Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah 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 1964 mortgages have been recorded in the Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). Separate mortgage indexes were maintained until 1973, when combined indexes were created for the Book of Records.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Abstract of Unsatisfied Instruments of Writing [Mortgage], 1880-1892 (2 volumes).

Records at the Multnomah Building, Suite 125:
[Index Direct Mortgage-boxed], 1850-1944 (15 reels of microfilm);
[Index Indirect Mortgage-boxed], 1850-1944 (17 reels of microfilm);
Mortgage Books, vol. A-Z, 26-210, 1854-1902 (90 reels of microfilm); vol. 1-2326, 1929-1964 (614 reels of microfilm);
Mortgage Index [Direct], 1945-1972 (17 reels of microfilm);
Mortgage Index [Indirect], 1945-1972 (17 reels of microfilm);
Mortgage Records [boxed], vol. 211-1402, 1901-1929 (122 reels of microfilm).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Multnomah County Archives:
Guide to First Mortgage Index, 1849-1894 (1 volume);
Indirect Index to Mortgages, 1858-1880 (1 volume);
Mortgage Index Direct, 1858-1880 (1 volume).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1275 Washington County Records Pertaining to Multnomah County [includes mortgages], 1849-1861 (1 volume).


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