Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Malheur County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals


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.

An electronic index and imaged documents for the Commissioners Journal beginning in 2000 are available on computers in the clerk's office.

Records at the Malheur County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Commissioners Journal Microfiche, 2000-present (1 inch of microfilm jackets);
Commissioners Journal [title varies], vol. A-Z, AA-DD, 1887-1999 (30 volumes);
Index to Commissioner's Record [title varies], vol. 1-9, 1887-1999 (9 volumes).


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