Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Washington 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.

Since 1964 deeds have been recorded as part of the Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). Security microfilm of the Deed Books from 1850 to 1964 is stored at contracted Off-site storage.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Direct Index to Deeds, 1850-1882 (1 volume).

Records at the Public Services Building, Suite 130, Recording Division Office Area:
Deed Books, vol. A-I, 1850-ca.1883 (3 reels of microfilm); vol. K-Z, 26-520, ca.1883-1964 (267 reels of microfilm);
Direct/Indirect Indexes [Direct Index to Deeds], 1850-1977 (9 reels of microfilm);
Direct/Indirect Indexes [Indirect Index to Deeds], 1850-1977 (9 reels of microfilm);
[Direct Deed Index], 1963-1964 (1 volume);
[Indirect Deed Index], 1963-1964 (1 volume).

Records at the Washington County Historical Records Vault:
Deed Book, vol. A, 1847-1851 (1 volume); vol. C, 1854-1860 (1 volume);
Deed Record, no. 162, 164-416, 1932-1959 (253 volumes);
Direct Index to Deeds, 1850-1908 (7 volumes); 1913-1918 (1 volume);
Index to Deeds, 1850-ca.1880 (1 volume);
Index to Deeds [Direct], 1850-n.d. (1 volume);
Indirect Index to Deeds, 1850-1882 (1 volume);
Mortgages, Easements, and Abstracts [includes miscellaneous deeds], 1931-1961 (.25 .cu.ft.);
Records [Deeds], vol. B, 1851-1854 (1 volume);
Warranty Deeds [unbound], vol. 417-440, 1958-1961 (24 volumes); vol. 442-450, 1961-1963 (9 volumes); vol. 507-512, 1963-1964 (6 volumes).

Records at the Washington County Museum, Research Library and Archives:
Abstract Land Deed [Title Company Abstracts-refers to deeds dating from ca.1850-ca.1940], n.d. (15 cu.ft.);
Index to Land Deed Abstracts, n.d. (1 binder).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1283 Deed Index, 1850-1904 (2 reels of microfilm).


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