Oregon County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975 .
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|Oregon, United States|
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|Location of Oregon|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing this Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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
- Birthplaces of the bride and groom
- Age of the bride and groom
- Marital status of the bride and groom
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|
|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|
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
View the Images
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- Select County
- 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.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at 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.|
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
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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.
- "Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing County Courthouses throughout Oregon.
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