Multnomah County, Oregon Genealogy
Guide to Multnomah County, Oregon ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Multnomah County, Oregon|
Location in the state of Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
|Founded||December 22, 1854|
|Address|| Multnomah County Courthouse|
1021 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204-1123
Multnomah County Website
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 Multnomah County Information
- 4 Places / Localities
- 5 Trivia Tidbits
- 6 Resources
- 6.1 Biography
- 6.2 Cemeteries
- 6.3 Census
- 6.4 Church Records
- 6.5 Court Records
- 6.6 Gazetteers
- 6.7 History
- 6.8 Land and Property
- 6.9 Maps
- 6.10 Migration
- 6.11 Military History and Records
- 6.12 Newspapers
- 6.13 Probate Records
- 6.14 Rivers and Waterways
- 6.15 Taxation
- 6.16 Vital Records
- 7 Societies, Libraries and Museums
- 8 Websites
- 9 Multnomah County Oregon Genealogy References
The County was named for the Chinookan word for the "lower river". The County is located in the northwest area of the state. 
Multnomah County, Oregon Record Dates
County Clerk has divorce, court and land records from 1854 
Multnomah County Information
22 December 1854: Multnomah county was created from Clackamas and Washington Counties. Named after Native American people first recorded in the journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Mulknomans, who inhabited the area of Portland, most specifically on Sauvie Island. 
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.
- County Records Inventory listing Multnomah County records as of October 2006 inventory.
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:
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.|
- Caruthers, Beth Israel, Jefferson Street, and Stark Cemeteries, early Portland cemeteries.
- Mt. Calvary & Gethsemani Catholic Cemeteries, online index.
- Oregon Metro
- Oregon Genealogy Cemeteries
- 1895---State census, lists only names (no age or birthplace). An index is available in the Oregon Historical Records Index, at the Oregon State Archives.
- Records of Central Lutheran Church, Portland, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
Land and Property
Early migration routes to and from Multnomah County, Oregon Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:
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
World War II
- 1942-1945 - Idaho, Jerome County Historical Society, Minidoka Japanese Relocation Center Mixed Vital Records, 1942-1945 at FamilySearch — index
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
Delayed Birth Certificates
- 1826-1975 - Oregon, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index 4
- 1855 - 1901 of the Multnomah County Marriage Books
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.
Societies, Libraries and Museums
Oregon Historical Society Museum
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Fairview Rockwood Wilkes Historical Society
17111 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97230
Multnomah Historical Association
PO Box 19785
2929 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219
David Douglas Historical Society
1500 SE 130th Ave.
Portland, OR 97233
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.
- Multnomah County, OR History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Oregon Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Oregon Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- The Multnomah County GenWeb Project, part of The ORGenWeb Project
- USGenWeb Archives
- USGenWeb Archives (backup site)
Multnomah County Oregon Genealogy References
- Wikipedia contributors, "Multnomah, Oregon" in https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Multnomah_County,_Oregon_Genealogy accessed 28 Nov 2018
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Multnomah County, Oregon page 573, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
- Wikipedia contributors, "Multnomah County, Oregon" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multnomah_County,_Oregon, accessed 16 December 2018.
- Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map VI" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap6.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).