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 Office:
Cruise Book [Timber Survey], 1907 (1 volume).
Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Building, Surveyor's Office:
BLM Fiche [General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Survey Records-includes Donation Land Claim information], ca.1852-n.d. (1.50 inches of microfiche);
[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);
Donation Land Claims [Survey Field Notes Record], vol. B, ca.1854 (1 volume);
[Filed County Survey Plats-includes partition plats from 1990 to present], no. 1000-5999, 11000-15,103, 1947-present (ca.10,500 plats);
[Land and Road Survey Field Books-includes corner survey information-includes some timber company books], ca.1908-present (110 volumes);
Legal Subdivisions Also DLCs [Township Survey Record-includes Donation Land Claim information-title varies], ca.1851-ca.1853 (3 volumes);
Original Notes Plats [General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management], ca.1852-n.d. (4 inches of microfiche);
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:
CS [County Filed Survey Plats], ca.1947-1996 (76 inches of aperture cards);
Survey Record Books 1 to 6 [copies], 1858-1889 (1 volume);
Survey Record Books 7 & 8 [copies], 1890-1910 (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).