Clackamas County, Oregon Genealogy

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Clackamas County

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


Clackamas County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Clackamas County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Founded July 5, 1843
County Seat Oregon City
Address Clackamas County Courthouse
719 Main Street
Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone: 503.722.2745
Clackamas County Website

County Information


The County was named for the Native Americans living in the area, the Clackamas Indians, who were part of the Chinookan people. The County is located in the northwest area of the state. [1]

Clackamas County, Oregon Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1902 1848 1850 1850 1844

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and land records 1846.
State Archivist has custody of some old county records.[2]

Records held at the Courthouse

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Quick Facts


Named after the Native Americans living in the area, the Clackamas Indians, part of the Chinookan people.

Parent County

5 July 1843: Clackamas county was created from the Oregon Territory. [3]

Boundary Changes

11 January 1854: Wasco County set off.

22 December 1854: Multhomah 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 website.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

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:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties

Hood River | Marion | Multnomah | Wasco | Washington | Yamhill



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
ORGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
ORGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.


  • 1845  Territorial Original, Transcription and Index
  • 1849  Territorial Transcription and Index
  • 1850
  • 1854 Original, Transcription and Index
  • 1855 State Original
  • 1856 Transcriptions and Index
  • 1857 State Original and Transcription
  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Church History and Records

Court Records



Land and Property




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

Military History and Records

Civil War

World War I


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

Historic Oregon Newspapers 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 Clackamas researchers:

Clackamas County Record (Oregon City)
Oregon City Courier (Oregon City)
oregon courier (Oregon City)

Probate Records

Online Records

Rivers and Waterways

Details about the rivers and waterways where farms and settlements are often found along them. >> Rivers and Waterways


Vital Records

The Family History Library has copies of some county records as following:

Clackamas County Coroner's Inquest 1859-1883, Certificates of Death 1921-1944

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

Delayed Birth Certificates

Birth Registers

Marriage Records

Death Records

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Clackamas County Family History Society
PO Box 995
Oregon City 97045

Clackamas County Historical Society and Museum
211 Tumwater Drive
Oregon City, OR 97045
Telephone: 503-655-5574

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Clackamas, Oregon" in,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clackamas County, Oregon page 572, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. WorldCat 50140092 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Clackamas County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oregon, accessed 13 September 2018.
  5. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map VI" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at (accessed 18 July 2011).