Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Josephine 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 1980 mining claims have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Mining Claim Record, 1918 (.10 cu.ft.).
Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Abstracts Furnished by Bartlett & Kuykendall [Mining and Water Rights], 1898-1904 (1 volume);
Geology and Mineral Resources of Josephine County, Oregon [includes maps], 1979 (.15 cu.ft.);
Index to Mining Claims and Water Rights Copied from Jackson County Records, n.d. (1 volume);
Mining Claim Index, n.d. (1 volume);
Mining Conv. [Conveyance Record], vol. 15, 1953-ca.1958 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mining Record [Jackson County Transcripts-includes water rights-with index], vol. 2J, 1872-1885 (1 volume);
Mining Record, vol. 13-53, 1897-1953 (41 volumes);
Miscellaneous Plats and Tracings [includes survey plats, mining plats, and mining notices], 1899-1909 (.20 cu.ft.);
Misc. Mining Record [Miscellaneous-with index], vol. 2-12, 1863-1899 (11 volumes);
[Recorders Book for Mining District-Galice Creek], 1874-1882 (1 volume);
United States of America Mining Claims Held Invalid [Notices], ca.1953-ca.1960 (.05 cu.ft.).
Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Mining Conveyances Direct, vol. 1, 1863-1908 (1 volume);
Index to Mining Conveyances Indirect, vol. 1, 1863-1908 (1 volume);
Index to Mining Conveyances, vol. 2, 1908-1941 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1942-1981 (1 volume);
Index to Mining Locations [includes two volume 3s], vol. 1-6, 1863-1981 (7 volumes);
Mining Conveyances, vol. 1-14, 1896-1953 (14 volumes); vol. 14-19, 1948-1980 (6 reels of microfilm);
Mining Record [Illinois Area], 1906-1966 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mining Record [Index and Miscellaneous Mining Record], vol. 4-13, 1878-1899 (5 reels of microfilm);
Mining Record [Index to Mine Locations], vol. 1-4, 1863-1968 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mining Record [Index to Mining Conveyances], vol. 1-2, 1863-1941 (1 reel of microfilm);
Old Mining Records [Mining Record], vol. 27-85, 1925-1981 (54 reels of microfilm);
Record of Certificates Issued to Co-Owners [with index], vol. 1, 1905-1962 (1 volume);
Record of Notices and Affidavits Co-Owners [Mining-with index], vol. 1, 1900-1970 (1 volume);
Record of Notices and Affidavits of Mine-Owners [with index], vol. 1, 1907-1940 (1 volume).
Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Public Research Room:
BLM Mineral Surveys Book [Bureau of Land Management], ca.1900-1993 (1 binder);
Homestead and Mineral Surveys [Maps], ca.1872-ca.1996 (1 volume).
Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Records Storage Room:
[Govt. Mineral Surv.-Bureau of Land Management Mineral Survey Record], 1879-present (2 inches of microfiche);
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes road survey, highway survey, mining, railroad, subdivision, soils, vicinity, and cemetery-rolled], ca.1909-ca.1973 (ca.150 maps);
[Survey Field Books-includes road and mineral survey information], ca.1923-ca.1959 (ca.157 volumes);
[Survey Index Cards-includes homestead, subdivision, and mineral survey references-alphabetical], ca.1924-1991 (3 cu.ft.);
[Survey Index Cards-includes homestead, subdivision, and mineral survey references-township and range], ca.1924-1991 (12 cu.ft.).
Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Mining Conveyance [Record], vol. 17, ca.1968-ca.1972 (1 reel of microfilm).
Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Josephine County Documents [Mine Location Notices], 1900-1925 (.05 cu.ft.).
Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Liens Unfiled [Miscellaneous County Documents-includes mining location notices, miner's liens, mechanics liens, and various other county records-trifolded], ca.1857-ca.1940 (2.50 cu.ft.).
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).