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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Lake County Records Inventory

Coroner and Inquest Records

1881-1950

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Coroners Inquests, ca.1933-ca.1950 (.35 cu.ft.);
Inquest [Coroner's Transcripts and Evidence], ca.1902-ca.1950 (.60 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Old Old [Coroner's Inquest Records], 1881-1904 (.30 cu.ft.);
S.G. Reas Inquest [Coroner's], 1889 (.05 cu.ft.).

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