Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Wasco County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals


Series documents all administrative actions of the board of county commissioners and the county court. In most counties, the board of county commissioners has assumed the administrative duties and responsibilities of the county court. Administrative actions include levying taxes; budgeting; approving appropriations; appointing county officials; approving officials bonds and annual reports; receiving petitions and remonstrances concerning county roads; defining and establishing county roads; calling bond elections for the construction of county buildings; compiling jury lists and conducting hearings; approving salaries and expenses of county officials; confirming elections; and issuing licenses for such things as liquor, ferries, warehouses, and groceries. The series may be referred to as the County Court Administrative Journal, Commissioner's Minutes, County Court Docket, or Board of Commissioners Meeting Records.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Commissioner's Administrative Journal, 1860-1864 (1 volume); 1860-1864 (1 reel of microfilm);
Records County Commissioners Court [Journal], 1854-1859 (1 volume); 1854-1859 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Commissioners' Journal Index], ca.1988-2009 (1 volume of computer printouts);
Commissioners Journal [volumes A-G include indexes-title varies], vol. A-R, 1864-1962 (18 volumes);
County Court Proceedings [title varies], 1854-1914 (4 cu.ft.); 1923-1979 (11 cu.ft.); 2006-2008 (2 cu.ft.);
Index to Commissioners Proceedings, vol. 1, 1910-1969 (1 volume);
[Index Wasco County Commissioners], 1969-1989 (2 volumes).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Co. Court Proceedings-Commissioners'], 2009-present (3.50 cu.ft.);
Proceedings [County Commissioners'], 1962-2003 (83 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Basement County Archives:
Clerk's Proceedings [Commissioners'], 1962-1994 (102 reels of microfilm);
Commissioner's Docket [Administrative-includes mostly financial information], 1889 (1 volume); 1889-1969 (17 volumes);
Commissioner's Journal [includes index only], vol. I, ca.1915 (1 volume);
County Commissioner's Journals, vol. A-I, 1864-1915 (5 reels of microfilm);
County Court Docket [Commissioners Administrative], 1884-1885 (1 volume);
County Court Journal [Administrative and Judicial-with index], vol. D, 1864-1908 (1 volume);
County Court Proceedings, 1991-1995 (3 cu.ft.);
Journal [County Commissioners'-includes mostly expense information], 1894-1904 (1 volume); vol. 1-5, 1904-1939 (5 volumes);
Record Commissioners Docket [Administrative-includes mostly financial information], 1885-1888 (1 volume).

Records at the Wasco County Web Site:
Board Minutes [County Commissioners], 2009-present (Internet).


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