Deschutes County, Oregon Genealogy
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|
Location in the state of Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
|Founded||December 13, 1916|
|Address|| Deschutes County Courthouse|
1340 N W Wall Street
Bend, Or 97701
Deschutes County Website
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 Historical Facts
- 4 Places / Localities
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 Cemeteries
- 5.2 Census
- 5.3 Church History and Records
- 5.4 Court Records
- 5.5 Gazetteers
- 5.6 History
- 5.7 Land and Property
- 5.8 Maps
- 5.9 Military History and Records
- 5.10 Newspapers
- 5.11 Probate Records
- 5.12 Rivers and Waterways
- 5.13 Taxation
- 5.14 Vital Records
- 6 Societies, Libraries and Museums
- 7 Websites
- 8 Deschutes County Oregon Genealogy References
The County was named for the Deschutes River. The County is located in the central area of the state. 
Deschutes County, Oregon Record Dates
County Clerk has marriage, burial, divorce, land,
probate, military discharge records from 1853
and Naturalization records from 1916.
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:
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.
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.
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Places / Localities
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:
Defunct Post Offices
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|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.|
Church History and Records
Land and Property
Military History and Records
- 1861-1865 - Oregon, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
World War I
- 1921-1938 - Oregon, World War I, Veteran State Aid Applications, 1921-1938 at FamilySearch — index and images
Oregon Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
Rivers and Waterways
Details about the rivers and waterways where farms and settlements are often found along them. >> Rivers and Waterways
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.
Delayed Birth Certificates
- 1826-1975 - Oregon, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
- Extractions of early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index
- Marriage Index 1885-1896 Actually is a book of affiants reporting the marriages. Historical Records Collection
Societies, Libraries and Museums
Deschutes County Historical Society
129 NW Idaho Ave
Bend OR 97701
Deschutes County Historical Society
PO Box 5252
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.
- Bend Oregon Family History Center 1260 NE Thompson Dr Bend OR 97701 United States Location Map
- Redmond Oregon Family History Center 450 SW Rimrock Dr Redmond OR 97756 United States Location Map
- Deschutes County, OR History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Oregon Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Oregon Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- The Deschutes County GenWeb Project part of The ORGenWeb Project
- The USGenWeb Archives Project
- The USGenWeb Archives Project (backup site)
- FamilySearch.org FamilySearch Catalog for Deschutes County.
Deschutes County Oregon Genealogy References
- Wikipedia contributors, "Deschutes, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deschutes_County,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
- 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.
- WorldCat 50140092 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
- Wikipedia contributors, "Deschutes County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deschutes_County,_Oregon, accessed 10 October 2018.