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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Marion County Records Inventory

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats

1850-[ongoing]

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 computer GIS database Survey Graphic Index available in the surveyor's office public research area and by paid subscription includes digital images of survey plats, road survey plats, subdivision and partition plats, aerial photographs, assessor's maps, as well as corner monumentation and other information.

Records at the Marion County Public Works Office Building, Surveyor's Vault:
A-Z [Knox Survey Field Books Alphabetical Card Index], ca.1910-ca.1938 (.20 cu.ft.);
By Section in T & R [Knox Survey Field Books Township and Range Index], ca.1909-ca.1938 (.20 cu.ft.);
County Surveyor's Record [title varies], vol. 1-5, 5A, 6, 1855-1954 (7 volumes);
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);
Field Notes Gov. Sur. [Government Survey], vol. 1-2, 1851-1879 (2 volumes);
Field Notes Gov. Survey [Government], vol. 3, 1873-1879 (1 volume);
Index to Old Field Books [Survey], 1891-1939 (1 volume);
Private Surveyor Files [includes maps, drawings, notes, correspondence, and other records related to filed surveys], ca.1944-ca.1979 (8 cu.ft.);
[Subdivision Survey Notes and Index], ca.1873-ca.1919 (1 volume);
[Survey Data Registers-in corduroy covered volumes], 1911-1941 (2 volumes);
Survey Narratives, 1947-1962 (1 volume);
Surveys [Filed Plats-includes road surveys and corner restoration information-contains a small number of earlier surveys], no. 2037-37334, 1947-present (ca.35300 plats);
Township Plats [Survey], n.d., (3 volumes);
U.S. Government Field Notes [by township and range], 1851-ca.1874 (.60 cu.ft.);
U.S. Government Field Notes [by township and range-copies], 1851-ca.1874 (5 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, Surveyor's Public Research Area:
BLM Casebook [General land Office and Bureau of Land Management Survey Plats and Notes-includes mineral surveys], ca.1851-ca.1998 (6 inches of microfiche);
[County Surveyor's Record-photocopies], vol. 1-6, 1855-1954 (6 volumes);
Marion County Field Survey Books, n.d. (7 reels of microfilm);
Marion County Survey Index [also includes subdivisions], ca.1850-ca.1997 (3 reels of microfilm);
[Survey Plats-incomplete-copies], ca.1897-1990 (6 volumes);
Surveys [Filed-includes road surveys and corner restoration information], no. 2015-34233, 1947-1997 (20 feet of aperture cards).

Records at the Marion County Archives:
[Filed Surveys-Plats-accession no. 92.005.001], no. 2046-ca.32820, 1855-ca.1991 (20 feet of aperture cards);
Surveyor's Land Descriptions [Legal-accession no. 93.029.005], ca.1924-ca.1943 (1 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).

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