Polk County, Oregon Genealogy
Guide to Polk County, Oregon ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Polk County, Oregon|
Location in the state of Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
|Founded||Decemeber 22, 1845|
|Address||Polk County Courthouse|
850 Main Street Rm 201
Dallas, OR 97338
Polk County Website
- 1 County Information
- 2 Polk County, Oregon Record Dates
- 3 County Courthouse
- 4 Quick Facts
- 5 Places / Localities
- 6 Neighboring Counties
- 7 Resources
- 7.1 Biography
- 7.2 Cemeteries
- 7.3 Church History and Records
- 7.4 Court Records
- 7.5 Gazetteers
- 7.6 History
- 7.7 Land and Property
- 7.8 Maps
- 7.9 Military History and Records
- 7.10 Newspapers
- 7.11 Probate Records
- 7.12 Rivers and Waterways
- 7.13 Taxation
- 7.14 Vital Records
- 8 Societies, Libraries and Museums
- 9 Websites
- 10 Polk County Oregon Genealogy References
County Information[edit | edit source]
Description[edit | edit source]
The County was named for James Knox Polk, the 11th president of the United States. The County is located in the northwest area of the state. 
Polk County, Oregon Record Dates[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records. 
Dallas was formerly named Cynthian.
Quick Facts[edit | edit source]
- County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Polk County Court House as of August 2007.
- Record Loss:
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
23 Dec 1847: Benton County set off.
15 Dec 1853: Tillamook County set off.
20 February 1893: Lincoln County set off.
For animated maps illustrating Oregon County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Oregon County Boundary Maps" (1843-1975) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
1898 Fire destroyed courthouse.
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:
|Native American communities|
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
Trivia Tidbits[edit | edit source]
Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages.
Resources[edit | edit source]
Biography[edit | edit source]
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|ORGenWeb Archives||FamilySearch Places|
|See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.|
Census[edit | edit source]
Church History and Records[edit | edit source]
List of Churches and Church Parishes
Court Records[edit | edit source]
A wiki artaicle describing an online collection is found Oregon, Polk County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Land and Property[edit | edit source]
Wiki articles describing land records online are found at Oregon, Polk County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.
Maps[edit | edit source]
Military History and Records[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
- 1861-1865 - Oregon, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
World War I[edit | edit source]
- 1919-1920 - Oregon, World War I, County Military Service Records, 1919-1920 at FamilySearch — index
- 1921-1938 - Oregon, World War I, Veteran State Aid Applications, 1921-1938 at FamilySearch — index and images
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
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]
Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Delayed Birth Certificates
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
- 1826-1975 - Oregon, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
- 1849-1884; 1991-2006 - Oregon Marriage Index, 1849-1884; 1991-2006 at FamilySearch — index and images; collection is incomplete.
- Extractions of early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index
- Marriage Index 1885-1896 Actually is a book of affiants reporting the marriages. Historical Records Collection
Death Records[edit | edit source]
Linn County records of deaths 1903-1915, 1915-1947 (the cover title of this one is "Register of Physicians, Midwives and Undertakers", death certificates 1903-1947, coroner's inquest 1909-1960, index 1909-1960.
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.
Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
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 Libraries
Websites[edit | edit source]
Websites[edit | edit source]
- Polk County, OR History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Oregon Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- The Polk County GenWeb Project, part of The ORGenWeb Project
- USGenWeb Archives
- USGenWeb Archives backup site
- Oregon Polk County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
- FamilySearch FamilySearch Catalog
Polk County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Polk, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polk_County,_Oregon accessed 28 Nov 2018
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Polk 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.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Polk County, Oregon page 573, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- WorldCat 50140092 ▲ FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
- Wikipedia contributors, "Polk County, Oregon" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polk_County,_Oregon, accessed 22 December 2018.