Deschutes County, Oregon Genealogy

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Guide to Deschutes County, Oregon ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Deschutes County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Deschutes County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Founded December 13, 1916
County Seat Bend
Address Deschutes County Courthouse
1340 N W Wall Street
Bend, Or 97701
Phone: 541-388-6549
Deschutes County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Deschutes River. The County is located in the central area of the state. [1]

Deschutes County, Oregon Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1916 1916 1883 1916 1916 1845
*Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse
[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has marriage, burial, divorce, land,
probate, military discharge records from 1853
and Naturalization records from 1916.[3]

Deschutes County Government

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Deschutes County Court House as of September/October 2007.

Deschutes County Court is structured differently. Check the County Records Inventory link for addresses for location of records (left column).

  • Record Loss:

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Usgs deschutes watershed.png

Named for Deschutes River. French name was Riviere des Chutes or Riviere aux Chutes, meaning River of the Falls. The waterfall it referred to was Celilo Falls near where the river exits into Columbia River.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

13 December 1916: Created from Crook County. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Oregon County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Oregon County Boundary Maps" (1843-1975) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Plainview
  • Prineville Junction
  • Shevlin
Census-designated places

Defunct Post Offices[edit | edit source]

  • Alfalfa: Alfalfa is a well-known district, about 15 miles east of Bend, named for the forage crop grown there under irrigation. Alfalfa post office was established Jan. 29, 1912, with Sibyl C. Walker first of several postmasters. The office was closed Dec. 26, 1922, and the business was turned over to Bend. FamilySearch Catalog

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Crook | Harney | Jefferson | Klamath | Lake | Lane | Linn

Trivia Tidbits[edit | edit source]

Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages. Exception to this are Post Offices. > Trivia Tidbits

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
ORGravestones WorldCat Billion Graves
ORGenWeb Archives ORGenWeb
Tombstone Project FamilySearch Places
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1920 9,622
1930 14,749 53.3%
1940 18,631 26.3%
1950 21,812 17.1%
1960 23,100 5.9%
1970 30,442 31.8%
1980 62,142 104.1%
1990 74,958 20.6%
2000 115,367 53.9%
2010 157,733 36.7%
Source: "".

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Linn CountyJefferson CountyCrook CountyHarney CountyLake CountyKlamath CountyLane CountyOR DESCHUTES.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Oregon Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Rivers and Waterways[edit | edit source]

Details about the rivers and waterways where farms and settlements are often found along them. >> Rivers and Waterways

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Oregon Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Oregon Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Delayed Birth Certificates

Birth Registers

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

  1. 1826-1975 - Oregon, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
  2. 1849-1884; 1991-2006 - Oregon Marriage Index, 1849-1884; 1991-2006 at FamilySearch — index and images; collection is incomplete.
  3. Extractions of early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index
  4. Marriage Index 1885-1896 Actually is a book of affiants reporting the marriages. Historical Records Collection

Death Records[edit | edit source]

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Bend Genealogical Society
2200 US-20
Bend, OR 97701
Telephone: 541-317-9553

Deschutes County Historical Society
129 NW Idaho Ave
Bend OR 97701
Telephone: 541-389-1813
Facebook Page

Deschutes Public Library Administration
507 NW Wall St
Bend OR 97703
Facebook Page

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

Deschutes County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Deschutes, Oregon" in,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Deschutes County, Oregon . Page 572-574 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 563-564.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Deshutes County, Oregon page 572, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. WorldCat 50140092 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Deschutes County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oregon, accessed 10 October 2018.