Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Benton County Records Inventory

Clerk and Recorder Official Filings


Series documents the filing of transactions, authorized by statute, with the clerk or recorder of the county for the purpose of making the transaction a matter of public record. Information includes dates filed, type and description of transactions, filing numbers, names of parties involved, amounts charged or assessed, and clerk or recorder's signatures. Series may also include alphabetical indexes that contain volume and page numbers where recorded and names of individual filing transactions. Transactions include records that were previously maintained separately, such as mortgages; deeds; military service records; federal, mechanic's, and road improvement liens; mining claims; satisfactions; judgment assignments; notarial commissions; medical and ministerial licenses; oaths; and affidavits of publication. This series is commonly referred to as the Book of Records.

Since 1987 Clerk's Recordings have been indexed on computer in the Records and Licenses Office.

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Recorder's Vault:
[M Series Clerk's Recordings], no. 1-90836, 1966-1978 (80 feet of aperture cards); no. 90837-492722, 1978-present (12 feet of microfiche).

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Clerk's Archive Vault:
M Series [Clerk's Recordings-security], no. 90837-353567, 1978-2003 (15 feet of microfilm jackets);
Security Fiche Originals [Clerk's Recordings], no. 353568-492749, 2003-present (6 feet of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Avery Land Services Building, Self Help Area:
Deed Microfilm [actually M Series Clerk's Recordings], no. 90837-454157, 1978-2009 (11 feet of microfiche);
[M Series Clerk's Recordings], no. 1-90836, 1966-1978 (184 reels of microfilm).


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