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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Benton County Records Inventory

Marriage Records

1850-1978

Series documents the recording of marriages by the county and includes applications, marriage certificates and licenses, and indexes to marriage records. Information includes the names and residences of bride and groom; justice of the peace, minister, or name of individual officiating; fees charged; date filed; volume and page numbers where recorded; certificate number; date and place of marriage; and signatures of witnesses and county officials. Beginning in 1906, marriages have been officially registered with the state of Oregon. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Marriage records have been inventoried through 1960.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Benton County Marriage Applications, 1931-1945 (3 reels of microfilm);
Benton County Marriage Certificates, 1852-1945 (12 reels of microfilm);
Benton County Marriage Records [with index], vol. A, 1852-1861 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. D, 1868-1876 (1 reel of microfilm);
Marriage Certificates, 1885-1929 (3 cu.ft.);
Search for 1885-1929 Benton County marriage records in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Recorder's Vault:
Index to Marriage Records, vol. 1, 1852-1978 (1 volume);
Marriage Applications [includes medical certificates], 1931-1960 (3 inches of microfiche);
Marriage Certificates, vol. A-D, 5-16, 1852-1961 (3 inches of microfiche);
Marriage Record Index, 1852-1978 (.35 inch of microfiche);
Records [Marriage], vol. D, 1868-1876 (1 volume).

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Clerk's Archive Vault:
Marriage Applications [includes medical certificates], 1931-1960 (3 inches of microfilm jackets);
Marriage Books, vol. D, 1868-1876 (7 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Marriage Certificates, 1852-1884 (1 cu.ft.); vol. A-D, 5-16, 1852-1961 (5 inches of microfilm jackets);
Marriage Records [Index], 1852-1878 (.50 inch microfilm jackets);
Marriage Record [with index], vol. A-C, 1852-1868 (3 volumes); vol. 5-16, 1876-1961 (12 volumes).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Benton County Marriages [Searchable Database], 1850-1945 (US GenWeb Project).

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