Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Polk County Records Inventory
Series documents the activities of the sheriff and other county officials relating to the foreclosure of property in order to satisfy creditors in cases involving delinquent taxes, mortgage payments, or court judgments. Records include correspondence, sheriff's deeds and foreclosure sale records, circuit court case transcripts of foreclosure hearings, writs of execution, certificates of sale of real property, judgment orders, receipts, tax redemption records, delinquent tax sales, and tax sale certificates. Foreclosure records have been inventoried through 1920.
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Delinquent Tax Receipts, 1901-1903 (.05 cu.ft.);
Record of Tax Sales, vol. 1, 1890-1896 (1 volume);
Tax Redemption Records, 1918-1920 (1 volume);
Tax Sale Certificates, 1900-1908 (.10 cu.ft.);
Tax Sale Statements, 1900-1901 (.10 cu.ft.).
Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Building, Surveyor's Records Storage Room 5:
Deeds [Sheriff's Deeds-Foreclosure], vol. 31, 1896-1909 (1 volume).