Harney County, Oregon Genealogy

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

Harney County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Harney 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 February 23, 1889
County Seat Burns
Website: www.co.harney.or.us
Named for: Gen. William Shelby Harney

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for William S. Harney, a military officer of the period, who was involved in the Pig War and popular in the Pacific Northwest. The County is located in the central area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1889 1903 1885 1889 1889 1845
*Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse
[edit | edit source]

Harney County Courthouse
450 North Buena Vista Avenue
Burns, Or 97720
Phone: 541-573-6641

County Clerk has marriage records from 1911,
land and probate records from 1889, military
records from 1943 and naturalization records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records. [3]

Harney County Government

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Harney County Court House as of July 2008.

Harney County Court is structured differently. Check the County Records Inventory link for addresses for location of records (left column).

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Named for Brig. Gen. William S. Harney of U.S. Army, who was involved in "Pig War" and popular in the Pacific Northwest.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

23 February 1889: Harney county was created from Grant County. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

No parts were taken to create any county.

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]

The following are locations in the county:[5]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator

Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

Defunct Post Offices[edit | edit source]

  • Alberson: For more than a score of years Alberson was a post office on the extreme east edge of Harney County, in the locality of T30S, R36E. As with similar offices,it was moved around a little. The office was established Sept. 20, 1907 with William E. Alberson first of nine postmasters. The office was named in honor of the official, who was an early settler in the vicinity of Juniper Lake. The office was discontinued Sept. 29, 1930. FamilySearch Catalog

The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

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]

Archives and Libraries[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 WorldCat Billion Graves
ORGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

==== Census ====
Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 2,559
1900 2,598 1.5%
1910 4,059 56.2%
1920 3,992 −1.7%
1930 5,920 48.3%
1940 5,374 −9.2%
1950 6,113 13.8%
1960 6,744 10.3%
1970 7,215 7.0%
1980 8,314 15.2%
1990 7,060 −15.1%
2000 7,609 7.8%
2010 7,422 −2.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Hines, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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]

Malheur CountyGrant CountyCrook CountyDeschutes CountyLake CountyCaliforniaWashoe CountyHumboldt CountyOR HARNEY.PNG
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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]

[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]

Many early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

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, Museums[edit | edit source]

Harney County Historical Society
18 West D St
Burns 97720-1226
Telephone: 541-573-5618
Facebook Page

Harney County Library
80 W D St
Burns, OR 97720
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

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

Harney County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Harney, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harney_County,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harney 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), Harney 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, "Harney County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harney_County,_Oregon, accessed 10 November 2018.