Umatilla County, Oregon Genealogy
Guide to Umatilla County, Oregon ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Umatilla County, Oregon|
Location in the state of Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
|Founded||September 27, 1862|
|Address|| Umatilla County Courthouse|
216 SE 4th Street
Pendleton, Or 97801-2590
Umatilla County Website
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 Historical Facts
- 4 Places / Localities
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 Biography
- 5.2 Cemeteries
- 5.3 Census
- 5.4 Church History and Records
- 5.5 Court Records
- 5.6 Emigration and Immigration
- 5.7 Land and Property
- 5.8 History
- 5.9 Maps
- 5.10 Migration
- 5.11 Military
- 5.12 Newspapers
- 5.13 Probate Records
- 5.14 Rivers and Waterways
- 5.15 Taxation
- 5.16 Vital Records
- 6 Societies, Libraries and Museums
- 7 Websites
- 8 Umatilla County Oregon Genealogy References
The County was named for the Umatilla River. The County is located in the northeast area of the state. 
Umatilla County, Oregon Record Dates
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1862. 
County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Umatilla County Court House as of August 2010.
Umatilla County Court is structured differently. Check the County Records Inventory link for addresses for location of records (left column).
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Named after the Umatilla River. The name Umatilla is derived from the Native American name for the river, which was first recorded as Youmalolam in the journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
14 October 1864: Grant
16 February 1885: Morrow 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.
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:
|Native American communities|
Defunct Post Offices
Umatilla (Confederated Tribes of Umatilla - specifically Sahaptin-speaking Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes)
Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages. Exception to this are Post Offices. Trivia Tidbits
Trivia Tidbits: Little biographic bits associated with the names of non-population localities.
|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
Emigration and Immigration
Land and Property
- Historic sketches of Walla Walla, Whitman, Columbia and Garfield Counties, Washington Territory, and Umatilla County, Oregon (If the link does not work, go to ancestry.com ($), click Search, select Card Catalog, paste Title into search box, click Search)
Early migration routes to and from Umatilla County, Oregon Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:
- 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
The Family History Library has copies of some records such as:
Umatilla County record of deaths 1907-1929, certificates of death 1913-1944
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
Umatilla County Historical Society
108 S W Frazer
PO Box 253
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.
- Umatilla County, OR History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Oregon Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Oregon Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- The Umatilla County GenWeb Project, part of The ORGenWeb Project
- USGenWeb Project
- USGenWeb Project backup site
- FamilySearch FamilySearch Catalog
Umatilla County Oregon Genealogy References
- Wikipedia contributors, "Umatilla, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umatilla_County,_Oregon accessed 29 Nov 2018
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Umatilla County, Oregon page 574, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- WorldCat 50140092; FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
- Wikipedia contributors, "Umatilla County, Oregon" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umatilla_County,_Oregon, accessed 2 January 2019.
- Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map VI" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap6.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).