, 1917-1971 (2 volumes).

 

Married Women's Property Registers

1859-1895

Series documents property held by women independently and separately from their husbands. Registration of property usually is in relation to a marriage or divorce settlement. Information includes a description of property (land, livestock, and farm and household goods) to be considered separate and declarations stating that the woman in question is not responsible for her husband's debts.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Records [Married Women's Separate Property Register-with index], 1859-1895 (1 volume).

 

Medical Profession Registration Records

1889-1979

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Dentist Record [with index], vol. 1, 1910-1935 (1 volume);
Physicians and Surgeons Record [includes nurses, chiropractors, and naturopaths], vol. 1, 1889-1940 (1 volume);
Physicians and Surgeons Register [includes nurses, chiropractors, dentists, masseurs, optometrists, hearing aid fitters, and naturopaths], vol. 1, 1889-1976 (1 volume);
Record of Optometry [with index], vol. 1, 1906-1962 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Physicians Surgeons & Nurses Record [includes dentists, chiropractors, naturopaths, and optometrists], 1940-1979 (1 volume).

 

Military Records

1863-1981

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 1980 military discharges have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Court Proceedings 189 [Military List], 1896-1900 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Master Index Military Discharges, 1919-1981 (1 volume);
Military Discharge [Record-with index], vol. 1-18, 1919-1980 (13 reels of microfilm);
Military Record [List], 1863-1893 (1 volume);
Record of Military Discharges [with index], vol. 1-9, 1919-1953 (9 volumes);
Registration for Draft [Record-uses election register base], ca.1941 (1 volume).

 

Mining Claim Records

1857-1993

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 1980 mining claims have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Mining Claim Record, 1918 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Abstracts Furnished by Bartlett & Kuykendall [Mining and Water Rights], 1898-1904 (1 volume);
Geology and Mineral Resources of Josephine County, Oregon [includes maps], 1979 (.15 cu.ft.);
Index to Mining Claims and Water Rights Copied from Jackson County Records, n.d. (1 volume);
Mining Claim Index, n.d. (1 volume);
Mining Conv. [Conveyance Record], vol. 15, 1953-ca.1958 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mining Record [Jackson County Transcripts-includes water rights-with index], vol. 2J, 1872-1885 (1 volume);
Mining Record, vol. 13-53, 1897-1953 (41 volumes);
Miscellaneous Plats and Tracings [includes survey plats, mining plats, and mining notices], 1899-1909 (.20 cu.ft.);
Misc. Mining Record [Miscellaneous-with index], vol. 2-12, 1863-1899 (11 volumes);
[Recorders Book for Mining District-Galice Creek], 1874-1882 (1 volume);
United States of America Mining Claims Held Invalid [Notices], ca.1953-ca.1960 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Mining Conveyances Direct, vol. 1, 1863-1908 (1 volume);
Index to Mining Conveyances Indirect, vol. 1, 1863-1908 (1 volume);
Index to Mining Conveyances, vol. 2, 1908-1941 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1942-1981 (1 volume);
Index to Mining Locations [includes two volume 3s], vol. 1-6, 1863-1981 (7 volumes);
Mining Conveyances, vol. 1-14, 1896-1953 (14 volumes); vol. 14-19, 1948-1980 (6 reels of microfilm);
Mining Record [Illinois Area], 1906-1966 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mining Record [Index and Miscellaneous Mining Record], vol. 4-13, 1878-1899 (5 reels of microfilm);
Mining Record [Index to Mine Locations], vol. 1-4, 1863-1968 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mining Record [Index to Mining Conveyances], vol. 1-2, 1863-1941 (1 reel of microfilm);
Old Mining Records [Mining Record], vol. 27-85, 1925-1981 (54 reels of microfilm);
Record of Certificates Issued to Co-Owners [with index], vol. 1, 1905-1962 (1 volume);
Record of Notices and Affidavits Co-Owners [Mining-with index], vol. 1, 1900-1970 (1 volume);
Record of Notices and Affidavits of Mine-Owners [with index], vol. 1, 1907-1940 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Public Research Room:
BLM Mineral Surveys Book [Bureau of Land Management], ca.1900-1993 (1 binder);
Homestead and Mineral Surveys [Maps], ca.1872-ca.1996 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Records Storage Room:
[Govt. Mineral Surv.-Bureau of Land Management Mineral Survey Record], 1879-present (2 inches of microfiche);
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes road survey, highway survey, mining, railroad, subdivision, soils, vicinity, and cemetery-rolled], ca.1909-ca.1973 (ca.150 maps);
[Survey Field Books-includes road and mineral survey information], ca.1923-ca.1959 (ca.157 volumes);
[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 Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Mining Conveyance [Record], vol. 17, ca.1968-ca.1972 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Josephine County Documents [Mine Location Notices], 1900-1925 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Liens Unfiled [Miscellaneous County Documents-includes mining location notices, miner's liens, mechanics liens, and various other county records-trifolded], ca.1857-ca.1940 (2.50 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

1855-1981

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 1980 mortgages have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Abstract of Unsatisfied Instruments of Writing, 1892-1893 (1 volume);
Abstracts [Mortgage], 1881-1889 (1 volume);
Deed and Mortgage Record, vol. 1, 1857-1859 (1 volume);
Direct and Indirect Index to Mortgages [title varies], vol. 1-2, 1889-1918 (2 volumes); vol. 6, n.d. (2 volumes);
Index Direct and Inverted Mortgages, vol. 2, n.d. (2 volumes);
Index Inverted Mortgages, vol. 3, n.d. (1 volume);
[Mortgage Index-Direct], vol. 3, n.d. (1 volume);
Mortgages J1 [Jackson County], 1879-1885 (1 volume);
Mortgages [Record-title varies], vol. 3-12, 1865-1907 (10 volumes);
Record [Mortgage], vol. 2, 1859-1865 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Mortgages Direct, vol. 3-11, 1919-1981 (9 volumes);
Index to Mortgages Indirect, vol. 3-11, 1919-1981 (9 volumes);
Mortgage Records, vol. 1-232, 1857-1980 (232 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Deeds and Mortgages, 1855-1898 (.50 cu.ft.);
Delinquent List of Mortgages, 1892 (1 volume).

 

Naturalization Certificates

1907-1936

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 Oregon State Archives:
Naturalization Certificates [Stubs], 1907-1936 (.20 cu.ft.).

 

Naturalization Declarations of Intention

1846-1966

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 Oregon State Archives:
[Declaration of Intention Record-with index], 1930-1932 (1 volume); 1941-1966 (1 volume);
Declarations of Intention [Record-with index], vol. 1, 1897-1906 (1 volume);
Naturalization Declaration of Intention, 1846-1912 (.50 cu.ft.);
Record of Declaration of Intention, 1906-1929 (2 volumes);
Search for 1854-1970 Josephine County naturalizations in Oregon Historical Records Index.

 

Naturalization Petitions and Orders

1859-1970

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 Oregon State Archives:
Naturalization Index [Cards], 1930-1969 (.10 cu.ft.);
Naturalization Index [Ledger Sheets], 1860-1970 (.10 cu.ft.);
Naturalization Orders, 1942-1970 (.10 cu.ft.);
Naturalization Petitions, 1921-1969 (.50 cu.ft.);
Petition and Record [Naturalization], 1907-1932 (1 volume); 1916-1929 (1 volume);
Record of Naturalization, 1903-1906 (1 volume);
Search for 1854-1970 Josephine County naturalizations in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Naturalization [Correspondence and Petition Reports], 1943-1953 (.25 cu.ft.);
Record County Court Journal [includes some naturalization and insane commitment actions], vol. 1, 1859-1899 (1 volume).

 

Pension and Relief Records

1913-1941

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Josephine County Public Welfare Commission Verification of Claims Against Estates [Old Age Pension], 1939-1941 (.10 cu.ft.);
Widows Pensions [Records], 1913-1931 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
County Home Reports [of Superintendent of County Home], 1914-1939 (.25 cu.ft.).

 

Planning Commission Minutes

1958-[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.

Records at the Josephine County Planning Office:
PC Work Files [Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners Planning Records-includes minutes and exhibits-title varies], 2005-present (4 cu.ft.);
Planning Commission Minutes/Agendas, 2006-present (1 binder);
[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.).

Records at the Josephine County Planning Office Booth Street Storage Unit:
[Planning Commission Minutes-interfiled with related planning records-with gaps], ca.1978-ca.2007 (ca.2 cu.ft.).

 

Prisoner Registers

1892-1966

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(A).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Booth Street Storage Unit:
[Jail Register], vol. 1, 1892-1940 (1 volume);
Jail Register [with index], vol. 2-3, 1940-1966 (2 volumes).

 

Probate Case Files

1848-[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.

Josephine County never created Probate Case Files no. 2100-2999. The county joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987. Newer closed probate case files are maintained electronically using the Laserfiche system.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Case Files, A-Z, no. 100-2099, 1848-1944 (35 cu.ft.);
Probate Case Index, 1848-1944 (.10 cu.ft.);
Search for 1848-1944 Josephine County probate case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Estates and Guardianships [Numerical Card File-includes mental commitments], 1939-1970 (.40 cu.ft.);
Probate Files Completed [Closed Case Files], no. 3000-5221, 1944-1964 (58 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Trial Court Civil Unit Office:
[Probate Case Files-Open], 1967-present (40 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Room 218:
Probate [Case Files], no. 3000-7155, 77.1.P-85.109.P, 1944-1985 (98 reels of microfilm);

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Trial Court 3rd Floor Records Storage Room:
Probate [Card Index], 1985-1987 (.25 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-Closed], 1967-2009 (224 cu.ft.).

 

Probate Estate Records

1863-1912

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 Oregon State Archives:
Record of Estates, 1863-1912 (3 volumes).

 

Probate Registers

1856-1988

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. In 1986 circuit courts with probate jurisdiction began recording basic case information on the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN). This network functionally replaced probate dockets and journals previously maintained by the courts. The transition to full use of OJIN by all circuit courts in Oregon took approximately two years. Contact the trial court administrator for access to OJIN. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Josephine County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Index to Probate Register, vol. 1, 1892-1981 (1 volume);
Journal of Probate Court, 1856-1870 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. 3-9, 1888-1946 (7 volumes);
[Probate Register], 1892-1981 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
County Court Docket [Probate], 1862-1877 (1 volume);
County Court Journal [Probate-with index], vol. 2, 1870-1888 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. 10-14, 1946-1953 (5 volumes);
Probate [Journal], vol. 15-35, 1953-1969 (21 reels of microfilm);
Probate Register and Fee Book [with index], vol. 1, 1893-1898 (1 volume);
Record of Accounting and Distribution [Probate Journal-with index], vol. 1-11, 1909-1949 (11 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Trial Court 3rd Floor Records Storage Room:
Completed Docket Sheets Probate [Register of Actions], 1985-1987 (3 binders);
Completed Probate [Register], 1981-1984 (2 volumes);
Probate [Card Index], 1985-1987 (.25 cu.ft.);
Probate Docket, 1961-1987 (3 volumes);
Probate Index, 1856-1984 (1 volume);
Probate Register, vol. 2-3, 1945-1988 (2 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Room 218:
Probate Journals, vol. 15-45, 1953-ca.1982 (30 reels of microfilm).

 

Road and Bridge Records

1848-[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.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Advertisements [County Road Construction Notices], 1912-1922 (1 volume);
Bridges [Plans and Specifications], 1908-1912 (.10 cu.ft.);
County Roads Acceptance, Alteration, Establishment, Legalization, Relocation, Vacation [Records], ca.1959-ca.1970 (.75 cu.ft.);
County Roads Misc. Orders, Etc. [includes road orders], ca.1963-1971 (.25 cu.ft.);
[General Highway Map of Josephine County, Oregon], 1954 (1 volume);
[General Highway Map of Josephine County, Oregon-includes orthophoto vicinity maps], 1969 (1 volume);
Index County Roads [includes road establishment and survey references], 1959-1981 (1 volume);
Old Old Records [Miscellaneous Records-includes certificate of tax sale, teacher's report, road supervisor's report, justice court docket sheets, circuit court papers, and various other documents], ca.1859-ca.1913 (1 cu.ft.);
Reports of Road Supervisors, 1906-1911 (.10 cu.ft.);
Road Petitions and Reports, 1874-1915 (1 cu.ft.);
Road Viewers Reports [includes reports and field notes-title varies], vol. 1-3, 1872-1923 (3 volumes);
Roadway of Necessity Petitions, Orders, Etc., 1961-1969 (.05 cu.ft.);
Vacation of Plats, Roads, Etc., ca.1931-1973 (.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Public Research Room:
Road Status Inventory, 1858-2003 (1 binder).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Records Storage Room:
Comm Journal [Commissioners Journal Road Action Register-History of Roads & Bridges-registers volumes 1 to 39], 1864-1976 (5 binders);
Pub/County Rds [Public and County Roads State Highway-Case Files-includes petitions, orders, deed copies, road survey copies, and related documents], ca.1900-present (2.50 cu.ft.);
Roads [Case Files-includes petitions, orders, vacations, correspondence, road survey copies, and related records], ca.1878-present (15 cu.ft.);
Roads [Establishment and Survey Record-includes references to petitions, orders, vacations, road surveys, and related documents], ca.1856-ca.1970 (2 binders);
Road Viewers Reports, vol. 1-3, 1872-1928 (3 volumes);
State Hwys [Highway Establishment and Survey Record-includes references to petitions, orders, vacations, road surveys, and related documents], ca.1870-ca.1970 (1 binder).

Records at the Josephine County Public Works Department Engineering Office:
Bridges [Maps and Plans-rolled], ca.1950-ca.1965 (ca.20 maps and drawings);
County Road Maps [includes survey maps], ca.1923-ca.1997 (ca.100 maps);
County Roads [Case Files], ca.1939-present (64 cu.ft.);
Highway [State Maps-includes survey maps-rolled], ca.1918-present (ca.200 maps);
Non-County Roads [Case Files], ca.1960-present (14 cu.ft.);
Road Status Inventory, 1858-2009 (1 binder).

Records at the Josephine County Public Works Department Engineering Office, Library:
History of Roads and Bridges From the Journal of the County Courts [Abstracts], 1856-1938 (2 binders).

Records at the Josephine County Washington Annex Building, Planning Office:
Subdivision and Road Names [Reference Files-includes plat copies], ca.1960-present (5 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Josephine County Records [Road Petitions and Reports], 1848, 1858-1866, 1872, 1879-1890 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library Building, Attic:
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes roads, assay, vicinity, etc.], ca.1900-1970 (ca.150 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);
Transportation System Plan, ca.2002-present (Internet).

 

Road Maps and Survey Notes

1856-[ongoing]

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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Road Viewers Reports [includes reports and field notes], vol. 1-3, 1872-1923 (3 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index County Roads [includes road establishment and survey references], 1959-1981 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Public Research Room:
Roads [Survey Index-alphabetical], ca.1909-2008 (1 binder);
Roads [Survey Plats-folded copies-in cabinet], n.d.-present (8 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Records Storage Room:
[County Surveyor's Book 1 Roads], 1870-1928 (1 volume);
[County Surveyor's Book 2 Roads-also includes other surveys-with index], vol. 2, 1893-1946 (1 volume);
Dedicated Roads [Survey Plats and Related Maps-in green cover], ca.1959-ca.1978 (1 volume);
Deeded Roads [Survey Plats and Related Maps-in green cover], ca.1964-ca.1973 (1 volume);
Highways [Survey Maps-rolled], ca.1923-ca.1982 (ca.150 maps);
History of Roads Worksheets [Survey], ca.1870-ca.1950 (1 volume);
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes road survey, highway survey, mining, railroad, subdivision, soils, vicinity, and cemetery-rolled], ca.1909-ca.1973 (ca.150 maps);
Plats [Road Survey and Related Maps], vol. 1, ca.1963-ca.1973 (1 volume);
Pub/County Rds [Public and County Roads State Highway-Case Files-includes petitions, orders, deed copies, road survey copies, and related documents], ca.1900-present (2.50 cu.ft.);
Roads [Case Files-includes petitions, orders, vacations, correspondence, road survey copies, and related records], ca.1878-present (15 cu.ft.);
Roads [Establishment and Survey Record-includes references to petitions, orders, vacations, road surveys, and related documents], ca.1856-ca.1970 (2 binders);
Roads [Survey Maps-rolled], ca.1909-present (ca.500 maps);
Roads [Survey Plats-in drawer], ca.1909-present (ca.500 plats);
State Hwys [Highway Establishment and Survey Record-includes references to petitions, orders, vacations, road surveys, and related documents], ca.1870-ca.1970 (1 binder);
[Survey Field Books-includes road and mineral survey information], ca.1923-ca.1959 (ca.157 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Forestry Department Office, Storage Room:
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes roads, county property, mining, Bureau of Land Management, and topographic-rolled], ca.1967-present (ca.100 maps).

Records at the Josephine County Public Works Department Engineering Office:
County Road Maps [includes survey maps-rolled], ca.1923-ca.1997 (ca.100 maps);
Highway [State Maps-includes survey maps-rolled], ca.1918-present (ca.200 maps);
Record Drawings County Roads [Engineering Plats-includes road survey information-hanging], ca.1920-present (ca.1000 plats);
Record Drawings Local Access Roads [Engineering Plats-includes road survey information], ca.1920-present (ca.300 plats);
[Road Survey and Engineering Field Notes], ca.1950-present (25 cu.ft.).

 

School District Records

1859-1933

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.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Old Old Records [Miscellaneous Records-includes certificate of tax sale, teacher's report, road supervisor's report, justice court docket sheets, circuit court papers, and various other documents], ca.1859-ca.1913 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Clerk's Annual Census Report, 1902, 1904 (.10 cu.ft.);
Clerk's Annual Census Report District No. 1 [Selma], 1926-1930 (.10 cu.ft.);
Josephine County Documents [Clerk's Annual Census Report District No. 28], 1892 (.05 cu.ft.);
Oregon School Register and Record Book, 1901-1903 (.10 cu.ft.);
Oregon School Register and Record Book District No. 1 [Selma], 1914-1923 (.20 cu.ft.);
Oregon School Register and Record Book District No. 14, 1921-1933 (.40 cu.ft.);
Teacher's Annual Report, 1916-1929 (.70 cu.ft.);
Teacher's Report of Public School, 1891 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Superintendent of Schools Records

1867-1920

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 Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Dist. Boundaries Recorded [School District], n.d. (.05 cu.ft.);
Josephine County Documents [Report of School Superintendent], 1867 (.05 cu.ft.);
Teachers of Josephine County [Listing], 1915-1920 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats

1843-[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.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Miscellaneous Plats and Tracings [includes survey plats, mining plats, and mining notices], 1899-1909 (.20 cu.ft.);
Narratives [Survey], 1946-1980 (4 reels of microfilm);
Original Survey Notes [includes subdivisions], 1854-ca.1905 (2 reels of microfilm);
Record of Official Cruise [Timber and Survey], 1913 (1 volume);
Record of the States of the United States [includes survey notes], 1843-1876 (4 reels of microfilm);
Retracement Survey Notes [includes subdivisions], ca.1919 (4 reels of microfilm);
Survey Plats [title varies], 1945-1980 (8 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Public Research Room:
Government Plats [Bureau of Land Management and General Land Office], ca.1856-ca.1998 (2 volumes);
H.C. Hall Field Books [Survey], 1909-1916 (1 binder);
[Original BLM/GLO Survey Records-includes corner restoration and donation land claim survey information-Bureau of Land Management/General Land Office-paper copy of microfiche records], ca.1856-ca.1996 (16 volumes);
Surveys [Plats-public use copies], 1924-present (29 cu.ft.);
[Survey Visual Index Maps-on assessor map base], ca.1924-present (22 volumes).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Records Storage Room:
Assessors Maps [Survey Visual Index Maps], ca.1924-1978 (1.50 inch of microfiche);
[County Surveyor's Book 2 Roads-also includes other surveys-with index], vol. 2, 1893-1946 (1 volume);
Field Notes [Survey], 1965-1982 (3 binders);
[Ives and Hyde Survey Field Books-from treasurer's vault], ca.1854 (2 volumes);
[J.S. Howard Survey Field Book-from treasurer's vault], 1896-1897 (1 volume);
Microfiche [Narr.-Survey Narratives], 1946-1982 (2 inches of microfilm jackets);
Microfiche [Plats-Survey], 1945-1982 (3 inches of microfilm jackets);
Narratives [Survey], 1946-present (7.50 cu.ft.);
[Original BLM/GLO Survey Records-includes corner restoration and donation land claim survey information-Bureau of Land Management/General Land Office], ca.1856-1998 (5 inches of microfiche);
[Survey Field Books-includes road and mineral survey information], ca.1923-ca.1959 (ca.157 volumes);
[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.);
Surveyor's Record, vol. 3, 1911-1952 (1 volume);
Surveys [County Survey Record], vol. 1A, 1891-1901 (1 volume);
[Surveys-Plats and Field Notes-Filed], 1924-present (30 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Public Works Department Engineering Office:
County Survey [Filed Surveys-copies], 1959-present (26 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).

 

Tax Lot Cards

1964-2006

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.

Tax lot cards and related information is now maintained electronically using Laserfiche software.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Tax Lot Cards [Official Record of Descriptions of Real Property], 1964-2006 (34 cu.ft.).

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).

 

Water Rights Records

1872-1980

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.

Since 1980 water rights have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Abstracts Furnished by Bartlett & Kuykendall [Mining and Water Rights], 1898-1904 (1 volume);
Adjudication Survey of Illinois River [with index], 1927 (15 maps);
Certificate of Water Right [Record], vol. 6, 1974-1980 (1 reel of microfilm);
Certificates of Water Rights Record, vol. 4, 1954-1967 (1 reel of microfilm);
Decrees Water Rights of Rogue River, Williams Creek, and Illinois River [Findings of Fact, Order of Determination, Petition, and Transcript], 1916-1933 (.30 cu.ft.);
Decree Waters of the Rogue River and its Tributaries [Jackson County Circuit Court], 1937 (1 volume);
Decree Waters of the Rogue River and its Tributaries [printed], 1919 (1 volume);
Exhibits Maps In Re Water Rights of Sucker Creek, 1915 (.10 cu.ft.);
Findings and Order of Determination for Illinois River, 1932 (1 volume);
Findings of Fact and Orders of Determination for Althouse Creek, 1912 (1 volume);
Findings of Fact and Orders of Determination for the Rogue River [with index], 1916 (1 volume);
Findings of Fact and Orders of Determination Sucker Creek, 1912 (.05 cu.ft.);
Index to Mining Claims and Water Rights Copied from Jackson County Records, n.d. (1 volume);
In the Matter of Determination Sucker Creek [Water Rights], 1912 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mining Record [Jackson County Transcripts-includes water rights-with index], vol. 2J, 1872-1885 (1 volume);
Modified Findings and Decree for the Illinois River, 1939 (1 volume);
[Order and Supplemental Findings for Williams Creek], 1940 (1 volume);
Original Evidence and Transcript of Testimony for Illinois River [with index], 1930-1932 (3 volumes);
Proofs of Service for Althouse Creek [with index], 1909-1910 (1 volume);
Transcript of Evidence in Re Althouse Creek Adjudication, 1912-1915 (1 volume);
Transcript of Evidence in Re Water of Rogue River and its Tributaries Decree, 1919 (1 volume);
Transcript of Testimony [Democratic Gulch-with index], 1911 (1 volume);
Transcript of Testimony for the Illinois River, 1932 (1 volume);
Water Rights Certificates [and Cancellations-Rogue River Basin], ca.1949-ca.1974 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Record of Water Right Certificates [with index], vol. 1-3, 1910-1953 (3 volumes);
Water Right [Certificates], vol. 1-6, 1910-1980 (5 reels of microfilm);
Water Right [Evidence, Transcripts, Statements and Proofs, Memoranda Related to the Rogue, Illinois, Sucker Creek, and Other Rivers-copies of originals in clerk's vault], ca.1909-ca.1940 (6 reels of microfilm).

 

Zoning Records

1956-[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.

Records at the Josephine County Planning Office:
Codes [Zoning Ordinances-includes land development], 1958-1994 (9 binders);
Ord [Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinances], 1981-present (9 binders);
[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.);
RLDC [Rural Land Development Code-includes zoning information], 2001 (1 binder);
[Zoning Maps-includes flood plains, soils, etc.-on assessor's map base-hanging], 1973-present (38 volumes);
[Zoning Maps-on assessor's map base-hanging], ca.1965 (ca.250 maps);
[Zoning Wall Map-shows Grants Pass/Merlin area-framed], 1971 (1 map).

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 Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Parkdale Zoning District [Records-includes minutes and regulations], 1956-1957 (.10 cu.ft.);
Zone Clearance Permits, n.d.-ca.1978 (6 reels of microfilm).

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).

Inventory by Gary Halvorson, Senior Archivist
Last Update: August 24, 2011

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