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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Columbia County Records Inventory

Land Title Registers

1872-1991

Series records the ownership of land within the county. Records may include title registers, land indexes, land registration registers, torrens registry of titles, indexes to registered land, certificates of title, town lot indexes, ownership registers, and plat books. Information includes parties involved, land descriptions, dates, number and nature of titles, subdivisions, title holders, terms, discharge dates, and registrar's signatures. The torrens system of land registration was abolished in 1972 by Oregon law. Additional land ownership records may be found in the Deeds and Indexes series.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Township Plat Book of Ownership, n.d. (3 volumes);
Township Plat Books, 1909-1920 (17 volumes).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Land Registration Docket, vol. 1, 1905-1924 (1 volume);
Registered Title Certificates [Transfer Record], ca.1906-ca.1938 (.35 cu.ft.);
Registered Titles [Docket], vol. 1-3, 16, 18-23, 1912-1920 (5 volumes).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse, Museum Library:
Present Ownership Record Lands, vol. 1, ca.1906 (1 volume).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Vault:
Cancelled Reg. Title Cert. [Transfer Certificates of Title Cancellations], 1932-1985 (.40 cu.ft.);
Owner's Index-Land Register, n.d. (1 volume);
Reception Record-Registered Titles, 1907-1991 (1 volume);
[Registered Land Records-Title Record], no. 1-6101, 1907-1969 (6 cu.ft.);
Register of Titles, vol. 1-4, 1906-1969 (4 volumes);
Tract Index Lands, n.d. (1 volume);
Tract Index Lots, n.d. (1 volume);
Transfer Certificate of Title Cancellations [Record], ca.1909-ca.1952 (.50 cu.ft.);
[Transfer Certificate of Title-Cancelled-Record], 1936-1952 (.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Assessor's Office Break Room:
[Land Ownership Plat Books-includes old colored drawings], n.d. (3 volumes);
[Land Ownership Registers], ca.1897-ca.1943 (7 volumes);
Present Ownership [Register and Plat Book], n.d. (22 volumes).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Assessor's Old Jail Storage Room 2:
Township Range [Land Ownership Register and Plat Book-no volume numbers], ca.1876-ca.1928 (5 volumes);
Township Range [Land Ownership Register and Plat Book], vol. 3-8, ca.1872-ca.1956 (6 volumes).

 

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