Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Josephine County Records Inventory

Water Rights Records


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).


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