How to Find Oregon Marriage Records

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How to Find Oregon Marriage Records

Finding Oregon Marriage Records

  • In 1859 Oregon became a state
  • Counties began to record marriages soon after they were organized (some as early as 1842)
  • Beginning in 1906 each county sent copies of the records to the Oregon State Health Division


Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

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Marriages Before 1906

  • Counties began to record marriages soon after they were organized (some as early as 1842)


If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in other records.

Oregon Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images

Try 1st:


Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975

Free; most counties 1851-1975: Free name index with images online at FamilySearch. Records include licenses and marriage certificates and are arranged by county, volume, and date.

Try 2nd:


Oregon Marriages, 1853-1935 Free; Index only.

United States Marriages – Oregon, 1826-1975 $; Index and some images.
Try 3rd:


Oregon State Archives, 1850-1961 Free; searches for some marriages with name index at Oregon State Archives.
Try 4th:


Western States Marriage Index, 1809-present Free; incomplete.
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Marriages Up to Present

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Oregon Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images

Try 1st:


Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975 Free; most counties 1851-1975: Free name index with images online at FamilySearch. Records include licenses and marriage certificates and are arranged by county, volume, and date.
Try 2nd:


Name index to marriage records from the state of Oregon, 1853-1935

Free

Try 3rd:


Oregon State Archives, 1850-1961 Free; searches for some marriages with name index at Oregon State Archives.
Try 4th:


Western States Marriage Index, 1809-present Free; incomplete.
Try 5th:


Oregon, Marriage Indexes, 1906-2009 $, Free at family history centers; Index provided by the Oregon State Library.
Try 6th:


United States Marriages – Oregon, 1826-1975 $; index and some images.
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor? Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.

Other records with marriage information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

Find Marriage Information

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred From OR Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local FamilySearch Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.

Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.

Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.

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