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Oregon Vital Records
The state of Oregon began recording births and deaths in 1903 and marriages in 1906. The Oregon State Archives in Salem has vital records from fifteen of the thirty-six counties. These include Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Douglas, Jackson, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah (and Portland), Polk, Tillamook, Umatilla, Wasco, Washington, and Yamhill. All are at the state's Vital Records Bureau.
For birth and death records from 1 January 1903 and for marriage records from 1 January 1906, write:

Oregon Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 205
P.O. Box 14050
Portland, OR 97293-0050
Tel: 503-731-4095 (Recorded message-how to order)
      503-731-4108 (To order by phone)
Fax: 503-234-8817 (To order by fax)

For earlier records, write to the clerk of the county in question.

Oregon Department of Health - Vital Records

Oregon Research Sources

Brandt, Patricia. Oregon Biographical Index. Corvallis: Oregon State University, 1976.
Carey, Charles Henry. History of Oregon. Chicago: Pioneer History Publishing Co., 1922.
Lenzen, Connie. "Genealogical Research in Oregon." National Genealogical Society Quarterly 79:1 (March 1991).
Preston, Ralph N. Historical Oregon: Overland Stage Routes, Old Military Roads, Indian Battle Grounds, Old Forts, Old Gold Mines. Portland, Oreg.: Binford & Mort, 1978.

Oregon Department of Health - Vital Statistics

Oregon State Archives
800 Summer Street, NE
Salem, OR 97310
Tel: 503-373-0701
Fax: 503-373-0953

Records of Interest to Genealogists at the Oregon State Archives

Oregon State Library
State Library Building
250 Winter Street, NE
Salem, OR 97310-0641
Tel: 503-378-4243
Fax: 503-588-7119
TTY/TDD: 503-378-4276

Willamette Valley Genealogical Society

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205-2483
Tel: 503-222-1741
     503-306-5280 (Education & Outreach)
Fax: 503-221-2035

Oregon Pioneers, by Mike Ransom

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society

Oregon Trail

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