Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Washington 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.

The searchable iSpirits research tool includes images of land survey plats.

Records at the Public Services Building, Room 202, Survey Section Vault:
A-File [Survey Plats-large scale], ca.1953-ca.1989 (ca.100 plats);
County Surveys [photocopies], vol. A-C, 1856-1891 (3 volumes); vol. E, 1903-1910 (1 volume);
Field Notes Government Surveys Donation Land Claims [with index], vol. 2, 1879-1913 (1 volume);
[Field Notes Government Surveys Sections-with index], vol. 1, 1851-1888 (1 volume);
Field Notes of Donation Claims Public Surveys [with index], 1855-1882 (1 volume);
Gov. Field Notes of Donation Claims and Public Surveys, 1852-1855 (1 volume);
Index [Survey Visual Index Maps], n.d. (1 volume);
Plat Book [County Survey-includes field notes], vol. 5-8, ca.1900-ca.1974 (4 volumes);
Plat Book [County Survey], vol. 3-4, ca.1911-ca.1950 (2 volumes);
Record of County Surveys [no. 1-112], vol. A, 1856-1866 (1 volume);
Record of Plats [County Surveys], vol. 1-2, 1882-1937 (2 volumes);
Record of Private Surveys [no. 3250-15377], vol. 1-16, 1947-1974 (16 volumes);
Record of Surveys [Register and Notes-title varies], vol. A-L, 1856-1998 (12 volumes);
Survey Index Cards, ca.1888-ca.1897 (.80 cu.ft.);
Surveys [Filed Plats], no. 812-32041, ca.1888-present (ca.55 cu.ft.);
[Visual Index Plats-to surveys, road surveys, vacations, and related information], ca.1852-ca.1996 (3 volumes).

Records at the Walnut Street Center Building, Second Floor, Survey Section Land Corner Unit Office Area:
CS Field Books [County Surveyor-includes corner survey information], ca.1978-present (135 volumes);
Field Book Index [by township and range], ca.1870-ca.1957 (.35 cu.ft.);
General Land Office [United States Bureau of Land Management Microfiche Records-includes rectangular notes, mineral claim notes, and Donation Land Claim notes], ca.1850-ca.1998 (8 inches of microfiche);
[Survey Field Books-includes notes by Barrows, Barber, Barney, Bosworth Chandler, Gale, Graham, Hobbs, Huson, Jensen, Lomax, Meacham, Mills, MacIntyre, McGee, Morill, Newell Gossett & Walsh, Reiter, Walker, Wilkes, and county surveyors-includes land corner and road survey information-with index], ca.1870-present (ca.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Washington County Historical Records Vault:
Timber Land Plat Books, 1926 (15 volumes).

Records at the Washington County Web Site:
Map Gallery [Miscellaneous Maps-includes election, environmental, general, land corner, land use, locational, planning, survey, and transportation], 2000-present (Internet);
Surveys Search Tool [Searchable Database], n.d.-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).


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