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


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Coos County, Oregon
Map
Map of Oregon highlighting Coos County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 22, 1853
County Seat Coquille
Courthouse
Or-coos-ch.jpg
Address Coos County Courthouse
250 N Baxter Street
Coquille, OR 97423
Phone: 541.396.3121
Coos County Website



County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for a tribe of Native Americans who live in the region. The County is located in the west area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1906 1857 1906 1853 1854 1852 1845
Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has birth and death records 1906-1929, marriage records from 1857, land records from 1854, widows’ military pensions 1929-1950 and some school records; State Courts have divorce and probate records. [3]

Records Held at the Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Quick Facts[edit | edit source]

|} Named after a tribe of Native Americans who lived in the area.

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

Parent Counties[edit | edit source]

22 December 1853: Created from Umpqua and Jackson Counties. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

18 December 1855: Part was taken to form Curry County.

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.

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]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places

Post Offices

  • Allegany: This post office was established Mar. 25, 1893, with William Vincamp first postmaster.

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Curry | Douglas

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]

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
Tombstone Project
ORInterment
ORGravestones
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

  • 1855 Territorial Transcription and Index
  • 1857 Territorial Transcription and Index
  • 1858 Territorial Transcription and Index
  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

  • Records of First Norwegian Lutheran Church, North Bend, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[6]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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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.


Historic Oregon Newspapers http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/ 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 Coos county researchers:


The Bandon Recorder
Semi-Weekly Bandon Recorder

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]

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]

  1. 1826-1975 - Oregon, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
  2. Extractions of early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index
  3. Marriage Index 1885-1896 Actually is a book of affiants reporting the marriages. Historical Records Collection

Death Records[edit | edit source]

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Coos Bay Genealogical Forum
P.O. Box 1067
North Bend 97459

Coos County Historical Society
1220 Sherman Ave
North Bend 97459-3666


Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Coo, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coos_County,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Coos 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), Coos County, Oregon page 572, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. WorldCat 50140092 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Coos County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coos_County,_Oregon, accessed 3 October 2018.
  6. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.