Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Washington County Records Inventory

Pension and Relief Records


Series documents financial assistance approved by the county court for widows, mothers, dependent children, orphans, the elderly, and indigents. Information includes applicant name and address, children's names and birth dates, amount of pension or monthly support payment, and county court order. Because the provision of relief became primarily a state and federal function in the 1930s, records are inventoried through 1939.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Old Age Pension Applications, 1933-1936 (4 cu.ft.);
Relief Petitions [includes paupers, indigents, etc.], 1860-1890 (.20 cu.ft.);
Search for 1933-1936 Washington County old age pensions in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Washington County Historical Records Vault:
Widows Pensions [Record-with index], 1917-1919 (1 volume).

Records at the Washington County Imaging Center:
Indigent Soldiers G.A.R. [Grand Army of the Republic-Relief Records], 1895-1917 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Washington County Contracted Off-site Records Storage:
Widows Pensions [Application Records-includes mothers pensions], 1913-1935 (.70 cu.ft.).


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