Linn County, Oregon Genealogy

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

Linn County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Linn 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 December 28, 1847
County Seat Albany
Oregon, Linn County Courthouse.png
Address Linn County Courthouse
300 4th Ave SW
PO Box 100
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: 541.967.3831
Linn County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Lewis F. Linn, a U.S. Senator from Missouri who advocated the American settlement of the Oregon Country. The County is located in the northwest area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1850 1903 1854 1853 1854 1845
*Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has marriage records from 1850,
divorce, probate, and court records from 1854
and military enumeration from 1905. [3]

Linn County Courthouse

Quick Facts[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Linn County, Oregon

28 December 1847: Linn county was created from Champoeg County . Named for U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn of Missouri. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Parts were taken for

  • 11 January 1854: Part taken for Wasco county

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]

1861 The original county courthouse was destroyed by fire.

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
Ghost towns

Defunct Post Offices[edit | edit source]

  • Abberdeen: Established 13 June 1892 with Mary Flaugher as postmaster. The office closed 24 April 1894 and business turned over to Lacomb post office. May have been named for Aberdeen, Michigan, where the Flaughers came from. FamilySearch Catalog
  • Alford: a station on the Southern Pacific line between Halsey and Harrisburg. It bears the name of Thomas Alford, a pioneer of 1850, upon whose donation land claim it is situated. The station was originally known as Muddy, on account of Muddy Creek, which flows nearby. The name appears in the Oregonian as early as Nov. 7, 1857. A post office was established in this locality in Feb. 1874, with the name Muddy Station. It was in service about a year. Liverpool was the name of a post office that served the area 8n 1877-79. The name of railroad station was changed from Muddy to Alford some time after 1900.

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Benton | Deschutes | Jefferson | Lane | Marion | Polk

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]

Biography[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 994
1860 6,772 581.3%
1870 8,717 28.7%
1880 12,676 45.4%
1890 16,265 28.3%
1900 18,603 14.4%
1910 22,662 21.8%
1920 24,550 8.3%
1930 24,700 0.6%
1940 30,485 23.4%
1950 54,317 78.2%
1960 58,867 8.4%
1970 71,914 22.2%
1980 89,465 24.4%
1990 91,227 2.0%
2000 103,069 13.0%
2010 116,672 13.2%
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 Deed Records[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Jefferson CountyDeschutes CountyLane CountyBenton CountyPolk CountyMarion CountyOR LINN.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:

Linn County records of deaths 1903-1915, 1915-1947 (the cover title of this one is "Register of Physicians, Midwives and Undertakers", death certificates 1903-1947, coroner's inquest 1909-1960, index 1909-1960.

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]

Linn Genealogical Society
PO Box 1222
300 SW 4th Ave
Albany, OR 97321
Telephone: 541-791-1618

Linn County Historical Museum
PO Box 607
101 Park Ave
Brownsville, OR 97327
Telephone: 541-466-3390

Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill St SW Suite 200
Salem, OR 97301
Telephone: 503-585-7012

Linn Libraries of Oregon
8 Libraries Listed

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

Linn County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Linn, Oregon" in,_Oregon accessed 28 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Linn 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), Linn 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, "Linn County Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oregon, accessed 28 November 2018.