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== Record Description  ==
 
  
These records include licenses, marriage applications and marriage certificates. They are arranged by county, volume, and date. The form type varies between register style and certificate style. County clerks usually used the same printed form during the same time periods. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although disasters may have destroyed some records.  
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The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page.
 
  
The dates covered by this collection are 1851 to 1975. 
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
Marriages were 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.  
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The collection consists of an index and images of marriage records from counties in Oregon. These records include licenses and marriage certificates and are arranged by county, volume, and date. The dates covered by this collection are 1851 to 1975. Additional records will be added as they are completed.  
  
Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.
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== What Can These Records Tell Me?==
  
The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.
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'''Marriage records''' usually include the following:
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Names of the groom and bride
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*County in which they reside
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*Names of witnesses
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*Name and title of officiator
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*Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom
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*Witnesses
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*Birthplaces of the bride and groom
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*Age of the bride and groom
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*Marital status of the bride and groom
  
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.
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Coverage Table and Map ===
  
{{Collection citation
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The coverage table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records for this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.
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[[Oregon County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/OR_FRM.html Oregon marriages, click here].<br>
  
[[Oregon County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|.]]
 
  
== Record Content  ==
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| 1847-1848, 1862-1951
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=== Sample Images ===
 
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Image:Oregon County Marriages (10-0082) (10-0152) (10-0118) Example 1 DGS 4474166_269.jpg|Marriage Record Example 1
Image:Oregon County Marriages (10-0082) (10-0152) (10-0118) Example 2 DGS 4139460_455.jpg
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Image:Oregon County Marriages (10-0082) (10-0152) (10-0118) Example 2 DGS 4139460_455.jpg|Marriage Record Example 2
 
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'''Genealogical facts usually found in these marriage records include the following:'''
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The type of form used varies between register style and certificate style. County clerks usually used the same printed form during the same time periods. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although disasters may have destroyed some records.
  
*Date and place of marriage
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The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page.
*Names of the groom and bride
 
*County in which they reside
 
*Names of witnesses
 
*Name and title of officiator
 
  
'''The records may also list the following:'''
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Marriages were 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.
  
*Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom
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Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.
*Witnesses
 
*Birthplaces of the bride and groom
 
*Age of the bride and groom
 
*Marital status of the bride and groom
 
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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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
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
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=== Search the Index ===
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*The county where the marriage occurred
 
*The name of the person at the time of marriage
 
*The approximate marriage date
 
*The marriage place
 
*The name of the intended spouse
 
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Compare the information in the marriage record 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.
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===View the Images===
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the '''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/2065327/waypoints Browse Page]'''. br>
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# Select '''County'''
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# Select '''Record type, year range and volume number or letter'''
  
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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.
  
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
 
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom, 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.
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
  
Keep in mind:  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1803968 Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975]. 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.}}
  
*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
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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.
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
 
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
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*Use the information to find additional family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Oregon Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.  
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search. 
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.  
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml 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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*Search the indexes and records of [[Oregon, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[Oregon Archives and Libraries]].
  
== Related Web Sites ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=124 Oregon Marriages]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Oregon-County-Marriages-1851-1975-known-issues&lang=en 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.
  
*[[Oregon|Oregon]]
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== Citing This Collection ==
*[[Oregon Vital Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to this Article  ==
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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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;Collection Citation:
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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{{Collection_citation | text="Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : 7 March 2017. County courthouses, Oregon.
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should also 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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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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'''[[#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
"Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FXKL-LZ5&nbsp;: accessed 25 May 2012), David Phillip Benson, 1951; citing Polk County Clerk, marriages, FHL microfilm 4,273,565, Salt Lake City, Utah, Polk County, Oregon, United States.
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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.
Oregon, United States
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Location of Oregon
Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1851-1975
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images of marriage records from counties in Oregon. These records include licenses and marriage certificates and are arranged by county, volume, and date. The dates covered by this collection are 1851 to 1975. Additional records will be added as they are completed.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Marriage records usually include the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the groom and bride
  • County in which they reside
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name and title of officiator
  • Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom
  • Witnesses
  • Birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • Age of the bride and groom
  • Marital status of the bride and groom

Collection Content

Coverage Table and Map

The coverage table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records for this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

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


County Years Covered in Index
Baker 1847-1848, 1862-1951
Benton 1826, 1838, 1845, 1848, 1850-1953, 1955
Polk 1840, 1846, 1849-1890, 1925, 1929-1930, 1945-1961
Yamhill 1037, 1821, 1848, 1853, 1856-1961

Sample Images

The type of form used varies between register style and certificate style. County clerks usually used the same printed form during the same time periods. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although disasters may have destroyed some records.

The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page.

Marriages were 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.

Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.

The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

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 County
  2. Select Record type, year range and volume number or letter

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?

  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Oregon, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Oregon Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to 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.

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.

Collection Citation
"Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 7 March 2017. County courthouses, Oregon.

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, County Marriages, 1851-1975.

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