Morrow County, Oregon Genealogy

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

Morrow County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Morrow 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 16, 1885
County Seat Heppner
Address Morrow County Courthouse
100 North Court Street
Heppner, Or 97836
Phone: 541-676-5603
Morrow County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Jackson L. Morrow, who was a member of the state legislature. The County is located in the north central area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1905 1885 1905 1885 1861 1885 1845
*Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse
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County Clerk has divorce, court and land records from 1885. [3]

Morrow County Government

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Morrow County Court House as of August 2008.

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

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Parent Counties[edit | edit source]

16 February 1885: Morrow county was created from the western portion of Umatilla and the small eastern portion of Wasco Counties. [4]

Named for Jackson L. Morrow, one of the first settlers of Morrow County, who was a member of the state legislature when the county was created.

The county seat is Heppner.

  • County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Morrow County Court House as of September/October 2003.
  • Record Loss:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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]

Cities[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
Ghost towns

Discontinued Post Offices

  • Acton: Acton was a post office on Butter Creek in the east part of the county about 16 miles north-northeast of Heppner. Established 11 July 1879, with John Barker first postmaster. It remained in service until 19 June 1888. It may have been transferred to Pine City. It may have been named for a family by name of Acton. Identity is unknown. FamilySearch Catalog
  • Adamsville: Adamsville post office was established Apr. 15, 1884, with Silas W. Miles first postmaster. It was discontinued June 30, 1885. Old maps show the place in the vicinity of the present site of Hardman. FamilySearch Catalog
  • Alpine: Just what there was to suggest the name Alpine for a post office in eastern Morrow County about 20 miles north of Heppner, can not be imagined, but that is the record. This office was established October 3, 1884 with G. H. Parsell first postmaster. It continued in service until July 27, 1894, when it was closed out to Galloway, a nearby office. A directory for 1886 says Alpine was a special supply post office, but there is no explanation of the term. The locality is not alpin ein character. As of 1940 a diagram of Morrow County showed a precinct called Alpine in the Northeast part of the county.

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Gilliam | Grant | Umatilla | Wheeler | Benton, Washington | Klickitat, Washington

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.
1890 4,205
1900 4,151 −1.3%
1910 4,357 5.0%
1920 5,617 28.9%
1930 4,941 −12.0%
1940 4,337 −12.2%
1950 4,783 10.3%
1960 4,871 1.8%
1970 4,465 −8.3%
1980 7,519 68.4%
1990 7,625 1.4%
2000 10,995 44.2%
2010 11,173 1.6%
Source: "".

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Benton CountyKlickitat CountyWashingtonUmatilla CountyGrant CountyWheeler CountyGilliam CountyOR MORROW.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Morrow County, Oregon Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:

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

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Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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]

Morrow County Museum
444 N Main St
Heppner, OR 97836
Facebook Page

Oregon Trail Library District
200 South Main St
Boardman OR 97818

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

Morrow County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Morrow, Oregon" in,_Oregon accessed 28 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Morrow 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), Morrow County, Oregon page 573, 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, "Morrow County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oregon, accessed 12/10/2018.
  6. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map VI" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at OTMap6.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).