Clackamas County, Oregon Genealogy

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Guide to Clackamas County, Oregon ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Clackamas County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Clackamas County
Location in the state of Oregon, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Founded July 5, 1843
County Seat Oregon City
Address Clackamas County Courthouse
719 Main Street
Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone: 503.722.2745
Clackamas County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Native Americans living in the area, the Clackamas Indians, who were part of the Chinookan people. The County is located in the northwest area of the state. [1]

Clackamas County, Oregon Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1846 1848 1902 1845 1846 1844 1845
*Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has marriage and land records 1846.
State Archivist has custody of some old county records.[3]

Records held at the Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Quick Facts[edit | edit source]


Named after the Native Americans living in the area, the Clackamas Indians, part of the Chinookan people.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

5 July 1843: Clackamas county was created from the Oregon Territory. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

11 January 1854: Wasco County set off.

22 December 1854: Multhomah County set off.

For animated maps illustrating Oregon County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Oregon County Boundary Maps" (1843-1975) may be viewed for free at the 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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Hood River | Marion | Multnomah | Wasco | Washington | Yamhill

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
ORGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
ORGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 1,859
1860 3,466 86.4%
1870 5,993 72.9%
1880 9,260 54.5%
1890 15,233 64.5%
1900 19,658 29.0%
1910 29,931 52.3%
1920 37,698 25.9%
1930 46,205 22.6%
1940 57,130 23.6%
1950 86,716 51.8%
1960 113,038 30.4%
1970 166,088 46.9%
1980 241,919 45.7%
1990 278,850 15.3%
2000 338,391 21.4%
2010 375,992 11.1%
Source: "".

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]


Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Clackamas County, Oregon Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Oregon Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

Historic Oregon Newspapers as a division of the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program has digitzied more than 644,000 pages of newspapers throughout Oregon. Dates range from 1846-1922 with selected issues continuing through 1973.

Of particular interest to Clackamas researchers:

Clackamas County Record (Oregon City)
Oregon City Courier (Oregon City)
oregon courier (Oregon City)

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

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]

The Family History Library has copies of some county records as following:

Clackamas County Coroner's Inquest 1859-1883, Certificates of Death 1921-1944

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]

Delayed Birth Certificates

Birth Registers

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Death Records[edit | edit source]

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Clackamas County Family History Society
PO Box 995
Oregon City 97045

Museum of The Oregon Territory
211 Tumwater Drive
Oregon City, OR 97045
Facebook Page

End of the Oregon Trail
1726 Washington St
Oregon City, OR 97045

Stevens-Crawford Heritage House
603 6th St
Oregon City, OR 97045

Clackamas County Public Libraries
16201 SE McLoughin Blvd
Oak Grove, OR 97267

135 E Dartmouth ST
Gladstone, OR 97027

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Clackamas, Oregon" in,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clackamas 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.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clackamas County, Oregon page 572, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. WorldCat 50140092 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Clackamas County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oregon, accessed 13 September 2018.
  6. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map VI" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at OTMap6.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).