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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Sherman County Records Inventory

Coroner and Inquest Records

1899-1936

Series records the results of the examination of a corpse by the county coroner at the request of the county sheriff. It also documents the proceedings and results of inquests ordered by the district attorney. Reports include date filed; name, age, sex, race, parentage, and birthplace of deceased; date, place, and time of death; names of undertaker and coroner; testimony; and costs. Early reports were narrative accounts detailing the cause of death. After 1900, a standardized form was used for reporting results. Inquest transcripts include coroner and juror names, signatures, and actions; witness names; testimony; and verdict. Coroner and inquest records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Sherman County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Coroner's and Coroner's Jury Reports], 1899-1909 (.10 cu.ft.);
Coroner's Cases [Reports], 1927-1936 (.10 cu.ft.);
R [Coroner's Inquest], 1917 (.05 cu.ft.);
Roads [Coroner's Reports, 1922-1924 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Sherman County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Historical Value [Coroner Papers in the Case of Henry Milne], 1911 (.05 cu.ft.).

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