Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah County Records Inventory

Military Records


Series lists those eligible for military service and records the discharge dates of those who served in the military. Series includes eligibility, enlistment, discharge registers, or muster rolls, and may include alphabetical indexes. Information includes name of individual serving or eligible for service; enlistment and discharge dates and codes; residences at birth and enlistment; occupations and ages at time of enlistment; branches of service; precinct numbers; service records including commendations; physical condition, education and types of jobs performed while in service; and rank at discharge. Access to military discharge records may be restricted for 75 years by 2009 Oregon Legislative Assembly SB 618.

Prior to 1964 military discharges were recorded in the Miscellaneous Books. For indexes to these records see (Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings). Beginning in 1964 military discharges were recorded in the Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). Discharges were indexed through the Miscellaneous Index until 1973, when it was incorporated in the index for the Book of Records.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Military Roll, 1889-1893, 1898-1899 (4 volumes).

Records at the Multnomah Building, Suite 175:
[Military Records Index], 1945-1969 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Miscellaneous Books-includes Certificate of Discharge], 1909-1929 (9 reels of microfilm); vol. 1-354, 1929-1964 (90 reels of microfilm);
[Miscellaneous Military Index Direct], 1968-1972 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Multnomah County Archives:
Military Roll, vol. 3, 1893 (1 volume).

Records at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Research Library:
Military Records Index [Multnomah County], 1945-1969 (2 reels of microfilm):
WWI Draft Registration [Cards-Portland and Multnomah County], 1917-1918 (1`3 reels of microfilm).


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