Oregon Historical County Records Guide

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Military Records


Series lists those eligible for military service and records the discharge dates of those who served in the military. Series includes eligibility, enlistment, discharge registers, or muster rolls, and may include alphabetical indexes. Information includes name of individual serving or eligible for service; enlistment and discharge dates and codes; residences at birth and enlistment; occupations and ages at time of enlistment; branches of service; precinct numbers; service records including commendations; physical condition, education and types of jobs performed while in service; and rank at discharge. Access to military discharge records may be restricted for 75 years by 2009 Oregon Legislative Assembly SB 618.

Military discharges, dated 1958-1964, are recorded in the Miscellaneous Record (Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings). Beginning in 1964 discharges were recorded in the Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Assessor's Military List [title varies], 1864, 1894-1900 (8 volumes);
Military List, 1864 (.05 cu.ft.); 1892 (.05 cu.ft.);
Military Lists, 1864, 1867-1873 (1 reel of microfilm);
Military Record, vol. 1, 1884-1893 (1 volume);
Soldiers Register and Record World War [One], 1917-1918 (1 volume).

Records at the Public Services Building, Suite 130, Recording Division Office Area:
Index to U.S. Service Discharges, vol. 1, 1944-1977 (1 volume);
Military Records [Early Index and Certificate of Honorable Discharge], 1919-1943 (1 reel of microfilm);
Military Records [Index to U.S. Service Discharge], 1944-1977 (1 reel of microfilm);
Military Records [Service Discharge Books-title varies], vol. 1-31, 1919-1957 (14 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Washington County Historical Records Vault:
Indigent Soldiers G.A.R. [Grand Army of the Republic-Relief Records], 1895-1917 (.15 cu.ft.);
Record of Discharges Soldiers Sailors Marines [with index], vol. 1, 1919-1943 (1 volume).


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