Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Josephine 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 1980 deeds, mortgages, mining claims, water rights, and military discharges have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records. Since 1994 commissioners journals have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records. The Book of Records index is available only on computer. A public access computer is available in the clerk's office.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Book of Records [title varies], 1980-present (ca.800 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Volumes [Book of Records], 1980-2000 (ca.400 reels of microfilm).


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