Benton County, Oregon Genealogy
Guide to Benton County, Oregon ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Benton County, Oregon|
Location in the state of Oregon, United States Genealogy
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
|Founded||December 23, 1847|
|Address||Benton County Courthouse|
180 NW 5th Street
Corvallis, OR 97330-4777
Benton County Website
County Information[edit | edit source]
Description[edit | edit source]
The County was named for Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator who advocated American control over the Oregon Country. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.
Benton County, Oregon Record Dates[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
County Clerk has birth and death records from 1907
marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1850
and military discharge records from 1919. 
Records held at County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
- County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Benton County Court House as of July 2006.
- Record Loss:
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
Quick Facts[edit | edit source]
Named after Thomas Hart Benton, U.S. Senator from Missouri, who advocated U.S. control over Oregon Country.
Parent County[edit | edit source]
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
For animated maps illustrating Oregon County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Oregon County Boundary Maps" (1843-1975) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
Places / Localities[edit | edit source]
Populated Places[edit | edit source]
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator.
The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:
- Alpine: The post office was established in 1912.
- Alsea: The post office was not established until July 1871, with Thomas Russell postmaster.
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
Trivia Tidbits[edit | edit source]
Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages. Exception to this are Post Offices. > Trivia Tidbits
Resources[edit | edit source]
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|ORGenWeb Archives||FamilySearch Places|
|See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.|
Census[edit | edit source]
Church History and Records[edit | edit source]
List of Churches and Church Parishes
County Records[edit | edit source]
Court[edit | edit source]
Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Land and Property[edit | edit source]
Maps[edit | edit source]
Military History and Records[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
- 1861-1865 - Oregon, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
World War I[edit | edit source]
- 1919-1920 - Oregon, World War I, County Military Service Records, 1919-1920 at FamilySearch — index
- 1921-1938 - Oregon, World War I, Veteran State Aid Applications, 1921-1938 at FamilySearch — index and images
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
- 1850-1885 - Benton County Oregon list of probate files SAMPUBCO - Browsable index of testators of wills. - free
Rivers and Waterways[edit | edit source]
Details about the rivers and waterways where farms and settlements are often found along them. >> Rivers and Waterways
Taxation[edit | edit source]
Vital Records[edit | edit source]
See also How to order Oregon Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Oregon Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.
Birth Records[edit | edit source]
- 1842-1917 Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Births, 1842-1917 at FamilySearch — How to Use this Collection; index & images (*); Also at: Ancestry
- 1860 - 1952 Oregon Births, 1860-1952 at FamilySearch — index
Delayed Birth Certificates
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
- 1826-1975 - Oregon, United States Marriages at Findmypast — index $
- 1842-1917 Oregon, U.S., State Births, 1842-1917 at Ancestry - index and images ($); Also at: FamilySearch
- 1849-1884; 1991-2006 - Oregon Marriage Index, 1849-1884; 1991-2006 at FamilySearch — index and images; collection is incomplete.
- 1906-1968 Oregon, U.S., State Marriages, 1906-1968 at Ancestry - index and images ($)
- Extractions of early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index
- Marriage Index 1885-1896 Actually is a book of affiants reporting the marriages. Historical Records Collection
Death Records[edit | edit source]
Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]
Benton County Genealogical Society
1100 Block of Main St 2nd Floor
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries
- Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
- FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.
Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries
- Oregon Genealogical Society, Inc. - an affiliate library
Websites[edit | edit source]
- Oregon, Benton County Records, 1856-1984
- FamilySearch Benton County Marriage records
- Benton County Genealogical Society
- Benton County Genealogical Society on Facebook
- Benton County OR GenWeb Project, an member of The ORGenWeb Project
- Pioneers of Benton County
- Corvallis - Benton County Public Library
- BCGS Library Shelf List
- BCGS Library Shelf List (2015) of Benton County
- Cyndis List for Benton County
- Benton County, OR History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Oregon Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- The USGenWeb Archives Project for Benton County
- The USGenWeb Archives Project for Benton County
- FamilySearch.org FamilySearch Catalog for Benton County
- Oregon, Benton County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Benton, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Oregon . Page 572-574 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 563-564.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Oregon page 572, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- WorldCat 50140092Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
- Wikipedia contributors, "Benton County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Oregon, accessed 13 September 2018.