Family historians consider vital records among the most valuable resources in their research. The State Archives makes available a wealth of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. However, birth and death records have access restrictions. Beyond the State Archives, the Oregon Historical County Records Guide inventory of vital records describes birth, death, marriage and divorce records held by counties and at other repositories such as local museums and historical societies.
All birth records, including indexes, have a 100-year access restriction, and death certificates have a 50-year access restriction (Oregon Health Division, OAR 333-011-096). Permission for access to vital records in the State Archives that are restricted must be obtained through the State Registrar.
The State Archives won't release restricted information without written authorization from the State Registrar. An asterisk (*) next to a records listing indicates an access restriction. To request access to such listings, contact the State Registrar at Oregon Center for Health Statistics, Suite 205, State Office Building, 800 N.E. Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232; 971-673-1190.
Researching Vital Records at the State Archives
Vital records available at the State Archives are either in the original format or part of the Reference Room Library as microfilm or publications. The microfilm and publications are available for self service in the Reference Room.
Researchers can view records for free at the State Archives. We also offer research services. If you supply us with: (1) name, (2) date of birth, death, marriage or divorce and (3) city and an Oregon county, we will search the records and send you copies (see fees).