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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
This collection of various county records was obtained from the Columbia County Courthouse in St. Helens, Oregon. The collection include indexes and images of of the following records:  
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This collection of various county records was obtained from the Columbia County Courthouse in St. Helens, Oregon. The collection includes indexes and images of of the following records:  
  
 
*Land and Property (1854-1920)  
 
*Land and Property (1854-1920)  
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*Tax (1898-1908)
 
*Tax (1898-1908)
  
'''Land and Property'''&nbsp; Oregon land records during the period, 1845 to 1849, were filed with the provisional recorder. These papers are now in the Oregon State Archives. The record contains a description of the land claimed, and may name adjoining land holders.&nbsp;
 
  
Individuals who settled in the Oregon Territory before December 1, 1855, were eligible to receive donation land claims. The earlier, provisional claims were voided. The size of the piece of land was dependent upon the date of the arrival and the marital status of the claimant. The applications for these free lands may provide birth, marriage, citizenship, migration, or other valuable information.&nbsp;
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'''Land and Property Records'''
  
After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions are recorded by the county auditor in the form of deeds and mortgages. These may be obtained from the appropriate recorder or clerk in each courthouse. The Family History Library has not acquired land records from the counties, except for the deed indexes of Douglas County for 1857 to 1974.&nbsp;
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Individuals who settled in the Oregon Territory before December 1, 1855, were eligible to receive donation land claims. The earlier, provisional claims were voided. The size of the piece of land was dependent upon the date of the arrival and the marital status of the claimant. The applications for these free lands may provide birth, marriage, citizenship, migration, or other valuable information. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions are recorded by the county auditor in the form of deeds and mortgages. These may be obtained from the appropriate recorder or clerk in each courthouse. The Family History Library has not acquired land records from the counties, except for the deed indexes of Douglas County for 1857 to 1974. Land and property records during the period, 1845 to 1849, were filed with the provisional recorder. These papers are now in the Oregon State Archives. The record contains a description of the land claimed, and may name adjoining land holders.
  
Many of the country records can be found on the internet by using a search engine and terms such as county name (e.g. Douglas), Land, Records.&nbsp;
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'''Marriage and Civil Registration'''
  
For a list of records by dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1923992/waypoints Browse].  
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Marriages were usually recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.  
  
The collection covers the years 1854 to 1958.&nbsp;
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'''Naturalization and Citizenship'''
  
'''Marriage'''
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In the territorial era, immigrants could apply for citizenship at any U.S. district court. Naturalization records filed as part of the “donation land” laws are at the National Archives. After statehood in 1859, the circuit court had primary jurisdiction over naturalization. The county clerk served as clerk of the circuit court and kept the records. You can obtain copies of declarations and petitions from the clerk's office in each county. Some naturalization records may also be found in county court journals or U.S. district court records. The Family History Library has copies of some naturalization records for Oregon.
  
Counties recorded marriages to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.
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===To Browse This Collection===
 
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These records were created to document the ownership of land in the State of Oregon.
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "Oregon, Columbia County Records, 1854-1958" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing County Courthouse, St. Helens.}}
 
 
 
[[Oregon, Columbia County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
<gallery caption="Columbia County Records Examples" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
 
Image:Oregon, Columbia County Records, 1854-1958 DGS 4862873 26.jpg|Deed Index
 
Image:Oregon, Columbia County Records (11-0607) Deed DGS 4882209_191.jpg|Deed
 
Image:Oregon, Columbia County Records (11-0607) Marriage DGS 4922016_179.jpg|Marriage Record
 
</gallery>
 
  
Key genealogical information typically found in Land and Property Records includes:  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me?==
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Information typically found in '''Land and Property Records''' includes:  
  
 
*Name of owner  
 
*Name of owner  
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*Name of city or town
 
*Name of city or town
  
Key genealogical information found in these marriage records includes:  
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Information found in these '''marriage records''' includes:  
  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
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*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
 
*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
  
Key genealogical information typically found in tax records includes:  
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Information typically found in '''tax records''' includes:  
  
 
*Name of owner  
 
*Name of owner  
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*Amount of state taxes  
 
*Amount of state taxes  
 
*Amount of county taxes
 
*Amount of county taxes
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Coverage Map ===
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Oregon marriages click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/OR_FRM.html here].
 
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=== Sample Images ===
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Columbia County Records Examples">
 
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Image:Oregon, Columbia County Records, 1854-1958 DGS 4862873 26.jpg|Deed Index
*The county where the event occurred or where your ancestors lived
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Image:Oregon, Columbia County Records (11-0607) Deed DGS 4882209_191.jpg|Deed
*The name of the person at the time of the event
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Image:Oregon, Columbia County Records (11-0607) Marriage DGS 4922016_179.jpg|Marriage Record
*The approximate event date
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*The event place
 
*The name of the intended spouse (if a marriage record)
 
 
 
==== Identify the record to be searched  ====
 
 
 
From the Record Description list, identify the kind of record you would like to search (land, naturalization, marriages. or tax) and click on the title link to select it.  
 
 
 
==== Check the surname index  ====
 
 
 
With each type of records, there is an index page for each letter of the alphabet. Search the index for your ancestor. If you find you ancestor’s name in the index, make note of the page or image number listed.  
 
 
 
==== Find the image  ====
 
 
 
Start searching individual images or pages that you have listed. Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
 
 
 
==== Using the Information  ====
 
 
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family.
 
 
 
The following examples show ways you can use the information and may also lead you to other records about your ancestors:  
 
 
 
*Use the date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth to find the ancestor or family in census records.
 
*Use the residence to locate church and land records.
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
 
*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
 
 
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
 
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
 
 
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
 
 
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
 
*Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
 
 
'''Marriage and Civil Registration'''
 
 
 
Marriages were usually recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.
 
 
 
'''Naturalization and Citizenship'''
 
 
 
In the territorial era, immigrants could apply for citizenship at any U.S. district court. Naturalization records filed as part of the “donation land” laws are at the National Archives.
 
 
 
After statehood in 1859, the circuit court had primary jurisdiction over naturalization. The county clerk served as clerk of the circuit court and kept the records. You can obtain copies of declarations and petitions from the clerk's office in each county. Some naturalization records may also be found in county court journals or U.S. district court records. The Family History Library has copies of some naturalization records for Oregon.
 
 
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Oregon, Columbia County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*Name of the person
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*The location or date of the event
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=== Search the Index ===
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{{Search Collection Link
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== Related Websites  ==
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the
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'''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1923992/waypoints Browse Page]'''. br>
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# Select '''Record Type, Date Range and Volume'''
  
*[http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/county/cpcolumbiahome.html Oregon State Archives]
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*[http://recordsproject.com/county/oregon/columbia.asp Columbia Public Record Information Online]
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
*[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/OR_Columbia.htm Columbia County, Oregon - Free Public Records Directory]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
*[[Columbia County, Oregon]]
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1923992 Oregon, Columbia County Records, 1854-1958]. Some catalog records link to multiple digital image records. In this case, click on a digital image record to find a camera icon to see images.}}
*[[Oregon Land and Property]]
 
*[[Oregon Taxation]]
 
*[[Oregon Genealogy]]
 
*[[Oregon Naturalization and Citizenship]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.  
  
{{Contributor_invite}}
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation below in the [[#Citing This Collection|Citing This Collection]] section. You can keep track of your research on this sample [https://s3.amazonaws.com/ps-services-us-east-1-914248642252/s3/research-wiki-elasticsearch-prod-s3bucket/images/5/50/Research_Log.pdf Research Log] .
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to find other county or [http://genealogy.state.or.us/ Oregon Vital Records] such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the [[United States Census, 1870 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] or the [[United States Census, 1900 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  or the [[United States Census, 1920 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  or the [[United States Census, 1940 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  Search the state censuses as well.
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*Use the information found in the record to find [[United States, Internal Revenue Assessment Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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*Use the information found in the record to find [http://genealogy.state.or.us/ Oregon Land or Probate Records].
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*Use the information in a naturalization record to find other records such as emigrations, port records, ship’s manifests, birth, christening, census, and land records.
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*Use a naturalization record to Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
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* Use the probate date as a substitute death date. Search for death or burial information in [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2026973 BillionGraves Index] or at [https://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave].
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===  
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality.
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Check the infobox above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
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Below are the proper citations to use for this whole collection as well as for individual images:
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection ===
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Oregon, Columbia County Records, 1854-1958" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing County Courthouse, St. Helens.}} <br><br>
  
"Oregon, Columbia County Records,1854-1958," Images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 25 May 2012), Oregon, Columbia County Records &gt; 1854-1958 Deed records, 1892-1893 &gt; vol. O Image 3-5 of 483, Phillander Harris, 21 December 1892; citing Columbia County Clerk, Deeds, St.Helens, Oregon, United States.
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'''Image citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link |CID=CID1923992 |title=Oregon, Columbia County Records,1854-1958}}
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Columbia, Oregon, United States
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Record Description
Record Type County Courthouse Records
Collection years 1854-1958
FamilySearch Resources
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County Courthouse, St. Helens



What is in the Collection?

This collection of various county records was obtained from the Columbia County Courthouse in St. Helens, Oregon. The collection includes indexes and images of of the following records:

  • Land and Property (1854-1920)
  • Civil Registration - Marriages (1854-1958)
  • Naturalization / Citizenship 1891-1945)
  • Tax (1898-1908)


Land and Property Records

Individuals who settled in the Oregon Territory before December 1, 1855, were eligible to receive donation land claims. The earlier, provisional claims were voided. The size of the piece of land was dependent upon the date of the arrival and the marital status of the claimant. The applications for these free lands may provide birth, marriage, citizenship, migration, or other valuable information. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions are recorded by the county auditor in the form of deeds and mortgages. These may be obtained from the appropriate recorder or clerk in each courthouse. The Family History Library has not acquired land records from the counties, except for the deed indexes of Douglas County for 1857 to 1974. Land and property records during the period, 1845 to 1849, were filed with the provisional recorder. These papers are now in the Oregon State Archives. The record contains a description of the land claimed, and may name adjoining land holders.

Marriage and Civil Registration

Marriages were usually recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.

Naturalization and Citizenship

In the territorial era, immigrants could apply for citizenship at any U.S. district court. Naturalization records filed as part of the “donation land” laws are at the National Archives. After statehood in 1859, the circuit court had primary jurisdiction over naturalization. The county clerk served as clerk of the circuit court and kept the records. You can obtain copies of declarations and petitions from the clerk's office in each county. Some naturalization records may also be found in county court journals or U.S. district court records. The Family History Library has copies of some naturalization records for Oregon.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Oregon, Columbia County Records,1854-1958.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information typically found in Land and Property Records includes:

  • Name of owner
  • Legal description of real and personal property
  • Names and ages of property owners and possible relationships
  • Number of acres of land
  • Town plot description
  • Name of city or town

Information found in these marriage records includes:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the groom and bride and their residences
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of officiator at marriage
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Information typically found in tax records includes:

  • Name of owner
  • Legal description of real and personal property
  • Names and ages of property owners and possible relationships
  • Original grantee
  • Number of acres of land
  • Value
  • Town plot description
  • Name of city or town
  • Kind, number, and value of livestock
  • Kind, quantity, and value of farm commodities
  • Amount of state taxes
  • Amount of county taxes

Collection Content

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Oregon marriages click here.

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The location or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page. br>

  1. Select Record Type, Date Range and Volume

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the infobox above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Citing this Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used. Below are the proper citations to use for this whole collection as well as for individual images:


Collection Citation:

"Oregon, Columbia County Records, 1854-1958" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing County Courthouse, St. Helens.

Image citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Oregon, Columbia County Records,1854-1958.

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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.