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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk County Records Inventory

Coroner and Inquest Records

1852-1948

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 Polk County Public Works Department Complex, Building 12, Central Area Pallet:
Coroner [Report and Inquest Records], 1852-1948 (.50 cu.ft.).

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