Jackson County, Oregon Genealogy

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

Jackson County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Jackson 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 12, 1852
County Seat Medford
Oregon, Jackson County Courthouse.png
Address Jackson County Courthouse
10 S Oakdale Avenue
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: 541.776.6147
Jackson County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States. The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1906 1855 1906 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 records from 1853
and voter registration from 1952.[3]

  • Jacksonville was the former county seat prior to 1927.
  • Records kept at the Courthouse: County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Jackson County Court House as of September 2001.
  • Record Loss:

Quick Facts[edit | edit source]

Andrew Jackson.JPG

Named for Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

12 January 1852: Created from Umpqua. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Parts taken for:

22 December 1853: Coos County

11 January 1854: Wasco County

22 January 1856: Josephine County

24 October 1874: Lake 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.

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]

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
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

Former Communities

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Douglas | Josephine | Klamath | Siskiyou County, California

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 WorldCat Billion Graves
ORGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.
  • Rogue Valley Genealogical Society Library maintains and updates a listing of burials and or deaths in Jackson County Oregon. As of February 2014, over 82,000 names are listed.  All Jackson County cemeteries are listed with links to Google maps to help users locate individual cemeteries. Each entry in the database includes the following information: name of the deceased, year of death, year of birth, cemetery if buried in Jackson County, a code designating the source of our information,e.g., o for obituary, and a headstone photo. Additional information is available in the full database housed at the library, contact by email [info@rvgslibrary.org] for more information. Of course, not all information is included for every individual in the database but we do update the database frequently. All information in the database is free.

Church History and Records (rural area)[edit | edit source]

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,736
1870 4,778 27.9%
1880 8,154 70.7%
1890 11,455 40.5%
1900 13,698 19.6%
1910 25,756 88.0%
1920 20,405 −20.8%
1930 32,918 61.3%
1940 36,213 10.0%
1950 58,510 61.6%
1960 73,962 26.4%
1970 94,533 27.8%
1980 132,456 40.1%
1990 146,389 10.5%
2000 181,269 23.8%
2010 203,206 12.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

The website of Jackson County Genealogy Library contains indexes to marriage certificates, divorce records, naturalization documents, and deeds. Copies of the the original and/or of abstracts of those documents can be obtained by paying a nominal fee.

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land and Records[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Douglas CountyKlamath CountyJosephine CountySiskiyou CountyOR JACKSON.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  http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/ 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 Jackson county researchers:

The Ashland Daily Tidings (Ashland)
The Ashland Tidings (Ashland)

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 Jackson County Genealogy Library has extensive indexes to births, marriages, divorces, death certificates, and obituaries for residents of Jackson County.

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

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Death Records[edit | edit source]

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Jackson County Genealogy Library
3405 S Pacific Hwy
Medford, OR 97501

Eagle Point Historical Society and Museum
PO Box 201
202 N. Royal Avenue
Eagle Point, OR 97524

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society
3405 S. Pacific Highway
Medford, OR 97501

Southern Oregon Historical Society
106 N Central Ave.
Medford, OR 97501
541-773-6536 ext 238

Talent Historical Society
Archives and Research
P O Box 582
Talent, Oregon 97540

Jackson County Library Services
15 Branches
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.
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

Jackson County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Jackson, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jackson 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), Hood River County, Oregon page 573, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. WorldCat 50140092FamilySearch Catalog Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Jackson County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Oregon, accessed 10 November 2018.