Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Washington 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:
Marriage Records, 1850-1875 ( 1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Public Services Building, Suite 130, Recording Division Office Area:
Marriage Certificates [Marriage Record-with index], vol. B, 1862-1875 (1 volume); vol. 2, 1875-1880 (1 volume);
Marriage Index Books [Published Abstracts], vol. 1-2, 1842-1896 (1 binder);
Marriage Index Books [Washington County Oregon Marriage Records-Published Abstracts], vol. 4, 1896-1902 (1 volume);
Marriage Records [includes certificates and affidavits], 1900-1960 (53 reels of microfilm);
Marriage Records [Marriage Record-with index], vol. 1, B, 2-28, 1850-1961 (12 reels of microfilm);
Marriages [Abstracts-compiled by Lepshat & Balfour], 1842-1896 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Washington County Imaging Center:
Marriage Certificates, 1900-1960 (ca.80 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Washington County Contracted Off-site Microfilm Storage:
Marriage & Index Books, vol. 1, B, 2-28, 1850-1961 (12 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Washington County Contracted Off-site Records Storage:
Marriage Certificates, 1850-1895 (2 cu.ft.);
Marriage Certificates [Return of Marriage], 1925-1953 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Washington County Museum, Research Library and Archives:
Marriage Records [Washington County Abstracts to vol. 1 and 2 of Marriage Record-Genealogical Forum of Portland], 1842-1896 (1 binder);
Washington County Marriage Records [Abstracts], vol. 4, 1896-1902 (1 volume).


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