Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk County Records Inventory

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats


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 Polk County Courthouse, Assessor's Private Office Credenza:
Cruise Book [Timber Survey], 1907 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Building, Surveyor's Office:
[County Survey Plats-filed by township and range], ca.1890-ca.1947 (ca.500 plats);
Donation Land Claim Record [Survey Field Notes-with index], ca.1854 (1 volume);
[Filed County Survey Plats-includes partition plats from 1990 to present], no. 1000-5999, 11000-15,694, 1947-present (ca.11000 plats);
[Land and Road Survey Field Books-includes corner survey information-includes some timber company books], ca.1908-present (113 volumes);
Legal Subdivisions Also DLCs [Township Survey Record-includes Donation Land Claim information-title varies], ca.1851-ca.1853 (3 volumes);
Survey Record [title varies-with index], vol. 1-9, 1858-1927 (9 volumes).

Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Building, Surveyor's Records Storage Room 4:
BLM Fiche [General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Survey Records-includes Donation Land Claim and mineral interest information], ca.1852-n.d. (1.50 inches of microfiche);
CS [County Filed Survey Plats], ca.1947-1996 (76 inches of aperture cards);
Original Notes Plats Govt Subdivisions [General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Survey Field Notes and Plats], ca.1850-n.d. (4 inches of microfiche);
Survey Record Books 7 & 8 [copies], 1890-1910 (1 volume);
Survey Records Books 1 to 6 [copies], 1858-1889 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Historical Society Museum, Archives:
Field Notes of Polk County Claims [Donation Land Claim Survey-with index], vol. 2, 1854 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Web Site:
Survey Search [Survey Plats-searchable by number, type, township, and date-includes corner restorations, subdivisions, partitions, survey notes, road strip maps, and related records], 1858-present (Internet).

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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