Deschutes County, Oregon Genealogy

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Deschutes County

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


Deschutes County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Deschutes County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Founded December 13, 1916
County Seat Bend
Address Deschutes County Courthouse
1340 N W Wall Street
Bend, Or 97701
Phone: 541-388-6549
Deschutes County Website

County Information

Deschutes County, Oregon Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1916 1820 1869 1916

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage, burial, divorce, land,
probate, military discharge records from 1853
and Naturalization records from 1916.[1]

Deschutes County Government

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Deschutes County Court House as of September/October 2007.

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

  • Record Loss:

Historical Facts

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Named for Deschutes River. French name was Riviere des Chutes or Riviere aux Chutes, meaning River of the Falls. The waterfall it referred to was Celilo Falls near where the river exits into Columbia River.

Parent County

13 December 1916: Created from Crook County. [2]

Boundary Changes

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

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places


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Bend | La Pine | Redmond | Sisters


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Black Butte Ranch | Brothers | SunriverTerrebonne | Three Rivers

Defunct Post Offices

Alfalfa |

Neighboring Counties

Crook | Harney | Jefferson | Klamath | Lake | Lane | Linn

Trivia Tidbits

Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages. Exception to this are Post Offices. > Trivia Tidbits



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.


  • 1920
  • 1930

Church History and Records

Court Records



Land and Property



Military History and Records

Civil War


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

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

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

  1. Extractions of early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index
  2. Marriage Index 1885-1896 Actually is a book of affiants reporting the marriages. Historical Records Collection

Death Records

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Bend Genealogical Society
2200 US-20
Bend, OR 97701
Telephone: 541-317-9553

Deschutes County Historical Society
129 NW Idaho Ave
Bend OR 97701
Telephone: 541-389-1813

Deschutes County Historical Society
PO Box 5252
Bend 97708

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.


Deschutes County Oregon Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Deshutes County, Oregon page 572, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. WorldCat 50140092 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].