In addition to the genealogical societies, historical museums and public libraries, there are many more resources for researching in Lane County.  These include county-wide resources,  those of our cities, the Family History Center, and the University of Oregon Knight Library  Links to other helpful sites are here.

County-Wide Resources

  The Lane County Historical Society
This non-profit organization "serves to encourage the preservation of Lane County History.  The Society attempts to stimulate interest in and knowledge of the county's heritage."  In addition to helping the Lane County Historical Museum collect and preserve artifacts and library materials that help to establish or illustrate the history of Lane County, it also publishes the Lane County Historian.  This tri-annual periodical is devoted to the dissemination of local historical information.  It also prints a Newsletter and occasional publications, such as diaries, cemetery records, and local census records.  Throughout the year the Society hosts general meetings featuring a variety of speakers, films, and slide presentations of historical interest.  They also participate in many projects such as historic preservation, historical monuments, restoration on the Masonic Cemetery in Eugene, restoration of the 1853 Lane County Clerk's Building, and the collection of oral histories.  For further information, write to the Lane County Historical Society at P. O. Box 11532, Eugene, OR  97440.

  The Lane County Courthouse

The official custodian of county records houses several offices of interest to the researcher.  It is located at 125 East 8th Avenue, Eugene, OR  97401.  Also refer to the Lane County Records Inventory 

Deeds and Records  

Ground floor.  This is a self-service office, but the clerk at the front desk is available if you need help.  Telephone (541) 687-3654. Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.  This office is especially busy on Mondays, Fridays, and at the end of the month.  Early morning is best.  In addition to deed records, this office keeps the following information:

Stop at the Assessor's Office in the basement for a description card ($1.00) which provides the dates of property transfers and deed reference numbers.  The chain of title may also be traced from the owner's last name.  The microfiche readers on the east wall can be used to search for the owner's name.  Next to the name, the reader displays the number corresponding deed book volume number. Owners are listed alphabetically in the deed books as grantees (buyors) or grantors (sellers).  The deed reference number will refer you to a reel, page, and instrument number on microfilm.  There are several microfilm readers available, and some have printing capability.   Records since 1971 are on computer.  Two terminals are available for use.

Surveyor's Office

Basement.  Many of the records here are very old or require special handling.  A staff person will assist you in your search. Telephone (541) 687-4195.  Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The County Surveyor is legally responsible for maintaining a complete record of property in Lane County.  The oldest records here are Government Land Office (GLO) notes which were recorded in the 19th century by government surveyors.  GLO survey maps use a rectangular square-mile system to describe natural features, trails, roads, homesteads and Donation Land Claim boundaries.  In more populated areas, plat maps show how property has been subdivided into lots and sections.  Properties platted after 1890 have been transferred to mylar slides which can be viewed and copied with staff assistance.  In addition to surveyor's records, this office keeps the following information:

Assessment and Taxation

Basement.  Records prior to 1979 are available from a staff person at the desk, those since 1979 are on computer.  Telephone (541) 687-4321.  Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  This office is responsible for maintaining county tax records. To obtain a physical description of the building in question, ask for a residential appraisal card.  For information on when a property was sold or transferred, ask for a description card which gives the dates of transfer and tells where the transactions are located on microfilm held in Deeds and Records.  Either card is $1.00. This office also holds assessor's maps which show the shape and size of a tax lot and surrounding properties. 

Lane County Circuit Court

The court is located at 125 E. Eighth Avenue.  This office holds divorce indices and records since 1856.

Cities in Lane County

  The City of Eugene
Eugene's City Hall is located at 777 Pear1 Street, Eugene, OR  97401.  Check with the City of Eugene for more information.  

Planning and Development Department  

Room 106.  The Preservation Specialist here can answer your questions about city landmarks, neighborhood surveys, low-interest loans for historic rehabilitation and related topics.  The Preservation Program Manager is also on the staff of the Eugene Historic Review Board.  The staff can also answer questions about historic preservation and the national Register nomination process, which may save you a trip to the State Historic Preservation Office in Salem.  Telephone (541) 687-5481.  Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  It is wise to call ahead before dropping in, as the City Preservatist is not always in the office.

Public Works Department

Permit & Information Center, 244 East Broadway, Eugene, OR  97401.  Telephone (541) 687-5283.  Hours:   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The records in this office are not accessible to the public.  You must fill out a records search form and leave it at the front desk. Current information including commercial building plans, commercial and residential field inspections records, Certificates of Occupancy or Compliance, and permit applications is readily available.  Older records take about a week to retrieve.  A fee may be charged for photocopying or research.  Construction records prior to 1964 are not as complete, but may show the date and description of alterations to a building over time, as well as the owners' and builders' names.

  The City of Cottage Grove
Visit the Cottage Grove page for information about the Bohemia Mining District and the Bohemia Mining Days.  This area is also known for its covered bridges.  Here is a map of the downtown area.

The Cottage Grove Historical Society, P. O. Box 142, Cottage Grove, OR 97424 shares its meeting rooms with the Cottage Grove Genealogical Society Library on the corner of Birch and H streets.

  The City of Creswell
This page has some wonderful area views of Creswell and vicinity.  The Chamber of Commerce is located in the Creswell Area Historical Society Museum at the corner of 5th and Oregon streets.  

  The City of Florence
Time your research in Florence so that you can enjoy the Rhodedendron Festival in late spring.   Western Lane County borders on the Pacific Ocean.

  Junction City
Junction City is famous for its Scandinavian Festival.  Since 1960, this predominantly Scandinavian community has shared its rich heritage in music, dance, food, handicrafts and dress.  The historical farm and museum tours are of particular interest to the historian.  Here is a map so you won't miss it!

  The Community of Lorane
Lorane was originally to be called "Lorraine," but post office officials changed it to "Lorane" for simplicity's sake and because there were already several Lorraines in the country.  Mrs. L. H. Johnson, niece of the first Lorane postmaster, William N. Crow, is credited for suggesting the name in honor of another favorite niece.  Transcripts of two Lorane cemeteries are available in the Lane County ORGenWeb Archives.  Lorane is superb grape growing country and Oregon's largest winery is located there.

  The City of Lowell
Lowell, once known as Cannon, was named in 1883 by Amos D. Hyland for his home town of Lowell, Maine. A transcript of the Hyland Cemetery located here is available in the Lane County ORGenWeb Archives.

  The McKenzie River Communities
The communities of Blue River, Leaburg, McKenzie Bridge, Vida and Walterville are on the McKenzie River, east of the Springfield.  This beautiful recreation area has many events, including Leaburg's "Echoes from the Past," a showcase of McKenzie Valley history beginning with the gold mining days of 1870, and "Light up the Valley," special Christmas lighting ceremony for historic Goodpasture and Belknap Bridges located near the communities of Vida and Rainbow.  Events like these help the researcher learn more about the people of the McKenzie River Valley.

  The City of Oakridge
Oakridge is located east of the Eugene-Springfield area on the north fork of the Willamette River.  This link to help you find out more about this community and the smaller towns of Dexter and Westfir. 

  The City of Springfield
Springfield was a center for the timber industry in Oregon.  It is also known for its abundant filbert (hazelnut) orchards, the fruit of  which is celebrated each August at the Springfield Filbert Festival held at Island Park.   City Planning Department offices are located at 225 5th Street, Springfield, OR 97477.  Telephone (541) 726-3775. Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

Springfield Planning Department

The Historical Coordinator can answer questions concerning preservation in Springfield.  This person oversees the operation of the city's historical programs, manages developmental activities in the Washburne Historical District, and acts as primary staff person for the Springfield Historical Commission.  The collection of reference material and historic inventories is most helpful to those interested in city landmarks and local history.  The Coordinator can also discuss the design guidelines for older buildings in Springfield.  It is also a Certified Local Government.

  LDS Family History Centers
There is a Family History Center located in Eugene at 3550 West 18th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402, telephone (541) 343-3741.  It supports branch offices in Cottage Grove and Oakridge.  In Cottage Grove the branch is located at 531 South 10th Street, telephone (541) 942-2621.  The Oakridge branch is at 76959 Lee Drive, telephone (541) 782-3120. Open days and hours vary, so it is wise to call first.  The main Center has a large variety of microfilmed census and other records on permanent loan from the library in Salt Lake City, as well as books, atlas, microfishe, CD-Roms and research aids.

  The University of Oregon Knight Library

The Knight Library at the University of Oregon has a wealth of resources available to the researcher.   Not only Janus, the University's own card catalog, but the Orbis Union Catalog and catalogs around the world are here for you.   The Library's postal address is 1299 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1299, telephone (541) 346-3056.   The U of O Map Library is located in the basement of Condon Hall, telephone (541) 346-3051.

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