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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Washington County Records Inventory

Coroner and Inquest Records

1852-1959

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:
Coroners Inquest Records, 1852-1890 (.10 cu.ft.);
Coroner's Records [includes inquests and reports-surname letters S through Z only], 1869-1919 (.35 cu.ft.);
County Court Records [Inquests-Coroner's-reel no. 6], 1852-1890 (1 reel of microfilm);
Search for 1869-1919 Washington County coroner's reports in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Washington County Historical Records Vault:
Inquests [Coroner's], 1890-1912, 1914-1959 (4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Washington County Museum, Research Library and Archives:
[Washington County Court Records #10-Inquests], 1852-1890 (1 reel of microfilm).

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