Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 10:36:25 -0700 PDT
Subject: [CA-GOLDRUSH] "Mining Claims, How to Research"
This special article is published to help our readers
conduct research into mining claims for themselves. First of all, when
researching mining claims, you practically need to do it in person. I would
strongly suggest that you also call in advance to the County Recorder to inquire
exactly what records they have available. There are six different volumes of
records which mining claims are recorded. The following is an outline:
- NOTICE OF LOCATION / MINING CLAIMS
If you can locate these books, then you have
literally struck it rich! But this is also a big "IF."
Some counties have retained these records, others have discarded them, and
then again, some have donated them to institutions. If you cannot find them,
ask the Recorder where they might be, and also if they have a storage area,
which many recorders do have. It could be in storage somewhere collecting
dust, and most Recorders may not even be aware of those records.
- What this book contains:
a. Notice of Location of Claims
b. Bill of Sales of Mining Claims
c. Consolidation of Mining Claims
d. Laws of the Mining District
e. Minutes of the Miners Meeting of the District
- MINING CLAIMS
This is the standard recorded volume of Mining Claims,
still in use today, and it also includes proof of labor notices. In certain
counties you may be confronted with two sets of volumes: one for Placer
claims; and the other for Quartz claims.
- WATER RIGHTS
You know that your ancestor had a mining claim, but you
cannot find it in the conventional Mining Claims book, cited above. Then,
you need to check Water Rights. In a number of cases, a Water Right &
Mining Claim were recorded as one, as Water Rights were being claimed to be
used in the mining operations.
- BILL OF SALES & AGREEMENTS
Numerous mining claims were sold, prior to having
obtained a patent to the property, and this is where you will find that
If you were lucky enough that your relation did quite
well with a mining claim, in due to course of time, then, that person would
have done the necessary work to obtain title to the property from the
government. Each county has a set of their own Patent books, as well as in
Sacramento (for California that is).
- GRANTOR / GRANTEE (DEEDS)
If your miner has successfully made it through the
Patent process, then all subsequent transactions are recorded in the Deed
Books for title purposes. If you are still having problems in locating a
Deed, check the old County Assessment Records, to see if the person actually
owned a Mining Claim, and if they did it should appear on the Tax Rolls.
There are other records you may want to examine at a
later date, such as Court records, because there was a lot of litigation
that occurred over boundary claims and water rights. Also, Articles of
Incorporation are a good source, as the early miners found it necessary to
incorporate in order to sell stock to develop their mines.
I hope this helps and good luck! Tim
Purdy, Susanville, CA.
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