Yamhill County, Oregon Genealogy
Guide to Yamhill County, Oregon ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Yamhill County, Oregon|
Location in the state of Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
|Founded||July 5, 1843|
|Address||Yamhill County Courthouse|
535 NE 5th Street
McMinnville, OR 97128
Yamhill County Website
- 1 County Information
- 2 Yamhill County, Oregon Record Dates
- 3 County Courthouse
- 4 Quick Facts
- 5 Places / Localities
- 6 Resources
- 6.1 Biography
- 6.2 Cemeteries
- 6.3 Census
- 6.4 Church History and Records
- 6.5 County Records
- 6.6 Court Records
- 6.7 Deeds and Property
- 6.8 Gazetteers
- 6.9 History
- 6.10 Land and Property
- 6.11 Maps
- 6.12 Military History and Records
- 6.13 Newspapers
- 6.14 Probate Records
- 6.15 Rivers and Waterways
- 6.16 Taxation
- 6.17 Vital Records
- 7 Societies, Libraries and Museums
- 8 Websites
- 9 Yamhill County Oregon Genealogy References
County Information[edit | edit source]
Description[edit | edit source]
The County was named for probably an explorer's name for a local Native American tribe, the Yamhill, who are part of the North Kalapuyan family. The County is located in the northwest area of the state. 
Yamhill County, Oregon Record Dates[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
County Clerk has marriage records from 1881 and land records from 1853. 
- Records Held at the Courthouse
County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Yamhill County Court House as of October 2005.
Lafayette was a former county seat until 1886.
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Quick Facts[edit | edit source]
Named for a local Native American tribe, the Yamhill, a part of North Kalapuyan family.
Parent County[edit | edit source]
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
22 December 1845: Polk County set off.
15 December 1853: Tillamook 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.
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. Exception to this are Post Offices. > Trivia Tidbits
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||WorldCat||Billion Graves|
|Tombstone Project||FamilySearch Places|
|See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.|
Census[edit | edit source]
- 1845 Territorial Transcription and Index
- 1849 Territorial Transcription and Index
Church History and Records[edit | edit source]
List of Churches and Church Parishes
County Records[edit | edit source]
Court Records[edit | edit source]
Deeds and Property[edit | edit source]
Wiki article describing online FamilySearch Historical collecton is found Oregon. Yamhill County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Land and Property[edit | edit source]
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]
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]
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]
The Family History Library has copies of some records such as:
Yamhill County record of deaths 1907-1931, index 1903-1944, coroner's reports 1861-1940
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
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]
Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]
Yamhill County Historical Society and Museum
605 Market St
McMinnville, OR 97128
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]
- Yamhill County, OR History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Oregon Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- The Yamhill GenWeb Project, part of The ORGenWeb Project
- USGenWeb Archives
- USGenWeb Archives (backup site)
- FamilySearch FamilySearch Catalog
Yamhill County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Yamhill, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamhill_County,_Oregon accessed 29 Nov 2018
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Yamhill 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), Yamhill County, Oregon page 574, 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, "Yamhill County, Oregon" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamhill_County,_Oregon, accessed 20 January 2019.