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Primary records held in Jefferson County. Please see the rest at the Oregon State Archives

Birth

Records at the Jefferson County Administration Building, Clerk's Record Room:
Birth [Certificates of Birth-most date from after 1920], 1886-1944 (.50 inch of aperture cards); Index for Births and Deaths [includes births from 1886 to 1944 and deaths from 1921-1944], 1886-1944 (1 binder); Record of Births, 1915-1916, 1924 (1 volume); Record of Births and Deaths [includes births from 1886 to 1943 and deaths from 1916-1941-with index for deaths], 1886-1943 (1 volume).

Records at the Jefferson County Public Works Department Office, Vault:
Vital Statistics Birth [Certificates of Birth-most date from after 1920], 1886-1944 (.50 inch of aperture cards).

Census

1920-1930
Series documents the population, property, and agricultural production of the county. Records may include census rolls and abstracts, farm schedules, abstract of assessment and census, enumeration of inhabitants and industrial products, and enumeration of inhabitants and military enrollment. Information includes number of males and females per age category; head of household; name, age, and gender of household members; occupation and relationship of household members to head of household; and description and value of real and personal property. Information may also include nationality, physical description, birthplace, health, and religion of household members and agricultural production statistics.

Records at the Jefferson County Public Works Department Office, Vault: Misc. S.D. Percival [Federal Census for Jefferson County for the Year 1930-Summary of Population], 1930 (.05 cu.ft.).

Deaths

1886-1944

Series documents the recording of deaths in the county. Records include registers and certificates. Information includes registration number; place and date of death; name, sex, color, birth date and place, age, and marital status of the deceased; names and birthplaces of parents; primary and contributory cause of death; physician, registrar, and informant signatures; filing date; and date and place of burial. Death records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register deaths. County death records have been inventoried through 1920. Access to death records is restricted for 50 years following the date of death by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096. Contact the Oregon State Archives for access to state death certificates that are more than 50 years old. Contact the Oregon Center for Health Statistics for access to more recent death certificates.

Records at the Jefferson County Administration Building, Clerk's Record Room:
Index for Births and Deaths [includes births from 1886 to 1944 and deaths from 1921-1944], 1886-1944 (1 binder);
Record of Births and Deaths [includes births from 1886 to 1943 and deaths from 1916-1941-with index for deaths], 1886-1943 (1 volume);
Record of Deaths [includes only two pages], 1915-1916 (1 volume).

Be sure to check out the index of available death certificates from 1903 to 1963 here

Deeds and Indexes

1864-1985

Series documents the ownership of land. Series includes deeds, land sales contracts, quitclaim deeds, homestead exemption claims, corporate certificates, agreements, correction deeds, special assessments of unzoned farmland, easements, and indirect and direct deed indexes. Information includes grantor and grantee name; recording and filing dates; property descriptions; title warranties; consideration amounts; witness and recorder names; and volume and page numbers of where recorded.

Since 1983 deeds have been filed with the clerk's Recordings (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Jefferson County Administration Building, Clerk's Record Room:
[Deed Records], vol. A-M, 1-49, 1864-1972 (4 inches of microfiche);
Deeds [Record], vol. 38-70, 1964-1983 (18.50 feet of aperture cards);
Index to Deeds A to L, vol. 1-2, 1874-1946 (2 volumes);
Index to Deeds M to Z, vol. 1-2, 1874-1946 (2 volumes);
Index to Deeds, vol. 3-6, 1946-1985 (4 volumes).

Records at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Basement Archives:
Deed Record, vol. 1-49, 1915-1972 (49 volumes);
Deeds [includes transcribed Crook County deeds for the Jefferson County area-also includes land patents], vol. A-H, 1864-1914 (8 volumes); vol. K-M, 1910-1914 (3 volumes);
Deeds, vol. 53-70, 1975-1983 (12 feet of aperture cards).

Records at the Jefferson County Public Works Department Office, Vault:
Deeds [Record], vol. A-M, 1-49, 1864-1972 (5 inches of microfilm jackets); vol. 38-70, 1964-1983 (18.50 feet of aperture cards);
[Deeds-Record], vol. A-M, 1-37, 1864-1964 (13 reels of microfilm).

Addresses and links to offices and repositories listed in the inventory:
Main Jefferson County Web site: http://www.co.jefferson.or.us/

Assessor's Office: 66 SE D St, Madras, OR 97741;

Best Care Treatment Services Office: 125 SW C St, Madras, OR 97741;

Budget and Finance Department Office: 66 SE D St, Madras, OR 97741; 

Clerk's Office and Records Room: 66 SE D St, Madras, OR 97741;

Commissioners' Office: 66 SE D St, Madras, OR 97741; 

Commission on Children and Families Office: 715 SW 4th, Madras, OR 97741; 

Community Development Department Offices: 85 SE D St, Madras, OR 97741;

County Fair Office: 430 SW Fairgrounds Rd, Madras, OR 97741;

Jefferson County Administration Building (All offices): 66 SE D St, Madras, OR 97741;
Jefferson County Courthouse (All offices): 75 SE C St, Madras, OR 97741; 

Jefferson County Courthouse, Basement Archives: No public access. Contact the appropriate office (e.g., assessorclerk, etc.;

Jefferson County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Archives: No public access. Contact the trial court office;

Jefferson County Historical Society Museum: 34 SE D St, Madras, OR 97741;

Jefferson County Human Services Building: 715 SW 4th St, Madras, OR 97741; 

Jefferson County Public Works Department Office and Vault: 715 SE Grizzly Road, Madras, OR 97741;

Jefferson County School District 509J Warehouse: No public access: Contact the school district office at: 445 SE Buff St, Madras, OR 97741;

Jefferson Education Service District (ESD) Office: 295 SE Buff St, Madras, OR 97741;

Public Health Department Office: 715 SW 4th St, Madras, OR 97741;
Oregon State Archives: 800 Summer St. NE, Salem, OR 97310;

Trial Court Office: Courthouse, 75 SE C St, Madras, OR 97741.