Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Polk County Records Inventory
Deeds and Indexes
Series documents the ownership of land. Series includes deeds, land sales contracts, quit claim deeds, homestead exemption claims, corporate certificates, agreements, correction deeds, special assessments of unzoned farmland, easements, and indirect and direct deed indexes. Information includes grantor and grantee name; recording and filing dates; property descriptions; title warranties; consideration amounts; witness and recorder names; and volume and page numbers of where recorded.
Deeds have been filed since 1970 and indexed since 1985 in the Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).
Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office:
Deeds, vol. A-D, 4-222, 1851-1969 (156 reels of microfilm);
Direct and Indirect Deeds [Index], 1973-1988 (11 volumes);
Indexes to Deeds and Mortgages, 1973-1987 (8 reels of microfilm);
Index to Deeds Direct, 1856-1972 (17 volumes);
Index to Deeds [Direct], 1856-1972 (7 reels of microfilm);
Index to Deeds Indirect, 1856-1972 (14 volumes);
Index to Deeds [Indirect], 1856-1972 (6 reels of microfilm).
Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office, Breakroom:
Deed Record, vol. 116, 1943-1944 (1 volume); vol. 138-140, 1949-1950 (3 volumes).
Records at the Polk County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Deed Record [reference copy-some in combined volumes], vol. 142-153, 1950-1954 (3 volumes);
Deed Volume [reference copy-some in combined volumes-title varies], vol. 157-222, 1955-1969 (63 volumes).
Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Building, Surveyor's Records Storage Room 5:
Deed Record [title varies], vol. A-D, 4-9, 1854-1876 (10 volumes); vol. 11-110, 1877-1942 (100 volumes).
Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Building, Surveyor's Records Storage Room 6:
Deed Record, vol. 111-115, 1942-1943 (5 volumes); vol. 117-137, 1944-1949 (21 volumes); vol. 141-222, 1950-1969 (82 volumes).
Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Complex, Building 12, North Loft:
Miscellaneous Papers and Abstracts [includes deeds, mortgages, and title abstracts], ca.1907-ca.1911 (.40 cu.ft.);
Recorded Instruments Not Called For [includes miscellaneous deed and mortgage records], 1854-1883 (.50 cu.ft.).
Records at the Polk County Historical Society Museum, Archives:
[Deed/Tax Lot Reference Records-by township and range], n.d. (3 volumes).