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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Morrow County Records Inventory - Scrollable Version

The following information is based on an August 2008 inventory:


Addresses and links to offices and repositories listed in the inventory:
Main Morrow County Web site: http://morrowcountyoregon.com/

Assessment and Taxation Office: Room 104, 100 S Court St, Heppner, OR 97836;
Community Counseling Solutions Office: Morrow County Family Service Center: 120 S Main St, Heppner, OR 97836;
Circuit Court Office: 100 S Court St, Heppner, OR 97836;
Clerk's Office and Vault: Room 102, 100 S Court St, Heppner, OR 97836;
Commission on Children and Families Office: Morrow County Family Service Center: 120 S Main St, Heppner, OR 97836;
County Fair Office: Fairgrounds, Hwy 74, PO Box 464, Heppner, OR 97836;
County Surveyor's Private Business Office (Coppock Surveying): PO Box 495, Heppner, OR 97836;
Courthouse Basement Vault and Storage Room: No public access. Contact the appropriate office (e.g., clerk, circuit court, etc.);
Morrow County Courthouse (All offices and storage areas): 100 S Court St, Heppner, OR 97836;
Morrow County Family Service Center: 120 S Main St, Heppner, OR 97836;
Morrow County Museum: 140 Main St, PO Box 1153, Heppner, OR 97836;
Morrow County School District Administration Building Vault and Storage Room: 270 W Main St, PO Box 368, Lexington, Oregon 97839;
North Morrow County Courthouse Annex: 205 NE Third St, Irrigon, OR 97844;
Oregon Historical Society: 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205;
Oregon State Archives: 800 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97310;
Personnel Office: 100 S Court St, Heppner, OR 97836;
Planning Department Office: North Morrow County Courthouse Annex: 205 NE Third St, Irrigon, OR 97844;
Public Works Office: Highway 74, PO Box 428, Lexington, OR 97839;
Road Department Yard: No public access. Contact the appropriate office (e.g., assessor, circuit court, etc.);
Sheriff's Department Office: 325 Willowview Dr, Heppner, OR 97836;
Umatilla County Courthouse, Basement Mortgage Records Room 17 (Pendleton): No public access. Contact the Umatilla County Records Office;
Umatilla County Records Storage Building (Pendleton): No public access. Contact the circuit court.



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

1937-1981

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Aerial Photograph-rodeo grounds and vicinity], 1972 (1 photograph).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
[Aerial Photograph-color-rolled], 1981 (1 photograph).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Public Works Shipping Container:
[Aerial Photographs], 1937 (ca.250 photographs).

 

Animal Bounty Records

1896-1923

Series documents the payment of county and state bounty money to individuals who presented the scalps and other prescribed body parts of targeted predatory animals. The program was intended to control the threat to livestock. Examples of targeted animals include coyote, cougar, mountain lion, panther, wildcat, bobcat, lynx, and wolf. Records include registers, affidavits, certificates, and statements. Information includes claimant and affiant names; kind of animal; number of scalps; date killed or presented; and number, amount, and date of warrant. The records are also referred to as scalp bounty records.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Scalp Bounty Affidavits-title varies], ca.1896-ca.1923 (ca..60 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Personnel Office:
Bounty Record [Animal], 1909-1923 (1 volume);
Register of Scalp Bounty Warrants, vol. 1, 1901-1903 (1 volume);
Scalp Bounty Warrants [Stubs], 1901-1903 (1 volume).

 

Assessment and Tax Rolls

1884-[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."

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Delinquent Tax List], 1918-1930 (.20 cu.ft.);
[Summary Assessment Roll], 1908 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Summary Tax Roll], 1909 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Acreage/Town Lots and Personal [Assessment and Tax Rolls-title varies], 1931-1943 (26 volumes);
Assessment Roll [and Tax-title varies], 1885-1905, 1910, 1914-1915, 1917, 1930, 1944-1950, 1953-1956 (54 volumes);
[Assessment Roll-Umatilla County], 1884 (1 volume);
Delinquent Roll [Tax], 1888-1891, 1893, 1924-1930 (6 volumes);
[Delinquent Tax Roll Index], 1931-1935 (1 volume);
Fire Patrol [Forest Protection Assessment Roll], 1956-1957 (1 volume);
[Index to Tax Roll], 1930-1931 (2 volumes);
[Morrow County Tax Ledger], 1938-1945 (10 volumes);
Official Assessment Roll, 1983-1984 (1 volume);
Real [Assessment and Tax Roll], 1924 (1 volume);
Sheriff's Delinquent Roll, 1890 (1 volume);
Sheriff's Roll [Tax], 1889 (1 volume);
Sheriff's Tax Ledger, 1894-1900 (7 volumes);
Sheriff's Tax Roll, 1886 (2 volumes);
Tax Collection Register, 1938 (1 volume);
Tax Register and Ledger, vol. 1, 1893 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Assessment and Taxation Office:
[Assessment and Tax Roll], 1956-present (15 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Courthouse Shipping Container:
Assessment and Tax Roll [title varies], 1906-1909, 1911-1929, 1932, 1942, 1949-1950, 1952, 1954-1955 (44 volumes).

 

Assumed Business Names Registers

1915-1964

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Assumed Business Names Certificates], 1939-1964 (.40 cu.ft.);
Record of Assumed Business Names [with index], vol. 1-2, 1915-1964 (2 volumes).

 

Attachment Records

1885-1966

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Certificates of Attachment], 1897-1907 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Attachment Certificate Record [with index], vol. 1, 1899-1918 (1 volume);
Clerk Save [Writ of Attachment], ca.1904-ca.1918 (.10 cu.ft.);
Record of Attachment, 1885-1899 (1 volume);
Record of Attachment [with index], 1885-1889 (1 volume); vol. 1, 1890-1891 (1 volume);
Writ of Attachment Record [with index], vol. 2, 1918-1966 (1 volume).

 

Birth Records

1905-1929

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Certificate of Birth and Death], 1905-1906 (.05 cu.ft.);
Record of Births, 1906-1915 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths, 1915-1929 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Museum:
Record of Births and Deaths [District No. 135-Hardman], 1915-1917 (1 volume).

 

Census Records

1895, 2000

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 Roll Morrow County [Web searchable], 1895 (2 volumes).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Index Maps-Census], 2000 (21 maps).

 

Circuit Court Case Files

1885-1985

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault, Drawer 5:
Circuit Court [Case Files], no. 5483-6637, ca.1965-1982 (.40 inch microfiche and microfilm jackets).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Vault Index Circuit Court Papers, vol. 3-5, ca.1885-1985 (3 volumes).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
[Cochran vs. Cochran Circuit Court Transcripts], 1924 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
Cir. Ct. Index [Circuit Court-indexes case files no.1-4240], 1885-1955 (1 binder).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Book of Divorce Records Final Decree [Receipts], 1925-1942 (1 volume);
[Cochran vs. Cochran Circuit Court Transcripts], 1924 (1 volume);
[Index to Circuit Court Papers], n.d. (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Trial Court Criminal Office, Room 209, Public Research Area Cabinet:
Morrow County [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-4240, 1885-1955 (51 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Umatilla County Records Storage Building, Trial Court Front Records Storage Area:
Morrow County Circuit Court [Case Files-title varies], no. 4241-7425, 1955-1983 (45 cu.ft.).

Records at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Basement Mortgage Records Room 17:
Index Circuit Court Cases, ca.1904-1923 (1 volume);
Index Vault [Circuit Court Cases], vol. 2, ca.1899-ca.1904 (1 volume);
Index Vault Papers [Morrow County-includes references to circuit, justice, and county court cases], 1885-1897 (1 volume);
Vault Index [Morrow County-includes references to circuit, justice, and county court cases], n.d. (1 volume).

 

Circuit Court Dockets

1885-1986

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Register and Fee Book of Cases, vol. 10-14, 1926-1976 (5 volumes).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
[Circuit Court Docket], 1922-1935 (1 volume); 1929-1938 (1 volume);
Register and Fee Book of Cases Criminal, vol. 1, 1971-1983 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
Court Docket Circuit Court Law, 1885-1907 (1 volume);
Criminal Docket Circuit Court, 1885-1908 (1 volume);
Equity Docket Circuit Court, 1885-1908 (1 volume);
Record of Trials, vol. 1-2, 1964-1986 (2 volumes);
Register and Fee Book of Cases Circuit Court, vol. 15, 1976-1983 (1 volume);
Trial Record [with index], vol. 1, 1921-1930 (1 volume).

Records at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Register and Fee Book of Cases Circuit and County Court [Morrow County-title varies], vol. 2-5, 1891-1911 (4 volumes);
Register and Fee Book of Cases Circuit Court [Morrow County], vol. 6-8, 1910-1923 (3 volumes).

 

Circuit Court Journals

1885-1980

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 4-9, 1900-1935 (6 volumes); vol. 16, 1963-1965 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Journal Criminal [with index], 1891-1900 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Journal Equity, 1891-1900 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Journal Law [with index], 1891-1900 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Minutes, 1958-1967 (1 volume);
Index to Circuit Court Journals, vol. 1, 1885-1891 (1 volume); vol. 1-3, 1909-1974 (3 volumes);
Journal Circuit Court, vol. 1, 1885-1891 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Microfilm Cards [Circuit Court and Probate Journal Pages], ca.1960-ca.1980 (2.50 feet of aperture cards).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Courthouse Shipping Container:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 10-15, 17, 1935-1963, 1965-1967 (7 volumes).

 

Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings

1874-1974

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Miscellaneous Files, vol. 1, 1879-1902 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Miscellaneous Index, vol. 1, 1874-1902 (1 volume);
[Miscellaneous-Record], vol. 5-7, 1946-1967 (2 reels of microfilm);
Miscellaneous Record [with index], vol. A, 2-7, 1885-1967 (7 volumes);
Vault Index Miscellaneous Papers, vol. 1, 1890-1974 (1 volume).

 

Clerk and Recorder Official Filings

1967-[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.

Since 1967 deeds, mortgages, and military discharges have been recorded in the clerk's Recordings. Since 1976 mining claims, water rights have also been included in the Recordings. The Recordings are indexed on computer in the clerk's office. To index the Recordings before 1984, refer to the applicable individual records (e.g. deeds, mortgages, etc.). Recordings filed since 1983 are imaged and available on a computer in the clerk's office.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Book of Records [Recordings], 1981-1993 (29 reels of microfilm);
[Book of Records-Recordings], no. 1-18555, 1967-1980 (16 feet of aperture cards);
[Recordings-microfiche], no. 1-60240, 2000.1-2006.17116, 1967-2006 (4.50 feet of microfiche);
[Recordings-paper], no. 18556-602440, 1981-1999 (253 volumes); no. 2000.1-2008.22545 (150 volumes).

 

Corner Survey Records

1908-[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 Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
[Morrow County Survey Records-indexes filed surveys and corner restoration forms], ca.1916-present (1 binder);
[Oregon Corner Restoration Form-copies], ca.1975-present (.70 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Public Works Shipping Container:
[Corner Survey Register-by township and range-in green binders], 1965-1988 (4 binders);
Morrow County Survey Records [indexes filed surveys and corner restoration forms], ca.1916-present (1 binder);
[Oregon Corner Restoration Form-title varies], ca.1975-present (.50 cu.ft.);
Record of Lost or Obliterated Government Corners Re-Established, 1908-1943 (1 volume);
[Survey Field Books-includes land, corner, and road survey information], ca.1910-ca.1940 (132 volumes);
[Survey Index Cards-includes corner restoration information-by township and range], ca.1916-ca.1988 (.15 cu.ft.).

 

Coroner and Inquest Records

1885-1954

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Coroner's Inquest], 1885-1886, 1893-1954 (1.25 cu.ft.).

 

County Budgets

1916-[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.

From circa 1916 until 1979 the county budget was included in the Commissioners Journal (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Budget-County-with gaps], 1916-1961 (.40 cu.ft.);
[Budget Minutes and Documents-County], 1989-2006 (.50 inch of microfiche);
Budgets [includes county and district budgets], 2005-present (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Budgets [County-interfiled with city and district budgets], ca.1962-ca.1993 (ca.1 cu.ft.).

 

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1885-[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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Commissioners Journal [volumes I-K with index], vol. A-K, 1885-1988 (11 volumes);
County Court Minutes, 1998-present (9 cu.ft.);
[Court Minutes-County Commissioners], 1989-2006 (2 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Personnel Office:
Commissioners Court Docket [title varies], vol. 1-2, 1888-1906 (2 volumes); vol. 4, 1907-1927 (1 volume);
County Court Docket, 1885-1888 (1 volume);
Direct Index to Commissioners Record, vol. A, 1885-1889 (1 volume).

 

County Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, and Resolutions

1932-[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.

Beginning in 1885 orders, ordinances, and resolutions were recorded in the Commissioners Journal and the Court Minutes (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[County Court Orders and Resolutions-includes contracts and agreements], 1988-2005 (1 inch of microfiche);
[County Court Orders-with gaps], 1932-1977 (.70 cu.ft.);
County Court Resolutions, Orders, Etc. [includes ordinances, petitions, easements, rights-of-way, and deeds], 1981-present (5.50 cu.ft.);
Morrow County Code [includes comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance amendments-with index], ca.1986-n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Morrow County Code [includes comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance amendments-with index], ca.1986-n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the North Morrow County Courthouse Annex, Planning Department Office:
Morrow County Code [includes amendments to comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances], 1986-present (1 volume);
Morrow County Planning Department Current and Past Subdivision Ordinances, 2005-present (1 binder);
Morrow County Planning Department Current and Past Zoning Ordinances, 2008-present (1 binder);
Morrow County Planning Department Past Zoning Ordinances, 2001-2008 (2 binders);
Morrow County Planning Department [Subdivision Ordinance], 1980 (1 volume);
Morrow County Planning Department Subdivision Ordinance, 2001 (1 volume);
Morrow County Planning Department Zoning Ordinance, 2001 (1 volume);
Morrow County [Subdivision Ordinance], 1985 (1 volume);
Morrow County Subdivision Ordinance [orange cover], 1973 (1 volume);
Morrow County Zoning Ordinance, 1986 (1 binder);
Ordinance Amendments [includes comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance information], 1980-2001 (1 binder);
Original County Ordinances [includes zoning and subdivision ordinances], 1980 (1 binder);
Subdivision Ordinance Draft, 1966 (1 volume);
Zone Changes Text & Ordinance Amend. Resolutions [includes subdivision ordinance and comprehensive plan information-title varies], ca.1973-present (7 cu.ft.);
Zoning Ordinance Subdivision Ordinance, n.d.-present (1 binder).

Records at the Morrow County Web Site:
Planning Department Documents [includes zoning and subdivision ordinances], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

County Comprehensive Plans

1965-[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.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Morrow County Code [includes comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance amendments-with index], ca.1986-n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Morrow County Code [includes comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance amendments-with index], ca.1986-n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the North Morrow County Courthouse Annex, Planning Department Office:
Comp. Plan and Zoning Ord. [Ordinance], 1980 (1 volume);
Comprehensive Plan, 1985 (1 binder);
[Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Maps-in director's office-rolled], n.d.-ca.1986 (ca.20 maps);
[Comprehensive Plan Goals Background and Development Records-by goal number], ca.1973-present (3 cu.ft.);
[Comprehensive Plan Map Morrow County-rolled], 1971 (1 map);
Comprehensive Plan North Morrow County, 1965 (1 volume);
Comprehensive Plan South Morrow County, 1968 (1 volume);
Exhibit A Amendments to Comprehensive Plan Adopted, n.d. (1 binder);
LCDC Comp. Plan Acknowledgement, 1982-1988 (1 binder);
Morrow County Code [includes amendments to comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances], 1986-present (1 volume);
Morrow County Comprehensive Plan, 1971 (1 volume);
Morrow County Long Range Planning [Records], 1971 (1 volume);
Morrow County Planning Department [Comprehensive Plan], 1986 (1 volume);
Ordinance Amendments [includes comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance information], 1980-2001 (1 binder);
Zone Changes Text & Ordinance Amend. Resolutions [includes subdivision ordinance and comprehensive plan information-title varies], ca.1973-present (7 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Blue Storage Shed:
County Maps [Significant Resource Overlay Map], 1986 (1 map).

 

County Court Case Files

1885-1897

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 Umatilla County Courthouse, Basement Mortgage Records Room 17:
Index Vault Papers [Morrow County-includes references to circuit, justice, and county court cases], 1885-1897 (1 volume);
Vault Index [Morrow County-includes references to circuit, justice, and county court cases], n.d. (1 volume).

 

County Court Judicial Journals

1885-1966

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
County Court Docket, 1885-1888 (1 volume);
Journal County Court [includes mostly probate and some insane commitments], vol. A, 1885-1891 (1 volume);
Journal County Court Law [includes naturalization petitions and orders and widow's pension actions], 1885-1919 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Law Journal County Court [includes widow's pension actions], vol. 2, 1919-1966 (1 volume).

Records at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Basement Mortgage Records Room 17:
Register and Fee Book of Cases Circuit and County Court [Morrow County-title varies], vol. 2-5, 1891-1911 (4 volumes).

Records at the Morrow County Museum:
County Court Law Register Fee Book, 1887-1892 (1 volume).

 

County Fair Records

1908-[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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Fair Board Report], 1908, 1915, 1917-1918 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Fairgrounds, Fair Office:
Fair Board Minutes, 2000-present (1 binder);
[Fair Board Minutes], 1980-2000 (.25 cu.ft.);
Premium Books [County Fair-with gaps], 1932-present (1.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Building, Floor Safe:
Minutes MCFB [Morrow County Fair Board], 1960-1969 (.10 cu.ft.).

 

County Officials Reports

1886-1963

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 Reports of County Agricultural Agent, 1920-1963 (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Miscellaneous Reports-includes clerk, sheriff, treasurer, road supervisor, agriculture agent, fair board, and fruit inspector], ca.1886-ca.1934 (ca.1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Officers Reports [County Officers Semi-annual Reports], 1886-1894 (1 volume);
[Sheriff's Semi-annual Report], 1897-1900 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Death Records

1905-1929

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Certificate of Birth and Death], 1905-1906 (.05 cu.ft.);
Record of Births and Deaths, 1915-1929 (1 volume);
Record of Deaths, 1906-1915 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Museum:
Record of Births and Deaths [District No. 135-Hardman], 1915-1917 (1 volume).

 

Deeds and Indexes

1861-1984

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.

Since 1967 deeds have been recorded in the clerk's Recordings (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). A separate deed index was maintained until 1984.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Deed Books], vol. Q-Z, 27-50, 1902-1947 (2 inches of microfiche);
[Deed Index Direct], 1940-1984 (13 sheets of microfiche);
[Deed Index Indirect], 1940-1984 (13 sheets of microfiche);
[Deed Records], vol. A-P, 1861-1903 (8 reels of microfilm);
Deed Record [title varies], vol. A-Z, 27-74, 1861-1967 (74 volumes);
[Deeds and Mortgages], ca.1891-ca.1918 (1.50 cu.ft.);
[Deeds-incomplete with some duplicates], vol. 50-74, 1946-1967 (ca.26 reels of microfilm);
Direct Index Deeds Lands, vol. 1, 1861-1941 (1 volume);
Direct Index Deeds Town Lots, 1861-1941 (1 volume);
Direct Index Deeds, vol. 2-3, 1940-1984 (2 volumes);
Indirect Index Deeds Lands, vol. 1, 1861-1941 (1 volume);
Indirect Index Deeds Town Lots, 1861-1941 (1 volume);
Indirect Index Deeds, vol. 2-3, 1940-1984 (2 volumes).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Deeds, vol. B-C, F, 1881-1886 (3 volumes);
Direct Index to Deeds, 1886-1902 (1 volume);
Index Deeds Morrow Co. from Umatilla County [Direct and Indirect], 1861-1885 (1 volume);
Indirect Index to Deeds, 1861-1902 (1 volume);
Mortgages [and Deeds-Form A], vol. 1, 1864-1893 (1 volume);
Record of Lands Deeded to County, n.d. (1 volume);
State Land Board [Lands Sold by State], 1901-1939 (.10 cu.ft.).

 

Delayed Birth Records

1879-1968

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 petition, not necessarily in the county of birth. Dates listed in brackets document the range of actual birth dates. Date ranges for court actions such as petitions and decrees are also included. 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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Birth Certificates Delayed [documents births from 1879-1918], 1939-1941 (1 volume);
Birth Register [documents births from ca.1880-ca.1920-with index], vol. 1, 1943-1968 (1 volume);
[Birth Registration Petitions and Decrees-includes births from ca.1890-ca.1920], 1952-1955 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Clerk Save [Delayed Birth Records-includes births from ca.1889-ca.1920], 1939-1968 (.10 cu.ft.).

 

Election Poll Books

1900-1912

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Official Register of Elections, 1914 (1 volume);
[Oregon Registration Blank "A"-Register of Electors], 1904 (1 volume);
Precinct Register for Gentry Precinct, 1908 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
File Book No. 1 Registration Blanks "A" [Register of Electors], 1906 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
General Register, 1902 (1 volume); 1904 (1 volume); 1912 (1 volume);
Official Register of Electors, 1906 (1 volume); 1908 (1 volume); 1910 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Courthouse Shipping Container:
File Book "A" Blanks [Register of Electors], 1912 (1 volume);
File Book No. 1 Blanks "A" [Register of Electors], 1900 (1 volume).

 

Election Voting Abstracts

1892-1972

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Abstract of Vote], ca.1900-1904, 1912, 1938-1956 (1.25 cu.ft.);
Rec. of Elections [Record], vol. A, 1892-1906 (1 volume);
Record of Elections, vol. 1-3, 1908-1972 (3 volumes).

 

Farm Name Registration Records

1911-1929

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Farm Name Application-Records], 1911, 1929 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Farm Register, vol. 1, 1911-1929 (1 volume).

 

Federal Land Grant Records

1864-1967

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Patent Record [indexes Deed Record after 1944], 1890-1967 (1 volume);
[Land Grant Records-Homestead and 1820 Land Act], 1893-1904 (.25 cu.ft.);
[Ledger Books-Patent Record], vol. A-L, 1890-1944 (3 reels of microfilm);
Patent Record [Homestead and 1820 Land Act], vol. A-L, 1890-1944 (12 volumes).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Patents [Land], vol. A, 1890-ca.1892 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Search Land Patents [includes patent and legal land descriptions and some document images], ca.1864-ca.1957 (BLM GLO Web site).

 

Foreclosure Records

1892-1936

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Certificates of Delinquency Redeemed], 1915 (.05 cu.ft.);
Returned Certificates of Delinquency, 1908 (.10 cu.ft.);
[Sheriff's Certificates of Sale for Taxes], 1893, 1897-1898, 1906-1909 (.25 cu.ft.);
[Sheriff's Return on Delinquent Tax Sale], 1899, 1903 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
[Certificate of Delinquency], 1915-1920 (.25 cu.ft.);
[Certificate of Sale for Taxes-Stubs], 1907-1908 (1 volume);
Delinquent Tax Sale Record Clerk, vol. 2, 1900-1904 (1 volume);
Delinquent Tax Sales Record, 1893-1900 (1 volume);
Register of Certificates of Delinquency, vol. 1, 1908-1936 (1 volume);
Register of Delinquent Certificates Issued to County, vol. 1, 1913-1926 (1 volume);
Register of Delinquent Taxes Certificates of Delinquency Redemption and Tax Sales, vol. 1, 1911-1914 (1 volume);
Sheriff's Record of Sales for Taxes [with index], vol. 1, 1892-1908 (1 volume);
[Tax Sale Redemption Certificate], 1907-1911 (3 volumes).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
[Tax Sale Redemption Certificate-Stubs], 1893-1902 (1 volume).

 

Health and Human Services Records

1980-[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 disabilities. In 1994 the name of the Children and Youth Services Commission was changed to the Commission on Children and Families.

The county court serves as the board of health for Morrow County (see County Commissioners Administrative Journals). Community Counseling Solutions (formerly Behavioral Health Services) provides mental health services to Morrow, Gilliam, and Wheeler counties.

Records at the Morrow County Family Service Center, Children and Families Office:
Minutes [Juvenile, Youth and Family Services, and Commission on Children and Families Minutes], 1980-present (4 binders).

Records at the Morrow County Family Service Center, Community Counseling Solutions Office:
[Mental Health Advisory Board Minutes-includes developmental disabilities and alcohol and drug treatment information-also includes Wheeler County information], 2006-present (.10 cu.ft.).

 

Insane Commitment Records

1885-[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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Insane Complaint and Commitment-title varies], 1886-1977 (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
Insane Record [with index], vol. 2, 1904-1941 (1 volume);
Journal County Court [includes mostly probate and some insane commitments], vol. A, 1885-1891 (1 volume);
Mentally Diseased [Commitment Record-with index], vol. 3, 1941-1981 (1 volume);
Record of Insane [with index], vol. 1, 1897-1904 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
[Mental Commitment, Adoption, and Juvenile Case File Index], 1983-present (1 binder);
[Mentals-Commitment Case Files], 2005-present (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Hallway File Cabinets:
[Mental Case Files], 1981-2004 (1.50 cu.ft.).

 

Judgment and Execution Records

1868-1954

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
County Court Judgment Docket, vol. 1, 1885-1894 (1 volume);
Execution Docket [Circuit Court-with index], 1890-1904 (1 volume);
Judgment Docket [Circuit Court], vol. 1, 1885-1905 (1 volume); vol. 2, 1906-1954 (1 volume);
Judgment Lien Docket Morrow County from Umatilla, 1868-1883 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Courthouse Shipping Container:
Execution Docket [with index], vol. 2, 1916-1929 (1 volume).

 

Justice Court Case Files

1885-1931

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before the courts of the justices of the peace. Records include grand jury indictments, complaints, judgments by confession, transcripts of judgment entries and dockets, statements of witnesses, arrest warrants, subpoenas, bills for court costs and fees, petitions for appointment of justices of the peace and constables, petitions establishing justice districts, and marriage records. Cases heard include disturbing the peace, illegal liquor sales, assault, larceny, trespassing, fraud, vagrancy, and burglary. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Justice Court Case Files], 1898-1931 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Clerk Save [Justice Court Case Files], 1904-1924 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Basement Mortgage Records Room 17:
Index Vault Papers [Morrow County-includes references to circuit, justice, and county court cases], 1885-1897 (1 volume);
Vault Index [Morrow County-includes references to circuit, justice, and county court cases], n.d. (1 volume).

 

Justice Court Dockets

1892-1964

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
Justice Court Small Claims [District No. 6-with index], 1918-1964 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [Boardman District No. 5-with index], 1923-1941 (2 volumes);
Justice Docket [District No. 3-with index], 1935-1940 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [District No. 6-with index], 1910-1941 (7 volumes).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Courthouse Shipping Container:
Journal [Justice Court Docket-Dairy District No. 1], 1892-1919 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Museum:
Justice Docket [District No. 3-Ione], 1921-1927 (1 volume).

 

Land Subdivision Records

1875-[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.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Map Book [Subdivisions-with index], vol. 1, 1875-ca.1915 (1 volume);
[Subdivision and Partition Plats-with index], 1935-present (ca.400 plats).

Records at the North Morrow County Courthouse Annex, Planning Department Office:
Land Partitions [Case Files], ca.1977-present (15 cu.ft.);
Morrow County Planning Department Current and Past Subdivision Ordinances, 2005-present (1 binder);
Morrow County Planning Department [Subdivision Ordinance], 1980 (1 volume);
Morrow County Planning Department Subdivision Ordinance, 2001 (1 volume);
Morrow County [Subdivision Ordinance], 1985 (1 volume);
Morrow County Subdivision Ordinance [orange cover], 1973 (1 volume);
Original County Ordinances [includes zoning and subdivision ordinances], 1980 (1 binder);
Subdivision Ordinance Draft, 1966 (1 volume);
Subdivisions [Case Files], 1974-present (3.20 cu.ft.);
Zone Changes Text & Ordinance Amend. Resolutions [includes subdivision ordinance and comprehensive plan information-title varies], ca.1973-present (7 cu.ft.);
Zoning Ordinance Subdivision Ordinance, n.d.-present (1 binder).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Public Works Shipping Container:
[Partition Plats-includes some subdivision plats and miscellaneous surveys], ca. 1990-present (ca.300 plats).

Records at the Morrow County Web Site:
Planning Department Documents [includes zoning and subdivision ordinances], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Land Title Registers

1861-1953

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 Deeds and Indexes.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Land Ownership Plats-blueprints], ca.1905-ca.1919 (.10 cu.ft.);
Present Owner Record Town Lots, ca.1886-ca.1905 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Abstract of Lands, vol. 1-4, 1869-1893 (4 volumes);
Abstract of Town Lots, 1876-1893 (1 volume);
Index Form B, 1861-1894 (1 volume);
Index Lands Form C, 1861-1894 (1 volume);
Index Lots Form D, 1861-1894 (1 volume);
[Index to Lands and Lots], n.d. (2 volumes);
Index to Lands Form C C.L.A., 1861-1894 (1 volume);
Index to Town Lots, n.d. (1 volume);
[Land Ownership Plat Book], 1914 (3 volumes);
[Land Ownership Plats], 1937-1945 (1 volume);
Land Registration Docket [with index], vol. 1, 1907-1920 (1 volume);
Present Owner Record Town Lots [with index], 1861-1902 (1 volume); 1893-1895 (1 volume);
Present Owners Lands, ca.1892-ca.1907 (1 volume);
Present Owners Record Lands, 1861-1902 (1 volume); 1893-1894 (1 volume);
South [Plat Book], n.d. (1 volume);
Tract Index Lands, 1864-1908 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
Register of Titles [Land], 1905-1953 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Courthouse Shipping Container:
Present Owners Record Lands, n.d. (1 volume);
Present Owners Record Town Lots, n.d. (1 volume).

 

Maps, Plans, and Drawings

1902-[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.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Lobby Walls:
Morrow County Courthouse [Framed Plans], ca.1902 (6 drawings).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Boardman City Map], 1991 (1 map);
Boardman Fire District [Map], 2000 (1 map);
Boardman Rural Fire District [Map], 1999 (1 map);
City of Heppner Code Boundaries [Map], 2000 (1 map);
City of Heppner Floodplain and Zoning [Maps], 2000 (5 maps);
City of Heppner Map [large], 1935 (1 map)
City of Ione Code Boundaries [Map], 2000 (1 map);
City of Ione [Map], 1991 (1 map);
City of Irrigon Code Boundaries [Map], 2000 (1 map);
City of Lexington Code Boundaries [Map], 2000 (1 map);
FEMA Maps [Federal Emergency Management Agency-Flood Insurance Rate Maps], 1981-1984 (.20 cu.ft.); 2007 (.40 cu.ft.);
[Forest Cover Maps], 1983 (14 maps);
Greater Irrigon Area [Map], 2000 (1 map);
Heppner Cemetery [Plot Map], 2002 (1 map);
[Heppner City Map], 1991 (1 map);
Heppner Fire District [Map], 2000 (1 map);
Ione Cemetery [Plot Map], 2002 (1 map);
[Irrigon City Map], 1991 (1 map);
Irrigon Code Boundary [Map], 1999 (1 map);
Irrigon Fire District [Map], 2000 (1 map);
[Lexington City Map], 1991 (1 map);
Lexington [Map], 1935 (1 map);
Morrow County Code Areas [Map], 1999 (1 map); 2000 (1 map);
Morrow County Fire Districts [Map], 2000 (1 map);
Morrow County House Districts [Map], 1991 (1 map);
Morrow County Official County Map, 1917 (1 map);
Morrow County Precinct Map, 1985 (1 volume);
[Morrow County Sewer Design-Map], 1984 (1 map);
[Morrow County Township and Range Map], n.d. (1 map);
Morrow County Voting Districts [Map], 2000 (1 map);
Morrow County Voting Precincts [Map], 1999 (1 map);
Original Morrow County Courthouse Construction [Plans], 1902 (10 drawings).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
[Assessor's Plat Book], ca.1954 (10 volumes);
Bonneville Power Maps, 1953-1954 (29 maps);
Comprehensive Water & Sewer Plan, 1970 (1 volume);
[County Hospital Plans], 1947-1952 (ca.100 drawings);
Hospital Annex Plans, 1954 (19 drawings);
[Morrow County Jail Remodel-Plans], ca.1978 (ca.20 drawings);
Morrow County Maps [Assessor's Plats], n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes fire districts, rock pit, fairgrounds, railroad right of way, city, etc.-rolled], ca.1999 (ca.40 maps).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Assessment and Taxation Office:
[Assessor's Plats], n.d.-present (2 volumes).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Public Works Shipping Container:
Flood Insurance Rate Maps [Morrow County-Federal Emergency Management Agency-with index], 1981-1984 (.15 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes road, road survey, code, forest cover, topographic], ca.1963-ca.1980 (ca.75 maps);
Topographic Maps Morrow Cty. Columbia River, 1962-2000 (23 maps).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Blue Storage Shed:
[Miscellaneous Flat File Maps and Plans-includes county, public works, facilities, cities, road contracts, etc.], ca.1902-present (ca.200 maps and plans);
[Miscellaneous Rolled Maps and Plans-includes road, road survey, vicinity, airport, utilities, parks, facilities, bridges, rock pits], ca.1902-present (ca.200 maps and plans).

Records at the North Morrow County Courthouse Annex, Planning Department Office:
[Miscellaneous Rolled Maps and Plans-includes zoning, road, Portland General Electric Boardman Plant, parks, floodplain, rural address, drainage basins, growth management, speedway, Oregon Department of Transportation, utility districts, fire districts], ca.1956-present (ca.50 maps and plans);
Morrow County Parks Master Plan [includes drawings], 1997-1998 (1 binder);
North Side Assessor's Maps [copies], 1993 (1 binder);
[Rural Addressing Maps-on assessor's map base-hanging], n.d. (3 volumes);
Rural Directory Morrow County Oregon [includes maps], 1979 (1 volume);
South Side Assessor's Maps [copies], 1993 (1 binder);
[Topographic Maps], 1962-1975 (ca.25 maps);
Wetland [Maps-United States Fish and Wildlife Service], 1981 (ca.30 maps).

Records at the County Surveyor's Private Business Office (Coppock Surveying):
[Railroad Right of Way & Track Map], 1927 (ca.50 aperture cards).

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

 

Marks and Brands Records

1867-1927

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Brand Record [with index], vol. 1-2, 1893-1915 (2 volumes);
[Certificate of Registration of Marks and Brands-Form], 1915-1927 (.10 cu.ft.);
[List of Conflicting Brands], n.d. (.10 cu.ft.);
[Marks and Brands-Certificate-trifolded], 1903 (.05 cu.ft.);
Record of Marks & Brands [with index], 1867-1893 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Migratory Stock Record [Stock Inspector's Record], 1905-1906 (1 volume).

 

Marriage Records

1885-1988

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Marriage Record, 1905-1988 (1 volume);
[Marriage Certificates, Records, and Returns], 1887, 1908-1916, 1918, 1920-1924, 1952-1958 (1.40 cu.ft.);
[Marriage Index], 1905-1915 (1 volume);
Marriage Record [with index], vol. 3-7, 1896-1980 (5 volumes);
Marriages [Licenses and Certificates], 1886-1887 (.10 cu.ft.); 1891 (.10 cu.ft.); 1895-1907 (.35 cu.ft.); 1916-1917 (.10 cu.ft.); 1921 (.10 cu.ft.); 1929 (.10 cu.ft.); 1948-1951 (.20 cu.ft.); 1958-1960 (.20 cu.ft.);
Record of Marriage Licenses [with index], vol. A, 1885-1896 (1 volume).

 

Married Women's Property Registers

1887-1894

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Separate Property List-Women's], 1887-1894 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Medical Profession Registration Records

1887-1967

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Optometry Record [with index], 1905-1952 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Registry Book of Practicing Physicians and Surgeons [with index], 1911-1967 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
Record [Physicians and Dentists Registration], 1887-1904 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Museum:
Record of Dental Certificates, vol. 1, 1901-1913 (1 volume).

 

Military Records

1887-1967

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.

Since 1967 military discharges have been recorded in the clerk's Recordings (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Military List, 1887-1891 (1 volume);
[Military List-filed with Military Record], 1895-1896 (.05 cu.ft.);
Military Record, vol. 2, ca.1892-1898 (1 volume);
[Militia List of Morrow County-filed with Military Record], n.d. (.05 cu.ft.);
Record of U.S. Service Discharges [with index-also indexes discharges in Recordings to 1984], vol. 1-2, 1945-1967 (2 volumes).

 

Mining Claim Records

1888-1976

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.

Since 1976 mining claim have been recorded in the clerk's Recordings (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). A separate mining claims index was maintained until 1984.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Location Notice [Mining-title varies], ca.1891-ca.1927 (.15 cu.ft.);
Record of Mining Claims [with index-also indexes mining claims in Recordings to 1984], vol. A-B, 1888-1976 (2 volumes).

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

1864-1984

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.

Since 1967 mortgage have been recorded in the clerk's Recordings (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). A separate mortgage index was maintained until 1984.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Deeds and Mortgages], ca.1891-ca.1918 (1.50 cu.ft.);
[Index to Mortgages Direct], vol. 1-2, 1864-1984 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Index to Mortgages Indirect], vol. 1-2, 1864-1984 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mortgage Index Direct [title varies], vol. 1-2, 1864-1984 (2 volumes);
[Mortgage Index-Direct], vol. 1-2, 1864-1984 (16 sheets of microfiche);
Mortgage Index Indirect [title varies], vol. 1-2, 1864-1984 (2 volumes);
[Mortgage Index-Indirect], vol. 1-2, 1864-1984 (16 sheets of microfiche);
Mortgage Record [title varies], vol. P-Q, 1903-1908 (2 volumes); vol. V-Z, 27-41, 1912-1946 (20 volumes); vol. 51, 1959-1960 (1 volume);
[Mtg.-Mortgages, incomplete with some duplicates], vol. 41-57, 1943-1967 (ca.15 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
[Abstract of Title], 1886-1911 (1 volume);
[Abstract of Unsatisfied Instruments of Writing], 1886-1887 (1 volume);
Abstract Unsatisfied Instruments, 1888-1892 (2 volumes);
Direct and Indirect Index Mortgage Morrow Co. from Umatilla Co., 1864-ca.1891 (1 volume);
Direct Index to Mortgages, 1864-1912 (1 volume); 1885-1903 (1 volume);
Indirect Index to Mortgages, 1864-1946 (2 volumes);
Land Sales and Contracts [Record-with index], 1936-1944 (1 volume);
Morrow County Lands Sales and Leases [Record], 1932-1937 (1 volume);
Mortgage Index, 1864-1936 (1 volume);
Mortgage Record [title varies], vol. A-O, 1864-1903 (15 volumes); vol. 42-50, 1946-1959 (9 volumes); vol. 52-57, 1960-1967 (6 volumes);
Mortgages [and Deeds-Form A], vol. 1, 1864-1893 (1 volume);
Mortgages [Record], vol. A-C, E, 1864-1880, 1882-1890 (4 volumes).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
Mortgage Record, vol. R-U, 1907-1912 (4 volumes).

 

Naturalization Certificates

1906-1953

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Certificate of Naturalization [Stubs], 1907-1922 (11 volumes);
Clerk's Memorandum of Naturalization Proceedings [includes declaration of intention, petition, and certificate information], vol. 1, 1906-1953 (1 volume);
[Jacket for Naturalization Records-Certificate of Naturalization], ca.1907-ca.1921 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Naturalization Declarations of Intention

1885-1953

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Clerk's Memorandum of Naturalization Proceedings [includes declaration of intention, petition, and certificate information], vol. 1, 1906-1953 (1 volume);
[Declarations of Intention], 1885-1896,1900-1903 (.30 cu.ft.);
Declarations of Intentions [with index], vol. 1, 1889-1906 (1 volume);
Declarations [of Intention-with index], 1930-1951 (1 volume);
Record of Declaration of Intention [with index], vol. A, 1885-1889 (1 volume); 1906-1929 (3 volumes).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Naturalization Declarations of Intention Index, 1906-1951 (US GenWeb Project).

 

Naturalization Petitions and Orders

1885-1953

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Citizenship Record [with index], vol. A, 1885-1903 (1 volume);
Clerk's Memorandum of Naturalization Proceedings [includes declaration of intention, petition, and certificate information], vol. 1, 1906-1953 (1 volume);
Court Order [Petitions Granted and Denied-Circuit Court], 1932-1953 (1 volume);
Journal Naturalization [with index], vol. 2, 1903-1906 (1 volume);
[Notice of Application for Admission to Citizenship], ca.1911-ca.1928 (.10 cu.ft.);
Petition and Record [with index], vol. 1-3, 1906-1928 (3 volumes);
Petitions [Naturalization-with index], 1926-1948 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
Journal County Court Law [includes naturalization petitions and orders and widow's pension actions], 1885-1919 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Naturalization Petition Index, 1906-1953 (US GenWeb Project).

 

Pension and Relief Records

1885-1966

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Law Journal County Court [includes widow's pension actions], vol. 2, 1919-1966 (1 volume);
List of Old Age Pensions, 1934-1936 (1 volume);
Old Age Pensions [with index], vol. 1, 1934-1936 (1 volume);
Record of Widow's Pensions, 1913-1936 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Paupers Vouchers-Poor Relief Records], ca.1904-ca.1932 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Widows and Dependent Mothers Pensions-Applications], 1908, 1913-1939 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
Journal County Court Law [includes naturalization petitions and orders and widow's pension actions], 1885-1919 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Personnel Office:
Record of Care of Poor, 1910-1911 (1 volume).

 

Planning Commission Minutes

1960-[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 North Morrow County Courthouse Annex, Planning Department Office:
Minutes of Planning Commission, 1960-2006 (1 cu.ft.);
Morrow County Planning Commission Minutes [includes related records], 2007-present (1 binder).

 

Prisoner Registers

1892-1969

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 Morrow County Sheriff's Department Building, Sheriff's Private Office Storage Cabinet:
[Jail Register], 1892-1969 (1 volume).

 

Probate Case Files

1885-[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.

Morrow County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Probate Case Files], no. 1-822, 1887-1935 (ca.15 cu.ft.);
Probate Docket County Court [with index-also indexes probate case files], vol. 2-3, 1926-1979 (2 volumes);
Probate Docket County Judge [with index-also indexes probate case files], vol. 1, 1911-1967 (1 volume);
Vault Index Probate Papers, vol. 2, ca.1905-1935 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
[Probate Case Files], no. 823-1940, 85PR001-96PR027, 1935-1996 (33 cu.ft.);
Probate Index Microfilm, n.d. (1 volume);
Small Estates [Case Files], 1974-1980 (.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
[Probate Case Files-includes older open cases], 1997-present (11 cu.ft.);
Probate Docket County Court [also indexes case files], vol. 4, 1964-1987 (1 volume);
Small Estates Index, vol. 1, 1974-1984 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
County Court Probate Register Fee Book [also indexes probate case files], 1885-1904 (1 volume);
Probate Register [with index to case files], vol. 2, 1898-1920 (1 volume).

 

Probate Estate Records

1903-1917

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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Record of Estates, 1903-1911 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Probate Court Inventory and Reports [Estate Record-with index], vol. 3, 1911-1917 (1 volume).

 

Probate Registers

1885-1987

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.

Morrow County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Probate Docket County Court [with index-also indexes probate case files], vol. 2-3, 1926-1979 (2 volumes);
Probate Docket County Judge [with index-also indexes probate case files], vol. 1, 1911-1967 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Microfilm Cards [Circuit Court and Probate Journal Pages], ca.1960-ca.1980 (2.50 feet of aperture cards);
Probate Journal, vol. L, 1955-1961 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
County Court Probate Register Fee Book [also indexes probate case files], 1885-1904 (1 volume);
County Court [Probate-with index], vol. 1, 1885-1901 (1 volume);
Journal County Court [includes mostly probate and some insane commitments], vol. A, 1885-1891 (1 volume);
Law and Probate Docket, vol. 1, 1892 (1 volume);
Probate County Court [Record-with index], vol. 2, 1901-1911 (1 volume);
Probate Journal [with index], vol. B-K, 1890-1955 (10 volumes); vol. M-N, 1961-1967 (2 volumes);
Probate Record, vol. A, 1885 (1 volume);
Probate Register [with index], vol. 2, 1898-1920 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
Probate Docket County Court [also indexes case files], vol. 4, 1964-1987 (1 volume).

 

Road and Bridge Records

1867-[ongoing]

Series documents the development, construction, maintenance, and improvement of county roads and bridges. Records include bonds, general road and highway 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.

The Commissioner Journal contains information on road petitions, vacations, rights-of-way, etc. for the period prior to 1980 (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Boardman Highway Map], 1991 (1 map);
County Court Resolutions, Orders, Etc. [includes ordinances, petitions, easements, rights-of-way, and deeds], 1981-2005 (5.50 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Reports-includes clerk, sheriff, treasurer, road supervisor, agriculture agent, fair board, and fruit inspector], ca.1886-ca.1934 (ca.1 cu.ft.);
Morrow County General Highway Map [large], 1972 (3 maps);
Morrow County General Highway Map [small], 1956 (1 map);
Morrow County Official County Road Map, 1920 (1 map);
[Plans and Specifications-steel bridge at Cecil], 1909 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Road Case Files], no. 2-395, 1885-1924 (3.35 cu.ft.);
[Road Deeds Etc.], 1886-1928 (.10 cu.ft.);
[Road Petitions, Resolutions, Supervisor's Reports, and Vacations], 1867-1954 (1.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Personnel Office:
John Day Wagon Road Journal, 1889 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Public Works Office:
Bridges [Case Files-includes construction, maintenance, and inspection information], ca.1916-present (4 cu.ft.);
Record of Roads [includes road plats, descriptions, and road viewers' reports], 1879-1903 (1 volume);
Road Names [Register], ca.1999 (1 binder);
Road Petition Index [indexes petitions in metal boxes in courthouse clerk's vault], ca. 1885-n.d. (2 binders);
Roads [County Roads Case Files], ca.1885-present (16 cu.ft.);
Roads Petitions Relating Journal Entries & Papers [Register-indexes road records in metal boxes in courthouse clerk's vault], ca.1885-present (3 binders).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Public Works Shipping Container:
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes road, road survey, code, forest cover, topographic], ca.1963-ca.1980 (ca.75 maps);
Record of Roads [includes survey and establishment information], 1885-1907 (1 volume);
Road Index Map Morrow County [Wall Maps], 1991 (3 maps);
Road Index, vol. 1, ca.1884-ca.1932 (1 volume);
[Road Survey Alignment Plats-includes petition information by township and range-in hanging cabinet], ca.1885-ca.1950 (12 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Blue Storage Shed:
Bridges [Inspection and Reconstruction Records], ca.1939-1999 (2 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Flat File Maps and Plans-includes county, public works, facilities, cities, road contracts, etc.], ca.1902-present (ca.200 maps and plans);
[Miscellaneous Rolled Maps and Plans-includes road, road survey, vicinity, airport, utilities, parks, facilities, bridges, rock pits], ca.1902-present (ca.200 maps and plans).

Records at the North Morrow County Courthouse Annex, Planning Department Office:
[Miscellaneous Rolled Maps and Plans-includes zoning, road, Portland General Electric Boardman Plant, parks, floodplain, rural address, drainage basins, growth management, speedway, Oregon Department of Transportation, utility districts, fire districts], ca.1956-present (ca.50 maps and plans);
Morrow County Transportation System Plan Update, 2005 (1 binder); 2007 (1 binder);
West Boardman Transportation System Plan Maps, 1997 (8 maps).

Records at the Morrow County Web Site:
Planning Department Documents [includes transportation system plan and related documents], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Road Maps and Survey Notes

1879-[ongoing]

Series documents the surveying and mapping of county roads. Records include road surveyor notes, alignment, profile, and other survey 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 Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
County Road FAS-682 West Unit, 1956 (1 map);
Heppner-Spray Market Road, 1930 (1 map);
Old Oregon Trail Highway [Survey Map], 1940-1967 (1 map).

Records at the Morrow County Public Works Office:
Record of Roads [includes road plats, descriptions, and road viewers' reports], 1879-1903 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Public Works Shipping Container:
[Filed Surveys-originals-includes some road surveys], ca.1916-present (ca.1500 plats);
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes road, road survey, code, forest cover, topographic], ca.1963-ca.1980 (ca.75 maps);
Record of Roads [includes survey and establishment information], 1885-1907 (1 volume);
[Road and Highway Alignment Maps-rolled], ca.1935-ca.1961 (ca.200 maps);
[Road Survey Alignment Plats-includes petition information by township and range-in hanging cabinet], ca.1885-ca.1950 (12 cu.ft.);
[Survey Field Books-includes land, corner, and road survey information], ca.1910-ca.1940 (132 volumes);
Survey Records [Filed Surveys-includes some road surveys-copies], ca.1916-present (8 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Blue Storage Shed:
[Miscellaneous Rolled Maps and Plans-includes road, road survey, vicinity, airport, utilities, parks, facilities, bridges, rock pits], ca.1902-present (ca.200 maps and plans).

Records at the County Surveyor's Private Business Office (Coppock Surveying):
Road Microfilms [Road Surveys and Field Notes], ca.1882-ca.1926 (1 inch of aperture cards);
Surveys Road Maps and Indexes, ca.1916-ca.1990 (6 inches of aperture cards).

 

School District Records

1881-1963

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.

The inventory of records at the Morrow County School District Administration Building vault is incomplete due to time constraints. The name of the first teacher listed in a school register is included in many of the listings below.

Records at the Morrow County Museum:
District Clerk's Book of Records [District No. 4], 1899-1904 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Book of Records [District No. 53], 1892-1898 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 4], 1901-1907 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 17], 1929-1933 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 25], 1915-1917 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 35-Ione], 1916-1918 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 53], 1910-1920, 1923-1934 (4 volumes);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 3], 1911-1917 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 4], 1901-1907 (2 volumes); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 27/22-Gooseberry], 1912-1921, 1926-1931 (2 volumes);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 53], 1907-1930 (3 volumes);
School Register and Record Book [District No. 53], 1892-1900 (2 volumes);
[School Register-portion], 1900-1907 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County School District Administration Building, Vault (District 1 Records):
District Clerk's Book of Records [District No. 1-Heppner], 1911-1913 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner], 1926-1927 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 1-Beth Bleakman], 1933-1939 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 1-Miss Palmer], 1917-1919 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 2-Elizabeth Dix], 1936-1937 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 2-Miss Bangham], 1918-1922 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 3], 1935-1939 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 3-Harriet Case], 1929-1933 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 4-Adelyn O'Shea], 1930-1935 (1 volume);   
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 5-Addie Quesinberry], 1921-1925 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 5-Augusta Baker], 1917-1919 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 6-Mabel Norris], 1918-1924 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 6-Mary White], 1936-1939 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 6-Miriam McDonald], 1932-1936 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 6-Mrs. Shurte], 1915-1918 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 7-Elizabeth Dix], 1931-1935 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 7-Gertrude Davies], 1923-1925 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Helen Fredrickson], 1925-1927 (1 volume);  
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-High School], 1925-1926 (1 volume); 1927-1928 (1 volume); 1930-1931 (1 volume); 1934-1935 (1 volume); 1935-1936 (1 volume); 1936-1937 (1 volume); 1937-1938 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-High School-Gladys Turner], 1920-1921 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-William Paulson], 1929-1930 (1 volume); 
Register [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 1-Heppner Elementary School], 1962-1963 (2 volumes).

Records at the Morrow County School District Administration Building, Vault (Other Districts School Registers):
First Grade [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 12], 1959-1960 (1 volume);
Lexington Grade 1 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 12], 1961-1963 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 12], 1949-1953 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 12-Grades 1 and 2-LaVelle White], 1933-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 12-Grades 1 and 2-Pearl Vail], 1926-1933 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 12-Grades 3 and 4], 1956-1963 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 12-Grades 5 and 6], 1955-1962 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 12-Grades 5 and 6-Mary Gingrich], 1927-1935 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 12-La Villa Howell], 1932-1933 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 12-Lexington High School], 1931-1936 (1 volume);  
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 17-Alice Keithly], 1929-1931 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 35], 1955-1959 (1 volume); 
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 35], 1956-1961 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 40-Delsie Chapel], 1928-1935 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 49-Harriet Robeson], 1934-1939 (1 volume); 
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. R1-Ione-Grade 2], 1959-1961 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. R1-Ione-Grade 3], 1960-1961 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. R1-Ione-Grade 8], 1955-1959 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. R1-Lexington], 1954-1963 (1 volume);
Teachers Register [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 19, 26J, 31], 1944-1946 (1 volume);
Teachers Register [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 40], 1943 (1 volume); 
Teachers Register [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 42], 1945 (1 volume). 

Records at the Morrow County School District Administration Building, Vault (Other Districts Miscellaneous Records):
Annual Report of Standard High School [includes all high schools], 1943-1958 (1 volume);
[Clerk's Annual Census Report-includes several districts], 1917-1919 (1 volume); 1920-1921 (1 volume);
[Clerk's Annual Financial Reports of Standard High School-includes all high schools], 1933-1942 (1 volume);
Dist. 3 Willow Way [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 3-Willow Way], 1934-1950 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Book of Records [District No. 35-Ione], 1902-1903 (1 volume); 1903-1904 (1 volume); 1905-1906 (1 volume); 1914-1915 (1 volume); 1924-1925 (1 volume); 1926-1927 (1 volume); 1927-1930 (1 volume); 1928-1930 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 15], 1930-1931 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 23-Devine/Lexington], 1932-1934 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 35-High School], 1932-1933 (1 volume);
[District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 38], 1934-1941 (1 volume);
Final Record of Standings [Heppner High School], 1941-1943 (1 volume);
Final Record of Standings [Lexington], 1923-1935 (1 volume);
Final Record of Standings [Lexington High School], 1947-1955 (1 volume);
Lena [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 2-Lena], 1934-1950 (1 volume);
Lexington [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 12], 1951-1952 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County School District Administration Building, Second Floor Records Storage Room (District 1 School Registers):
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Angeline Amidon], 1918-1923 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 1-Beth Bleakman], 1928-1933 (1 volume);  
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 1-Mrs. B. Watkins], 1918-1922 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 3-Elizabeth Dix], 1922-1926 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 3-Janette McDougall], 1918-1922 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 4-Elizabeth Phelps], 1927-1930 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 4-Gloria Christ], 1923-1927 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 4-Mrs. Doherty], 1935-1939 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 5-Etta Dale], 1934-1939 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 5-Harriet Sheldon], 1918-1921 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 5-Miriam McDonald], 1929-1934 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 6-Leotia Bennehoff], 1927-1931 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 6-Ruth Case], 1921-1925 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 7-Ethel Raglan], 1916-1918 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 7-Juanita Leathers], 1934-1939 (1 volume);   
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 7-Lucy Rodgers], 1926-1930 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 8-Gerald Brunson], 1929-1933 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-Grade 8-Harold Buhman], 1934-1939 (1 volume);     
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 1-Heppner Grade School], 1940-1955 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner High School], 1934-1935 (1 volume); 1938-1939 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner High School-Heard], 1921-1922 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner High School-Mather], 1922-1923 (1 volume);  1923-1924 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner High School-William Paulson], 1931-1932 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner-J.W. Heard], 1921-1922 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County School District Administration Building, Second Floor Records Storage Room (Other Districts School Registers):
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 12-Gladys Benge], 1924-1925 (1 volume); 
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 12-Grades 5 and 6-Betty Skyles], 1935-1938 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 12-Grades 7 and 8-Lillian Turner], 1932-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 12-High School-George Tucker Principal], 1929-1931 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 12-High School-William Campbell], 1936-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 12-Pearl Vail], 1924-1925 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 26-Annie Grabhorn], 1925-1932 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 26-Fannie Goodall], 1911-1915 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 26-High School-V.G. Wood], 1925-1933 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 26-Irene Brown], 1925-1932 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 26-Mrs. W.L. Suddarth], 1921-1925 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County School District Administration Building, Second Floor Records Storage Room (Miscellaneous Records):
Annual Report of School District [includes several districts-trifolded], 1911-1919 (.40 cu.ft.);
Board of Directors Records [School Board Minutes and Related Records-Umatilla County District No. 66-later Morrow County District No. 40], 1881-1890 (1 volume);
Census Reports [includes several districts-trifolded], 1915 (.05 cu.ft.); 1919-1924 (.05 cu.ft.); 1927-1928 (.05 cu.ft.);
Clerk's Annual Financial Report [includes all districts], 1943-1949 (1 volume);
District Clerks' Annual Reports [includes all districts], 1901-1922 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Annual Reports [includes all districts], 1904-1907 (1 volume);
District Clerks Annual Reports [includes all districts], vol. 1, 1912-1922 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 1-Heppner], 1910-1911 (1 volume); 1914-1916 (1 volume); 1916-1918 (1 volume); 1919-1923 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 12], 1916-1919 (1 volume); 1920-1921 (1 volume); 1922-1923 (1 volume); 1923-1925 (1 volume); 1926-1927 (1 volume); 1929-1933 (2 volumes);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 15], 1930-1933 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 34], 1928-1929 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 35-Ione], 1909-1910 (1 volume); 1912-1913 (1 volume); 1913-1914 (1 volume); 1915-1916 (1 volume); 1918-1920 (1 volume); 1920-1921 (1 volume); 1921-1924 (1 volume); 1931-1932 (1 volume); 1933-1934 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 35-Ione High School], 1930-1931 (1 volume);
Gill's School Register [Umatilla County District No. 66-later Morrow County], 1884-1886 (1 volume);
Hardman High School Permanent Records, 1925-1943 (1 volume);
Heppner School Board Minutes, 1923-1936 (1 volume);
High School Report of District Clerk [includes several districts-trifolded], 1915-1924 (.10 cu.ft.);
High School Reports, 1925-1928 (.05 cu.ft.);
[School District Record-Umatilla County District No. 74-later Morrow County District No. 40], 1882-1889 (1 volume);
Student Records Heppner High School [with index], 1910-ca.1914 (1 volume);
[Teacher's Annual Report], 1918-1922 (.35 cu.ft.); 1939-1951 (.30 cu.ft.);
Teachers Annual Reports [trifolded], 1917 (.05 cu.ft.); 1923-1927 (.35 cu.ft.); 1930-1942 (.30 cu.ft.);
Teachers Report of the Public School [includes several districts-trifolded], 1887-1895 (.10 cu.ft.).

 

Superintendent of Schools Records

1973-1975

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. Superintendent of schools records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Final School Budgets, 1952-1959 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
School Budgets, 1937-1942 (.30 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County School District Administration Building, Second Floor Records Storage Room:
Boundary Changes [Case Files], ca.1949-1953 (.35 cu.ft.);
County Superintendents Annual Reports [includes all districts], vol. 1, 1916-1927 (1 volume);
District Boundary Board [Meeting Record], 1909-1954 (1 volume);
Eighth Grade Final Examination [Register], vol. 1, 1926-1931 (1 volume);
Record of Certificates [Teacher's], vol. 1, 1889-1925 (1 volume);
Record of Endorsed First Grade Certificates, 1899-1908 (1 volume);
Record of School Districts [Boundary Plats and Descriptions], 1895-1911 (1 volume);
Record of School Sup't [Superintendent], 1873-1939 (1 volume);
Record of State Examinations by Districts, vol. 1, 1927-1931 (1 volume);
Record of Superintendents Annual Report [includes all districts], vol. 3, 1916-1929 (1 volume);
Register of School Officers, vol. 1, 1890-1929 (1 volume);
Register of State Certificates and Diplomas, 1913-1923 (1 volume);
Register of Teacher's Certificates and Contracts [with index], vol. 2, 1923-1962 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers Certificates, vol. 1, 1926-1947 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers Contracts and Certificates, 1962-1975 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers Under Contract [with index], vol. 1, 1899-1923 (1 volume);
School Superintendent's Annual Reports, 1929-1966 (1 volume);
Superintendent's Record District School Reports, vol. 1, 1891-n.d. (1 volume);
Teachers Examinations [Register], vol. 1, 1925-1936 (1 volume).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1504 Public School System [School Officers and Teachers Directory], 1922-1925 (2 volumes).

 

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats

1907-[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 Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
[Filed Surveys-copies], ca.1916-present (6.50 cu.ft.);
Morrow County Survey Records [indexes filed surveys and corner restoration forms], ca.1916-present (1 binder).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Field Notes and Plats], n.d. (3 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Morrow County Road Department Yard, Public Works Shipping Container:
[Filed Surveys-originals-includes some road surveys], ca.1916-present (ca.1000 plats);
Morrow County Survey Records [indexes filed surveys and corner restoration forms], ca.1916-present (1 binder);
[Partition Plats-includes some subdivision plats and miscellaneous surveys], ca. 1991-present (ca.300 plats);
[Survey Field Books-includes land, corner, and road survey information], ca.1910-ca.1940 (132 volumes);
[Survey Index Cards-includes corner restoration information-by township and range], ca.1916-ca.1988 (.15 cu.ft.);
Surveyor Record, vol. 1, 1907 (1 volume); vol. 2, 1907-1978 (1 volume);
Survey Records [Filed Surveys-includes some road surveys-copies], ca.1916-present (8 cu.ft.).

Records at the North Morrow County Courthouse Annex, Planning Department Office:
[Morrow County Survey Records-indexes filed surveys and corner restoration forms], ca.1916-present (1 binder);
Survey Maps [Filed Surveys-copies], ca.1916-present (ca.5.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the County Surveyor's Private Business Office (Coppock Surveying):
Surveys Road Maps and Indexes, ca.1916-ca.1990 (6 inches of aperture cards).

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

1985-[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.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Assessment and Taxation Office:
[Tax Lot Records-includes official description of real property cards, building diagrams, and related records], ca.1985-present (30 cu.ft.).

 

Water Rights Records

1891-1985

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.

Since 1976 water rights have been recorded in the clerk's Recordings (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). An separate water rights index was maintained until 1984.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Before the Board of Control of the State of Oregon Findings and Order of Determination [Umatilla River and Willow Creek Water Rights Record], 1915-1916 (1 volume);
Before the Board of Control of the State of Oregon Findings and Order of Determination [Willow Creek Water Rights Record], 1910 (1 volume);
[Before the Board of Control of the State of Oregon-Willow Creek Water Rights Record], 1909-1910 (1 volume);
[Certificate of Water Rights], 1912-1914 (.05 cu.ft.); 1941 (.05 cu.ft.);
Determination of the Relative Rights to the Waters of Willow Creek and Tributaries [Record], 1910 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Determination of the Relative Rights to the Waters of Willow Creek and Tributaries-Record], 1909-1910 (1 volume);
Index to Irrigation Rights A, 1891-1911 (1 volume);
John Day Irrigation District Journal, 1919-1921 (1 volume);
Map of Butter Creek Water Rights [rolled], ca.1910 (1 map);
[Statement and Proof of Claimant-Willow Creek and Tributaries], 1909 (13 sheets of microfiche);
Water Rights [Certificates-with index to water rights in Recordings until 1984], 1911-1975 (1 volume);
Willow Creek Adjudication [Maps-no front cover], 1909 (1 volume);
[Willow Creek Adjudication-State Engineer Maps], 1909 (1 volume);
Willow Creek Water Rights [Maps], 1923 (ca.30 maps).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
John Day River and Its Tributaries Findings and Order of Determination [Water Rights Record], 1930-1956 (1 volume);
John Day River [Findings and Order of Determination-Water Rights Record], 1930 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
Irrigation Rights [Record], vol. A, 1891-1911 (1 volume).

Records at the North Morrow County Courthouse Annex, Planning Department Office (Irrigon):
Water Rights Records Surface Water Ground Water [includes certificates, abstracts, and permit applications], ca.1914-ca.1985 (1 binder);
Well Logs [Water Well Report-State of Oregon-copies], 1957-1984 (2 binders);
Willow Creek Decree [Water Rights Record], 1910-1959 (1 volume).

 

Zoning Records

1956-[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 Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Boardman Zoning [Map], 1998 (1 map);
City of Heppner Floodplain and Zoning [Maps], 2000 (5 maps);
Heppner Zoning [Map], 1998 (1 map);
Ione Zoning [Map], 1998 (1 map); 1999 (1 map); 2000 (1 map);
Irrigon Zoning [Map], 1998 (1 map); 1999 (1 map);
Lexington Zoning [Map], 1998 (1 map);
Morrow County Code [includes comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance amendments-with index], ca.1986-n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Morrow County Code [includes comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance amendments-with index], ca.1986-n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the North Morrow County Courthouse Annex, Planning Department Office:
Comp. Plan and Zoning Ord. [Ordinance], 1980 (1 volume);
[Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Maps-in director's office-rolled], n.d.-ca.1986 (ca.20 maps);
[Miscellaneous Rolled Maps and Plans-includes zoning, road, Portland General Electric Boardman Plant, parks, floodplain, rural address, drainage basins, growth management, speedway, Oregon Department of Transportation, utility districts, fire districts], ca.1956-present (ca.50 maps and plans);
Morrow County Code [includes amendments to comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances], 1986-present (1 volume);
Morrow County Planning Department Current and Past Zoning Ordinances, 2008-present (1 binder);
Morrow County Planning Department Past Zoning Ordinances, 2001-2008 (2 binders);
Morrow County Planning Department Zoning Ordinance, 2001 (1 volume);
Morrow County [Zoning Ordinance], 1985 (1 volume);
Morrow County Zoning Ordinance, 1986 (1 binder);
Ordinance Amendments [includes comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance information], 1980-2001 (1 binder);
Original County Ordinances [includes zoning and subdivision ordinances], 1980 (1 binder);
[Property Files-includes zoning information], ca.1977-present (10.50 cu.ft.);
[Zoning Maps-includes cities within Morrow County], ca.1997-2000 (ca.10 maps);
Zoning Ordinance Subdivision Ordinance, n.d.-present (1 binder).

Records at the Morrow County Web Site:
Planning Department Documents [includes zoning and subdivision ordinances], n.d.-present (Internet).


Inventory by Gary Halvorson, Senior Archivist
Last Update: May 13, 2009

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