Courthouse Records

Coos County Courthouse
250 North Baxter,
Coquille, OR 97423
541/396-3121 or 541/756-2020
open Mon - Fri
8 am - noon & 1 pm - 5 pm
closed for all postal holidays

LAND RECORDS:  Index to Deed, Mortages and Misc. Records available from1854 to present in the office of the County Clerk.  Part one, an alphabetical list of all grantors and grantees, provides the index number for part two which abstracts all documents related to the individual or family represented by that number.  Deeds are available from 1854 to present.  Books 1 - 16 are available at the Family History Center in North Bend and the Coos Bay Public Library.

MARRIAGE RECORDS:  Marriage certificates, consent notes are available from 1854 to present in the office of the County Clerk.  Records are arranged chronologically.  Microfilm copy of the early records has an alphabetical index.  Remainder are indexed in each volume by first letter of the surname only.  Prior to 1899, records were indexed for the groom only.  Hope to have the records thru 1900 online during 1997.

NATURALIZATION:  Records available from 1850's to 1906, mostly at the office of the County Clerk.  Some records may be found in County Court minute books or in the Circuit Court Journal.  After 1906 records are available from the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

     County Commissioners Minutes:  1854 to present in office of the County Clerk.  Contains early jury lists, road orders, accounts, etc.
    County Law Packets: early cases of minor infractions heard by County Court.
     Road Cases:  Contain petitions, reports, road surveys and other data dealing with construction and maintenance of county roads.
    Birth & Death Registers: Several registers covering the time span of 1903 - 1929.  Not all events recorded.
    Womens Separate Property
     Authority to Solemnize Marriage
     Pedlers Licenses  1909 - 1917
     Record of Registered Nurses
     Medical Licenses
     Mechanic's Leins
     Mining Claims

PROBATE RECORDS:  Available from 1854 to the present located thru the Court Administrator for Coos County Circuit Court.  Have been microfilmed, but some of the early packets are unreadable.  Packet may contain petitions for probate, lists of heirs at law, sometimes wills, inventories, guardian records, accounts, receipts, etc.
     Original wills are in the probate packets. The first book of recorded wills is labeled Will Book "B" and begins in 1870.
     Circuit Court Journal contains many early naturalization records.  Circuit Court Record packets have divorce actions and other civil court cases, many dealing with probate and land disputes.  Packets contain petitions, answers, depositions, motions, subpoenas, etc.
      Criminal Packets contain Indictments, deposition, motions, etc.

The information presented herein was compiled by:

Merrill Hill Mosher
9855 Cape Arago Hwy
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Certified Genealogist


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