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Oregon Vital Records

Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.

Oregon State Archives
800 Summer Street N. E.
Salem, OR 97310

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Ancestry.com  Oregon Death Index
Originally a haven for fur traders, Oregon became the thirty-third state in 1859. This database is a collection of individuals who died in the state during the years 1903 through 1998. Researchers will find information including the deceased’s name, the place and date of death, the certificate number, the age at death, and possibly information concerning a spouse. This information was taken from a microfilm index compiled by the Oregon State Health Department.  (Requires Ancestry.com Membership) Get 14 Days Free Access!!!

Oregon Vital Records
PO Box 14050
Portland, OR 97293
(503) 731-4108
Recording:  (503) 731-4095
Fax: (503) 234-8417
Street Address: 800 N.E. Oregon St./Suite #205

Make money order payable to Oregon Health Division.

Some earlier records for the City of Portland and the individual counties are available from:

Birth  $15.00   Since Jan 1903
All birth records (including indexes) have a 100 year access restriction


Death  $15.00   Since Jan 1903

Marriage  $15.00   Since Jan 1906
If the records are not available at the State office, they should be available from the County Clerk in the county where the license was issued. County Clerks also have some records before 1906. Fees vary.

Divorce  $15.00   Since 1925
If the records are not available at the State office, they should be available from the County Circuit Court Clerk in the county where the divorce was granted. County Clerks also have some records before 1925. Fees vary.


Noncertified copies of death records older than 50 years are available from the Oregon State Archives, 800 Summer Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310 ( 503/373-0701 ) for a small fee. You may review the records at the library.