Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Marion County Records Inventory

Federal Land Grant Records


Series records ownership of county lands obtained from the federal government. Series includes records of land grants administered under a variety of federal programs such as donation land claims and homesteads. Donation land claims are the most common type of federal land grant in Oregon that is documented in this inventory project. Donation land claims resulted from an act of the 1850 Congress under which citizens of the United States, or those who filed a declaration of intention prior to December 1, 1850 and had resided upon or cultivated the land for four consecutive years, were granted a specified amount of acreage in the Oregon Territory. Donation land claims were unique in that acreage granted to married couples was divided evenly. Half of the acreage was placed in the husband's name while the other half was placed in the wife's name. Records include plats, indexes, and survey notes. Information includes township, range, and section numbers, names of donation land claim holders and claim numbers, claim dates, acreage, and descriptions of surveys.

Under the Homestead Act of 1862, settlers were given 160 acres of land in the public domain if they built a home on the land, resided there for five years, and cultivated the land. A complete homestead entry file includes such documents as the homestead application, homestead proof, and final certificate authorizing the claimant to obtain a land patent.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Land Records [includes donation land claims], 1846-1855 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Courthouse Square Building, Assessor's Office, Room 2233, Map Room Area:
DLC Index [Donation Land Claim], n.d. (1 volume);
Donation Land Claims and Unsurveyed Land Claims and Government Lots [General Land Office Plats], ca. 1852-ca.1924 (1 volume);
Donation Land Claims [Maps], n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Marion County Public Works Office Building, Surveyor's Public Research Area:
County Monuments Sections & D.L.C.s [Section and Donation Land Claim Corner Monuments Visual Reference Index], n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Marion County Public Works Office Building, Surveyor's Vault:
D.L.C. in T & R [Knox Survey Field Books Donation Land Claim Index], ca.1909-ca.1938 (.20 cu.ft.);
DLC Notes [Donation Land Claim-U.S. Government Field Notes], ca.1851-ca.1879 (3 volumes);
Field Books [Survey-includes county surveyors such as Knox, township and range, and Donation Land Claim books], ca.1891-ca.1985 (315 volumes);
U.S. Government Field Notes [Donation Land Claim Notes], ca.1851-ca.1879 (.75 cu.ft.).

Records at the Marion County Public Works Office Building, Abiqua Room:
DLC Index [Donation Land Claim Index and Corner Restoration Register Cards], ca.1851-ca.1979 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Marion County Archives:
Homestead How To [includes land grant maps and correspondence-accession no. 02.019.001], ca.1921-ca.1930 (.30 cu.ft.);
Misc. Deeds of Every Description [Miscellaneous-includes deeds and land grant records-accession no. 04.055], ca.1869-ca.1912 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Deeds Land Grants [scroll down], 1869-1912 (Familysearch.org);
Miscellaneous Deeds Land Grants [scroll down], 1858-1906 (Familysearch.org);
Search Land Patents [includes patent and legal land descriptions and some document images], ca.1864-ca.1957 (BLM GLO Web site).


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