Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah County Records Inventory

Coroner and Inquest Records


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 John B. Yeon Building, Multnomah County Archives:
[Coroner's Death Register], 1930-1964 (5 volumes);
Coroner's Death Reports [with index], vol. 1, 1923-1924 (1 volume); vol. 3-6, 1925-1929 (4 volumes);
Record of Coroner's Investigations [with index], 1894-1923 (1 volume).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Multnomah County Records Center, Microfilm Cabinet:
Coroner's Examination [Medical Exam Index to Coroners], vol. 1-11, 1902-1965 (1 reel of microfilm);
[County Examination-Coroner's Record, no. 12600-50804, 1933-1957 (48 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Research Library:
Medical Exam Index to Coroner's Inquests, 1902-1965 (1 reel of microfilm).


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