Oregon, Benton County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Oregon, Benton County Records, 1856-1984
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Benton, Oregon, 
United States
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Location of Benton County, Oregon
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Location of Oregon
Record Description
Record Type County Clerk Records
Collection years 1856-1984
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
County Clerk, Corvallis, Oregon

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes digital images of the following:

  • Land and property records (1856-1984)
  • Old age pensions (1934-1936)
  • Naturalization records (1864-1962)
  • Military records (1919-1948)
  • Probate records (1853-1856)

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Oregon, Benton County Records, 1856-1984.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name of deceased
  • Event date
  • Event place
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Names of parents
  • Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth
  • Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
  • Description and value of property or land
  • Occupation

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Record Record Types Years
Land and property Chattel mortgage 1878-1958
Land and property Deeds 1854-1921
Land and property Index general (direct, indirect) 1890-1898
Land and property Index to chattle mortgages 1878-1963
Land and property Index to deeds (Direct and indirect) 1854-1890
Land and property Index to deeds (grantee) 1854-1878
Land and property Index to deeds (grantor) 1854-1902
Land and property Index to direct mortgages 1856-1984
Land and property Index to direct mortgages (canceled) 1879-1894
Land and property Index to indirect mortgages 1856-1984
Land and property Index to mortgages (mortgagees, mortgagors) 1905-1941
Land and property Mortgage 1859-1921
Military Index to U. S. service discharge 1919-1972
Military Discharge 1920-1948
Naturalization Card index 1864-1975
Naturalization Records 1912-1945
Pension Old age pension minutes 1934-1936
Probate Bonds of guardians 1853-1856

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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