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County Records and Special Federal Records

Robert G. Pruitt, Jr,, Federal Land Status Determination (1971)

In the beginning, all mining claim notices and documents were filed for record with the Register or Recorder of the organized Mining District in which the claims were situated. 3 In time, organized Mining Districts were either abandoned or formally abolished as official record depositories, and existing mining records were transferred to the office of the County Recorder of the county in which the district was situated. Today, the County Recorder receives and files all notices and documents pertaining to mining claims within his county. To a large degree these mining claim transactions are still maintained and indexed separately from the other real property transactions handled by the County Recorder's Office, and these records are generally referred to as the “Mining Records”.
[¶48]The most common reason for examining County Mining Records will be to determine ownership of known mining claims, and to identify any outstanding interest or obligation against the claims. At the same time the examiner will want to confirm that the required work necessary to hold the claims has been timely performed and proper affidavits recorded.
[¶49]The usual practice is to trace the recorded entries affecting the subject claims from the original Notice or Certificate of Location, and any Amended Location Notices, down through the annual Affidavits of Assessment L