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About the Oregon Historical Records Index

Marriage Return Records

The records consist of completed forms that were returned to the county clerk after marriages occurred. The records often have information that was not part of other records documenting a particular marriage (e.g., license, certificate, etc.). Information includes place and date of marriage; registration number; officer officiating, and the following information about both the husband and wife: full name, residence, color, age, birthplace, occupation, number of marriages (including previous), and parents' birthplaces. The form asks for the maiden name of the wife in contrast with some other marriage records that may have included the the bride's legal name at the time of the marriage.

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