Clatsop County, Oregon Genealogy

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

Clatsop County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Clatsop 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 June 22, 1844
County Seat Astoria
Address Clatsop County Courthouse
749 Commercial Street
PO Box 178
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503.325.8605
Clatsop County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Clatsop tribe of Native Americans, who lived along the coast of the Pacific Ocean prior to European settlement. The County is located in the northwest area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1894 1860 1903 1875 1849 1880 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 from 1860,
divorce and court records from 1875 and probate records from 1880. [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 for the Clatsop tribe of Native Americans.

Trivia Tidbits: Little biographic bits associated with the names of non-population localities.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

22 June 1844: Clatsop county was created from Twality County now Washington County. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

15 December 1853: Part was taken off to create Tillamook County. [5]

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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Defunct Post Offices[edit | edit source]

  • Albert: Albert was a small community and post office on the upper reaches of Blind Slough, a little to the south of Aldrich Point. The office was testablished Sept. 11, 1901, with Nels Haglund first postmaster. The place was named for Albert Berglund, who was the second postmaster. The office was closed out on Sept. 15, 1913, with all papers going to Blind Slough. FamilySearch Catalog

Neighboring counties[edit | edit source]

Columbia | Tillamook | Washington | Washington counties: Pacific | Wahkiakum

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 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 462
1860 498 7.8%
1870 1,255 152.0%
1880 7,222 475.5%
1890 10,016 38.7%
1900 12,765 27.4%
1910 16,106 26.2%
1920 23,030 43.0%
1930 21,124 −8.3%
1940 24,697 16.9%
1950 30,776 24.6%
1960 27,380 −11.0%
1970 28,473 4.0%
1980 32,489 14.1%
1990 33,301 2.5%
2000 35,630 7.0%
2010 37,039 4.0%
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]

Pacific CountyWahkiakum CountyWashingtonColumbia CountyWashington CountyTillamook CountyOR CLATSOP.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

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 Clatsop county researchers:

The Daily Astorian
The Daily Morning Astorian
The Morning Astorian
Tri-Weekly Astoria
The Aurora Borealis

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:

Clatsop County Coroner inquest transcriptions 1870-1901

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]

Clatsop County Genealogical Society
PO Box 64
Warrenton, Oregon 97146

Clatsop County Historical Society
714 Exchange St
PO Box 88
Astoria, OR 97103-0088
Telephone: 503-325-2203
Facebook Page

Clatsop County Astoria Museums

Astorica Heritage Association
1618 Exchange St
Astoria 97103-3615
Telephone: 503-325-2563

Clatsop County Historical Soc
1618 Exchange St
Astoria 97103-3615

Astoria Public Library
450 10th St
Astoria, OR 97103

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, "Clatsop, Oregon" in,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clatsop 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), Clatsop County, Oregon page 572, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Clatsop County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oregon, accessed 1 October 2018.