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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Deschutes County Records Inventory

Pension and Relief Records

1916-1969

Series documents financial assistance approved by the county court for widows, mothers, dependent children, orphans, the elderly, and indigents. Information includes applicant name and address, children's names and birth dates, amount of pension or monthly support payment, and county court order. Because the provision of relief became primarily a state and federal function in the 1930s, records are inventoried through 1939.

References to indigent relief, soldiers' relief, and widows' pensions were included in the Commissioners Journal (County Commissioners Administrative Journals) beginning in 1916.

Records at the Deschutes County Justice Building Basement, Court Archives:
County Court Journal [includes insane commitment, dependent mother, civil, criminal, adoption, juvenile, and other cases-with index], vol. 1-7, 1916-1969 (7 volumes);
County Court Register [includes insane commitment, dependent mother, civil, criminal, adoption, juvenile, and other cases-no. 1 to 590-water damaged-with index], vol. 1, 1916-1931 (1 volume);
County Court Register [includes insane commitment, dependent mother, civil, criminal, adoption, juvenile, and other cases-no. 591 to 1380-with index], vol. 1, 1931-1951 (1 volume);
Juvenile [County Court Case Files-includes insane commitment, dependent mother, civil, criminal, juvenile, and other cases], no. 1-2237, 1916-1965 (17 cu.ft.).

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