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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Clatsop County Records Inventory

Federal Land Grant Records

1848-1983

Series records ownership of county lands obtained from the federal government. Series includes records of land grants administered under a variety of federal programs such as donation land claims and homesteads. Donation land claims are the most common type of federal land grant in Oregon that is documented in this inventory project. Donation land claims resulted from an act of the 1850 Congress under which citizens of the United States, or those who filed a declaration of intention prior to December 1, 1850 and had resided upon or cultivated the land for four consecutive years, were granted a specified amount of acreage in the Oregon Territory. Donation land claims were unique in that acreage granted to married couples was divided evenly. Half of the acreage was placed in the husband's name while the other half was placed in the wife's name. Records include plats, indexes, and survey notes. Information includes township, range, and section numbers, names of donation land claim holders and claim numbers, claim dates, acreage, and descriptions of surveys.

Under the Homestead Act of 1862, settlers were given 160 acres of land in the public domain if they built a home on the land, resided there for five years, and cultivated the land. A complete homestead entry file includes such documents as the homestead application, homestead proof, and final certificate authorizing the claimant to obtain a land patent.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Land Claim Records [includes some survey maps and descriptions], 1848-1893 (.10 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Record-includes some marriage, land claim, and mortgage entries-with index], 1853-1874 (1 volume).

Records at the Clatsop County Courthouse, Upper Main Vault:
Deed Homestead Patents, vol. 44, 1902-1933 (1 volume);
Deed Record Homesteads and Patents, vol. 29, 1894-1901 (1 volume);
Deeds [includes land claim entries-with index], vol. D, 1849-1882 (1 volume);
General Index Direct Deeds [also indexes land patents and town plats-indexes clerk's book of records beginning in 1967-title varies], 1852-1983 (18 volumes);
General Index Indirect Deeds [also indexes land patents and town plats-indexes clerk's book of records beginning in 1967-title varies], 1852-1983 (18 volumes).

Records at the Clatsop County Public Services Bldg. 820, Clerk, Records & Elections Division Office, Public Microfilm Cabinet:
[General Index Direct Deed-also indexes land patents and town plats-indexes clerk's book of records beginning in 1967], 1852-1983 (19 reels of microfilm);
[General Index Indirect Deed-also indexes land patents and town plats-indexes clerk's book of records beginning in 1967], 1852-1983 (19 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Clatsop County Public Services Bldg. 820, Clerk, Records & Elections Division Office, Microfilm Cabinet:
Index to Deeds [General Index Direct Deed-also indexes land patents and town plats-indexes clerk's book of records beginning in 1967], 1852-1983 (19 reels of microfilm);
Index to Deeds [General Index Indirect Deed-also indexes land patents and town plats-indexes clerk's book of records beginning in 1967], 1852-1983 (19 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Clatsop County Judge Guy Boyington Building, Records Storage Room:
Applications for Land [Homestead Receipts], 1884-1898 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Clatsop County Historical Society, Archives:
Land Grants [Homestead, General Land Office], 1890-1925 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at Related Web Sites:
Homestead List [Clatsop County], 1883-1894 (US GenWeb Project);
Search Land Patents [includes patent and legal land descriptions and some document images], ca.1864-ca.1957 (BLM Web site).

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