Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Marion 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 GIS database Survey Graphic Index 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. 2037-38348, 1947-present (ca.36300 plats);
Township Plats [Survey], n.d., (3 volumes);
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:
[County Surveyor's Record-mostly blueprints-photocopies], vol. 1-6, 1855-1954 (6 volumes);
[Survey Plats-incomplete-copies], ca.1897-1990 (6 volumes).

Records at the Marion County Public Works Office Building, Abiqua Room:
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).

Records at the Courthouse Square Building, Assessor's Office, Room 2233, Map Room Area:
Donation Land Claims and Unsurveyed Land Claims and Government Lots [General Land Office Plats], ca. 1852-ca.1924 (1 volume).
[General Land Office Plats-copies], 1855-ca.1925 (1 volume).

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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