Oregon Historical County Records Guide

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Attachment Records


Series documents liens placed on real property by the county to satisfy debts. Attachments are ordered by the circuit court and authorize the sheriff to seize or transfer property to satisfy debts such as loans, mortgages, or tax liens. The sheriff will hold the property in trust until the debt is paid or the property is sold. Information includes defendant name, statement of attachment, property description, statement of return when attachment is satisfied, return of execution, dates attachment is issued and returned, court order, and sheriff's signature. Attachment records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Attachments, 1863-1878 (.10 cu.ft.);
Writs of Attachment [Circuit and County Court], 1876-1890 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Washington County Historical Records Vault:
Attachment Register, 1893-1923 (1 volume);
Description of Lands Attached in the Circuit Court, vol. 1, 1852-1890 (1 volume);
Sheriff's Certificate of Attachment [with index], vol. 2-5, 1852-1926 (4 volumes).

Records at the Washington County Contracted Off-site Storage:
Sheriff's Certificate of Attachment [alphabetical arrangement], 1892-1952 (1 cu.ft.).


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