Wallowa County, Oregon Genealogy

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

Wallowa County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Wallowa 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 11, 1887
County Seat Enterprise
Address Wallowa County Courthouse
101 S River Street
Enterprise, Or 97828-1300
Phone: 541-326-4543
Wallowa County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Nez Perce term for a structure of stakes (a weir) used in fishing. The County is located in the northeast area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1879 1905 1887 1875 1886 1845
*Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has birth records 1907-1943
marriage, land and military records from 1897
divorce, probate and court records from 1897-1970
and naturalization records 1897-1920.
Circuit Court has divorce, probate and court records
from 1971. [3]

Wallowa County Oregon Seal

Wallowa County Government

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Wallowa County Court House as of August 2009.

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

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

11 February 1887: Wallowa county was created from Union County. [4]

Named for Wallowa River. Lewis and Clark Expedition journals recorded Wil-le-wahas the name.

  • Records Held at the Courthouse

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Wallowa County Court House as of July 2004.

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]

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
  • Bartlett
  • Eden
  • Evans
  • Flora
  • Fruita
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

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 websites. 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.

Defunct Post Offices

  • Alder Slope: Alder post office, the third in what is now Wallowa County, was established Apr. 5, 1878, with Henry Beecher first postmaster. The office was discontinued Oct. 9, 1890.

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]

Trivia Tidbits: Little biographic bits associated with the names of non-population localities.

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.
1890 3,661
1900 5,538 51.3%
1910 8,364 51.0%
1920 9,778 16.9%
1930 7,814 −20.1%
1940 7,623 −2.4%
1950 7,264 −4.7%
1960 7,102 −2.2%
1970 6,247 −12.0%
1980 7,273 16.4%
1990 6,911 −5.0%
2000 7,226 4.6%
2010 7,008 −3.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Farms - Ranches[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Umatilla CountyBaker CountyUnion CountyAdams CountyIdaho CountyNez Perce CountyAsotin CountyGarfield CountyColumbia CountyWalla Walla CountyOR WALLOWA.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]

See Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa for the newspapers published in these cities.

Oregon Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

Periodicals[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

Schools[edit | edit source]

  • School days in the Wallowas: a history of the ninety-one schools and communities, past and present, of Wallowa County, Oregon WorldCat 26657807

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Delayed Birth Certificates

Birth Registers

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Death Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Records[edit | edit source]

  1. Election voter register, Wallowa County, Oregon, 1902, 1906, 1914 FHL Collection

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Wallowa County Museum
110 S Main St
Joseph, OR 97846
Facebook Page

Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center
211 E 2nd St
Wallowa, OR 97885

Wallowa County Libraries101 S River St
Enterprise, OR 97828

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]

Wallowa County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Wallowa, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallowa_County,_Oregon accessed 29 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wallowa 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), Wasco County, Oregon page 574, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. WorldCat 50140092; FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Wallowa County, Oregon" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallowa_County,_Oregon, accessed 16 January 2019.
  6. HQO - (LAR)