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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

County Records Inventories

Please select a county: clickable map index

Baker
Benton
Clackamas
Clatsop
Columbia
Coos
Crook
Curry
Deschutes
Douglas
Gilliam
Grant
Harney
Hood River
Jackson
Jefferson
Josephine
Klamath
Lake
Lane
Lincoln
Linn
Malheur
Marion
Morrow
Multnomah
Polk
Sherman
Tillamook
Umatilla
Union
Wallowa
Wasco
Washington
Wheeler
Yamhill

 

 

County records come in many shapes and sizes. Above are several leather-bound volumes of county circuit court records held by the Oregon State Archives.

County records come in many shapes and sizes. Above are several leather-bound volumes of county circuit court records held by the Oregon State Archives.

Information about the records descriptions
The Oregon Historical County Records Guide includes individual Web pages with descriptions and listings for each type of record in the inventory. A scrollable version that includes all of the records in each county inventory on one page is also available.

The inventory for each county is arranged alphabetically by series title. Each series description includes a title and a description of how the records are used (function); types of records that may be included in each category (physical content); type of information that may be found (informational content); significant changes to format, creator, or content; inventory cut-off dates; and any restrictions that a particular category may have regarding access by the public. Because the organization of offices and their functions, the contents of the records, or the format of records may vary from county to county, notes have been included, where necessary, to indicate these differences.

The individual records descriptions are arranged according to building location such as the State Archives, county offices, and other repositories; and then specific storage office or vault within the building. The location information, in most cases, is based on the date of the inventory and is subject to change.

The records are listed alphabetically by the exact title that is printed on the volume cover or on the box label, if the records are stored in records containers. Where this information is inaccurate, illegible, or missing entirely, the project staff has provided suitable titles within brackets [ ].

The records title is followed by file, case, or volume numbers, and specific dates. The size or amount of records is listed last within parentheses.

Records stored in boxes or file cabinets are measured in cubic feet; books or volumes and reels of microfilm are counted; sheets of microfiche are measured in linear inches or feet; maps, drawings, and photographs may be either counted or measured in cubic feet.

For a graphical representation, view a sample from the inventory showing the major features of the records descriptions.

The guide also features links to a variety of Web-based county records and related resources including the following:

1.) Addresses and Web links to county offices listed in the inventory (see Jackson County addresses example).

2.) Web links to relevant searchable and browsable resources maintained on official county Web sites. These often include assessment information, county commissioners' minutes, county ordinances and codes, county comprehensive plans, county budgets, subdivision and partition plats, various maps, survey plats, and more (see Clackamas County maps example).

3.) Web links to the Oregon State Archives Oregon Historical Records Index for relevant county searchable records (see listing of included records).

4.) Web links to USGenWeb resources related to Oregon county government such as abstracts and indexes.

5.) Web links to other selected Web resources such as genealogical county record abstracts and county assessor maps.

Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722
Phone: (503) 986-1523 • Fax: (503) 986-1616 • oregon.sos@state.or.us

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