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Oregon, Deschutes County Records, 1871-1985
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Deschutes, Oregon, 
United States
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Location of Deschutes County, Oregon
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Location of Oregon
Record Description
Record Type County Courthouse Records
Collection years 1871-1985
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Multiple County courthouses, Oregon.

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

This collection includes records from 1871 to 1985. It consists of images of county records filmed at the county courthouse in Bend, Oregon. The collection includes marriage, probate and land records and is being published as images become available.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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

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  • Name or names of the primary individuals
  • Event date
  • Event place
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Names of parents, spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth
  • 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]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Record Record Types Year
Land and property Deed index-direct 1889-1926
Land and property Deed index-indirect 1871-1926
Land and property Deed index miscellaneous 1901-1984
Land and property Deed 1871-1938
Land and property Land patent 1905-1917
Land and property Mining 1919-1978
Land and property Tract index 1880-1959
Land and property Water certificates 1912-1975
Land and property Water rights, Deschutes River 1912-1933
Land and property Water rights index 1912-1934
Land and property Water rights, Paulina Lake 1916
Land and property Water rights, Squaw Creek 1911-1914
Land and property Water rights, Tumalo creek 1911-1952
Vital Marriage index 1916-1985
Vital Marriage index 1937-1962

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