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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Lake County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1875-[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.

Since 1987 the Commissioners Journal has been indexed on computer located in the clerk's office.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Commissioner's Journal [unabridged-includes attachments and exhibits], vol. 17-25, 1985-1987 (9 volumes);
Commissioners Journal [with index], vol. 15-17, 1981-1999 (3 volumes);
Commissioners Record [with index], vol. 4-14, 1892-1980 (11 volumes);
County Commissioners Record, vol. 1-2, 1875-1886 (2 volumes);
Executive Session [Commissioner's Minutes], 1987-1998 (2 binders);
Comm. Records [Commissioners], 1987-present (33 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Commissioners Minutes [title varies], 1961-present (50 binders);
Commissioners Records [includes attachments and exhibits], 1995-2006 (17 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Commissioners Minutes, 1978-1982 (35 cu.ft.);
Commissioners Records [County Court Judicial and Administrative Case Files-includes road petitions and reports, county officials reports, insane commitment records, and naturalization declarations of intention, petitions, and certificates], ca.1875-ca.1940 (7.50 cu.ft.);
Commissioners Records [includes attachments and exhibits as well as orders and resolutions-title varies], 1933-1994 (30 cu.ft.);
Index to Commissioners Record, 1875-1892 (2 volumes).

Records at the Schminck Memorial Museum:
Lake County Early Records [County Court Judicial and Administrative Case Files-includes road petitions and reports, county officials reports, insane commitment records], ca.1875-ca.1940 (3 cu.ft.);
Lake County Early Records Surname Index [to County Court Judicial and Administrative Case Files-indexes road petitions and reports, county officials reports, insane commitment records], ca.1875-ca.1940 (1 binder).

Records at the Lake County Web Site:
Commissioners' Meeting Agendas, 2007-present (Internet);
Commissioners' Meeting Minutes
[includes work, regular, and special sessions], 2005-present (Internet).

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