Polk County, Oregon Genealogy

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

Polk County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Polk 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 Decemeber 22, 1845
County Seat Dallas
Oregon, Polk County Courthouse.png
Address Polk County Courthouse
850 Main Street Rm 201
Dallas, OR 97338
Phone: 503.623.9217
Polk County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for James Knox Polk, the 11th president of the United States. The County is located in the northwest area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1848 1903 1846 1851 1847 1845
*Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records. [3]

Clerk of Polk County

Dallas was formerly named Cynthian.

Quick Facts[edit | edit source]

22 Decemeber 1845: Polk county was created from Yamhill County. Named James K. Polk, the 11th president of the United States. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

23 Dec 1847: Benton County set off.

15 Dec 1853: Tillamook County set off.

20 February 1893: Lincoln County set off.

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]

1898 Fire destroyed courthouse.[5]

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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Benton | Lincoln | Linn | Marion | Tillamook | Yamhill

Trivia Tidbits[edit | edit source]

Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages.

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
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]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,625
1870 4,701 29.7%
1880 6,601 40.4%
1890 7,858 19.0%
1900 9,923 26.3%
1910 13,469 35.7%
1920 14,181 5.3%
1930 16,858 18.9%
1940 19,989 18.6%
1950 26,317 31.7%
1960 26,523 0.8%
1970 35,349 33.3%
1980 45,203 27.9%
1990 49,541 9.6%
2000 62,380 25.9%
2010 75,403 20.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

A wiki article describing an online collection is found Oregon, Polk County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Wiki articles describing land records online are found at Oregon, Polk County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Tillamook CountyYamhill CountyMarion CountyLinn CountyBenton CountyLincoln CountyOR POLK.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]

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]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Delayed Birth Certificates

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Death Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Polk County Museum
560 S. Pacific Highway West
Rickreall OR 97371
PO Box 67
Monmouth OR 97361
Facebook Page

Polk County Oregon Libraries
850 Main St
Dallas, OR 97338

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Polk County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Polk, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polk_County,_Oregon accessed 28 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Polk 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), Polk 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. Secretary of State-Oregon https://sos.oregon.gov/archives/records/county/Pages/polk-history.aspx
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Polk County, Oregon" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polk_County,_Oregon, accessed 22 December 2018.