Baker County, Oregon Genealogy

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This article is about a northeast Oregon county. For other uses, see Baker.

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Guide to Baker County Oregon genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Baker County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Baker County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Founded September 22, 1862
County Seat Baker City
Address Baker County Courthouse
1995 Third
Baker City, OR 97814
Named for: Edward Dickinson Baker

County Courthouse

Baker County Government

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Baker County Court House as of June/July 2010.

Baker County Court is structured differently. Check the County Records Inventory link for addresses for location of records (left column).

This courthouse has the reputation of being the cleanest county record depository in the state of Oregon.

  • Record Loss: Some will books were lost in a county clerk's office fire in 1890s. One early marriage register is missing (covering 1862-1877) (as of 15 August 2012).

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at

Oregon, Baker County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Historical Facts

Baker County, Oregon Wikipedia

Named for U.S. Senator Edward Dickinson Baker of Oregon, who was killed at the Battle of Ball's Bluff in the Civil War.

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Baker County, Oregon


Boundary Changes

22 September 1862: Baker county was created from Wasco County. [1]

14 October 1864: Union County set off.

17 February 1887: Malheur County set off.

1 February 1901: The Panhandle area between the Powder River and the Wallowa Mountains was returned from Union County, forming the northeast corner of Baker County.

Trivia Tidbits

Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages. Exception to this are Post Offices. > Trivia Tidbits



An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney counties WorldCat 5436806; FHL
([Spokane, Washington]: Western Historical Publishing Company, 1902).
Heavy on history (prehistoric to time of publication), heavy on biographies of prominent men, but little of genealogies and
Also available in other forms:

  1. Baker County Biographies USGenWeb Archives Project
  2. WorldCat 24186308
  3. eBook - (LAR)

Thirty-one years in Baker County: a history of the county from 1861 to 1893; Isaac Hiatt WorldCat 841884; FHL
(Baker, Oregon: Baker County Historical Society and the Powder River Sportsmen's Club, 1970).

Cemeteries (Rural)



Note: 1870, 1880, 1890 and 1900 censuses, the Panhandle of Baker County enumerations can be found in Union County when it was part of Union County.

Baker County 1870 Census USGenweb Archives Project

  1. Baker County 1880 Census USGenWeb Archives Project


Church History and Records (rural only)

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration


Early migration routes to and from Baker County, Oregon Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:



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Also see: Biography, Genealogy

Land and Property

Married Women's Separate Property in Baker County Original text from Works Progress Administration's booklet, USGenWeb Archives Project

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Military History and Records


  1. Newspaper clippings USGenWeb Archives Project


  1. Baker County Obituaries USGenWeb Archives Project
  2. Obituaries Baker Co OR Trails to the Past Project


Gotoarrow-kelly.png Court records for the widows pensions

Probate Records

Note: some will books were lost in a small fire in the county clerk's office before 1900.

  1. Baker County wills USGenWeb Archives Project

Rivers and Waterways

Details about the rivers and waterways where farms and settlements are often found along them. >> Rivers and Waterways


Vital Records

Record of births and deaths: record of physicians, midwives and undertakers, 1916-1929 #FHL

Birth Records

Delayed Birth Certificates

  1. Birth Certificates USGenWeb Archives

Birth Registers

  1. FHL

Marriage Records

  1. Extractions of early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index
  2. Marriage Index 1885-1896 Actually is a book of affiants reporting the marriages. Historical Records Collection

Death Records

  1. Baker County Deaths USGenWeb Archives Project
  2. Record of deaths, Baker County, Oregon, 1905-1911 FHL

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Baker County Oregon Genealogy References

  1. WorldCat 50140092; FHL CollectionHandybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  2. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map V" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at (accessed 18 July 2011).
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