Polk County, Oregon Genealogy

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


Polk County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Polk County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Founded Decemeber 22, 1845
County Seat Dallas
Address Polk County Courthouse
850 Main Street Rm 201
Dallas, OR 97338
Phone: 503.623.9217
Polk County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records. [1]

Clerk of Polk County

Dallas was formerly named Cynthian.

Quick Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Polk County, Oregon

22 Decemeber 1845: Polk county was created from Yamhill County. Named James K. Polk, the 11th president of the United States. [2]

Boundary Changes

23 Dec 1847: Benton County set off.

15 Dec 1853: Tillamook County set off.

20 February 1893: Lincoln County set off.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

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Dallas | Falls City | Independence | Monmouth | Salem | Willamina

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Airlie | Bethel | Bridgeport | Ellendale | Eola | Grand Ronde | Pedee | Perrydale | Rickreall | Valsetz | Zena

Indian Reservation

Grand Ronde (Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community - specifically Chasta, Kalapuya, Molalla, Rogue River, Klickitat, Chinook, Tillamook, French-Canadian (Iroqouian).

Neighboring Counties

Benton | Lincoln | Linn | Marion | Tillamook | Yamhill

Trivia Tidbits

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.

Cemeteries (Rural)


  • 1849 Transcription and Index
  • 1856 Transcription and Index

Church History and Records

Court Records

A wiki artaicle describing an online collection is found Oregon, Polk County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)



Land and Property

Wiki articles describing land records online are found at Oregon, Polk County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).


Military History and Records


Probate Records

Rivers and Waterways

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


Vital Records

The Family History Library has copies of some county records as following:

Linn County records of deaths 1903-1915, 1915-1947 (the cover title of this one is "Register of Physicians, Midwives and Undertakers", death certificates 1903-1947, coroner's inquest 1909-1960, index 1909-1960.

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family History Centers



Polk County Oregon Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Polk County, Oregon page 573, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. WorldCat 50140092FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)