Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Yamhill County Records Inventory
Water Rights Records
Series documents the authorization by the state and local governments for the use of public waters. Series includes water rights, licenses, and certificates of water rights issued by the state and filed with the county. Records may include alphabetical indexes to the certificates, transcripts, statements, evidence, and other records specifically related to water rights cases heard by circuit and appellate courts. Information includes names of individuals proving water rights; locations of water rights including the township, range, and section number; descriptions of land under such rights; and limitations of appropriations of rights and use of rights (i.e., length of time, usage). Original water rights certificates are filed with the Oregon Water Resources Department.
Records at the Yamhill County Stern Building, Clerk's Office Basement Archives Room:
Record of Water Rights [with index], vol. 2-3, 1947-1970 (2 volumes);
Tualatin Valley Water Rights [Findings of Fact and Order of Determination], ca.1960 (1 volume);
Water Record [with index], vol. 1, 1905-1945 (1 volume).
Records at the Yamhill County Stern Building, Clerk's Office Basement Plat Room:
Hearing Record [State Water Resources Board-Tualatin River], 1971 (1 volume);
Surface Water [Rolled Maps-includes adjudication, drainage, rivers, reservoirs], ca.1967-ca.1979 (2 cu.ft.).