Every state, county and cities out there does things just a little different. This especially is true when it comes to the services that provide access to records. Take Multnomah County for example: we have a Recorder’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, and we have a Records/Archives, along with numerous agencies for health, finance, Land Use, etc... One confusing factor in Multnomah County is that the Multnomah County Circuit Court is not run by the County, but is a state run function. 

Jenny and Melissa, two helpful Records Employees
Jenny and Melissa: Two helpful Records employees
 When someone calls asking for Criminal Court records we have to refer them to the Circuit Court Record Room, when someone wants a copy of a divorce decree then again we have to refer them to the Circuit Court Records Room, but if they’re looking for a copy of a marriage license, DART’s Marriage License Section can provide a copy. 

The Multnomah County Records and Archives Program has a helpful listing of how to locate Public Records: https://multco.us/records/locating-records. We put this resource together to help residents and other public records requesters find what records are available through Multnomah County departments, or where they will need to go to gain access to other public records. We’ve noticed an uptick in the number of phone calls that we receive as a result of the Locating Records pages, but our website statistics (350,000+ pageviews in 2014) exponentially outnumber our telephone and email referrals (2700+ in 2014).

We’re happy to provide this service, and we believe we are providing useful assistance by connecting people with the public records they have a right to inspect. If you work for Multnomah County or another government agency, and you would like more information about this service, please feel free to contact us. If you have ideas for additions or improvements, we'd also like to hear your suggestions!