Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Washington County Records Inventory

Clerk and Recorder Official Filings


Series documents the filing of transactions, authorized by statute, with the clerk or recorder of the county for the purpose of making the transaction a matter of public record. Information includes dates filed, type and description of transactions, filing numbers, names of parties involved, amounts charged or assessed, and clerk or recorder's signatures. Series may also include alphabetical indexes that contain volume and page numbers where recorded and names of individual filing transactions. Transactions include records that were previously maintained separately, such as mortgages; deeds; military service records; federal, mechanic's, and road improvement liens; mining claims; satisfactions; judgment assignments; notarial commissions; medical and ministerial licenses; oaths; and affidavits of publication. This series is commonly referred to as the Book of Records.

See separate indexes for Deeds, Mortgages, etc. until 1977. Book of Records indexing information and searchable document images from 1979 to the present are available on computers in the public research area of Suite 130 in the Public Services Building. Security microfilm of the Book of Records to the present is stored at contracted off-site storage.

Records at the Public Services Building, Suite 130, Public Research Area:
Book of Records, no. 521-1229, 78.1-2001.095799, 1964-2001 (2961 reels of microfilm);
Microfiche [Book of Records Index], 1977-1988 (1 binder).


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