Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk County Records Inventory

Marriage Records


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:
[Polk County Marriages-Marriage Record-with index], vol. 1-2, 1849-1888 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. B-C, 1866-1888 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. 3-16, 1888-1955 (6 reels of microfilm);
[Record of Marriages-with index], vol. 1, 1849-1866 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office:
Index to Marriages, 1850-1950 (2 volumes); vol. 2, 1951-1980 (1 volume);
Marriage Records [Index to Marriages], vol. 1-2, 1857-1980 (1 reel of microfilm);
Marriage Records, vol. A-C, ca.1849-1889 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. 3-17, 1888-1961 (7 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office, Storage Room:
Marriage Record [with index], vol. 1, 1849-1866 (1 volume); vol. C, 1877-1890 (1 volume);
Records [Marriage], vol. B, 1866-1877 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Complex, Building 12, Central Area Pallet:
Marriage Certificates [includes medical certificates and related records], 1848-1924 (3 cu.ft.);
Marriage Record [with index], vol. 3-4, 1866-1897 (2 volumes); vol. 6-17, 1900-1961 (12 volumes).

Records at the Polk County Historical Society Museum, Archives:
Marriage Record [with index], vol. 5, 1897-1900 (1 volume).


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