Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Coos 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 1965 deeds, mortgages, mining claims, and water rights have been recorded into the clerk's Book of Records. Military discharge records were included with the Book of Records from 1965 until a 2009 law change. They have been retrospectively placed into a separate record series. Book of Records entries beginning in 1990 have been indexed on a computer accessible in the clerk's office. Documents beginning in 1998 have been imaged and are available on computer in the clerk's office.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Book of Records-title varies], 1965-2014 (ca.650 reels of microfilm);
[Name Index-Rolodex to Book of Records-alphabetical], 1965-1990 (1.75 cu.ft.);
Number Index [to Book of Records-title varies], 1965-1990 (194 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Book of Records-includes military discharge records-title varies], 1965-1998 (ca.350 reels of microfilm).


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