About the Oregon Historical Records Index

​The Oregon Historical Records Index​ includes​ entries compiled by examining actual records held by the Oregon State Archives. The spelling of surnames and other information reflects the original records.

Hints for searching the Index

This index is the effort of thousands of hours of Archives volunteers’ time. Originally volunteers were told to enter data as it appeared on the record. As such there are many entries using the common abbreviations for some given names. Examples include Wm for William and Chas for Charles. Generally it is best to use a surname only search unless you have a very common surname. If you get a large search result you can add additional information such as given name or location/county to narrow the search.

Do not use periods in your search. Although there are some entries with periods we have discontinued there use in data entry. Including a period in your search criteria will only return items that include periods, not entries were no periods are used. We are gradually editing the entries to be consistent and improve search. Please contact us (reference.archives@state.or.us) if you encounter problems searching the index.

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Information or copies from the indexed records may be requested by contacting the Reference Unit of the Archives. In most cases these records include more information than the index entries. Entries will be added to the index on an ongoing basis.

Records from the following entities are included in the index:
Choose a county or agency to learn more about its records in the index.

Baker County
Benton County
Clackamas County
Clatsop County
Columbia County
Crook County
Curry County
Defense Council, Oregon State
Deschutes County
Gilliam County
Grant County
Hawthorne Asylum
Health Division, Oregon
Hood River County
Hospital, Oregon State
Jackson County
Josephine County
Lake County
Lane County
Lincoln County


Linn County
Malheur County
Marion County
Military Department, Oregon
Morrow County
Multnomah County
Penitentiary, Oregon State
Polk County
Portland, City of
Provisional and Territorial Government
Provisional Government
Sherman County
Tillamook County
Umatilla County
Wallowa County
Wasco County
Washington County
Wheeler County
Yamhill County


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The records included in this index represent only a small fraction of our holdings. See also: