Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Josephine County Records Inventory

Mortgage Records


Series documents the written interest in land providing security for the performance of a duty or payment of a debt. Records include mortgages; trustee's deeds of reconveyance; indexes, both by mortgagor and mortgagee name; and satisfactions. Information includes mortgagor and mortgagee names, property descriptions, mortgage terms, witness names, certifications, recording and satisfaction dates, volume and page numbers where recorded, and recorder's signature. Series also includes executor/executrix information when mortgages were transferred through wills and mortgages of land to individuals under the provisions of the Donation Land Act of 1850.

Since 1980 mortgages have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Abstract of Unsatisfied Instruments of Writing, 1892-1893 (1 volume);
Abstracts [Mortgage], 1881-1889 (1 volume);
Deed and Mortgage Record, vol. 1, 1857-1859 (1 volume);
Direct and Indirect Index to Mortgages [title varies], vol. 1-2, 1889-1918 (2 volumes); vol. 6, n.d. (2 volumes);
Index Direct and Inverted Mortgages, vol. 2, n.d. (2 volumes);
Index Inverted Mortgages, vol. 3, n.d. (1 volume);
[Mortgage Index-Direct], vol. 3, n.d. (1 volume);
Mortgages J1 [Jackson County], 1879-1885 (1 volume);
Mortgages [Record-title varies], vol. 3-12, 1865-1907 (10 volumes);
Record [Mortgage], vol. 2, 1859-1865 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Mortgages Direct, vol. 3-11, 1919-1981 (9 volumes);
Index to Mortgages Indirect, vol. 3-11, 1919-1981 (9 volumes);
Mortgage Records, vol. 1-232, 1857-1980 (232 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Deeds and Mortgages, 1855-1898 (.50 cu.ft.);
Delinquent List of Mortgages, 1892 (1 volume).


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