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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Lake County Records Inventory - Scrollable Version

The following information is based on a July 2009 inventory:


Addresses and links to offices and repositories listed in the inventory:
Lake County Web site: http://www.lakecountyor.org/

Assessor/Tax Collector's Office: 513 Center St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
Circuit Court Office: 513 Center St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
Clerk's Office: 513 Center St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
County Fair Office: 1900 North 4th St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
District Attorney's Basement Storage Room: No public access. Contact the District Attorney's Office;
Finance Department Office: 513 Center St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
Lake County Courthouse (All offices and storage areas): 513 Center St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
Lake County Education Service District Office: 357 North L St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
Lake County Library: 513 Center St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
Lake County Museum: 118 South E St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
Mental Health Department Office: 215 North G St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
North Lake Wellness Center, Commission on Children and Families Office: 87127 Christmas Valley Highway, Christmas Valley, OR 97641;
Oregon Historical Society: 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland 97205;
Oregon State Archives: 800 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97310;
Planning and Building Department Office: 513 Center St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
Road Department Office and Lobby: Klamath Falls Hwy, Lakeview, OR 97630;
Schminck Memorial Museum: 128 South E St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
Sheriff's Department Office: 513 Center St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
Surveyor's Office: 513 Center St, Lakeview, OR 97630;
Watermaster's Office: 513 Center St, Lakeview, OR 97630.



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

1952-1997

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 Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Office, Mapping Room:
[Aerial Photographs-large format], 1952-1954 (ca.800 photographs);
[Aerial Photographs-North Lake County-large format], ca.1997 (ca.150 photographs);
Slides [Aerial Photographs-National Resources Conservation Service], ca.1987 (ca.150 maps).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Aerial Photos, 1952-1954 (ca.2000 photographs).

 

Animal Bounty Records

1909-1923

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 Oregon State Archives:
Bounty Record Lake County [Animal Scalp], 1909-1922 (1 volume);
[Bounty Record Lake County-Animal Scalp], 1922-1923 (1 volume).

 

Assessment and Tax Rolls

1874-[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."

The Oregon Valley Land Company owned a large percent of taxable land in Lake County and therefore separate assessment and tax rolls were created for it.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Assessment and Tax Rolls, 1874-1875, 1879, 1881, 1883-1885, 1887-1900, 1903, 1905, 1910, 1915, 1920, 1925, 1930, 1935-1936, 1938-1939 (89 volumes);
O.V.L. Lots [Oregon Valley Land Company-also indexes assessment and tax rolls], 1930 (1 volume);
Search for 1875, 1890, and 1895 Lake County assessment records in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Basement Storage Room:
[Assessment and Tax Roll Index], 1937-1949, 1952 (2 volumes);
Assessment and Tax Rolls, 1939-1955 (85 volumes);
Assessment Roll, 1982-1994 (18 cu.ft.);
O.V.L. Lots [Oregon Valley Land Company-also indexes assessment and tax rolls], 1941-1954 (15 volumes);
Tax Roll, 1982-1995 (20 cu.ft.);
Tax Roll [Continuing Tax Roll Cards-includes assessment information], 1955-1981 (34 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Assessment and Tax Roll], 1994-2006 (5 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Assessment and Tax Roll], 1994-2006 (5 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, District Attorney's Basement Storage Room:
Delinquent Tax [Roll], 1908-1920 (1 volume);
Lands [Delinquent Tax Roll], 1908-1912 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Education Service District Office:
Delinquent Tax Roll, 1893 (1 volume).

 

Assumed Business Names Registers

1957-1964

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.

Before 1957 assumed business names were filed in the clerk's Miscellaneous Record (Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Assumed Business Name Record [with index], vol. 1, 1957-1964 (1 volume).

 

Attachment Records

1880-1925

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Record for Recording Attachments [with index], 1887-1925 (1 volume);
Register Attachments, vol. 1, 1890-1896 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Albert Dent Miscellaneous Papers [includes executions and writs of attachment], 1908-1910 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Museum:
Attachments [Record], 1880-1885 (1 volume).

 

Census Records

1875-2009

Series documents the population, property, and agricultural production of the county. Records may include census rolls and abstracts, farm schedules, abstract of assessment and census, enumeration of inhabitants and industrial products, and enumeration of inhabitants and military enrollment. Information includes number of males and females per age category; head of household; name, age, and gender of household members; occupation and relationship of household members to head of household; and description and value of real and personal property. Information may also include nationality, physical description, birthplace, health, and religion of household members and agricultural production statistics.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Census Record, 1875 (.10 cu.ft.);
Search for 1875 Lake County census entries in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[1990 Precensus Maps-with index], 1990 (36 maps);
Boundary and Annexation Survey [Maps-U.S. Census Bureau], 2009 (54 maps).

Records at the Lake County Library:
Lake County Census [Abstract], 1880 (1 volume).

Records at the Schminck Memorial Museum:
Lake County Census [Abstract], 1880 (1 binder).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Lake County Federal Census Surname List, 1880 (US GenWeb Project).

 

Circuit Court Case Files

1875-1983

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Box [Circuit Court Case Files], ca.1875-1916 (24 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Case Files-formerly in clerk's vault], ca.1875-1922 (16 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Undertakings [includes justice court documents], 1928-1957 (.55 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Circuit Court Case Files [includes some older cases], no. 267-9190, 1913-1981 (110 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Orders], 1959-1967 (.10 cu.ft.);
Circuit Ct. Orders [Court], 1972-1981 (.20 cu.ft.);
Invoices Circuit Court Undertakings [includes justice court documents], 1895-1927 (.40 cu.ft.);
Old Old [Circuit Court Orders], 1881-1902 (.35 cu.ft.);
Old Old [Miscellaneous Circuit Court Case Files and Documents], 1881-1928 (.70 cu.ft.);
Orders of Circuit Court, 1891-1893 (.10 cu.ft.);
Torrens Act Case of State of Oregon vs. Lake County Land and Livestock Company [with index], vol. 1-2, 1924 (2 volumes);
Transcript of Testimony State of Oregon vs. Chewaucan Land and Cattle Company [with index], vol. 1-3, 1924 (3 volumes);
Transcripts of Testimony [Circuit Court], 1902-1925 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement East Storage Room:
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. 9191-9763, 83.001-83.338, 1981-1983 (15 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Index Direct, 1875-1983 (2 volumes);
Circuit Court Case Index Indirect, 1875-1983 (2 volumes);
[Transcripts of Testimony-Circuit Court], 1918-1921 (.25 cu.ft.).

 

Circuit Court Dockets

1875-1983

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 Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Circuit Court Fee Book and Register, vol. 3, 1900-1910 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Register [title varies-with index], vol. 1-2, 1878-1920 (2 volumes);
Docket Circuit Court, 1875-1882 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement East Storage Room:
Circuit Court Docket [General Index to Register and Circuit Court Docket-Direct], 1967-1983 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Docket [with index], vol. 1-15, 1910-1983 (15 volumes);
Register of Actions [Criminal and Civil], 1983 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Calendar [Circuit Court], 1885-1891 (1 volume); 1900-1910 (1 volume);
Register County Court [Judicial-includes Circuit Court], 1886-1899 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Basement Storage Hallway:
Marriage Returns [includes divorce returns], 1929-1941 (3 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Museum:
Calendar Circuit Court, 1891-1899 (1 volume).

 

Circuit Court Journals

1875-1982

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 Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 4-35, 1897-1959 (32 volumes);
Index Circuit Court Journal, vol. 1, 1875-1886 (1 volume); 1886-1897 (1 volume);
Journal Circ't. Court, vol. 1, 1875-1886 (1 volume);
Record of Circuit Court, vol. 2-3, 1886-1897 (2 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, District Attorney's Basement Storage Room:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 36-62, 1959-1982 (27 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
County Court Journal [serves as Circuit Court Journal after 1957 and includes insane commitments-with index], vol. 3, 1920-1960 (1 volume).

 

Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings

1874-1980

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Miscellaneous Record [includes assumed business names until ca.1957 and military discharge records until ca.1944-with index], vol. 2-4, 1911-1980 (3 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Miscellaneous Instruments Filed, ca.1924-1927 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Miscellaneous Records [includes water rights, mining, and land patent information], vol 1-2, 1874-1912 (2 volumes).

 

Clerk and Recorder Official Filings

1986-[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 1987 deeds, mortgages, mining claims, and military discharges have also been recorded in the clerk's Microfilm [Recorded Documents-also titled Deeds, Mtgs, Liens, Etc.]. These records are also indexed on computer in the clerk's office.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Microfilm [Recorded Documents-Deeds, Mtgs, Liens, Etc.-title varies], 1987-present (65 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Direct Index Grantor [to Microfilm-Recorded Documents], vol. 20, 1999-2001 (1 volume of computer printouts);
Direct Index [to Microfilm-Recorded Documents, vol. 19, 1986-1999 (4 volumes of computer printouts);
Indexes [to Microfilm-Recorded Documents], 2002-2005 (2 binders of computer printouts);
Indirect Index Grantee [to Microfilm-Recorded Documents], vol. 20, 1999-2001 (1 volume of computer printouts);
Indirect Index [to Microfilm-Recorded Documents, vol. 19, 1986-1999 (5 volumes of computer printouts).

 

Corner Survey Records

1869-[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 Lake County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Corner Books [Corner Restoration Book-copies], 1972-present (11 binders);
[Corner Restoration Books-originals], 1972-present (6 volumes);
Fremont Lumber Company Relocated Property Corners, vol. 1-2, 1957 (2 binders);
[General Land Office and Bureau of Land Management Surveys- includes corner survey and homestead surveys], ca.1869-ca.1998 (10 inches of microfiche and aperture cards);
Index for Corner Books, ca.1972-present (1 binder).

 

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.).

 

County Budgets

1923-[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.

Beginning in circa 1920 county budgets were filed in the Commissioners Journal (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Budget Meeting [Records-Lake County], 1989-1994 (5 binders).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Finance Office:
Lake County Budget, 2004-present (6 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
[Budget Allowances and Expenditures-County], 1955-1972 (1 volume);
[Budget Estimate-County], 1923-1929 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Budgets [Lake County], 1979-1994 (4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Basement Storage Hallway:
Budgets [Lake County], 1994-1999 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Basement Storage Room:
Misc. Budget [Miscellaneous Budget Records-includes county budgets], 1977-1981 (3 binders).

 

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).

 

County Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, and Resolutions

1933-[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 1875 orders, ordinances, and resolutions have been filed in the Commissioners Journal (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Ordinances-includes subdivision, partition, and zoning], 1961-present (2 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Commissioners Records [includes attachments and exhibits as well as orders and resolutions-title varies], 1933-1994 (30 cu.ft.);
Orders Old Resos [County Commission Orders and Resolutions], 1946-1948 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office:
Lake County Comprehensive Plan [includes amendments and zoning and land development ordinances], 1980-1983 (1 binder);
[Lake County Zoning Ordinance], 1980-1989 (1 binder).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Basement Storage Room:
Comp. Land Use Files and Periodic Review Files [includes 1980-1989 zoning ordinance], ca.1979-ca.1990 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Correspondence U-Z [includes zoning ordinance development and revision records], ca.1967-ca.1979 (.80 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Web Site:
Zoning Ordinance [includes table of contents, full ordinance, and index], 1980-1989 (Internet).

 

County Comprehensive Plans

1977-[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.

No significant amendments to the comprehensive plan have been made in recent years.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office:
Lake County Comprehensive Plan [includes amendments and zoning and land development ordinances], 1980-1983 (1 binder);
Lake County Plan/Zone Maps [includes land use designations], 1980-present (10 binders).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Basement Storage Room:
Comp. Land Use Files and Periodic Review Files [includes 1980-1989 zoning ordinance], ca.1979-ca.1990 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Comp. Land Use Files [Comprehensive Plan Development and Revision Records], ca.1977-ca.1987 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Lake County Atlas Comprehensive Plan Supplement, 1979 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Library:
Lake County Atlas Comprehensive Plan Supplement, 1979 (1 volume).

 

County Court Case Files

1875-1940

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
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.).

 

County Court Judicial Journals

1875-1961

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
County Court Journal [includes naturalization until 1906 and insane commitments], vol. 2, 1902-1919 (1 volume);
County Court Journal [serves as circuit court journal after 1957 and includes insane commitments-with index], vol. 3, 1920-1961 (1 volume);
Index to County Court Journal, vol. 1, n.d. (1 volume);
Register County Court [Judicial-includes Circuit Court], 1886-1899 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Museum:
Journal County Court [includes naturalization and insane commitment information], vol. 1, 1875-1902 (1 volume).

 

County Fair Records

1940-[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 Lake County Fairgrounds, Fair Office:
Fair Board Minutes [title varies], 1971-present (7 binders);
Premium Books Historical Books [includes county fair premium books and guides as well as related publications], 1940-1944 (5 volumes); 1951 (1 volume); 1953 (1 volume); 1962-1963 (1 volumes); 1966-1977 (12 volumes); 1982-present (27 volumes).

 

County Officials Reports

1875-1947

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.

Additional county officials reports were also included in the Commissioners Records (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Reports of County Officers, ca.1909-ca.1927 (.35 cu.ft.);
Reports of Road Supervisors, 1914 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
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.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Basement Storage Room:
[Monthly Statement of County Treasurer], 1937-1947 (1 volume).

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).

 

Deeds and Indexes

1871-[ongoing]

Series documents the ownership of land. Series includes deeds, land sales contracts, quitclaim 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 1987 deeds have also been recorded in the clerk's Microfilm [Recorded Documents] (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). Deeds have been indexed on computer since 1979. Deeds dating from 1947 to circa 2004 are available on compact disc for purchase at the clerk's office.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Deed Record [title varies], vol. 1-262, 1873-present (273 volumes);
Index to Deeds [Buyer & Seller], 2001-2002 (1 volume of computer printouts);
Index to Deeds, Grantee, vol. 1, 3-18, 1873-1985 (16 volumes);
Index to Deeds, Grantor, vol. 1, 3-18, 1873-1985 (16 volumes);
[Index to Deeds-Indirect], 1875-1911 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Microfilm [Deeds], vol. 1-174, 1875-1977 (49 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Bond for Deeds, vol. 1, 1875-1923 (1 volume);
Deeds [copies], vol. 1-9, 11-25, 1875-1895, 1895-1911 (24 volumes);
Deeds Transcript From Jackson County, 1871-1877 (1 volume);
[Index to Deeds-Indirect], 1875-1911 (1 volume);
Tract Index to Deed Records, 1879-1906 (1 volume);
Transcript of Deeds, 1871-1877 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Deeds, ca.1877-1945 (.35 cu.ft.);
Deeds Recorded, ca.1880-ca.1930 (1 cu.ft.);
Lake County Deeds, ca.1929-ca.1942 (.65 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Basement Storage Room:
Lands Sold by Lake County, Oregon Deeds Issued and Delivered [Transaction Record], 1935-1946 (1 volume).

 

Delayed Birth Records

1855-1983

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. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Also see Circuit Court Journals series for decrees for registration of birth from circa 1943 to circa 1976.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Circuit Court Case Files [includes case files with interfiled registration of birth petitions, evidences, and decrees documenting births from ca.1855-ca.1940], 1943-1976 (ca.4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement East Storage Room:
Circuit Court Case Index Direct [indexes registration of birth records interfiled with circuit court case files documenting births from ca.1855-ca.1940], 1943-1976 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office Storage Room:
Probate Index [indexes probate, insane commitment, delayed birth, and other cases], n.d.-1983 (1 binder).

 

Election Poll Books

1887-1914

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 Oregon State Archives:
Election List of Eligible Voters, 1887 (.10 cu.ft.);
Search for 1887 Lake County eligible voters [electors] in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Lake County Museum:
Official Register of Electors, 1908 (1 volume); 1910 (1 volume); 1912 (1 volume); 1914 (1 volume);
Registration Blanks "A" [Voter Registration Records], 1906 (1 volume).

 

Election Voting Abstracts

1875-1978

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 Oregon State Archives:
Election Abstract of Votes, 1888-1918 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Election Record, vol. 3, 1960-1978 (1 volume);
Record of Elections, vol. 1-2, 1908-1958 (2 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Museum:
Certificate of Elections, vol. 1, 1875-1943 (1 volume).

 

Farm Name Registration Records

1911-1920

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Register of Farm Names, vol. 1, 1911-1917 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Museum:
[Certificate of Farm Name-Stubs], 1911-1920 (1 volume).

 

Federal Land Grant Records

1864-1998

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Deeds Patents [Land-volume part of deed record series], vol. 11, 1883-1909 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Patents [Land], ca.1880-ca.1919 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
[General Land Office and Bureau of Land Management Surveys- includes corner restoration and homestead surveys], ca.1869-ca.1998 (10 inches of microfiche and aperture cards);
Miscellaneous Records [includes water rights, mining, and land patent information], vol 1-2, 1874-1912 (2 volumes).

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

1910-1921

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 Oregon State Archives:
Certificate of Delinquency, 1910-1913 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Basement Storage Room:
Delinquency Certificates [title varies], 1914-1921 (10 volumes).

Records at the Schminck Memorial Museum:
Certificates of Redemption, 1916-1918 (2 volumes).

 

Health and Human Services Records

1994-[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.

Lake County has no separate public health advisory board. The Lake County Board of Commissioners makes related decisions on an as needed basis.

North Lake Wellness Center, Commission on Children and Families Office:
Commission on Children and Families Minutes, 1994-present (3 binders).

Records at the Lake County Mental Health Department Office:
Advisory Board Minutes [Mental Health-also documents alcohol and drug treatment topics-includes minutes, agendas, and related records], 2007-present (1 binder).

 

Insane Commitment Records

1875-[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 for 75 years by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496.

Mental commitment case files have been indexed on the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) since 1988.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement East Storage Room:
Adoption/Juvenile/Mental [Case Files-includes interfiled mental commitment case files], 1995-1999 (2.40 cu.ft.);
Juvenile [Case Files-includes interfiled mental commitment case files], 1988-1994 (ca..30 cu.ft.);
Mental [Commitment Case Files], 1965-1988 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Old Old [Insane Commitment Records], 1890-1898 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office Storage Room:
Adoption/Juvenile/Mental [Case Files-includes interfiled mental commitment case files], 1999-present (16 cu.ft.);
Confidential Psychiatric Reports, 1989-present (1.50 cu.ft.);
Probate Index [indexes probate, insane commitment, delayed birth, and other cases], n.d.-1983 (1 binder).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Probate Case File Index-also indexes insane commitment cases], 1875-ca.1930 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
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.);
County Court Journal [includes naturalization until 1906 and insane commitments], vol. 2, 1902-1919 (1 volume);
County Court Journal [serves as circuit court journal after 1957 and includes insane commitments-with index], vol. 3, 1920-1961 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Commitment of Insane and Incompetent Persons, ca.1898-ca.1923 (.65 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, District Attorney's Basement Storage Room:
Record of Mentally Ill, vol. 4, 1962-1965 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Museum:
Journal County Court [includes naturalization and insane commitment information], vol. 1, 1875-1902 (1 volume).

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).

 

Judgment and Execution Records

1875-1939

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Judgment Lien Docket, vol. 3, 1901-1939 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Albert Dent Miscellaneous Papers [includes executions and writs of attachment], 1908-1910 (.05 cu.ft.);
Execution Docket [with index], vol. 1, 1877-1923 (1 volume);
Judgment Lien Docket, vol. 2, 1875-1902 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Basement Storage Room:
Judgment Lien Docket [actually includes mostly livestock brand information], vol. 1, 1901-1907 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Museum:
Co. Court Register [County Judgment Lien Docket-with index], 1875-1914 (1 volume).

 

Justice Court Case Files

1895-1940

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 Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Case Completed State [South Lakeview District Justice Court Case Files], 1928-1929 (.15 cu.ft.);
Criminal Cases [South Lakeview District Justice Court Case Files], 1929-1930 (.15 cu.ft.);
Invoices Circuit Court Undertakings [includes justice court documents], 1895-1927 (.40 cu.ft.);
Invoices [Justice Court Transcripts], 1924-1928 (.15 cu.ft.);
[Justice Court Case Files-South Lakeview District], 1931-1940 (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Circuit Court Undertakings [includes justice court documents], 1928-1940 (.35 cu.ft.);
Transcripts Justice Court, ca.1909-ca.1923 (.60 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Justice Ct. Cases S. Lakeview [South Lakeview District Justice Court Case Files], 1937-1939 (2 cu.ft.).

 

Justice Court Dockets

1909-1942

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Justice Docket [Lakeview Precinct], 1909-1914 (1 volume);
Record [Silver Lake Recorders Court Docket], 1930-1942 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Justice Docket Criminal [Lakeview Recorders Court], 1927-1931 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Basement Storage Room:
Justice Docket South Lakeview District, 1936-1941 (2 volumes);
[South Lakeview District Justice Court Docket], 1932-1936 (2 volumes).

 

Land Subdivision Records

1875-[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.

Also see the Surveyor's Field Notes and Plats series for recorded surveys and indexes that include some subdivision surveys.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Ordinances-includes subdivision, partition, and zoning], 1961-present (2 volumes);
O.V.L. Co. Subdivisions [Oregon Valley Land Company Plats], 1909 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Town Plats [indexes some road surveys and partitions from 1990-present], vol. 1, ca.1875-present (1 volume);
Plat Cabinet A [Subdivision Plats-includes road surveys], ca.1875-present (ca.280 plats);
Plat Cabinet P/B [Partition Plats-with index], 1990-present (375 plats).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office:
Lake County Comprehensive Plan [includes amendments and zoning and land development ordinances], 1980-1983 (1 binder);
Partition Permits Subdivision Permits [Case Files], no.1135-1476, 1994-present (6 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Basement Storage Room:
Partition Files, no. 1002-1074, 1980-1986 (2 cu.ft.);
Partitions [Case Files], no. 1075-1134, 1986-1994 (1.60 cu.ft.);
Planning Cond. Use Partitioning [Applications], 1978-1983 (.65 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Subdivision Plats, ca.1891-present (2.50 cu.ft.);
Subdivisions & Additions [Register of Filed Subdivisions], 1891-present (1 binder);
Subdivisions and Partitions, USFS and Geodetic [Index-USFS=United States Forest Service], 1891-present (1 binder);
Subdivisions [Card Index], 1891-1995 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Basement Storage Room:
Book #1 [Town Lots Land Register], 1910-1913 (1 volume);
Town Lots [Plat Map and Legal Description Register], 1876-1914 (2 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Museum:
Journal [County Property Additions to Lakeview-Subdivision Register], 1912 (1 volume).

 

Land Title Registers

1883-1924

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 abolished in 1972 by Oregon law. Additional land ownership records may be found in Deeds and Indexes.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Index [Land Registration-includes assessment plat and registration information], 1912 (1 volume);
[Land Registration Book-by township and range], ca.1884-ca.1913 (1 volume);
Township Plat Book, n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Basement Storage Room:
Record of Townships and Plats, vol. 3, n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Basement Storage Room:
[Plat Map Register], n.d. (1 volume);
Record of Townships and Plats, vol. 1-2, n.d. (2 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, District Attorney's Basement Storage Room:
[Land Registration Book-by township and range], ca.1883-ca.1913 (3 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Torrens Act Case of State of Oregon vs. Lake County Land and Livestock Company [with index], vol. 1-2, 1924 (2 volumes).

 

Maps, Plans, and Drawings

1884-[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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Metsker's Atlas of Lake County Oregon, 1958 (1 volume); n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[1990 Precensus Maps-with index], 1990 (36 maps);
Boundary and Annexation Survey [Maps-U.S. Census Bureau], 2009 (54 maps);
Christmas Valley Properties [Maps], ca.1961 (10 maps);
Christmas Valley Townsite [Plan}, n.d. (1 drawing);
[County Courthouse Plans], 1953 (47 drawings);
[Fremont National Forest Maps-with index], 1964-1966 (3 maps);
Lake County Code Map [Assessment], 1998 (1 map);
Lake County Fairgrounds [Grandstands Plans], 1993 (2 drawings);
Lake County Industrial Park [Plans], 1992 (19 drawings);
Lake County Rural Addressing Map, 2002 (2 maps);
[Lakeview District Recreation Maps-Bureau of Land Management], 1991 (3 maps);
Map of Lakeview, 1931 (1 map);
North Warner Administrative Unit [Bureau of Land Management Map], 1960 (1 map);
Southern Pacific Right-of-Way and Track Map, ca.1970 (26 maps);
Sunset Cemetery [Plot Map], n.d. (1 map).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Lake County [Inventory of Timber and Timber Lands-includes maps], vol. I-II, 1945-1947 (2 volumes);
Record of Voting Precincts [Boundary Descriptions], vol. 1, 1884-1935 (1 volume);
Timber Cruise Record, vol. 3, 5, 1917-1918 (2 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
[Assessor's Plat Maps-colored], 1932-1933 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Mapping Room:
[Assessor's Plat Maps], n.d.-present (9 volumes);
North/South [Topographic Maps], 1963-1985 (ca.200 maps);
Topos [Topographic Maps], 1964-1968 (ca.100 maps).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Basement Storage Room:
[Bureau of Land Management Surface Minerals Maps], 1979 (5 maps);
[General Highway Maps], 1974 (9 maps);
School District Map of Lake County, n.d. (1 map);
Timber Cruise Record, vol. 1-2, 4, 6, 1917-1918 (4 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office:
Flood Insurance Rate Map, 1989 (.30 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Basement Storage Room:
Maps Flood [Flood Insurance Rate Map], 1989 (1 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Maps, Plans, and Drawings-includes zoning, floodplain, wetlands, Lake County renewable energy plan, and vicinity maps of Christmas Valley, Lakeview, and Goose Lake Valley], ca.1976-ca.1993 (ca.200 maps);
[Superseded Assessor's Plat Maps], ca.1975-1978 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, District Attorney's Basement Storage Room:
Metsker's Atlas of Lake County Oregon, 1958 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Road Department Office Lobby:
BLM & Forest Service Maps [includes transportation plan maps], ca.1958-ca.2003 (ca.30 maps);
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes national forest, noxious weeds, Silver Lake, storm sewer, and road network], 1976-1988 (ca.50 maps);
Misc. Maps & Etc. [Miscellaneous Maps-includes highway, road alignment, and buried cable], 1936-2005 (ca.75 maps);
Misc. Surveys & Etc. [Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes county roads, road alignment, bridges, shops], 1955-1992 (ca.30 maps and plans).

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

 

Marks and Brands Records

1875-1935

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 Oregon State Archives:
Marks & Brands [Record-with index], vol. 1, 1875-1906 (1 volume);
Record of Marks and Brands [also indexes other volume 4], vol. 4, 1913-1915 (1 volume);
Record of Marks and Brands, vol. 4, 1913-1915 (1 volume);
Record of Marks and Brands [with index], vol. 3, 1901-1913 (1 volume);
Stock Inspector's Record [Description of Marks and Brands-with index], vol. 2, ca.1875-1901 (1 volume);
Stock Inspectors' Record [of Stock Removed-includes brand information], vol. 1, 1905-1906 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Certificate of Marks and Brands, 1875-ca.1915 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Basement Storage Room:
Lake County Brands [Livestock-volume spine is labeled judgment lien docket], n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Museum:
The Right to the Use of a Brand [Cattle and Horse Record-Abstract], 1927-1935 (1 volume).

 

Marriage Records

1875-1972

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Marriage Records [Printed Abstracts], 1875-1968 (6 volumes);
Marriage Record [with index], vol. 1-6, 1875-1968 (6 volumes);
Record of Affidavits for Marriage Licenses, 1909-1920 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Marriage Certificates [includes some licenses-trifolded], 1876-1960 (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Marriage [Application for Marriage License], 1953-1960 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Marriage Licenses, ca.1928-ca.1937 (.30 cu.ft.);
Medical Certs. for Marriage Licenses [Certificates], ca.1930-ca.1960 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Basement Storage Hallway:
Marriage Returns [includes marriage applications], 1960-1972 (1 volume);
Marriage Returns [Return of Marriage Booklets], 1912-1953 (17 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Library:
Marriage Records [Printed Abstracts], 1875-1950 (5 volumes).

Records at the Schminck Memorial Museum:
Marriage Records [Printed Abstracts], 1875-1968 (6 volumes).

 

Married Women's Property Registers

1876-1879

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Register Separate Property of Married Women, vol. 1, 1876-1879 (1 volume).

 

Medical Profession Registration Records

1889-1972

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Optometry Record [with index], vol. 1, 1911-1937 (1 volume);
Record of Dentists' Certificates [with index], vol. 1, 1902-1941 (1 volume);
[Registry Book of Practicing Physicians and Surgeons-includes nurses, dentists, optometrists, naturopaths, and chiropractors-with index], 1889-1972 (1 volume).

 

Military Records

1888-[ongoing]

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.

Before 1944 military discharges were recorded in the Clerk's Miscellaneous Record (Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings). Since 1987 military discharges have also been recorded in the clerk's Microfilm [Recorded Documents] (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). Military discharges have been indexed on computer since 1979.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
List of Persons Liable for Military Service, 1888 (.05 cu.ft.);
Military List [Eligibility], 1889-1894 (1 volume);
Military Record [Eligibility], 1900-1901 (1 volume);
Military Roll, 1896 (.05 cu.ft.);
Search for 1900-1901 Lake County military listings in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index Service Discharge [Military], 1944-present (1 volume of computer printouts);
Index to U.S. Service Discharge Record, vol. 1, 1944-present (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
U.S. Service Discharges, vol. 1-6, 1944-present (6 volumes).

 

Mining Claim Records

1874-[ongoing]

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 1987 mining claims have also been recorded in the clerk's Microfilm [Recorded Documents] (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). Mining claims have been indexed on computer since 1979. Also see the Surveyor's Field Notes and Plats series for recorded surveys and indexes that include some mining-related surveys.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Mining Claims [indexes volumes 4-5], 1909-1941 (1 volume);
Index to Mining Claims, vol. 2-3, 1941-1989 (2 volumes);
Index to Mining [Record], 2001-2002 (1 volume of computer printouts);
Index to Mining Records [indexes volumes 2-4], vol. 1, 1901-1917 (1 volume);
Mining Record, vol. 14-34, 1959-present (21 volumes);
Transcript of Water Rights and Mining Claims [with index], 1870-1877 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Record of Mining Claims, vol. 2-13, 1901-1959 (12 volumes);
Records [Mining Locations], 1890-1901 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Mining Claims, ca.1890-ca.1909 (.85 cu.ft.);
Mining Claims [Placer Location], 1898-1901 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Mining Claim Maps, n.d. (2 maps).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Miscellaneous Records [includes water rights, mining, and land patent information], vol 1-2, 1874-1912 (2 volumes).

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

1873-[ongoing]

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 1987 mortgages have also been recorded in the clerk's Microfilm [Recorded Documents] (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). Mortgages have been indexed on computer since 1979.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Mortgages, 2001-2002 (1 volume of computer printouts);
Mortgage Record, vol. 57-162, 1966-present (106 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Mortgages-Mortgagee, vol. 7-10, 1919-1985 (4 volumes);
Index to Mortgages-Mortgagor, vol. 7-10, 1919-1985 (4 volumes);
Mortgage Record [title varies], vol. 10-56, 1908-1966 (47 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Index to Mortgages [includes volume 6 direct index and volume 6 indirect index], vol. 1, 4-6, 1875-1920 (5 volumes);
Mortgages, vol. 1-9, 1875-1908 (9 volumes);
MTGS [Mortgage Record copy], 1875-1910 (10 volumes);
Transcript of Mortgages, 1873-1878 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Release and Assignment of Mortgages, ca.1885-ca.1927 (.30 cu.ft.).

 

Naturalization Certificates

1875-1972

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Certificate of Naturalization, 1909-1927 (11 volumes);
Immigration & Naturalization [Naturalization Petition Stubs-Naturalization Certificate], 1956-1972 (.05 cu.ft.);
Immigration & Naturalization [Persons Naturalized Over-Seas-includes petitions and certificate stubs], 1954-1955 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
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.);
County Court Journal [includes naturalization until 1906 and insane commitments], vol. 2, 1902-1919 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Naturalization Papers [Miscellaneous-includes declarations of intention, petitions, and certificates], ca.1882-ca.1957 (.75 cu.ft.).

 

Naturalization Declarations of Intention

1875-1970

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Declaration of Intention [with index], vol. 1, 1889-1906 (1 volume); vol. 5, 1929-1952 (1 volume);
Immigration & Naturalization [Declaration of Intention], 1952-1970 (1 volume);
Record of Declaration of Intention [no. 1 to 590-with index], vol. 2-5, 1907-1929 (4 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
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.);
County Court Journal [includes naturalization until 1906 and insane commitments], vol. 2, 1902-1919 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Naturalization Papers [Miscellaneous-includes declarations of intention, petitions, and certificates], ca.1882-ca.1957 (.75 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Museum:
Journal County Court [includes naturalization and insane commitment information], vol. 1, 1875-1902 (1 volume).

 

Naturalization Petitions and Orders

1875-1974

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Immigration & Naturalization [Notice of Denial and Admission-Orders], 1930-1974 (1 volume);
Immigration & Naturalization [Persons Naturalized Over Seas-includes petitions and certificate stubs], 1954-1955 (.05 cu.ft.);
Petition and Record [no. 1 to 328-with index], vol. 1-4, 1909-1929 (4 volumes);
Petitions For Naturalization [no. 329-519], vol. 5-7, 1930-1972 (3 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
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.);
County Court Journal [includes naturalization until 1906 and insane commitments], vol. 2, 1902-1919 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Naturalization Papers [Miscellaneous-includes declarations of intention, petitions, and certificates], ca.1882-ca.1957 (.75 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Museum:
Journal County Court [includes naturalization and insane commitment information], vol. 1, 1875-1902 (1 volume).

 

Pension and Relief Records

1914-1936

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 Oregon State Archives:
Old Age Pension Applications, 1933-1935 (.20 cu.ft.);
Widows Pension Record [with index], 1914-1915 (1 volume);
Search for 1933-1935 Lake County old age pensions in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
County Aid Applications and Orders, ca.1930-ca.1936 (.20 cu.ft.).

 

Planning Commission Minutes

1969-[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 Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office:
Planning Commission Files [Minutes], 1994-present (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Basement Storage Room:
PC Minutes [Planning Commission Minutes], 1969-1989 (9 binders);
Planning Comm. Minutes [Planning Commission Minutes], 1990-1993 (.20 cu.ft.).

 

Prisoner Registers

1894-1991

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(3).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Jail Register, 1894-1952 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Sheriff's Department Office:
Register of Prisoners, 1952-1991 (1 volume).

 

Probate Case Files

1875-[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.

Lake County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1988.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Probate [Case Files], 1875-1927 (29.65 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Probate Case File Index-also indexes insane commitment cases], 1875-ca.1930 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Probate [Case Files], no. 1-2027, 1925-1972 (40 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement East Storage Room:
CV [Circuit Court Civil Case Files-includes interfiled probate case files], 1989-1964 (60 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-includes small estate cases], no. 2028-2585, PR84.1-SE88.45, 1972-1988 (17 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office Storage Room:
CV [Circuit Court Civil Case Files-includes interfiled probate case files], 1997-2006 (66 cu.ft.);
Probate [Card Index], 1983-1988 (.10 cu.ft.);
Probate Index [indexes probate, insane commitment, delayed birth, and other cases], n.d.-1983 (1 binder).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
CV [Circuit Court Civil Case Files-includes interfiled probate case files], 2007-present (17 cu.ft.).

 

Probate Estate Records

1886-1949

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Record of Accounting and Distribution [Probate Estate-with index], vol. 2-12, ca.1909-1949 (11 volumes);
Record of Estates, 1903-1948 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Museum:
Record of Accounting and Distribution [Probate Estate-with index], 1886-1909 (1 volume).

 

Probate Registers

1875-1988

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.

Lake County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1988.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Probate Court Order Book [with index], vol. 2, 1901-1908 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. 4-15, 1954-1981, (12 volumes);
Probate Register [with index], vol. 2, 1917-1947 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, District Attorney's Basement Storage Room:
Probate Journal, vol. 16, 1981-1982 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Calendar Probate Court, 1884-1894 (1 volume);
Probate Court Order Book, vol. 1, 1887-1901 (1 volume); vol. 3-5, 1908-1949 (3 volumes);
Probate Journal, vol. 1-3, 1949-1954 (3 volumes);
Record Probate Court [with index], vol. 2, 1887-1903 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement East Storage Room:
Probate Docket [with index], vol. 4-6, 1932-1983 (3 volumes);
Probate Register [with index], 1900-1917 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1925-1932 (1 volume);
Record Prob. Court [Probate-with index], 1875-1887 (1 volume);
Register of Actions Probate, 1983-1988 (.15 cu.ft.).

 

Road and Bridge Records

1875-[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.

Additional road and bridge records are contained in the Commissioners Records (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
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.);
County Road Right-of-Way Deeds [includes petitions and vacations], ca.1929-ca.1942 (2 cu.ft.);
Road Districts [Record], 1875-1910 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Miscellaneous Papers From Vault [Road Petitions], 1918-1922 (.10 cu.ft.);
Reports of Road Supervisors, 1914 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to County Roads, n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Basement Storage Room:
Lake County Transportation Plan, 1979 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Lake County Road Maps [Drawer 4-with index], 1919-1991 (28 maps);
Lakeview to Cal. Line Oregon State Highway Maps [Drawer 3-with index], 1928-1970 (11 maps).

Records at the Lake County Road Department Office:
Bridge Files [Case], ca.1996-present (2 cu.ft.);
Road Files [Case-includes some older records], ca.1979-present (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Road Department Office Lobby:
BLM & Forest Service Maps [includes transportation plan maps], ca.1958-ca.2003 (ca.30 maps);
Lake County Road Maps, 1974-ca.2004 (ca.50 maps);
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes national forest, noxious weeds, Silver Lake, storm sewer, and road network], 1976-1988 (ca.50 maps);
Misc. Maps & Etc. [Miscellaneous Maps-includes highway, road alignment, and buried cable], 1936-2005 (ca.75 maps);
Misc. Surveys & Etc. [Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes county roads, road alignment, bridges, shops], 1955-1992 (ca.30 maps and plans).

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).

 

Road Maps and Survey Notes

1875-[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.

Also see the Surveyor's Field Notes and Plats series for recorded surveys and indexes that include some road surveys. Recorded surveys (including some road surveys) have been scanned on computer.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to County Roads, n.d. (1 volume);
Index to Town Plats [indexes some road surveys], vol. 1, ca.1875-present (1 volume);
Plat Cabinet A [Subdivision Plats-includes some road surveys], ca.1875-present (ca.280 plats).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
County Surveyor's Records Lands, Roads & Ditches, 1879-1906 (1 volume);
Oregon State Highway Maps [Beige Cabinet-with index], 1919-present (ca.60 maps);
Oregon State Highway Maps [Gray Cabinet-with index], 1919-present (ca.60 maps);
Road Plats, 1875-1880 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Road Department Office Lobby:
Misc. Maps & Etc. [Miscellaneous Maps-includes highway, road alignment, and buried cable], 1936-2005 (ca.75 maps);
Misc. Surveys & Etc. [Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes county roads, road alignment, bridges, shops], 1955-1992 (ca.30 maps and plans).

 

School District Records

1883-1966

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 Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Basement Storage Room:
[School District Budgets-various districts-in oak cabinet-trifolded], 1920-1933 (.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Education Service District Office:
Annual Reports Clerks Teachers [various districts], 1917-1958 (2.25 cu.ft.);
Census Reports [Clerk's Annual], 1919-1966 (2 cu.ft.);
[Clerk's Annual Reports-District], 1958-1959 (.05 cu.ft.);
Cumulative Record Cards [includes Enrollment by Grades Record], 1929-1956 (1 volume);
Cumulative Record Cards [includes Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 38-New Idaho], 1954-1955 (1 volume);
[Final Record of Standings for High Schools-Silver Lake-with index], 1913-1923 (1 volume);
Journal [Record of Credits of Silver Lake High School Pupils-with index], 1913-1923 (1 volume);
[Lake County Cumulative Record-Student-various districts], ca.1950-ca.1958 (1.75 cu.ft.);
[Laurel Loan Record of Text Books Issued-Silver Lake School], 1932-1935 (1 volume);
Minutes Non High School District, vol. 1, 1933-1960 (1 volume);
Minutes Rural School District 1, 1947-1965 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 14-Silver Lake], 1926-1934 (1 volume); 1927-1939 (1 volume); 1929-1934 (1 volume); 1934-1939 (.05 cu.ft); 1934-1939 (1 volume); 1935-1939 (1 volume); 1943-1958 (.20 cu.ft.); 1944-1945 (1 volume); 1962-1963 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 14-Silver Lake-High School], 1922-1929 (1 volume); 1929-1934 (1 volume); 1934-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 14-Silver Lake-Mary Emery-teacher], 1951-1952 (.05 cu.ft.);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 16], 1920-1927 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 21], 1923-1932 (1 volume); 1933-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 38-New Idaho], 1935-1947 (1 volume); 1936-1939 (1 volume); 1938-1939 (1 volume); 1947-1948 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-various districts], 1939-1940 (1 volume);
[Pupils in School-various districts], 1917-1920 (3 volumes);
[School District Budgets-various districts], 1919-1962 (2 cu.ft.);
The Spiral Composition Book [Silver Lake School Board Minutes], 1936-1942 (1 volume).

Records at the Schminck Memorial Museum:
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 20-Clover Flat], 1896-1898 (1 volume); 1904-1908 (1 volume); 1910-1912 (1 volume); 1916-1918 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 20-Clover Flat], 1899-1900 (1 volume); 1903-1907 (1 volume); 1909-1915 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 27], 1900-1903 (1 volume);
Record [Student Examination Record], 1900-1902 (1 volume);
Teacher's Pocket Record [includes student attendance, deportment, and scholarship], 1883-1886 (1 volume).

 

Superintendent of Schools Records

1883-1978

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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
County School Superintendent Record of Apportionments, vol. 1, 1908-1910 (1 volume);
Record of Teachers Examined, vol. 1, 1908-1936 (1 volume);
School District Record [boundary maps of districts], vol. 1, 1893-1908 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Basement Storage Room:
School District Boundaries [Legal Description of School District Boundaries], 1940 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Education Service District Office:
[Boundary Board-Records], 1913-1924 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Boundary Changes Annexation and Abandonment-Records-trifolded], 1929-1938 (.10 cu.ft.);
[County School Superintendent's Annual Reports], 1919-1929 (.05 cu.ft.);
County School Superintendent's Record of Apportionments, vol. 2, 1921-1964 (1 volume);
Meetings of the District Boundary Board [School Record], 1913-1939 (1 volume);
Minutes of District Boundary Board, 1929-1965 (1 volume);
[Minutes of Intermediate Education District Board], 1964-1978 (1 volume);
[Miscellaneous School Records-includes teacher reports and test records], ca.1929-1957 (.40 cu.ft.);
Monthly Report of Public School, vol. 1, 1910-1942 (1 volume);
Plat Book of Lake County School District Maps & Descriptions, 1960 (1 volume);
Record of Eighth Grade Examinations, vol. 1, 1911-1945 (1 volume);
Record of School Dist. Boundaries [District], vol. 1, 1913-1919, 1940 (1 volume);
Record of Teachers Employed [with index], vol. 1, 1910-1942 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers Employed [with index], 1942-1967 (1 volume);
[School District Consolidation Records-trifolded], 1930-1943 (.10 cu.ft.);
School Superintendent's Record of Annual Reports, 1929-1966 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Museum:
[County School District Boundary Book], 1884-1891 (1 volume);
County School Superintendent's Register and Record Book, 1883-1885, 1891 (5 volumes);
Record of District Clerks Annual Reports [includes many districts], vol. 1, 1908-1928 (1 volume);
Record of School Books Purchased, vol. 1, 1909-1922 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers in Commission, vol. 1, 1909-1922 (1 volume).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss.1504 Public School System [Catalogue of the Lakeview Graded Schools], 1893-1894 (1 volume).

 

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats

1869-[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.

Recorded surveys have been scanned on computer.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
All Recorded Surveys By RS Number [index-also includes subdivision, water, mining claim, and road surveys], ca.1920-present (1 binder);
Bluelines [Recorded Surveys-copies-includes surveys related to roads subdivisions, mining, and water resources-with gaps], no.1-6237, ca.1920-present (ca.3500 maps);
Clients [Recorded Survey Index-also indexes some subdivision, water resources, mining, and road surveys], ca.1920-present (1 binder);
County Surveyor's Records Lands, Roads & Ditches, 1879-1906 (1 volume);
[General Land Office and Bureau of Land Management Surveys- includes corner restoration and homestead surveys], ca.1869-ca.1998 (10 inches of microfiche and aperture cards);
GLO/BLM Plats [General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management-Survey], ca.1869-ca.1998 (ca.100 maps);
Originals [includes surveys, field notes, and related records-also includes surveys related to roads, subdivisions, mining, and water resources], ca.1920-present (6.50 cu.ft.);
OVL [Oregon Valley Lands Company Recorded Survey Visual Reference Atlas-on assessor map base], n.d.-present (1 volume);
[Recorded Survey Alphabetical Card Index], ca.1920-1995 (.50 cu.ft.);
[Recorded Surveys-Original-includes surveys related to roads subdivisions, mining, and water resources-with gaps], no.1-6237, ca.1920-present (ca.3500 maps);
[Recorded Survey Township and Range Card Index], ca. 1920-1995 (.50 cu.ft.);
[Recorded Survey Visual Reference Atlas-on Assessor's Plat Base with overlays], ca.1920-present (1 volume);
Township and Range [Recorded Survey Index-also indexes some subdivision, water resources, mining, and road surveys], ca.1920-present (1 binder).

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

1971-[ongoing]

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.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Deed Reference Books-Official Record of Description of Real Property], 1971-present (44 volumes).

 

Water Rights Records

1870-1979

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.

Also see the Surveyor's Field Notes and Plats series for recorded surveys and indexes that include some water-related surveys.

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Water Contracts, 1910 (1 volume);
Record of Water Contracts [one entry only], vol. 2, 1911-1924 (1 volume);
Record of Water Contracts, vol. 1, 1910 (1 volume);
Record of Water Rights [with index], vol. 1-4, 1875-1979 (4 volumes);
Transcript of Water Rights and Mining Claims [with index], 1870-1877 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Lakeview Water Users Incorporated Water Adjudication Survey], 1959 (9 maps).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Exhibits [regarding Chewaucan River], vol. 6, 1914 (1 volume);
Index and Miscellaneous Papers Regarding the Chewaucan River, vol. 7, 1914 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Water Rights [Certificates], ca.1875-ca.1932 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Contest Testimony [Transcript of Testimony and Record of Proceedings Re Chewaucan River-with index], vol. 3-5, 1915-1916 (3 volumes);
Transcripts of Testimony [Re Chewaucan River], vol. 1-7, 1916-1917 (7 volumes); [Re Warner Lake-with index], 1924 (2 volumes); [Re Buck Creek], 1924 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Watermaster's Office:
Adjudication Survey of Bridge Creek [Water Rights Map], 1960 (4 maps);
Adjudication [Water Rights Circuit Court Records-Buck Creek, Crane Creek, Kelly Creek, Goose Lake, Sprague River, Chewaucan River, Warner Lakes, and tributaries], ca.1916-ca.1930 (8 cu.ft.);
[Bridge Creek Adjudication-Water Rights Record], 1967 (1 volume);
[Findings of Fact and Order of Determination-Bridge Creek Water Rights], 1970 (1 volume);
Statement and Proof of Claims [Water Rights-Drew Creek, Antelope Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Thomas Creek, and Cogswell Creek], vol. II, 1960 (1 volume);
[Supplemental Findings of Fact and Order of Determination-Goose Lake Water Rights], 1960 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
County Surveyor's Records Lands, Roads & Ditches, 1879-1906 (1 volume);
Miscellaneous Records [includes water rights, mining, and land patent information], vol 1-2, 1874-1912 (2 volumes).

 

Zoning Records

1961-[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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Ordinances-includes subdivision, partition, and zoning], 1961-present (2 volumes).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office:
Lake County Comprehensive Plan [includes amendments and zoning and land development ordinances], 1980-1983 (1 binder);
Lake County Plan/Zone Maps [includes land use designations], 1980-present (10 binders);
[Lake County Zoning Ordinance], 1980-1989 (1 binder);
[Zoning Permits], 1994-present (1.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Basement Storage Room:
Comp. Land Use Files and Periodic Review Files [includes 1980-1989 zoning ordinance], ca.1979-ca.1990 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Correspondence U-Z [includes zoning ordinance development and revision records], ca.1967-ca.1979 (.80 cu.ft.);
[Lake County Zoning Map], 1983 (2 maps);
[Miscellaneous Maps, Plans, and Drawings-includes zoning, floodplain, wetlands, Lake County renewable energy plan, and vicinity maps of Christmas Valley, Lakeview, and Goose Lake Valley], ca.1976-ca.1993 (ca.200 maps);
Zoning Permits, 1990-1993 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Web Site:
Zone Maps [includes Adel, Christmas Valley, Paisley, Fort Rock, New Pine Creek, Plush, Silver Lake, and Summer Lake-scroll down], 2007-present (Internet);
Zoning Ordinance [includes table of contents, full ordinance, and index], 1980-1989 (Internet).


Inventory by Gary Halvorson, Senior Archivist
Last Update: August 3, 2009

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