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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

Ordering Oregon Vital Records

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

SEND THE FOLLOWING BIRTH RECORD INFORMATION:

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.

SEND THE FOLLOWING DEATH, MARRIAGE OR DIVORCE RECORD INFORMATION:

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.