Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Lane County Records Inventory

Coroner and Inquest Records


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 Lane County Archive and Records Center:
[Coroners Inquests-with index-location: 6.60.14], 1915-1942 (1 cu.ft.);
[Coroner's Office First Call Report-with index-location: 4.37.4], 1945-1954 (1 cu.ft.);
[Coroners Reports-Medical Investigation Files-with index-location: 6.60.28], 1931-1954 (1 cu.ft.);
Medical Examiner Records [County Coroner Records-location: 4.37.36], 1955-1961 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lane County Historical Museum, Archives:
Coroners Inquest [location: c5.s65], 1859-1914 (.80 cu.ft.);
[Medical Investigator Records [County Coroner Records-location: 4.37.40; 4.37.42], 1962-1964 (2 cu.ft.).


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