Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Wallowa County Records Inventory
Delayed Birth Records
Series documents birth records generated by a court in response to a petition. Records may include petitions, decrees or orders, affidavits of correction, registers, and certificates. If the information provided with the petition met the requirements of the court, a decree was issued that served as a legal birth document. Most petitions were filed decades after the actual birth. They were filed in the county of residence at the time of petition, not necessarily in the county of birth. Dates listed in brackets document the range of actual birth dates. Date ranges for court actions such as petitions and decrees are also included. Also see Birth Records series for related records. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.
Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Birth Certificates Decree Registration [documents births from ca.1860-ca.1925-title varies], no. 1-717, 1943-1955 (2 cu.ft.); no. 835-1067, 1958-1968 (1 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Journal Birth Certificates [Delayed-documents births from ca.1870-ca.1925-with index], vol. 1-2, 1943-1967 (2 volumes);
Petition for Registration of Birth [Delayed-documents births from ca.1898-ca.1920], 1945-1969 (.15 cu.ft.);
Register of Birth Certificates [Delayed-documents births from ca.1860-ca.1925-with index], vol. 1, 1943-1968 (1 volume).
Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
[Decree for Registration of Birth-Delayed-documents births from ca.1884-ca.1916], no. 718-834, 1955-1958 (.35 cu.ft.).