Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Columbia County Records Inventory

Land Title Registers


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], ca.1906-ca.1938 (.35 cu.ft.);
Registered Titles, 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:
Owner's Index-Land Register, n.d. (1 volume);
Reception Record-Registered Titles, 1907-1991 (1 volume);
[Registered Land Records-Title], 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 Certificates of Title Cancellations], 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);
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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