Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk 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.

Mortgages have been filed in the Book of Records since 1970 (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Mortgage Record [title varies], vol. G-M, 1879-1892 (8 volumes); vol. O-Z, 27-55, 1892-1927 (29 volumes); vol. 57-60, 1928-1931 (4 volumes); vol. 63-153, 1934-1969 (81 volumes);
Mortgage Record vol. B, 1861-1866 (1 volume); vol. 10, 1876-1877 (1 volume);
Satisfaction of Mortgage [title varies], vol. 18-40, 1947-1969 (23 volumes).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office:
Direct and Indirect Mortgages [Index], 1973-1988 (11 volumes);
Index to Mortgages [Direct and Indirect], ca.1857-1987 (14 reels of microfilm);
Index to Mortgages Direct, vol. 1-7, 1857-1972 (7 volumes);
Index to Mortgages Indirect, vol. 1-7, 1857-1972 (7 volumes);
Mortgages, vol. A-Z, 27-153, 1854-1969 (105 reels of microfilm);
Satisfactions of Mortgages, vol. 18-40, 1947-1969 (8 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Complex, Building 12, Central Area Pallet:
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:
Abstracts of Unsatisfied Instruments of Writing [Mortgage], 1891 (1 volume);
[Abstracts of Unsatisfied Instruments of Writing -Mortgage], ca.1885 (1 volume);
Mortgages, vol. A, 1854-1861 (1 volume); vol. E-F, 1874-1878 (2 volumes);
Mortgages [with index], vol. C-D, 1866-1874 (2 volumes);
Record of School Fund Mortgages, vol. N, 1890-1913 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Index to Mortgages [includes scanned images of direct and indirect indexes], 1857-1935 (FamilySearch.org).


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