Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Lane County Records Inventory

Federal Land Grant Records


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.

The "Surveyor's Images & Documents Online" searchable database includes images of plats and notes related to government corners, county road maps, donation land claims, master road files, reestablishment records, road naming files, subdivisions, and vertical control dating from circa 1851 to the present.

Records at the Lane County Public Service Building, Deeds and Records Research Library:
Donation Land Claims [Land Claim Index], n.d. (1 binder).

Records at the Lane County Public Service Building, Deeds and Records Office:
[Donation Land Claim Index], n.d. (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lane County Public Works Customer Service Center, Surveyor's Map Room:
BLM Fiche Cards [Bureau of Land Management Donation Land Claims-with index], ca.1853-ca.1998 (3 inches of microfiche);
BLM Microfilm [Bureau of Land Management/General Land Office Field Notes], ca.1853-n.d. (14 reels of microfilm);
[DLC Index Alphabetical-Donation Land Claim], n.d. (1 inch of microfiche);
DLC Index [Donation Land Claim], n.d. (1 volume of computer printouts); n.d. (1 volume);
Donation Land Claims, n.d. (ca.50 plats);
Homestead Plats, ca.1902-ca.1918 (ca.50 plats);
Index of DLC Reestabs [Donation Land Claim Corner Reestablishment Visual Index], n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Lane County Public Works Customer Service Center, Surveyor's Archive Room 72:
[Donation Land Claim Index], n.d. (1 volume);
Index for Original Field Notes for Sections and Donation Land Claims [includes corner survey information], n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Lane County Public Service Building, Assessment and Taxation Department, Cartography Office:
Blueprint Township Plats Lane County [includes donation land claim information], ca.1900 (1 volume);
DLC Maps by Township and Range [Donation Land Claim], n.d. (ca.30 maps).

Records at the Lane County Archive and Records Center:
Deed Record Homesteads, vol. 27, 1890-1901 (1 volume);
Deed Record [Land Patents], vol. 52, 1901-1909 (1 volume); vol. 82, 1904-1935 (1 volume); vol. 88, 1908-1930 (1 volume); vol. 119, 1870-1919 (1 volume);
Deed Record [Oregon and California Railroad Company Land Grant Sales Record], vol. 42, 1893-1904 (1 volume);
Public Works Microfiche [DLC Index-Donation Land Claim], n.d. (7 sheets of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Lane County Historical Museum, Archives:
Misc. #6 [Miscellaneous Homestead Certificates-location: c6.s66], 1866-1869 (.05 cu.ft.);
Misc. #8 [Miscellaneous Homestead Certificates-location: c6.s66], 1867-1900 (.05 cu.ft.).

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).


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