Polk County, Oregon Genealogy

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


Polk County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Polk County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Founded Decemeber 22, 1845
County Seat Dallas
Address Polk County Courthouse
850 Main Street Rm 201
Dallas, OR 97338
Phone: 503.623.9217
Polk County Website

County Information


The County was named for James Knox Polk, the 11th president of the United States. The County is located in the northwest area of the state. [1]

Polk County, Oregon Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1848 1850 1851 1847

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records. [2]

Clerk of Polk County

Dallas was formerly named Cynthian.

Quick Facts

22 Decemeber 1845: Polk county was created from Yamhill County. Named James K. Polk, the 11th president of the United States. [3]

Boundary Changes

23 Dec 1847: Benton County set off.

15 Dec 1853: Tillamook County set off.

20 February 1893: Lincoln County set off.

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.

Record Loss

1898 Fire destroyed courthouse.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

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:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties

Benton | Lincoln | Linn | Marion | Tillamook | Yamhill

Trivia Tidbits

Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages.




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
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.


  • 1849 Transcription and Index
  • 1856 Transcription and Index

Church History and Records

Court Records

A wiki artaicle describing an online collection is found Oregon, Polk County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)



Land and Property

Wiki articles describing land records online are found at Oregon, Polk County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).


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Military History and Records

Civil War

World War I


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

Birth Records

Delayed Birth Certificates

Birth Registers

Marriage Records

  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

Linn County records of deaths 1903-1915, 1915-1947 (the cover title of this one is "Register of Physicians, Midwives and Undertakers", death certificates 1903-1947, coroner's inquest 1909-1960, index 1909-1960.

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

Polk County Museum
560 S. Pacific Highway West
Rickreall OR 97371
PO Box 67
Monmouth OR 97361
Telephone: 503-623-6251

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.



Polk County Oregon Genealogy References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Polk, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polk_County,_Oregon accessed 28 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Polk County, Oregon page 573, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. WorldCat 50140092FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Polk County, Oregon" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polk_County,_Oregon, accessed 22 December 2018.