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Vital Records

Access Restrictions

The Oregon Health Division's Administrative Rule 333-011-096 states that all birth records (including indexes) have a 100 year access restriction, and death certificates have a 50 year access restriction. Access to vital records in the Archives that are restricted must be obtained through the State Registrar. The State Registrar's address is Oregon Center for Health Statistics, Suite 205, State Office Building, 800 N.E. Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232; telephone (971) 673-1190. The Archives will not release restricted information without written authorization from the State Registrar. Access restrictions are indicated by an asterisk (*).

Note: If you are looking for a copy of your birth certificate, please contact the Oregon Center for Health Statistics [Map]. They have certified birth and death records beginning in 1903, marriage records in 1906, and divorce records in 1925. 

 

Vital Records at the Oregon State Archives

The following is a list of vital records in the Oregon State Archives. Vital records include birth, death, marriage, and divorce documents. In most cases, the delayed birth and divorce records listed were generated by Oregon circuit courts. The records held by the Oregon State Archives are either in the original format or part of the Reference Room Library as microfilm or publications. The microfilm and publications are available for self service in the Reference Room.

Most of the hyperlinked records are included in the searchable Oregon Historical Records Index on this site. See the Oregon Historical County Records Guide inventory of vital records held in the county.

If you supply us with 1) NAME, 2) DATE OF BIRTH, DEATH etc. and 3) CITY, COUNTY or STATE we will search the records (see fees). The Archives Reference Room is open 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday for personal research.

City records
County records
State records
Pacific Northwest resources

 

City Records

Portland
Birth register, 1864-1900 (4 volumes)
Birth records, 1864-1900 (8 cu. ft.)
*Birth register, 1901-1917 (3 volumes)
Birth records, 1901-1902
Death register, 1881-1917 (microfilm)
Death records, 1862-1902 (microfilm)
Search Portland births, 1881-1902 (Oregon Historical Records Index)
Search Portland deaths, 1881-1917 (Oregon Historical Records Index)

 

County Records

Baker
*Birth records, 1905-1915 (2 volumes)
*Birth and death records, 1916-1929 (1 volume)
*Corrections to birth and death records, 1871-1940 (1 volume)

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1862-1884

Transferred from the State Health Division:
*Birth Records, 1910-1915 (1 volume), 1926-1945 (38 volumes)
*Birth and Death Records, 1913-1929 (2 volumes)
Death Records, 1911-1915 (1 volume)
Death Certificates, 1921-1940 (7 volumes)

Benton
*Birth registration decrees, 1957-1962 (1 volume)
Delayed births, 1862-1957 (1 volume)
Marriage certificates, 1852-1945 (3 cu. ft.)
Search Benton County delayed births, 1862-1899; divorces, 1853-1920; and marriages, 1885-1929

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1851-1922

Clackamas
*Birth certificates: delayed filing applications, 1869-1941 (.5 cu.ft.)
*Birth certificates, 1921-1944 (4 cu.ft.)
Death certificates, 1921-1948 (5 cu.ft., 9 volumes)
Divorce Index, 1852-1920 (Circuit Court Cases)
Marriage certificates, 1863-1935 (excluding 1890-1910, 2 cu.ft.)
Marriage records, 1853-1879 (2 volumes)
Marriage index, 1885-1890 (microfilm)
Marriage records, 1853-1948 (microfilm)
Search Clackamas County delayed births, 1869-1899; divorces, 1852-1920; and marriages, 1848-1893, 1910-1921

Reference Room Library publications:
Death records, 1907-1915 (2 volumes)
Early marriage records of Clackamas and Wasco Counties, 1848-1865
Marriage records, 1840s-1912 (2 volumes)

Transferred from the State Health Division:
*Birth Records, 1933, 1935, 1936 (7 volumes)
*Birth Records [District 1], 1926-1933, 1935-1936 (13 volumes)
*Birth Records [District 2], 1926-1935 (9 volumes)
*Birth Records [District 3], 1926-1935 (10 volumes)
*Birth Records [District 4], 1926-1931, 1933, 1935 (8 volumes)
*Birth Records [District 68], 1928-1941 (3 volumes)
Death Records [District 1], 1927-1934 (6 volumes)
Death Records [District 2], 1927-1934 (7 volumes)
Death Records [District 3], 1928-1934 (6 volumes)
Death Certificates, 1931-1949 (16 volumes)
Death Records [District 4], 1932-1933 (1 volume)
Death Records [District 68], 1927-1948 (13 volumes)

Clatsop
Reference Room Library publications:
Divorce records, 1861-1869
Marriage records, 1859-1874

Columbia
Marriage records, 1854-1865 (microfilm)

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1855-1897

Crook
Marriage records, 1882-1961 (microfilm)

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1882-1887

Curry
Divorce Index, 1866-1929 (Circuit Court Cases)
Search Curry County divorces, 1866-1929

Douglas
Marriage index, 1852-1983 (microfilm)
Marriage records, 1852-1947 (microfilm)

Reference Room Library publication:
Umpqua and Douglas County marriage records, 1851-1871

Gilliam
Divorce Index, 1909-1924 (Circuit Court Cases)

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1885-1896

Transferred from the State Health Division:
*Birth Records, 1913-1915 (2 volumes)
*Birth and Death Records, 1915-1933 (2 volumes)
*Birth Certificates, 1921-1941 (1 volume)
Death Certificates, 1926-1935 (1 volume)
Death Records, 1912-1915 (1 volume), 1935-1940 (1 volume)
Death Records [District 127], 1930-1935 (1 volume)

Grant
Marriage records, 1864-1951 (microfilm)

Harney
Marriage records, 1889-1960 (microfilm)

Hood River
Marriage records, 1908-1947 (4 cu.ft.)
Search Hood River County marriages, 1908-1947

Transferred from the State Health Division:
*Birth Records [city], 1907-1915 (1 volume)
*Birth Records, 1920-1947 (59 volumes)
*Birth and Death Records [book 23], 1915-1919 (1 volume)
*Birth and Death Records [book II], 1915-1919 (1 volume)
*Birth Records [book 22], 1908-1915 (1 volume)
Death Records [city], 1907-1915 (1 volume)
Death Records, 1908-1915 (1 volume), 1919-1949 (47 volumes)

Jackson
*Birth register, 1906-1915 (1 volume)

Reference Room Library publications:
Birth records, 1863-1910
Divorce records, 1856-1949 (3 volumes)
Marriage records, 1853-1924 (6 volumes)

Jefferson
Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1915-1926

Josephine
Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1856-1900

Klamath
Marriage records, 1882-1966 (microfilm)

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1882-1895

Lake
Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1875-1882

Lane
Death notices published in Lane County newspapers, index to, 1864-1902 (microfiche)
Divorce Index, 1855-1900 (Circuit Court Cases)
Marriage index, 1853-1950 (microfilm)
Marriage records, 1852-1891 (microfilm)
Search Lane County divorces, 1855-1900

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1852-1869

Transferred from the State Health Division:
*Birth Certificates, 1933-1934 (1 volume), 1944-1945 (1 volume)
*Birth and Death Records, 1915-1928 (1 volume)

Lincoln
Marriage affidavits and applications, 1942-1947 (.1 cu.ft.)
Marriage certificates, 1925-1936 (.25 cu.ft.)
Marriage records, 1893-1915 (microfilm)
Search Lincoln County marriages, 1924-1947

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1893-1926

Linn
Birth certificates, delayed, 1860-1961 (15 cu.ft.)
Marriage certificates, 1850-1873, with index (3 volumes & microfilm)
Marriage index, 1850-1948 (microfilm)
Marriage license records, 1863-1873 (2 volumes & microfilm)
Search Linn County delayed births, 1860-1899; and marriages, 1850-1873

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1846-1872

Transferred from the State Health Division:
*Birth and Death Records, 1915-1946 (1 volume)

Malheur
Transferred from the State Health Division:
*Birth Records, 1925-1948 (70 volumes)
*Non-resident Birth Records, 1946-1948 (.2 cu.ft.)
Death Records, 1925-1949 (17 volumes)
Death Certificates, 1921-1944 (1 volume, 2 cu.ft.)

Marion
Divorce index, 1852-1921 (Circuit Court Cases)
Search Marion County divorces, 1852-1921

Reference Room Library publication:
Death index, 1907A-1929L (microfilm)
Marriage records, 1849-1900 (9 volumes)

Transferred from the State Health Division:
*Birth Certificates, 1930-1947 (.1 cu.ft.)
*Birth and Death Records, 1915-1929 (1 volume)
Death Certificates, 1934-1948 (.1 cu.ft.)

Morrow
Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1885-1917

Multnomah
Marriage license index and record, 1855-1947 (microfilm)
Marriage license index, Oct 1903-1980 (microfilm)

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1855-1890 (5 volumes)

Polk
*Birth register, 1903-1915; 1943-1957, with index (5 volumes)
Death records, 1903-1905, with index (1 volume)
Divorce Index, 1854-1912 (Circuit Court Cases)
Marriage records, 1849-1955 (microfilm)
Search Polk County delayed births, 1855-1899; and divorces, 1854-1912

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1849-1879

Sherman
Transferred from the State Health Division:
*Birth and Death Records, 1915-1941 (1 volume)

Tillamook
*Birth certificates, 1903-1943 (4 cu.ft.)
*Birth register, 1907-1916 (2 volumes)
Death certificates, 1903-1907, 1919-1943 (2 cu.ft.)
Death registers, 1907-1916 (2 volumes)
Divorce Index, 1875-1909 (Circuit Court Cases)
Search Tillamook County divorces, 1875-1909

Reference Room Library publications:
Death and burial records, 1860-1898
Marriage records, 1862-1910

Umatilla|
*Birth certificates, 1913-1944 (4.8 cu.ft.)
*Birth register, 1906-1925 (7 volumes)
Death certificates, 1913-1944 (3.85 cu.ft.)
Death register, 1907-1929 (7 volumes)

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1862-1894

Wallowa
Transferred from the State Health Division;
*Birth and Death Records, 1915-1929 (1 volume) 

Wasco
*Birth certificates, delayed, 1859-1942, with index
Divorce Index, 1859-1916 (Circuit Court Cases)
Marriage certificates, 1879-1898
Marriage records, 1856-1865, 1939-1947 (microfilm)
Search Wasco County delayed births, 1859-1899; and divorces, 1859-1916

Reference Room Library publications:
Early marriage records for Clackamas and Wasco, 1848-1865
Marriage records, 1852-1900

Transferred from the State Health Division:
*Birth Certificates, N-Z, 1921-1945 (1 volume)
*Birth and Death Certificates, 1915-1922 (1 volume)
*Birth and Death Records, 1915-1941 (3 volumes)
Death Records, 1907-1915 (1 volume)
Death Certificates, A-Z, 1921-1944 (2 volumes)

Washington
Marriage records, 1850-1875, with index (microfilm)

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1842-1896

Transferred from the Health Division:
*Birth Certificates, A-Z, 1908-1945 (2.4 cu.ft.)
*Birth and Death Records, 1915-1936 (1 volume)
Death Certificates, A-Z, 1934-1938 (.5 cu.ft.)

Wheeler
Transferred from the State Health Division:
*Birth and Death Records, 1915-1930 (1 cu.ft.)

Yamhill
*Birth and death index, 1875-1944
*Birth and death register, 1915-1928
*Birth register, 1871-1915
Death register, 1907-1915
Marriage index, 1876-1902
Marriage records, 1857-1906
Search Yamhill County marriages, 1856-1875

Reference Room Library publication:
Marriage records, 1844-1912 (8 volumes)

 

State Records

Health Division
*Birth certificate affidavit for corrections, 1904-1980
Death certificates, Oregon, 1903-1961
Death index, Oregon, 1903-2006 (microfilm)
Delayed birth certificates, 1842-1902
Divorce index, Oregon, 1946-2006 (microfilm)
Divorce returns, 1946-1961
Marriage index, Oregon, 1906-1924, 1946-2006 (microfilm)
Marriage returns, 1946-1961

 

Pacific Northwest Resources

Reference Room Library publication:
Cumulative Death Index to the Catholic Church Records of the Pacific Northwest, 1838-1911 (1 volume)
Cumulative Marriage Index to the Catholic Church Records of the Pacific Northwest, 1838-1911 (1 volume)
Catholic Church Records of the Pacific Northwest (7 volumes)

(Updated March 8, 2010)

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