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State Resources — Oregon

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office has birth and deathrecords since January 1903. Some earlier records for the city of Portland since approximately 1880 are available from the Oregon State Archives, 1005 Broadway, NE, Salem, OR 97310. The state office also has marriage records since January 1906 and divorce records since 1925.

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records

On the Internet: Oregon Health Division.
Call (503) 731-4108 or (503) 731-4095 for information on record lookup fees. This will be a recorded message.
Write to:
Oregon Vital Records
800 NE Oregon Street, Ste 205
PO Box 14050
Portland, OR 97293

For county marriage records, contact the County Clerk in the county where the license was issued. Cost will vary. County Clerks also have some records before 1906.

For county divorce records, you can also contact the County Circuit Court Clerk in the county where the divorce was granted. Cost will vary. County Clerks also have some records before 1925.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have death certificates from 1903-1943, probate records, naturalization records, land records, federal census records from 1850-1920, territorial census records from 1842-1905, rosters from Indian wars in the territory, Catholic church records, district, county, and Supreme court records, some marriage records, a marriage index from 1906-1992 with a 20 year gap from 1926-1946, poll books, voter abstracts, local histories, maps, and tax rolls from 1845-1900.

Write to:
Oregon State Archives
800 Summer Street NE
Salem, OR 97310
Telephone: (503) 373-0701
Web site:
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00, closed Saturday, Sunday, and state holidays.

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Inc.
P.O. Box 42567
Portland, OR 97242-0567
Telephone: (503) 963-1932
Web site:
Hours: Monday and Saturday 9:30-3:00, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-8:00, Sunday noon-5:00

  Publications: Bulletin-Genealogical Forum of Oregon, The Forum Insider Newsletter, Genealogical Forum of Portland Oregon Yearbook


Genealogical Heritage Council of Oregon
Douglas County Courthouse, Room 111
P.O. Box 579
Roseburg, OR 97470
Telephone: (541) 440-6178
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 1:00-4:00, first Tuesday of the month 10:00-8:00, closed all other days


Oregon Genealogical Society
O.G.S. Genealogical Library
955 Oak Alley
Eugene, OR 97440-2306
Telephone: (541) 345-0399
Hours: Monday 10:00-2:00, Wednesday and Friday 10:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-4:00 (except the fourth Saturday of each month), Sunday 12:00-4:00, closed Tuesday and Thursday

  Publication: Oregon Genealogical Society Quarterly, Oregon Genealogical Society Newsletter
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