Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah 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.

Beginning in 1964 deeds, mortgages, water rights, mining claims, military discharges, and miscellaneous recordings were recorded in the Book of Records. Separate indexes were maintained until 1973, when combined indexes were created for the Book of Records. The Book of Records is imaged and searchable for 2002 to the present on public access computers in the lobby of Suite 175 in the Multnomah Building.

Records at the Multnomah Building, Suite 175:
[Book of Records], vol. 966-2804, 1974-1993 (1597 reels of microfilm); no. 94.1-2001.213724, 1994-2001 (610 reels of microfilm);
Recording Index [Direct], 1973-1982 (15 reels of microfilm);
Recording Index [Indirect], 1973-1982 (17 reels of microfilm);
Recording Index [Recordings Direct], 1974-1981 (16 reels of microfilm);
Recording Index [Recordings Indirect], 1974-1981 (14 reels of microfilm);
Recordings Direct, 1974-1982 (22 reels of microfilm);
Recordings Indirect, 1974-1982 (22 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Multnomah Building, Suite 125:
[Recording Direct Index], 1974-2011 (15 inches of microfiche);
[Recording Indirect Index], 1974-2011 (15 inches of microfiche).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Multnomah County Archives, Microfilm Storage:
[Book of Records], 1964-present (9409 reels of microfilm).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, West Entrance Basement Records Storage Room:
Deeds [actually Book of Records], vol. 1-2810B, 1964-1993 (3540 reels of microfilm); no. 94.1-2004.015614, 1994-2004 (3164 reels of microfilm).


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