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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah County Records Inventory

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats

1850-[ongoing]

Series documents surveys of county land by the county or licensed professional surveyors. Records include log books, field notes, and plats. An index may also be included. Information includes survey dates; who the survey was for; donation land claims; township, range, section, and survey numbers; a history of previous surveys made for the area; descriptions of land, vegetation, and soil; landmarks; metes and bounds of tracts surveyed; and surveyor's names. Plats also include corner restoration marks, scales, dates created and filed, and donation land claim owners.

The Survey and Assessor Image Locator (SAIL) GIS mapping application includes searchable images of assessor maps, aerial photographs, survey records, subdivisions, condominiums, partitions, and government corner surveys. The information dates from circa 1851 to the present.

Records at the John B. Yeon Annex Building, Suite 123, Surveyor's Office:
[Map Visual Index to Surveys, Bearing Trees, Subdivisions, Partitions, and Field Books], 1852-present (ca.900 maps);
Reception Index of Filed Plats of Surveys [title varies], no. 700-60622, 1946-2006 (12 volumes);
[Recorded Surveys], no. 700-63295, 1946-present (50 feet of aperture cards);
Surveys [Filed Plats], no. 57100-63407, 2000-present (6308 plats).

Records at the John B. Yeon Annex Building, Suite 123, Surveyor's Office, Corner Survey Records Area:
Powers Indexes [indexes Powers field books], 1895-1935 (1 binder);
Records of Permanent Surveys [with index], vol. 4, 1901-1956 (1 volume);
Survey Book [includes field notes and plats-title varies-with index], vol. 1-3, 1857-1942 (3 volumes);
[Surveyor's Field Books-includes Powers, Bonser, Loring, Porter, Elliot and Scroggin, Nelson, Hurlburt, Taylor, Stoehr, and miscellaneous], ca.1873-ca.1966 (ca.18 cu.ft.);
U.S. Field Notes of Lands in Multnomah County [with index], 1851-1873 (1 volume);
WPA Misc. Plats [Work Projects Administration-Survey], n.d. (1 binder);
WPA [Work Projects Administration Field Books], vol. 1-90, 95, 100, 1933-1940 (92 volumes);
WPA [Work Projects Administration Survey Plats], ca.1933-ca.1940 (4 volumes).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Microfilm Cabinet Near Room B15:
[Claim Notes Field Notes of the Survey of the Donation Land Claims-with index], ca.1854-ca.1858 (1 reel of microfilm);
Microfilmed Surveys [Filed Plats], no. 701-50674, 1946-ca.1990 (4 feet of microfilm jackets);
Microfilm [Surveyor's Field Books-includes Hurlburt and Bonser-with index], n.d. (7 reels of microfilm);
[Surveyor's Records], vol. 1-3, 1857-1942 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Township Plats Section Notes-General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Survey Records], ca.1853-n.d. (1.50 inches of microfiche);
[U.S. Field Notes of Lands in Multnomah County-with index], 1851-1873 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Surveyor's Archives Room B17:
[General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Survey Field Notes-photocopies], 1851-ca.1990 (21 binders);
[Recorded Surveys], no. 700-ca.57099, 1946-2003 (ca.125 cu.ft.).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Multnomah County Archives:
Maps of Surveys [Filed County], no. 41651-43497, n.d. (3 inches of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Multnomah Building, Suite 175, Cartography Area:
D.L.C.s & Legal Subdivisions [Donation Land Claims-Record], 1852-ca.1906 (1 volume);
General Land Office Plats of Original Surveys, 1850-1921 (1 volume);
Surveyor's Journals, vol. 1-6, n.d. (2 reels of microfilm);
Surveyor's Records-includes corner restorations [with index], vol. 1-3, 1857-1942 (1 reel of microfilm);
U.S. Field Notes of Lands in Multnomah County [with index], 1851-1873 (1 reel of microfilm);
U.S. General Land Office Plats of Original Surveys, 1851-1917 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Online Land Records [includes various federal land survey records related to Oregon such as survey plats and field notes, mineral surveys, and historical indices], ca.1850-present (Bureau of Land Management).

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