Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Union County Records Inventory

Mining Claim Records


Series documents actions filed with the county related to mineral interest claims. Types of actions include mineral rights and royalty assignments, mineral interest claims, lease releases, interest stipulations, corrections, bills of sale and conveyance assignments, and location notices. Information includes names of involved parties; action types and dates; and volume and page numbers. The series may also include copies of claim location notices giving descriptions and details of individual claims.

Since 1989 mining claims have been recorded in the clerk's Recordings (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). Most of the mining records listed below are also maintained on microfilm in the Union County Law Enforcement Services Building, Microfilm Storage Room.

Records at the Joseph Building, County Archives Room #2:
Index to Mining Claims, vol. 1, 1969-1991 (1 volume);
Index to Mining Conveyances Direct, 1895-1930 (1 volume);
Index to Quartz Mining Claims, 1885-1897 (2 volumes);
Index to Vol. B Mining Record, 1895-1896 (1 volume);
Indirect Index Mining Conveyance, 1883-1900 (1 volume);
Journ'l Mill Sites [Mining Journal-with index], vol. 1, 1885-1903 (1 volume);
Locations [Mining Claims], 1864-1866 (1 volume);
[Mining Claim Record-with index], 1866-1868 (1 volume);
Mining Deeds, vol. B-E, 1885-1933 (4 volumes);
Mining Indexes [Index to Mining Claims D, E, F], 1885-1897 (1 volume);
Mining Indexes [Index to Mining Conveyances-Direct], 1883-1900 (1 volume);
Mining Indexes [Index to Mining Conveyances Indirect], 1895-1930 (1 volume);
Mining Mortgage Record, vol. A, 1900-1917 (1 volume);
Mining Record [with index], vol. B, 1895-1895 (1 volume);
Old Record Quartz [with index], vol. B, 1866-1876 (1 volume);
Quartz Location Record [title varies], vol. D-I, 1885-1934 (6 volumes);
Record C of Mining Claims, 1871-1881 (1 volume);
Record of Affidavits of Co-Owners [Mine], vol. 1, 1906-1914 (1 volume);
Record of Conveyances of Mining Claims [with index], vol. A, 1865-1885 (1 volume);
Record of Final Proof on Quartz Lodes [with index], 1891-1895 (1 volume);
Record of Miner's Liens [with index], vol. 1, 1899-1904 (1 volume);
Record of Placer Locations [with index], vol. B, 1891-1899 (1 volume);
Record Quartz [with index], vol. A-C, 1864-1885 (3 volumes);
Transfer [includes mortgage and mining claim information], 1870-1878 (1 volume).

Records at the Chaplin Building, Clerk's Resource Room:
Mining [Certificates], no. 24639-131245, 1969-1989 (8 inches of aperture cards);
Mining Location Record [with index], vol. 1-3, 1934-1969 (3 volumes);
Patent Record [Mineral Deeds], vol. T, 1890-1898 (1 volume);
Placer Location Record [with index], vol. C, 1899-1934 (1 volume);
Record of Land Claims [Mining-Eagle District], 1870-1874 (1 volume);
Water Rights and Mill Sites [Record-Mining], vol. D, 1882-1891 (1 volume).

Records at the Union County Law Enforcement Services Building, Microfilm Storage Room:
Mining Records, no. 24032-115828, 1969-1985 (6 inches of aperture cards).

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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