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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Linn County Records Inventory - Scrollable Version

The following information is based on an October 2009 inventory:


Addresses and links to offices and repositories listed in the inventory:
Main Linn County Web site: http://www.co.linn.or.us/

Albany Regional Museum: 136 Lyon St SW, Albany, OR 97321;
Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program Office: 104 4th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321;
Assessment and Taxation Offices: Courthouse, 300 4th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321;
Circuit Court Offices: Courthouse, 300 4th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321;
Clerk's Offices: Courthouse, 300 4th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321;
Commission on Children and Families Office: 308 SW Broadalbin St, Albany, OR 97321;
Corvallis School District 509J Administration Building, Vault: 1555 SW 35th St, Corvallis, OR 97333;
Developmental Disability Program Office: 445 3rd Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321;
Fair and Expo Center, Willamette Events Building: 3700 Knox Butte Rd, Albany, OR 97321;
Health Services Department Administrative Office: 315 4th Ave SW Albany, OR 97321;
Hurd Building: No public access. Contact the appropriate office;
Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District Office: 905 4th Ave SE, Albany, OR 97321;
Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District Warehouse: No public access. Contact the ESD office;
Linn County Courthouse: 300 4th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321;
Linn County Historical Museum: 101 Park Ave, Brownsville, OR 97327;
Mental Health Services Office: 445 3rd Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321;
Old Jail: No public access. Contact the appropriate office;
Oregon Historical Society: 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland 97205;
Oregon State Archives: 800 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97310;
Planning and Building Department Office: Courthouse, 300 4th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321;
Road Department Administrative Building: 3010 Ferry St SW, Albany, OR, 97321;
Sheriff's Archives: No public access. Contact the sheriff's office;
Sheriff's Main Office: 1115 Jackson St SE, Albany, OR 97322;
Surveyor's Office: Courthouse, 300 4th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321;
Treasurer's Office: Courthouse, 300 4th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321;
University of Oregon, Knight Library, Special Collections: 1299 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403.



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

1948-[ongoing]

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 Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Library:
Aerial Photo Flight Lines [Photographic Slides], 1991 (4 binders of photographic slides);
[Aerial Photographic Slides], vol. A-D, 1985 (4 binders of photographic slides);
Flights [Aerial Photographic Slides], 1981 (4 binders of photographic slides).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Map Cabinet:
Committed Lands Maps [Soils Map-on aerial photograph base], 1963-1981 (7 volumes);
Greenway [Maps/Photos [Willamette-includes maps and aerial photographs], 1974-1976 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Counter:
[Aerial Photographs-Blueline], 1986 (6 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
[Aerial Photographs], 1986 (ca.200 photographs); 1996 (ca.300 photographs);
Aerial Photos, 1951 (ca.50 photographs); 1952 (ca.15 photographs); 1961 (ca.75 photographs); 1967 (ca.750 photographs); 1972 (ca.50 photographs); 1974 (ca.100 photographs);
Aerial Photos [color], 1975 (ca.200 photographs; 1993 (7 photographs);
North Santiam Aerial Photos [large scale-rolled], 1982 (25 photographs);
Willamette Aerial Photos [large scale-rolled], 1986 (20 photographs).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office, Public Area:
Aerial Photos [Blueline], 1986 (6 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's North Basement Records Storage Room:
[Willamette Greenway Aerial Photograph Boundary Maps], 1976 (27 photomaps).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Old Jail, Assessment and Taxation Storage Cell 2:
[Aerial Photographs-in hanging files], 1972 (ca.200 photographs).

Records at the Linn County Road Department Administrative Building, Second Floor Engineering Office:
[Aerial Photographs], 1948 (ca.275 photographs); 1951 (ca.100 photographs); 1952 (ca.75 photographs); 1967 (ca.400 photographs).

Records at the Linn County Road Department Administrative Building, Second Floor Engineering Office, Storage Room:
[Aerial Photographs], n.d. (ca.500 photographs); 1961 (ca.900 photographs); 1967 (ca.300 photographs); 1971 (ca.150 photographs).

Records at the Linn County Web Site:
ELLA Maps [Easy Land Locator Application Maps-includes searchable Geographical Information System mapping with survey, land corner, zoning, road, soil, tax lot, floodplain, Donation Land Claim, orthophoto, relief, district boundaries, and other information], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Assessment and Tax Rolls

1858-[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."

Currently, the 2000 to 2007 tax roll is maintained electronically in the taxation area of the Assessment and Taxation Office.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Assessment Roll [title varies], 1858 (1 volume); 1861 (1 volume); 1863 (1 volume); 1869 (2 volumes); 1870 (1 volume); 1871 (2 volumes); 1872 (1 volume); 1873 (1 volume); 1875 (1 volume); 1877 (1 volume); 1878 (3 volumes); 1880 (1 volume); 1881 (1 volume); 1883 (1 volume); 1884 (2 volumes); 1885 (5 volumes); 1886 (3 volumes); 1887 (2 volumes); 1888 (1 volume); 1889 (1 volume); 1890 (2 volumes); 1891 (2 volumes); 1892 (2 volumes);
Assessment Roll School District No. 5, 1877 (1 volume);
Balance Sheet of Tax Roll, 1900-1901 (4 volumes);
Circuit Court Testimony [includes List of Delinquent Tax in School District No. 5], 1883 (1 volume);
Delinquent Assessment Roll, 1868 (1 volume); 1887-1891 (1 volume);
Delinquent Tax List [title varies], 1860 (1 volume); 1861-1862 (1 volume); 1861-1864 (1 volume); 1862 (1 volume); 1862-1870 (1 volume); 1863 (1 volume); 1864 (1 volume); 1865 (1 volume); 1868 (1 volume); 1868-1870 (1 volume); 1869 (1 volume); 1869-1870 (1 volume); 1869-1872 (1 volume); 1870 (1 volume); 1871-1873 (1 volume); 1872 (1 volume); 1873 (2 volumes); 1874 (1 volume); 1874-1875 (2 volumes); 1875 (1 volume); 1876 (4 volumes); 1877 (2 volumes); 1878 (3 volumes); 1878-1879 (1 volume); 1878-1880 (1 volume); 1879 (2 volumes); 1880 (2 volumes); 1881 (3 volumes); 1883 (1 volume); 1884 (2 volumes);
Index to Sheriff's Assessment, 1894-1897 (1 volume);
Tax Roll, 1870 (1 volume);
[Tax Roll], 1858 (1 volume); 1865 (1 volume); 1875 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Assessment and Taxation Office, Taxation Area:
Assessment Roll [includes tax amount paid and delinquent], 1890-1964 (160 reels of microfilm);
Tax Roll, 1972-1995 (20 inches of microfiche);
Tax Roll [on carousel], 1995-1998 (ca.4 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Assessment and Taxation Office, Deed Room:
[Assessment Cards-Continuing Roll], 1964-1973 (36 reels of microfilm);
[Continuing Assessment of Real Property-Roll Cards], 1946-1963 (30 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Hallway:
[Delinquent Assessment Roll], 1886 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Moveable Shelving Room:
[Tax Roll], 2008-present (20 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's South Basement Records Storage Room:
Delinquent Assessment Roll, 1886 (2 volumes); 1887 (1 volume); 1888 (1 volume); 1889 (3 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Old Jail, Treasurer's Storage Cell:
Assessment and Tax Roll Corporation, 1923 (1 volume); 1924 (1 volume);
Assessment and Tax Roll [Oregon & California Railroad Lands], 1926 (1 volume);
[Assessment Roll], 1890 (1 volume); 1891 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Historical Museum:
Record County Assessor [Tax Roll], 1860 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Web Site:
Public Account Detail Search [Searchable database-includes tax and deed reference information as well as links to assessor maps], n.d.-present (Internet);
Assessment and Tax Roll Summaries, 1999-present (Internet).

 

Assumed Business Names Registers

1913-1964

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.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Public Area:
Assumed Business Names [with index], vol. 1-8, 1913-1964 (5 reels of microfilm).

 

Attachment Records

1857-1959

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 Oregon State Archives:
Attachment Lien Docket, vol. 1-2, 1861-1899 (2 volumes);
Attachment Register, vol. 1, 1892-1959 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Hallway:
Attachment Lien Docket [Index], vol. 1, 1861 - n.d., (1 volume).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 960 Layton Papers [Linn County Attachment Records-includes county and circuit court attachments], 1857-1865 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Birth Records

1903-1949

Series documents the recording of births by the county. Records include certificates, affidavits for correction, registers, delayed entry for births and corrected entries. Information includes registration number; child's name, sex, legitimacy, birth date, and birthplace; name, residence, color, age, birthplace, and occupation of father and mother; number of other children born to mother; signature of physician or midwife; filing date; and registrar's signature. Birth records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register births. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Birth records have been inventoried through 1920. For information concerning more recent records, contact the State Registrar. Also see Delayed Birth Records series for related records. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Record of Births, 1903-1915 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [Albany area], 1915-1921 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [Brownsville area, District No. 54], 1915-1929 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [Harrisburg area], 1915-1949 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [Oregon Health Division], 1915-1946 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [Scio area], 1915-1929 (1 volume);
Record of Births Linn County, 1903-1915 (10 volumes).

 

Census Records

1850-1905

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 and Military Enrollment, 1905 (1 reel of microfilm);
Census Records [Enumeration of Inhabitants and Industrial Products], 1885 (4 volumes); 1895 (10 volumes);
Industrial Products Census, 1905 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Counter:
1905 Census [Oregon State Census of Linn County], 1905 (2 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Public Area:
[Oregon State Census-Linn County], vol. 1-2, 1905 (2 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Library:
Oregon Linn County Census [Transcriptions-with index], 1860 (1 binder); 1905 (1 binder).

Records at a Related Web Sites:
Federal Census [Linn County Transcription], 1850 (US GenWeb Project);
Federal Census [Linn County Transcription], 1860 (genealogytrails.com).

 

Circuit Court Case Files

1854-1985

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 Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Exhibits, 1909-1958 (3 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Minutes and Exhibits, 1874-1879 (2 volumes);
Circuit Court Testimony [Grand Jury Minutes], 1891 (1 volume);
Index to Papers in Circuit Court Direct [Case File], 1854-1935 (2 volumes);
Index to Papers in Circuit Court Indirect [Case File], 1854-1935 (2 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office, File Room:
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-43110, 1861-1974 (561 reels of microfilm); no. 43111-83.1976, 1974-1983 (16.50 feet of microfiche).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office, Counter:
Direct Index [Circuit Court Case File and Journal Index], 1875-1985 (10 inches of microfiche);
Indirect Index [Circuit Court Case File and Journal Index], 1875-1985 (10 inches of microfiche).

 

Circuit Court Dockets

1889-1983

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 Oregon State Archives:
Bench Docket Dept. No. 1 [Circuit Court Register Index], no. 3200-25000, ca.1910-1950 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Civil Register [with index], 1891-1912 (2 volumes);
Circuit Court Fee Book [and Register], vol. 3-8, 1893-1913 (6 volumes);
[Circuit Court Trial Records], 1893-1897 (1 volume);
Judge's Calendar Circuit Court Dept. 1, vol. 4-5, 1897-1913 (2 volumes);
Judge's Calendar [Circuit Court], vol. 1-3, 1889-1904 (3 volumes);
Judge's Calendar Department 2, vol. 5-6, 1904-1917 (2 volumes);
Register Circuit Court [with index], vol. C, 1912-1913 (1 volume).

Records at the Hurd Building, Circuit Court Storage Room 13:
[Register and Circuit Court Docket], no. 41301-56458, 80.0001-83.1976, 1972-1983 (34 volumes).

Records at the Hurd Building, Circuit Court Storage Room 14:
Circuit Court Docket [Register and Circuit Court Docket], no. 2370-41300, 1907-1972 (99 volumes).

 

Circuit Court Journals

1854-1985

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 Oregon State Archives:
[Circuit Court Journal-includes 1874 Delinquent Tax List], 1891 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 2, 1861-1869 (1 volume); vol. 4, 1873-1876 (1 volume); vol. 6-9, 1879-1887 (4 volumes);
Circuit Court Journal [with index], vol. 1, 1854-1861 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1869-1873 (1 volume); vol. 5, 1876-1879 (1 volume);
Final Record Circuit Court [most of the volume is a county court docket], vol. I, 1879 (1 volume);
Index to Circuit Court Journal Direct [indexes vol. 1-52], 1854-ca 1935 (1 volume);
Index to Circuit Court Journal [indexes vol. 16-34], vol. 2, 1894-1915 (1 volume);
Index to Circuit Court Journal Indirect [indexes vol. 1-52], 1854-ca 1935 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office, File Room:
Circuit Court Journals, vol. 38-286, 1917-1981 (98 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office, Counter:
Direct Index [Circuit Court Case File and Journal Index], 1875-1985 (10 inches of microfiche);
Indirect Index [Circuit Court Case File and Journal Index], 1875-1985 (10 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Albany Regional Museum, Reference Room:
Circuit Court Journal [Departments 1 and 2], vol. 16-28, 1894-1910 (13 volumes); vol. 30, 1910-1912 (1 volume); vol. 32, 1912-1914 (1 volume); vol. 34, 1914-1915 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 10-15, 1886-1895 (6 volumes).

 

Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings

1862-1976

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 Oregon State Archives:
Clerk's Misc. Filings [Miscellaneous], 1912-1940 (.25 cu.ft.);
Miscellaneous Record, vol. 1-3, 1862-1945 (3 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Public Area:
Miscellaneous [Record-with index], vol. 3-14, 1916-1968 (7 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Hallway:
Miscellaneous Records [Index], vol. 1, ca.1952-1976 (1 volume).

 

Clerk and Recorder Official Filings

1970-[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.

The Daily Recorded Instruments (Official Filings) are indexed on a public access computer from 1986 to the present. See deed, mortgage, and other record series for indexes to daily recorded instruments filed from 1970 to 1986. Records dating from 2006 to the present are available on computer in the clerk's office and will be microfilmed.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Public Area:
[Daily Recorded Instruments-title varies], no. MF1-MF1806, 1970-2005 (885 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Web Site:
Public Account Detail Search [Searchable database-includes tax and deed reference information as well as links to assessor maps], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Corner Survey Records

1872-[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 Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Corner & D.L.C. Numbers [Record-by township and range], n.d. (1 binder);
Corner Field Books [Survey], ca.1980-present (1.75 cu.ft.);
[Corner Survey Field Books], ca.1872-ca.1965 (26 volumes);
[Corner Survey Visual Reference Maps-hanging], n.d. (ca.50 maps).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office, Public Area:
[Benchmark Records], n.d.-present (7 binders);
Corner Restoration Index by Township, ca.1885-present (1 volume);
G.P.S. [Global Positioning System Corners], 1991-present (3 binders);
Re-Established Corners [Record-title varies], vol. 1-17, 1885-present (17 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Web Site:
ELLA Maps [Easy Land Locator Application Maps-includes searchable Geographical Information System mapping with survey, land corner, zoning, road, soil, tax lot, floodplain, Donation Land Claim, orthophoto, relief, district boundaries, and other information], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Coroner and Inquest Records

1909-1960

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 Oregon State Archives:
Coroner's Reports Index, 1909-1960 (.05 cu.ft.);
Coroner's Reports, no. 1-1841, 1909-1960 (2.25 cu.ft.);
Search for 1909-1960 Linn County coroner's reports in Oregon Historical Records Index.

 

County Budgets

1963- [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.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Scanning Room:
Budgets [Linn County-includes some budget notes], 1995-present (1.25 cu.ft.);
[Linn County Budget Notes and Hearing Records], 1979-1995 (.75 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Treasurer's Office:
Linn County Adopted Budget, 1993-present (12 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Old Jail, Treasurer's Storage Cell:
Old Budgets [Linn County], 1963-1993 (2 cu.ft.).

 

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1849-[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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Court Docket and Minute Book [Administrative], 1881-1883 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
County Court Journal, vol. 18-32, 1914-1964 (15 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Public Area:
Commissioner's Docket Books, vol. 1-3, 1881-1894 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. 5-7, 1897-1913 (2 reels of microfilm);
Commissioners Journal, vol. 46-192, 1975-1993 (35 reels of microfilm);
Commissioners' Meeting Minutes, 1965-1991 (5 reels of microfilm);
County Court Journal, vol. 1-45, 1849-1975 (21 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Safe:
County Court Journal, vol. 1, 1849-1861 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Moveable Shelving Room:
[Board of Commissioners Signed Documents-includes orders, ordinances, and resolutions-title varies], vol. 230-347, 1996-2006 (38 cu.ft.); no. 2007.01-2009.741, 2007-present (17 cu.ft.);
Min. [Commissioners Minutes], 1967-present (8 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Hallway:
Index to County Court Proceedings [indexes Signed Documents-including orders, ordinances, and resolutions], vol. 1, ca.1910-1975 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's South Basement Records Storage Room:
Board of Commissioners [Signed Documents-includes orders, ordinances, and resolutions], 1910-1941 (5.75 cu.ft.);
Board of Commissioners [Signed Documents-includes orders, ordinances, and resolutions-title varies], vol. 26-229, 1941-1996 (53 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Old Jail, Treasurer's Storage Cell:
[County Court Docket-documents judicial, probate, and administrative actions], 1861-1863 (1 volume).

 

County Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, and Resolutions

1854-[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.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Linn County Code [includes comprehensive plan, zoning, and land division information], vol. 1-3, ca.2004-present (3 binders).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Public Area:
Zoning Ordinance, 1972 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Moveable Shelving Room:
[Board of Commissioners Signed Documents-includes orders, ordinances, and resolutions-title varies], vol. 230-347, 1996-2006 (38 cu.ft.); no. 2007.01-2009.741, 2007-present (17 cu.ft.);
[Planning Files-includes comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance amendments], 2000-present (1.75 cu.ft.);
Road Files [Case-includes petitions, orders, resolutions, reports, road survey maps, and related records], no. 869-989, 1986-present (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Hallway:
Index to County Court Proceedings [indexes Signed Documents-including orders, ordinances, and resolutions], vol. 1, ca.1910-1975 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's South Basement Records Storage Room:
Board of Commissioners [Signed Documents-includes orders, ordinances, and resolutions], 1910-1941 (5.75 cu.ft.);
Board of Commissioners [Signed Documents-includes orders, ordinances, and resolutions-title varies], vol. 26-229, 1941-1996 (53 cu.ft.);
Zone Amendments [Ordinance], 1977-1998 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Zoning Ordinance [actually Linn County Subdivision Ordinance], 1968 (1 volume); 1978 (1 volume);
Zoning Ordinance [Amendments], 1978-1999 (.30 cu.ft.);
Zoning Ordinance [Linn County-includes draft and interim versions], 1967-1969 (.10 cu.ft.);
Zoning Ordinance [Linn County Zoning Ordinance], 1972 (1 binder).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office:
[Land Use Action Case Files-includes zone amendments and subdivision and partition case files], 2007-present (20 cu.ft.);
[Zone Amendments-Ordinance], 1969-2000 (9 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Library:
Interim Zoning Ordinance, 1969-1970 (1 binder);
Land Development Code [includes subdivision and partition information], n.d.-1997 (1 binder); ca.1985-1998 (1 volume); ca.1985-1999 (1 volume);
Linn County Land Division Ordinance, 1980 (1 binder);
Linn County Zoning Ordinance, 1980 (1 volume);
Linn County Zoning Ordinance [includes orders, resolutions, and amendments], 1973-1980 (1 binder);
Linn County Zoning Ord [Ordinance], 1972-1977 (1 binder);
Linn County Zoning Ordinance [with index], 1969 (1 volume);
Ordinance Chronology [Records-includes zoning, land division, and other planning-related ordinances-photocopies], 1969-2004 (6 binders);
Orig 1980 Zoning Ord [Original Zoning Ordinance], 1980 (1 binder);
Subdivision Ord [Ordinance], 1978 (1 binder);
Zoning Ordinance, 1972-1997 (17 binders).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
CR [County Road Survey Case Files-includes maps, notes, petitions, orders, memoranda, and related records], no. 1-938, 1854-present (30 cu.ft.);
Road Record [includes road petition, survey, order, and road viewing report information], vol. 1-12, 1854-present (12 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Historical Museum:
Comprehensive Plan, Zoning and Land Division Ordinances, 1980-1993 (1 binder).

Records at the Linn County Web Site:
Linn County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code [includes land division and zoning information-PDF documents], ca.1980-present (Internet);
Linn County Code [includes comprehensive plan, zoning, and land division information], vol. 1-3, ca.1981-present (Internet).

 

County Comprehensive Plans

1960-[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.

Linn County's first comprehensive plan was written in 1972. Due to a significant number of amendments to the original plan, a new plan was written and adopted by the county commissioners in 1980. Since 1980, changes to the plan are done by amendment.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Linn County Code [includes comprehensive plan, zoning, and land division information], vol. 1-3, ca.2004-present (3 binders).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's South Basement Records Storage Room:
Comprehensive Plan [Development and Amendment Records], 1979-1999 (8 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Moveable Shelving Room:
[Planning Files-includes comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance amendments], 2000-present (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office:
[Comprehensive Plan Amendments], 1980-2000 (14 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Library:
Background Information for 1980 Linn County Comprehensive Plan, n.d.-1980 (1 volume);
[Comprehensive Plan Background and Historical Records-includes reports, exception documents, newspaper clippings, and related records], ca.1979-present (2 cu.ft.);
Comprehensive Plan Linn County Oregon, 1972 (1 volume);
Open Spaces, Scenic & Historic Areas & Natural Resources Background Report 1980 Linn County Comprehensive Plan, n.d.-1980 (1 binder);
The Linn County Comprehensive Plan, 1980 (1 volume); 1980-1985 (1 volume); 1999 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Map Cabinet:
Comprehensive Plan Background Report Maps, ca.1967-ca.1980 (ca.35 maps).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Rolled Map Cabinets:
[Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance Background and Historical Maps-includes flood hazard, riparian, wildlife, wetlands, and other topics], ca.1960-present (ca.300 maps).

Records at the Linn County Historical Museum:
Comprehensive Plan, Zoning and Land Division Ordinances, 1980-1993 (1 binder).

Records at the Linn County Web Site:
Linn County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code [includes land division and zoning information-PDF documents], ca.1980-present (Internet);
Linn County Code [includes comprehensive plan, zoning, and land division information], vol. 1-3, ca.1981-present (Internet).

 

County Court Case Files

1860-1974

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 Oregon State Archives:
County Court Case Files [includes mental commitments], no. 1-2719, 1860-1945 (12 cu.ft.);
Index to Papers in County Court Direct [includes mental commitment entries], 1861-1974 (1 volume);
Index to Papers in County Court Indirect [includes mental commitment entries], 1861-1974 (1 volume).

 

County Court Judicial Journals

1861-1968

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 Oregon State Archives:
Civil Business Record [County Court Judicial], vol. 1, 1861-1880 (1 volume);
County Court Criminal Business [Journal], 1907-1926 (1 volume);
County Court Docket [Judicial], 1887-1905 (1 volume);
County Court Journal [Judicial], vol. 3, 1909-1927 (1 volume);
County Court Journal [Judicial-with index], 1927-1968 (1 volume);
Final Record Circuit Court [most of the volume is a county court docket], vol. I, 1889-1891 (1 volume);
Record Civil Business County Court Journal [Judicial], vol. 2, 1880-1908 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Old Jail, Treasurer's Storage Cell:
[County Court Docket-documents judicial, probate, and administrative actions], 1861-1863 (1 volume).

 

County Fair Records

1961-[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 Linn County Fair and Expo Center, Willamette Events Building, Fair Office:
Fair Board [Meeting Records-includes minutes-title varies], 2000-present (6 binders);
Linn County Fair Premium Book, 1999-present (10 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center, Willamette Events Building, Mezzanine Storage Area:
Fair Board Book [Records-includes minutes], 1997-1998 (1 binder);
[Fair Board Records-includes minutes and related records], 1961-1968 (.20 cu.ft.); 1970-1972 (.05 cu.ft.); 1975-1989 (.20 cu.ft.);
LCFB [Linn County Fair Board Records-includes minutes], 1996 (1 binder);
Linn County Fair Premium Book, 1977 (1 volume); 1979 (1 volume); 1981 (1 volume); 1983-1987 (5 volumes); 1989-1993 (5 volumes); 1997 (1 volume); 2001-2002 (2 volumes).

 

County Officials Reports

1934-1943

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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
[Annual Report Children Farm Home], 1934-1943 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Death Records

1903-1949

Series documents the recording of deaths in the county. Records include registers and certificates. Information includes registration number; place and date of death; name, sex, color, birth date and place, age, and marital status of the deceased; names and birthplaces of parents; primary and contributory cause of death; physician, registrar, and informant signatures; filing date; and date and place of burial. Death records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register deaths. County death records have been inventoried through 1920. Access to death records is restricted for 50 years following the date of death by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096. Contact the Oregon State Archives for access to state death certificates that are more than 50 years old. Contact the Oregon Center for Health Statistics for access to more recent death certificates.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Death Records [Certificates], 1903-1915 (.60 cu.ft.);
Record of Births and Deaths [Albany area], 1915-1921 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [Brownsville area, District No. 54], 1915-1929 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [Harrisburg area], 1915-1949 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [Oregon Health Division], 1915-1946 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [Scio area], 1915-1929 (1 volume);
Record of Deaths, 1903-1915 (1 volume);
Search for 1915-1946 Linn County death records in Oregon Historical Records Index.

 

Deeds and Indexes

1854-2002

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.

Deeds have been recorded as part of the Daily Recorded Instruments (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings) since August 1970.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Quitclaim Deeds, 1931 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Public Area:
Deed Indexes [Direct Index to Deeds], 1854-1966 (7 reels of microfilm);
Deed Indexes [Direct Index to Deeds-indexes deeds in daily recorded instruments beginning in 1970], 1966-1986 (5 reels of microfilm);
Deed Indexes [Indirect Index to Deeds], 1854-1966 (6 reels of microfilm);
Deed Indexes [Indirect Index to Deeds-indexes deeds in daily recorded instruments beginning in 1970], 1966-1986 (5 reels of microfilm);
Index to Deeds Direct [indexes deeds in daily recorded instruments beginning in 1970], vol. 18-26, 1969-1986 (9 volumes);
Index to Deeds Direct, vol. 1-17, 1854-1969 (17 volumes);
Index to Deeds Indirect [indexes deeds in daily recorded instruments beginning in 1970], vol. 18-26, 1969-1986 (9 volumes);
Index to Deeds Indirect, vol. 1-17, 1854-1969 (17 volumes);
Old Deed Books [titled Daily Instruments-actually deeds], vol. 88-351, 1908-1970 (149 reels of microfilm);
Old Deed Books [Record of Deeds], vol. A-Z, 27-87, 1854-1907 (38 reels of microfilm);
Record of Deeds [Photostat], vol. A, 1853-1858 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Hallway:
Deed Record [title varies], vol. E-Z, 27-87, 1863-1907 (83 volumes);
Record of Deeds, vol. A, 1853-1858 (3 volumes); vol. B-C, 1858-1861 (2 volumes); vol. D, 1861-1863 (3 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Assessment and Taxation Office, Deed Room:
[Deeds-copies], 1972-2002 (481 volumes).

 

Delayed Birth Records

1860-1970

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 the petition, not necessarily in the county of birth. Also see Birth Records series for related records. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Journal Record of Births [Delayed Birth Registration Decrees-documents births from ca.1860 to ca.1930], vol. 1-3, 1943-1970 (3 volumes);
Delayed Birth Certificates [includes petitions, supporting documents, and decrees-documents births from ca.1860 to ca.1930], 1860-1961 (15 cu.ft.);
General Index to Birth Certificates [Established Through Circuit Court], 1943-1970 (1 volume);
Search for 1860-1905 Linn County delayed births in Oregon Historical Records Index.

 

Election Poll Books

1900-1914

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 Records [includes poll book information], 1903-1904 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
General Register [Official Register of Elections], 1910 (1 volume);
Official Register of Electors [includes some naturalization information], 1900 (1 volume); 1902 (1 volume); 1904 (1 volume); 1906 (1 volume); 1908 (1 volume); 1912 (1 volume); 1914 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Counter:
[Official Register of Electors Index Cards-alphabetical], 1900-1914 (3.75 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Opening Processing Area:
Shelburn Precinct [Elector Register], 1913 (1 volume);
South Brownsville Precinct [Elector Register], 1913 (1 volume).

 

Election Voting Abstracts

1892-1960

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 Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Vault 2 Security Center, Closet:
Abstract of Votes, vol. 1-5, 1892-1960 (5 volumes).

 

Farm Name Registration Records

1911-1964

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 Oregon State Archives:
Farm Name Applications, 1911-1964 (.40 cu.ft.);
Register of Farm Names, vol. 1, 1911-1964 (1 volume).

 

Federal Land Grant Records

1853-[ongoing]

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 Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Hallway:
Cash Patents and O.&C.R.R. [Oregon & California Railroad], vol. 63, 1897-1906 (1 volume);
Cash Patents Deeds, vol. 77, 1904-1910 (1 volume);
Deed Pat'ds [Patents-includes donation and homestead land claims], vol. 54, 1895-1909 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Corner & D.L.C. Numbers [Record-by township and range], n.d. (1 binder);
DLC & Misc. [General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Microfiche Survey Records-includes Donation Land Claim, mineral claim, and other information], ca.1853-ca.1998 (6 inches of microfiche);
[DLC's-Donation Land Claim Plats], n.d. (1 volume);
Index to Linn County Land Claims [alphabetical], n.d. (1 binder);
Old DLC maps [Donation Land Claim], n.d. (1 volume);
Orig DLC Maps [Donation Land Claim-Original-in cardboard sleeve], n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Assessment and Taxation Office, Deed Room:
Donation Land Claim Plats [Colored Drawings], n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Web Site:
ELLA Maps [Easy Land Locator Application Maps-includes searchable Geographical Information System mapping with survey, land corner, zoning, road, soil, tax lot, floodplain, Donation Land Claim, orthophoto, relief, district boundaries, and other information], n.d.-present (Internet);
Recorded Surveys [Scanned-includes subdivision, partition, and Donation Land Claim information-free registration required], 1874-present (Internet).

Records at Related Web Sites:
Donation Land Claim Books A-L | M-Z [Linn County], ca.1853-ca.1855 (Lebanon Genealogical Society);
Donation Land Claim Index List [Linn County], ca.1853-ca.1855 (Lebanon Genealogical Society);
Search Land Patents [includes patent and legal land descriptions and some document images], ca.1864-ca.1957 (BLM Web site).

 

Foreclosure Records

1894-1912

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:
Foreclosure [Sheriff's Record of Tax Sales], 1894-1895 (2 volume);
Record of Sales of Real Property [Tax Foreclosure], 1901 (1 volume);
Record [Sheriff's Tax Sale], 1897-1899 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Hallway:
Deed Record Sheriff, vol. 55, 1895-1912 (1 volume);
Tax and Administrators Deeds, vol. 62, 1897-1912 (1 volume);
Tax Deed Record [Sheriff's Tax Deed], vol. 70, 1901-1912 (1 volume).

 

Health and Human Services Records

1990-[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 disability. In 1994 the name of the Children and Youth Services Commission was changed to the Commission on Children and Families.

The mental health and developmental disability programs have separate advisory boards as of 2009.

Records at the Linn County Department of Health Services Administrative Office:
Health Advisory Council Meeting Minutes [includes related records documenting public health and environmental health issues], 1990-present (1 binder).

Records at the Linn County Commission on Children and Families Office:
CCF [Commission on Children and Families-Meeting Records-includes minutes], 2001-present (7 binders);
[Commission on Children and Families Meeting Records-includes minutes], 1994-1998 (1 binder).

Records at the Linn County Mental Health Services Second Floor Manager's Office:
MHDD [Mental Health/Developmental Disability-Meeting Records-includes minutes], 2008-present (1 binder);
Minutes Archives [Mental Health/Developmental Disability-Meeting Records], 2003-2006 (1 binder).

Records at the Linn County Developmental Disability Program Office:
[Developmental Disability Advisory Board Meeting Records [includes minutes], 2009-present (1 binder).

Records at the Armory Building, Linn County Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program Office:
LADPC Agendas & Minutes [Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee Records], 1998-present (2 binders);
LADPC [Agendas & Minutes-Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee Records], 1993-1997 (1 binder).

 

Insane Commitment Records

1860-[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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Court Case Files [includes mental commitments], no. 1-2719, 1860-1945 (12 cu.ft.);
Index to Papers in County Court Direct [includes mental commitment entries], 1861-1974 (1 volume);
Index to Papers in County Court Indirect [includes mental commitment entries], 1861-1974 (1 volume);
Insane Complaint and Commitment [Record-with index], vol. 1, 1899-1901 (1 volume); vol. 2, 1901-1918 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1904-1913 (1 volume);
Record of Insane & Feeble Minded [with index], vol. 4-7, 1917-1974 (4 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
Mentals [Mental Commitment Case Files], no. 9600M-9918M, 2006-present (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office, Counter:
Probate [Case File and Journal Index-also indexes mental commitment cases], 1863-1985 (2 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Hurd Building, Circuit Court Storage Room 16:
Insane & Juvenile [Juvenile, Name Change, and Mental Commitment Case Files-title varies], no. 2821-6902, 1945-1974 (10 cu.ft.);
Mentals [Mental Commitment Case Files-title varies], no. 6903-9599, 1974-2006 (22 cu.ft.).

 

Judgment and Execution Records

1859-1946

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 Oregon State Archives:
County Court Judgment Docket, [with index], vol. 1, 1876-1946 (1 volume);
Execution Docket, 1865-1878 (1 volume); vol. 2-5, 1877-1927 (4 volumes);
Index Execution Docket [index to vol. 1-7], ca.1859-ca.1940 (1 volume);
Judgement Docket [Circuit Court-with index], vol. 3, 1884-1901 (1 volume);
Judgment Docket [Circuit Court], vol. 2, 1875-1890 (1 volume);
Judgment Docket Circuit Court [with index], vol. 4, 1898-1923 (1 volume); vol. 5, 1920-1935 (1 volume);
Judgment Docket County and Circuit Court [with index], vol. 1, 1861-1946 (1 volume).

 

Justice Court Dockets

1858-1972

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 Oregon State Archives:
Justice Court Dockets [District 1-Civil], no. 1-8000, 1920-1946 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Justice Court Dockets [District 1-Criminal], no. 3001-9399, 1926-1941 (1.70 cu.ft.);
Justice Court Record [East Albany Precinct], 1882-1885 (1 volume);
Justice of Peace Docket, 1858-1866 (1 volume);
Justice of Peace Record [with index], 1859-1862 (1 volume);
Register of Justices of the Peace [lists historical justices and constables], 1890-1972 (1 volume).

 

Land Subdivision Records

1856-[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. The county surveyor is responsible for the surveying of the area to be subdivided; the planning office maintains a case file for each parcel of land subdivided or partitioned.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Riverside Cemetery Plat, 1939 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Linn County Code [includes comprehensive plan, zoning, and land division information], vol. 1-3, ca.2004-present (3 binders).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Election Monitoring Room:
Condominium [Plats], 1972-1989 (1 volume);
Partition Plats [mylar], 1990-present (ca.1500 plats);
Plat Book [Town-originals-includes two volumes 7 and 8], vol. 1-8, ca.1856-1978 (10 volumes);
Subdivision Plats [originals], vol. 20-25, 1998-present (ca.400 plats);
Town Plats [copies], vol. 1-8, ca.1856-1978 (8 volumes);
Town Plats [originals], vol. 9-19, 1947-1998 (ca.600 plats).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's South Basement Records Storage Room:
Zoning Ordinance [actually Linn County Subdivision Ordinance], 1968 (1 volume); 1978 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office:
[Land Use Permit Case Files-includes zone amendments and subdivision and partition case files], 2007-present (20 cu.ft.);
Land Use Permits [Case Files-includes zone amendments and subdivision and partition case files], 2006 (4 cu.ft.);
[Land Use Permits-Case Files-includes zone amendments and subdivision and partition case files], 2000-2005 (18 reels of microfilm);
Planning [Land Divisions-Case Files], 1985-2000 (5 reels of microfilm);
Planning [Minor Partitions-Case Files-includes major partitions], 1980-2000 (11 reels of microfilm);
Planning [Subdivisions-Case Files], 1978-1980 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Subdivisions-Case Files], 1969-1977 (2 reels of microfilm); 1982-1989 (1 reel of microfilm); 1997-1999 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Library:
Land Development Code [includes subdivision and partition information], n.d.-1997 (1 binder); ca.1985-1998 (1 volume); ca.1985-1999 (1 volume);
Linn County Land Division Ordinance, 1980 (1 binder);
Ordinance Chronology [Records-includes zoning, land division, and other planning-related ordinances-photocopies], 1969-2004 (6 binders);
Subdivision Ord [Ordinance], 1978 (1 binder).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Additions [Subdivision Survey Index Cards], n.d.-ca.1978 (1.50 cu.ft.);
[Cemetery Plats], 1888-1994 (1 volume);
[Subdivision Plats-wooden covers], vol. 1-6, 6A, ca.1890-1996 (7 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Historical Museum:
Comprehensive Plan, Zoning and Land Division Ordinances, 1980-1993 (1 binder).

Records at the Linn County Web Site:
Linn County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code [includes land division and zoning information-PDF documents], ca.1980-present (Internet);
Linn County Code [includes comprehensive plan, zoning, and land division information], vol. 1-3, ca.1981-present (Internet);
Recorded Surveys [Scanned-includes subdivision, partition, and Donation Land Claim information-free registration required], 1874-present (Internet).

 

Land Title Registers

1891-1959

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 the Deeds and Indexes.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Present Owner Book of Real Property, 1891 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Hallway:
Land Registration Docket [includes application nos. 2-226], vol. 1, 1904-1917 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
[Land Ownership Plat Book-large scale], n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Old Jail, Assessment and Taxation Storage Cell 1:
Present Ownership Record [title varies], ca.1917-ca.1944 (15 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Historical Museum:
[Registration of Title Records-trifolded], 1911-ca.1959 (.15 cu.ft.).

 

Maps, Plans, and Drawings

1910-[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.

The Linn County GIS (Geographical Information Systems) Office produces maps for county offices as requested. The office maintains electronic copies of many of these maps.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Vault 2 Security Center:
Precinct Maps [includes boundaries], 1998-2003 (1 volume);
Range Maps [Grazing-includes open and closed range lands], 1957-1997 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Election Monitoring Room:
Metsker's Atlas of Linn County Oregon, ca.1930 (1 volume); 1938 (1 volume); 1967 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's North Basement Records Storage Room:
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes city ward and precinct boundary changes, districts, cities, etc.-rolled], ca.1981-ca.2005 (ca.3 cu.ft.);
[Willamette Greenway Aerial Photograph Boundary Maps], 1976 (27 photomaps).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's South Basement Records Storage Room:
[School and Service District Boundary Maps-by city area], ca.1975 (10 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Map Cabinet:
Committed Lands Maps [Soils Map-on aerial photograph base], 1963-1981 (7 volumes);
Greenway [Maps/Photos-Willamette-includes maps and aerial photographs], 1974-1976 (1 cu.ft.);
[Linn County Map Book-includes roads], 2006 (1 volume);
[Metsker's Atlas of Linn County Oregon], 1967 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Counter:
Floodplain Maps [Flood Insurance Rate Map], 1986 (.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
[Floodway Maps-Federal Emergency Management Agency], 1986 (.40 cu.ft.);
Metsker Maps, 1930 (1 volume);
Metsker's Atlas of Linn County Oregon, 1967 (1 volume);
[Railroad Maps-Oregon Electric, Southern Pacific], ca.1910-ca.1960 (ca.100 maps).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office, Public Area:
BPA Maps [Bonneville Power Administration Maps], ca.1938-ca.1974 (6 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office, Copy Room:
[Miscellaneous Rolled Maps-includes district, vicinity, township, airport, industrial sites, highways, survey, etc.], ca.1920-present (ca.100 maps).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Assessment and Taxation Office, Deed Room:
[Assessor's Maps-in map cabinet], n.d.-present (ca.10 cu.ft.);
Metsker's Atlas of Linn County Oregon, 1967 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Old Jail, Treasurer's Storage Cell:
[Miscellaneous School Plans-rolled], ca.1950-ca.1970 (3 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Road Department Administrative Building, Lobby Counter:
Linn County Map Book [includes roads], 2007 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District Administration Building, Basement Records Storage Room 3:
Metsker's Atlas of Linn County Oregon, 1967 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Web Site:
Public Account Detail Search [Searchable database-includes tax and deed reference information as well as links to assessor maps], n.d.-present (Internet);
ELLA Maps [Easy Land Locator Application Maps-includes searchable Geographical Information System mapping with survey, land corner, zoning, road, soil, tax lot, floodplain, Donation Land Claim, orthophoto, relief, district boundaries, and other information], n.d.-present (Internet);
Linn County Parks Maps, n.d. (Internet).

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

 

Marks and Brands Records

1850-1943

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:
Brand Book [includes livestock and log brands-with index], 1850-1943 (1 volume).

 

Marriage Records

1850-1969

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 Oregon State Archives:
Marriage Books [Licenses and Affidavits], 1863-1873 (1 reel of microfilm);
Marriage Record Index Female, 1850-1969 (1 reel of microfilm);
Marriage Record Index Male, 1850-1969 (1 reel of microfilm);
Marriage Records, vol. A-Z, 1-2, 1850-1948 (13 reels of microfilm);
[Marriage Record-with index], vol. A, 1850-1861 (1 volume);
Record [Marriage], vol. A, 1863-1870 (1 volume);
Records [Marriage-with index], 1870-1873 (1 volume);
Rec'rd [Marriage Record-with index], vol. B, 1861-1870 (1 volume);
Register of Marriage Licenses Granted in Linn County, 1870-1873 (1 volume);
Search for 1850-1873 Linn County marriages in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Marriage Record [with index] vol. D-E, 1873-1882 (2 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Public Area:
Index to Marriage Record-Female Book, vol. 1, 1850-1969 (1 volume);
Index to Marriage Record-Male Book, vol. 1, 1850-1969 (1 volume);
Marriage Record Indexes [Index to Marriage Record-Female], vol. 1, 1850-1969 (1 reel of microfilm);
Marriage Record Indexes [Index to Marriage Record-Male], vol. 1, 1850-1969 (1 reel of microfilm);
Marriage Records, vol. A-Z, 1850-1946 (13 reels of microfilm); vol. 1-11, 1946-1961 (25 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's South Basement Records Storage Room:
Marriage License [Certificates-includes medical certificates and affidavits], no. 599-3258, 1931-1944 (9 cu.ft.);
[Marriage Returns], 1906-1953 (4 cu.ft.);
[Marriage Receipts], 1906-1912 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Marriage Record Abstracts [Linn County], 1890, 1900-1910 (linncountyroots.com).

 

Married Women's Property Registers

1862-1912

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 Oregon State Archives:
Register of Married Women's Separate Property, 1862-1912 (1 volume);
Search for 1862-1912 Linn County women's separate property register entries in Oregon Historical Records Index.

 

Medical Profession Registration Records

1889-1974

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 Oregon State Archives:
Hearing Aid Fitter and Dealer Register [only one page], 1960-1963 (.05 cu.ft.);
Optometry Record [Registration], vol. 1, 1905-1969 (1 volume);
Physicians & Surgeons Register and Record [includes chiropractors, naturopaths, optometrists, and veterinarians], vol. 1-2, 1889-1974 (2 volumes);
Record of Dental Certificates [Registration-with index], vol. 1, 1914-1962 (1 volume);
Register of Affidavits Pharmacists, 1915-1917 (1 volume);
Registration of Nurses [with index], vol. 1-2, 1911-1973 (2 volumes).

 

Military Records

1850-1986

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.

Beginning in 1970, military discharges were recorded as part of the Daily Recorded Instruments (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
[Military List], 1874 (1 volume); 1893 (1 volume);
Search for 1874 Linn County military list entries in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Military List, 1888-1897 (1 volume); 1898-1900 (1 volume);
Military List Linn County, 1900-1901 (1 volume);
[Military List], n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Public Area:
Military Discharges [Discharges Index World War I and World War II], vol. 1-2, 1919-1945 (1 reel of microfilm);
Military Discharges [Discharges Index World War I], vol. 1, ca.1918-n.d. (1 reel of microfilm);
Military Discharges [Military Discharge WWI-Index-World War I], vol. 1-3, 1920 (1 reel of microfilm);
Military Discharges, vol. 1-22, 1945-1970 (11 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Counter:
[Index to Military Discharges], 1945-1986 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Sites:
Lebanon Military List Abstracts, 1874, 1893 (Lebanon Genealogical Society);
Military Lists [Linn County-various] ca.1850-ca.1953 (linncountyroots.com).

 

Mining Claim Records

1853-1998

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.

Beginning in 1970, mining claims were recorded as part of the Daily Recorded Instruments (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Hallway:
Mining Record [title varies-with index], vol. 4-10, 1891-1970 (6 volumes);
Mining Record, vol. 1, 1866-1887 (1 volume); vol. 2, 1875-1887 (1 volume);
Record [Notice of Location-Mining-with index], 1888-1891 (1 volume);
Record of Conveyances of Mining [Claims], 1872-1882 (1 volume);
[Record of Mining Claims in the Santiam Mining District], 1863-1865 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
DLC & Misc. [General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Microfiche Survey Records-includes Donation Land Claim, mineral claim, and other information], ca.1853-ca.1998 (6 inches of microfiche).

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

1856-1986

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.

Mortgages have been recorded as part of the Daily Recorded Instruments (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings) since August 1970.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Abstract of Unsatisfied Instruments of Writing [Mortgage], 1887-1888 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Hallway:
Direct Index Mortgages, vol. 1-2, 1856-1888 (2 volumes);
Index to Mortgages Direct [indexes mortgages in daily recorded instruments beginning in 1970], vol. 11-15, 1969-1978 (5 volumes);
Index to Mortgages Direct, vol. 1-2, ca.1856-1908 (2 volumes); ca.1907-1929 (1 volume);
Index to Mortgages Indirect [indexes mortgages in daily recorded instruments beginning in 1970], vol. 11-15, 1969-1978 (5 volumes);
Index to Mortgages Indirect, vol. 1-2, ca.1856-1908 (2 volumes); ca.1907-1929 (1 volume);
Index to Mortgages Mortgagee, vol. 3-4, 1888-1906 (2 volumes);
Index to Mortgages Mortgagor, vol. 3-4, 1888-1906 (2 volumes);
Indirect Index Mortgages, vol. 1-2, 1856-1888 (2 volumes);
Mortgage Record, vol. 27-90, 1892-1930 (64 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Public Area:
Index to Mortgages [Direct] 1930-1969 (6 volumes);
Index to Mortgages Direct [indexes mortgages in daily recorded instruments], vol. 16-19, 1978-1986 (3 volumes);
Index to Mortgages [Indirect] 1930-1969 (6 volumes);
Index to Mortgages Indirect [indexes mortgages in daily recorded instruments], vol. 16-19, 1978-1986 (3 volumes);
Old Book Mortgages [Record], vol. B-Z, no. 27-291, 1858-1970 (153 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Historical Museum:
Abstract of Title, ca.1910-ca.1953 (.75 cu.ft.).

Records at the Albany Regional Museum, Reference Room:
Abstract of Title, ca.1910-n.d. (.35 cu.ft.).

 

Naturalization Certificates

1890-1956

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 Oregon State Archives:
Certificate of Citizenship, vol. 1, 1890-1903 (1 volume);
Certificate of Naturalization [Stubs], 1907-1929 (.10 cu.ft.); no. 2915581-7270262, 1929-1956 (.20 cu.ft.);
Citizenship Record, 1923 (.05 cu.ft.);
Record of Certificates of Citizenship [with index], vol. 1, 1903-1906 (1 volume);
Search for 1850-1956 Linn County naturalization records in Oregon Historical Records Index.

 

Naturalization Declarations of Intention

1855-1952

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 Oregon State Archives:
Declaration of Intention [County Court-with index], vol. 1, 1890-1906 (1 volume);
Declaration of Intention [includes only 6 entries], vol. 1, 1877-1891 (1 volume);
Naturalization Declarations of Intention Miscellaneous Orders, 1912-1920 (.05 cu.ft.);
Naturalization Declaration of Intention [Papers-alphabetical], 1855-1902 (.45 cu.ft.);
Record of Declaration of Intention [with index], vol. 1-4, 1906-1952 (4 volumes);
Search for 1850-1956 Linn County naturalization records in Oregon Historical Records Index.

 

Naturalization Petitions and Orders

1854-1956

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 Oregon State Archives:
Deposition Notices [Naturalization], 1930-1942 (.05 cu.ft.);
Naturalization List, 1854-1929 (.10 cu.ft.);
[Naturalization Petitions Granted], 1931-1956 (.10 cu.ft.);
Petition and Record [with index], 1906-1913 (1 volume); vol. 2-3, 1913-1929 (2 volumes);
[Petition and Record-with index], vol. 4, 1928-1929 (1 volume);
Petitions for Naturalization [with index], vol. 6-10, 1938-1955 (5 volumes);
Record of Petitions for Citizenship [with index], vol. 5, 1931-1938 (1 volume);
Women's Naturalization Applications, 1941-1953 (.05 cu.ft.);
Search for 1850-1956 Linn County naturalization records in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
General Register [Official Register of Elections], 1910 (1 volume);
Official Register of Electors [includes some naturalization information], 1900 (1 volume); 1902 (1 volume); 1904 (1 volume); 1906 (1 volume); 1908 (1 volume); 1912 (1 volume); 1914 (1 volume).

 

Pension and Relief Records

1913-1949

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:
[Annual Report Children Farm Home], 1934-1943 (.05 cu.ft.);
Linn County Public Assistance Authorizations, 1936-1949 (.05 cu.ft.);
Old Age Pension Journal, vol. 1, 1934-1936 (1 volume);
[Old Age Pension Ledger], 1933-1936 (1 volume);
Widow's Pension Applications, no. 1-325, 1913-1937 (.25 cu.ft.);
[Widow's Pension Ledger-with index], 1923-1937 (1 volume);
Search for 1913-1937 Linn County widow's pensions in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Linn County Historical Museum:
Register of Old Age Pension, vol. 1, 1934-1937 (1 volume).

 

Planning Commission Minutes

1964-[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 Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office:
[Miscellaneous Minutes Legals-includes related records-title varies], 1964-1995 (7 reels of microfilm);
Planning Commission Minutes, 2007-present (1 binder);
[Planning Commission Minutes-maintained electronically using Laserfiche], 1996-2006 (electronic storage).

Records at the Hurd Building, Planning and Building Department Storage Room 11:
Linn County Planning Commission Tapes [audio cassette], 1973-2008 (5.25 cu.ft.).

 

Prisoner Registers

1891-1967

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 Linn County Sheriff's Main Office Building, Records Section Office:
Jail Register, vol. A, 1891-1939 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Sheriff's Main Office Building, Support Services Office:
Jail Register, vol. 2, 1940-1959 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Sheriff's Office Archives:
Jail Register, vol. 3-4, 1952-1967 (2 volumes).

 

Probate Case Files

1850-[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.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
[Probate Case Files-includes open case files and case files in preparation for scanning-also includes some older cases dating to 1968], no. 19222-23236, ca.1997-present (73 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office, File Room:
Probate [Conservatorship, Estates, and Guardianship Cases-Files], no. 19-10124, ca.1861-1963 (313 reels of microfilm); no. 10126-19208, 1963-1997 (4.50 feet of microfiche);
Probate Ct. Court-Old Probate Cases-Files], no. 1-18, 1868-1877 (1 reel of microfilm);
Small Estates [Case Files], no. 1-1088, 1973-1993 (8 inches of microfiche and microfilm jackets).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office, Counter:
Probate [Case File and Journal Index-also indexes mental commitment cases], 1863-1985 (2 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Albany Regional Museum, Reference Room:
Index Probate Records [indexes case files and journals], ca.1850-ca.1910 (1 volume); vol. A, ca.1850-ca.1935 (1 volume).

 

Probate Estate Records

1903-1940

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 Oregon State Archives:
Record of Estates [Probate], 1903-1919 (1 volume); vol. 2-4, 1919-1940 (3 volumes).

 

Probate Registers

1850-1987

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.

The probate docket has been maintained on OJIN (Oregon Judicial Information Network) since 1988.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Order Book Probate, 1872-1875 (1 volume);
Probate Docket, 1901-1905 (1 volume); vol. 2-4, 1909-1957 (3 volumes);
[Probate Orders Record], vol. 2, 1859-1861 (1 volume);
Probate [Record-includes journal information], vol. 1, 1853-1859 (1 volume);
Probate Register and Fee Book [with index], vol. 1-2, 1890-1912 (2 volumes);
Probate Register of County Court [with index], 1880-1883 (1 volume);
Record [Probate Register], 1873-1880 (2 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office, Counter:
Probate [Case File and Journal Index-also indexes mental commitment cases], 1863-1985 (2 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office, File Room:
Probate Ct. [Court Journal], vol. 1-133, 1850-1981 (57 reels of microfilm);
Probate Ct. [Probate Court Minute-Book], vol. A-C, 1894-1900 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. 1-13, 1908-1959 (7 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Old Jail, Treasurer's Storage Cell:
[County Court Docket-documents judicial, probate, and administrative actions], 1861-1863 (1 volume).

Records at the Hurd Building, Circuit Court Storage Room 13:
Probate Docket [title varies], no. 3857-15550, 1926-1987 (42 volumes).

Records at the Albany Regional Museum, Reference Room:
Index Probate Records [indexes case files and journals], ca.1850-ca.1910 (1 volume); vol. A, ca.1850-ca.1935 (1 volume);
Probate Docket, vol. 5, 1957-1971 (1 volume).

 

Road and Bridge Records

1854-[ongoing]

Series documents the development, construction, maintenance, and improvement of county roads and bridges. Records include bonds, sketches or copies of 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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
[Bridge Building Documents-includes bridge petitions and contracts], 1900-1934 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Quartzville Road Petition for Resurvey], 1935 (.05 cu.ft.);
Register of Road Supervisors, 1891-1907 (1 volume);
Road Estimates and Petitions, 1931-1933 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Precinct and Road District Record [Boundary-with index], vol. 2, 1922-1974 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Moveable Shelving Room:
Road Files [Case-includes petitions, orders, resolutions, reports, road survey maps, and related records], no. 869-989, 1986-present (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Scanning Room:
Petitions and Transcriptions Examples [includes road and bridge petitions], ca.1974-ca.1991 (1.75 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's South Basement Records Storage Room:
Record [Road Establishment and Vacation Register], ca.1920-1982 (1 volume);
Road File [List-documents legal actions related to roads], 1920-1983 (1 volume);
Road Files [Case-includes petitions, orders, resolutions, reports, road survey maps, and related records], no. 1-896, ca.1920-1988 (20 cu.ft.);
[Road Petition and Vacation Register], 1970-1977 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
CR [County Road Survey Case Files-includes maps, notes, petitions, orders, memoranda, and related records], no. 1-938, 1854-present (30 cu.ft.);
Road Index [indexes vacations and other actions], n.d. (1 volume);
Road Record [includes road petition, survey, order, and road viewing report information], vol. 1-12, 1854-present (12 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office, Copy Room:
[Miscellaneous Rolled Maps-includes district, vicinity, township, airport, industrial sites, highways, survey, etc.], ca.1920-present (ca.100 maps).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Map Cabinet:
[Linn County Map Book-includes roads], 2006 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Road Department Administrative Building, Lobby Counter:
Linn County Map Book [includes roads], 2007 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Road Department Administrative Building, Second Floor Engineering Office:
Bridge Prints [County Bridge Drawings-includes drawings produced by the Oregon State Highway Department and includes covered bridge drawings], ca.1920-present (ca.150 plans).

 

Road Maps and Survey Notes

1851-[ongoing]

Series documents the surveying and mapping of county roads. Records include road surveyor notes, 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.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
CR [County Road Survey Case Files-includes maps, notes, petitions, orders, memoranda, and related records], no. 1-938, 1854-present (30 cu.ft.);
CR [County Road Survey Maps-includes market roads-rolled], ca.1920-present (ca.1400 maps);
Old Field Notes [Survey Field Books-includes road and street surveys], ca.1851-ca.1913 (2 cu.ft.);
Road Index [Road Survey], ca.1912-n.d. (1 volume);
Road Record [includes road petition, survey, order, and road viewing report information], vol. 1-12, 1854-present (12 volumes);
State Hwy's [Highway Survey Maps], ca.1936-present (ca.120 maps).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Moveable Shelving Room:
Road Files [Case-includes petitions, orders, resolutions, reports, road survey maps, and related records], no. 869-989, 1986-present (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's South Basement Records Storage Room:
Road Files [Case-includes petitions, orders, resolutions, reports, road survey maps, and related records], no. 1-896, ca.1920-1988 (20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Web Site:
ELLA Maps [Easy Land Locator Application Maps-includes searchable Geographical Information System mapping with survey, land corner, zoning, road, soil, tax lot, floodplain, Donation Land Claim, orthophoto, relief, district boundaries, and other information], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

School District Records

1854-1983

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 Oregon State Archives:
District Clerk's Book of Records [District No. 39-Oak Plain], 1889-1890 (1 volume); 1891-1893 (1 volume); 1894-1897 (1 volume); 1897-1902 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 39-Oak Plain], 1888-1890 (1 volume); 1892-1894 (1 volume); 1896-1898 (1 volume);
School District # 8 [Accounts, Census, Reports, and Minutes-Scio], 1864-1873 (1 reel of microfilm);
School District Minutes [District Clerk's Record-District No. 39-Oak Plain], 1855-1889 (1 volume);
Teacher's Report [District No. 39-Oak Plain], 1888 (.05 cu.ft.);
Tracy's School Record [Register-District No. 39-Oak Plain], 1882-1883 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District Administration Building, Basement Records Storage Room 3:
Books [The Laurel Loan Record-District No. 138-Over the Top], 1932-1951 (1 volume);
Clerk's Annual Census Report, 1920-1970, (26 volumes);
District Clerk's Book of Records [District No. 9], 1889 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Book of Records [District No. 62-McDowell Creek], 1929-1938 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 138-Over the Top], 1932-1945 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Crabtree], 1916-1928 (1 volume); 1919-1921 (1 volume); 1928 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 9], 1910-1914 (1 volume); 1915-1919 (1 volume); 1923 (1 volume); 1933-1938 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 62-McDowell Creek], 1924-1934 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 62-McDowell Creek], 1940-1949 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 86-Midway], 1939-1953 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 138-Over the Top], 1921-1931 (1 volume); 1930-1936 (1 volume); 1939-1945 (1 volume);
Oregon Teachers Annual Report [various districts], 1931-1937 (.50 cu.ft.);
School District # 9 [Record-Franklin Butte], 1854-1893 (1 volume);
[School District Officers-Record], 1884-1890 (1 volume);
Teachers Report of Public Schools [various districts-trifolded], 1898-1900 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District Administration Building, Basement Records Storage Room 3, Microfilm Cabinet:
[Albany High School Student Records], 1952-1971 (13 reels of microfilm);
[Clerk's Records-Sweet Home School District], 1917-1965 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Cumulative Records-Student-various districts], 1961-1971 (ca.130 reels of microfilm);
[GAPS Board Minutes-Greater Albany Public Schools], 1951-1974 (2 reels of microfilm);
[Harrisburg Grades 1 to 8-Oregon School Register and Record Book], 1945-1963 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Holley School District-District Clerk's Annual Reports and Census Reports], 1906-1948 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Miscellaneous Linn County School Register and Record Books, District Clerk's Record Books, Censuses, and Related Records-includes Cascadia, Crawfordsville, Sweet Home, Foster, Hawthorne, Holley, Liberty, Long Street, Oak Heights, Pleasant Valley, and Sunnyside-may not cover all years for all schools], ca.1906-ca.1965 (30 reels of microfilm);
[Record Books and Board Minutes-School District 73C-Lacomb], 1891-1983 (1 reel of microfilm);
[S.H. Clerk's Records-Sweet Home School District Clerk's Record Book], 1923-1934 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Sweet Home Board Minutes-School], 1955-1965 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Sweet Home Clerk's Records-School District-includes census records], 1933-1965 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Sweet Home Cumulative Records-Student-title varies], 1912-1968 (ca.25 reels of microfilm);
[Sweet Home Miscellaneous Records-District No. 55-includes census, school board minutes, and related records], 1935-1965 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Sweet Home School Board Minutes-includes teaching certificates], 1956-n.d. (1 reel of microfilm);
[Various Districts Cumulative Records], ca.1939-1952 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District Warehouse, Back Storage Room, File Cabinet:
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 138-Over the Top], 1945-1955 (1 volume);
[Oregon Teacher's Annual Report], 1938-1941 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Historical Museum:
District Clerk's Book of Records [District No. 28], 1895-1898 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Book of Records [District No. 38], 1889-1890 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Book of Records [District No. 72], 1889-1891 (1 volume); 1899-1901 (1 volume); 1893-1897 (1 volume); 1894-1895 (1 volume); 1901-1903 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 28], 1898-1899 (1 volume); 1923-1928 (1 volume); 1928-1929 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 38], 1895-1897 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 72], 1899-1900 (1 volume); 1903-1907 (1 volume); 1908-1912 (1 volume); 1918-1922 (1 volume); 1923-1927 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 103-Lacomb], 1925-1943 (1 volume); 1929-1937 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 28], 1893-1894 (1 volume); 1894-1895 (1 volume); 1897-1899 (1 volume); 1898-1899 (1 volume); 1900-1901 (1 volume); 1928-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 33], 1891-1893 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 67], 1902-1907 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 72], 1889-1890 (1 volume); 1890-1892 (1 volume); 1893-1895 (1 volume); 1896-1897 (1 volume); 1898-1899 (1 volume); 1913-1920 (1 volume); 1921-1927 (1 volume); 1924-1927 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 103-Lacomb], 1927-1933 (1 volume); 1934-1939 (1 volume); 1943-1944 (1 volume);
Student Records Sodaville Grade School [Oregon School Register and Record Book-photocopies], 1891-1962 (1 volume);
Teacher's Report of Public Schools [on wall exhibit], 1882, 1884 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Corvallis School District 509J Administration Building, Vault:
[Clerk's Annual Census Report-Dist. No. 9A-Linn County], 1944 (1 volume);
Clerk's Annual Census Report [Dist. No. 137-Linn County], 1947-1952 (1 volume); 1956-1957 (.15 cu.ft.);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 137-Linn County], 1914-1919 (1 volume); 1920-1922 (1 volume); 1923-1928 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 137-Linn County-Orleans], 1943-1955 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 35-Linn County-Dixie], 1929-1937 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 137-Linn County], 1914-1918 (1 volume).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1083B [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 60], 1902-1907 (1 volume);
Mss. 1504 Public School System [Jefferson Public Schools Outline at Work], 1905-1906 (1 volume);
Mss. 1504 Public School System [Rules, Regulations, and Course of Study of the Public Schools-Albany], 1899 (1 volume).

Records at the University of Oregon, Knight Library, Special Collections:
[District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 52], 1916-1919 (2 volumes);
[District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 52-74], vol. 1-9, 1919-1929 (9 volumes);
[District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 74], vol. 3-12, 1900-1919 (10 volumes).

Records at a Related Web Site:
School Census Abstracts and Photographs [Linn County-various schools], ca.1896-ca.1969 (linncountyroots.com).

 

Superintendent of Schools Records

1880-1976

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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
School District Boundary Board Petitions, 1901-1908 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District Administration Building, Basement Records Storage Room 3:
Metsker's Atlas of Linn County Oregon [modified to show school district boundaries], ca.1938 (1 volume);
Record of Apportionment of School Funds, 1905-1932 (1 volume);
Record Eighth Grade Exam, 1901-1905 (1 volume);
Record of Eighth Grade Examinations, vol. 1-2, 1911-1923 (2 volumes);
Record of Teachers Certificates, 1880-1882 (1 volume);
Record [Teacher's Examination Record], 1898-1911 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District Administration Building, Basement Records Storage Room 3, Microfilm Cabinet:
[Boundary Board Linn County-Records-includes petitions, changes, and minutes], 1909-1964 (13 reels of microfilm);
[Sweet Home School Board Minutes-includes teaching certificates], 1956-n.d. (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District Warehouse, Back Storage Room, File Cabinet:
Index of Teachers Employed in Linn County, 1933-1953 (1 volume);
Record of Eighth Grade Examinations, vol. 3-4, 1923-1938 (2 volumes);
Record of Eighth Grade Pupils [Linn County-also includes Benton County beginning in 1968], vol. 5-6, 1939-1976 (2 volumes);
Record of Teachers Under Contract, vol. 3-4, 1928-1973 (2 volumes);
Record of Teachers, vol. A, 1891-1940 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers Under Contract [with index], vol. 1-2, 1900-1927 (2 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Historical Museum:
School Superintendent Record of Annual Reports, 1929-1955 (1 volume); 1955-1970 (1 volume).

 

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats

1850-[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.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
DLC & Misc. [General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Microfiche Survey Records-includes Donation Land Claim, mineral claim, and other information], ca.1853-ca.1998 (6 inches of microfiche);
[General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Plats-copies], ca.1854-1966 (1 volume);
Old Field Notes [Survey Field Books-includes road and street surveys], ca.1851-ca.1913 (2 cu.ft.);
[Recorded Surveys-Original-various sizes], no. 1-25118, 1874-present (25118 plats);
[Recorded Surveys-paper copies], no. 1-25118, 1874-present (ca.230 cu.ft.);
Sections [General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Survey Records], ca.1853-ca.1998 (8 inches of microfiche);
[Survey Visual Reference Index Maps-on assessor's map base], ca.1874-present (11 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office, Public Area:
[General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Field Notes-transcribed], ca.1854-ca.1960 (25 volumes);
Survey Record [Recorded Surveys-no. 1 to 25118-title varies], vol. 1-80, 1874-present (80 volumes);
[Surveys by Township Index Cards], ca.1874-ca.1990 (3 cu.ft.);
[Survey Visual Reference Index Maps-on assessor's map base], ca.1874-present (11 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office, Copy Room:
[Miscellaneous Rolled Maps-includes district, vicinity, township, airport, industrial sites, highways, survey, etc.], ca.1920-present (ca.100 maps).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Assessment and Taxation Office, Deed Room:
[General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Plats-copies], ca.1854-ca.1925 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Old Jail, Treasurer's Storage Cell:
Timber Cruise [Survey Record], 1925-1930 (6 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Web Site:
ELLA Maps [Easy Land Locator Application Maps-includes searchable Geographical Information System mapping with survey, land corner, zoning, road, soil, tax lot, floodplain, Donation Land Claim, orthophoto, relief, district boundaries, and other information], n.d.-present (Internet);
Recorded Surveys [Scanned-includes subdivision, partition, and Donation Land Claim information-free registration required], 1874-present (Internet).

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

1961-[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.

Tax lot cards have been scanned and are available on a public access computer in the assessment and taxation office. Current tax lot information is maintained on computer.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Old Jail, Assessment and Taxation Storage Cell 2:
Official Description of Real Property [Tax Lot Cards], 1961-2002 (37.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Web Site:
ELLA Maps [Easy Land Locator Application Maps-includes searchable Geographical Information System mapping with survey, land corner, zoning, road, soil, tax lot, floodplain, Donation Land Claim, orthophoto, relief, district boundaries, and other information], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Water Rights Records

1905-1978

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.

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Public Area:
[Water Rights-Record], vol. 1, 1A-4, 1905-1974 (2 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Hallway:
Findings and Order of Determination [Marion and Linn Counties-North Santiam and its Tributaries], ca.1942 (1 volume);
Findings and Order of Determination Santiam and South Santiam Rivers and Their Tributaries, 1978 (1 volume);
Santiam & South Santiam River Adjudication [Water Rights Records], vol. 1-4, 1941-1972 (4 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's North Basement Records Storage Room:
Adjudication Survey of Santiam and South Santiam Rivers [Maps-with index], 1972 (27 maps).

 

Zoning Records

1960-[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 Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Linn County Code [includes comprehensive plan, zoning, and land division information], vol. 1-3, ca.2004-present (3 binders).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Public Area:
Zoning Ordinance, 1972 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Moveable Shelving Room:
[Planning Files-includes comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance amendments], 2000-present (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Clerk's South Basement Records Storage Room:
Zone Amendments [Ordinance], 1977-1998 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Zoning Ordinance [Amendments], 1978-1999 (.30 cu.ft.);
Zoning Ordinance [Linn County-includes draft and interim versions], 1967-1969 (.10 cu.ft.);
Zoning Ordinance [Linn County Zoning Ordinance], 1972 (1 binder).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office:
[Land Use Permit Case Files-includes zone amendments and subdivision and partition case files], 2007-present (20 cu.ft.);
Land Use Permits [Case Files-includes zone amendments and subdivision and partition case files], 2006 (4 cu.ft.);
[Land Use Permits-Case Files-includes zone amendments and subdivision and partition case files], 2000-2005 (18 reels of microfilm);
[Zone Amendments-Ordinance], 1969-2000 (9 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Library:
Interim Zoning Ordinance, 1969-1970 (1 binder);
Linn County Zoning Ordinance, 1980 (1 volume);
Linn County Zoning Ordinance [includes orders, resolutions, and amendments], 1973-1980 (1 binder);
Linn County Zoning Ord [Ordinance], 1972-1977 (1 binder);
Linn County Zoning Ordinance [with index], 1969 (1 volume);
Ordinance Chronology [Records-includes zoning, land division, and other planning-related ordinances-photocopies], 1969-2004 (6 binders);
Orig 1980 Zoning Ord [Original Zoning Ordinance], 1980 (1 binder);
Interim Zoning Ordinance, 1969-1970 (1 binder).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Map Cabinet:
[Zoning Map Replacement Pages], ca.1981-ca.1982 (1 volume).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Rolled Map Cabinets:
[Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance Background and Historical Maps-includes flood hazard, riparian, wildlife, wetlands, and other topics], ca.1960-present (ca.300 maps).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Planning and Building Department Office, Counter:
[Zone Maps-includes related information-on assessor's map base], ca.1980-present (20 volumes);
[Zone Maps-pre-comprehensive plan acknowledgement], ca.1972-ca.1979 (15 volumes).

Records at the Hurd Building, Planning and Building Department Storage Room 11:
[Zoning Maps], ca.1972 (3 cu.ft.).

Records at the Linn County Historical Museum:
Comprehensive Plan, Zoning and Land Division Ordinances, 1980-1993 (1 binder).

Records at the Linn County Web Site:
ELLA Maps [Easy Land Locator Application Maps-includes searchable Geographical Information System mapping with survey, land corner, zoning, road, soil, tax lot, floodplain, Donation Land Claim, orthophoto, relief, district boundaries, and other information], n.d.-present (Internet);
Linn County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code
[includes land division and zoning information-PDF documents], ca.1980-present (Internet);
Linn County Code [includes comprehensive plan, zoning, and land division information], vol. 1-3, ca.1981-present (Internet);
Linn County Zoning Map [General Zoning-PDF map], 2000 (Internet);
Linn County Zoning Maps [PDF maps-with index], 2000 (Internet).

Inventory by Gary Halvorson, Senior Archivist
Last Update: October 27, 2009

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