Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Umatilla 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 Oregon State Archives:
Coroner's Reports, 1902-1916 (.90 cu.ft.);
Search for 1902-1916 Umatilla County coroner's reports in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Main Basement Vault:
Coroner's Inquests [includes reports], 1865-1965 (3.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Records Office Research Room:
Vault Index to Commissioners Papers, Inquests, Insane & Miscellaneous, vol. 1, 1863-1918 (1 volume).


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