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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Washington County Records Inventory

Death Records

1903-1946

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 Oregon State Archives:
Record of Births and Deaths [Oregon Health Division], 1915-1936 (1 volume).

Records at the Washington County Historical Records Vault:
Birth and Death Record [with index], 1915-1923 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [District no. 81-includes births until 1936], 1916-1946 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [District no. 93 Tigard Sherwood-includes births until 1929], 1915-1939 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [District no. 94-includes births until 1931], 1915-1939 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [District no. 95 Beaverton-includes births until 1924], 1916-1934 (1 volume);
[Record of Deaths-includes only two deaths after 1915-with index], vol. 1, 1903-1926 (1 volume).

Records at the Washington County Contracted Off-site Records Storage:
Vital Stats. Death Certificates [Record of Deaths], 1917-1920 (1 volume).

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