Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah County Records Inventory

Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings


Series documents the recording of a variety of legal documents filed in the clerk's or recorder's office. These documents were not required to be filed with the clerk and often included filings such as birth and marriage certificates of individuals who were born or married outside of the county but wanted the document to be filed in their county of residence. Other documents include wills, obligation bonds, quit claims, deeds, conveyances, mortgage satisfactions, agreements, charters, partnership dissolutions, contracts, powers of attorney, liens, leases, marriage licenses, military discharges, ministerial certificates, medical personnel licenses, birth and death certificates, and affidavits of publication. Information includes dates filed, name of individual filing, type of action, and volume and page number where recorded. Series may also include alphabetical indexes of individuals filing a recording. Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings have been inventoried through 1965.

Beginning in 1964 miscellaneous recordings were entered in the Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings series).

Records at the Multnomah Building, Suite 175:
[Direct and Indirect Misc. Index-Miscellaneous], 1909-1921 (1 reel of microfilm);
Miscellaneous Books, vol. 1-354, 1929-1964 (90 reels of microfilm);
[Miscellaneous Books-vol. 1 to 8 with index], vol. 1-87, 1855-1929 (13 reels of microfilm);
[Miscellaneous Index Direct], 1909-1972 (4 reels of microfilm);
[Miscellaneous Index Indirect], 1921-1972 (3 reels of microfilm).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Multnomah County Archives:
County Clerk's Recorded Documents, 1961-1969 (.35 cu.ft.);
Recorded Documents Index, 1914-1949 (1 volume).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1275 [Miscellaneous Instruments-includes land claim records], ca.1850-1908 (1 volume);
Mss. 1275 Washington County Records Pertaining to Multnomah County [includes miscellaneous records], 1849-1861 (1 volume).

Records at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Research Library:
Misc. Books [Miscellaneous Record-vol. 1 to 8 with index], vol. 1-87, 1855-1929 (13 reels of microfilm).


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