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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Malheur County Records Inventory

Mining Claim Records

1865-[ongoing]

Series documents actions filed with the county related to mineral interest claims. Types of actions include mineral rights and royalty assignments, mineral interest claims, lease releases, interest stipulations, corrections, bills of sale and conveyance assignments, and location notices. Information includes names of involved parties; action types and dates; and volume and page numbers. The series may also include copies of claim location notices giving descriptions and details of individual claims.

From 1969 to 1983 mining claims were microfilmed as part of the Deeds, Mtg., and Misc. records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). They were also maintained separately from 1969-1973 on aperture cards. Since 1983 mining claims have been part of the Clerk's Permanent Microfilm records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). An electronic index for mining claims beginning in 1986 and imaged documents beginning in 1999 are available on computers in the clerk's office.

Records at the Malheur County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Storage Room:
Mining Claims [Record], 1969-1973 (7.50 inches of aperture cards);
Placer Record, vol. 1, 1958-1964 (1 volume);
Record of Placer Locations [with index], vol. F-K, 1905-1958 (6 volumes);
Record of Quartz Locations, vol. E-I, 1-3, 1910-1964 (8 volumes).

Records at the Malheur County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Direct Index Mining Records, 1985-1999 (1 binder of computer printouts);
Index to Mining Records, vol. 3-4, 1978-1986 (2 volumes);
Indirect Indexing Mining Records, 1985-1999 (1 binder of computer printouts);
Mining Claims [Record], 1969-1973 (7.50 inches of aperture cards);
Mining Direct Name Index, 2000-present (1 binder of computer printouts);
Mining Indirect Name Index, 2000-present (1 binder of computer printouts);
Mining Record [with index], vol. 1-2, 1964-1968 (2 volumes);
Record of Oil and Placer Locations, vol. 2, 1901 (1 volume).

Records at the Malheur County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Original Survey Notes and Corner Records [General Land Office/Bureau of Land Managment-includes mineral surveys], 1865-ca.1998 (7 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).

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