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About the Oregon Historical Records Index


Index News

December 26, 2012
The Oregon Historical Records Index has added 604 new entries to the database.

The newest entries include:
Delta Clatsop County divorces, 1897-1920 (604 entries).

December 26, 2012
Total number of entries: 606,739

About the index:
This index includes entries compiled by examining actual records held by the Oregon State Archives. The spelling of surnames and other information reflects the original records.

The records included in this index represent only a small fraction of our holdings. Also see:
Oregon Historical County Records Guide
State Agency Records Guides
Topical Research Aids

Hints for searching the Oregon Historical Records Index
This index has evolved over more than a decade and is the effort of thousands of hours of Archives volunteers’ time. Originally volunteers were told to enter data as it appeared on the record. As such there are many entries using the common abbreviations for some given names. Examples include Wm for William and Chas for Charles. Generally it is best to use a surname only search unless you have a very common surname. If you get a large search result you can then add additional information such as given name or location/county to narrow the search. Do not use periods in your search. Although there are some entries with periods we have discontinued there use in data entry. If you include a period in your search criteria it will only return items that include periods, not entries were no periods are used. We are gradually editing the entries to make them more consistent and hopefully improve the searching capabilities. Please feel free to contact us (reference.archives @ state.or.us) if you encounter problems with searching the index.

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Information or copies from the indexed records may be requested by contacting the Reference Unit of the Archives. In most cases these records include more information than the index entries. Entries will be added to the index on an ongoing basis.

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Records from the following entities are included in the index:
Choose a county or agency to learn more about its records in the index.

Baker County
Benton County
Clackamas County
Clatsop County
Columbia County
Crook County
Curry County
Defense Council, Oregon State
Deschutes County
Gilliam County
Grant County
Hawthorne Asylum
Health Division, Oregon
Hood River County
Hospital, Oregon State
Jackson County
Josephine County
Lake County
Lane County
Lincoln County

 

Linn County
Malheur County
Marion County
Military Department, Oregon
Morrow County
Multnomah County
Penitentiary, Oregon State
Polk County
Portland, City of
Provisional and Territorial Government
Provisional Government
Sherman County
Tillamook County
Umatilla County
Wallowa County
Wasco County
Washington County
Wheeler County
Yamhill County

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