Douglas County, Oregon Genealogy

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

Douglas County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Douglas 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 January 7, 1852
County Seat Roseburg
Address Douglas County Courthouse
1036 SE Douglas Street Rm 221
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: 541.440.4324
Douglas County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Stephen A. Douglas, an American politician who supported Oregon statehood. The County is located in the west central area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1853 1903 1853 1853 1853 1845
*Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has marriage, burial, divorce, land, probate, military discharge
and court records from 1853 and naturalization records from 1850.[3]

Records Held at the Courthouse[edit | edit source]

  • Record Loss:

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Oregon, Douglas County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Quick Facts[edit | edit source]


Named for U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois.

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

Parent County[edit | edit source]

7 January 1852: Created from the part of Umpqua County lying east of Coast Range summit. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

11 January 1854: Part was taken to form Wasco County.

1856: Camas Valley of Umpqua County was annexed to Douglas County.

1862: Douglas County absorbed the remaining parts of Umpqua County.

1915: Boundary adjustments were made with Jackson and Lane counties.

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

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

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]

Coos | Curry | Jackson | Josephine | Klamath | Lane

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 Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project FamilySearch Places
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,203
1870 6,066 89.4%
1880 9,596 58.2%
1890 11,864 23.6%
1900 14,565 22.8%
1910 19,674 35.1%
1920 21,332 8.4%
1930 21,965 3.0%
1940 25,728 17.1%
1950 54,549 112.0%
1960 68,458 25.5%
1970 71,743 4.8%
1980 93,748 30.7%
1990 94,649 1.0%
2000 100,399 6.1%
2010 107,667 7.2%
Source: "".

Territorial[edit | edit source]

  • 1853 Territorial Transcription and Index

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]

Klamath CountyJackson CountyJosephine CountyCurry CountyCoos CountyDouglas CountyLane CountyOR DOUGLAS.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.

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:

Douglas County coroner inquests, 1896 to 1946

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]

Douglas County Historical Society
544 Douglas St
Roseburg, OR 97470

Genealogical Society of Douglas County
1036 SE Douglas Ave Room 105B
Roseburg, OR 97470

Roseburg Public Library
1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd
Roseburg, OR 97470
Facebook Page

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Oregon, Couglas County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Douglas County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas, Oregon" in,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Douglas 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), Douglas County, Oregon page 572, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. WorldCat 50140092FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oregon, accessed 10 October 2018.