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

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Columbia County, Oregon
Map
Map of Oregon highlighting Columbia County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 16, 1854
County Seat St. Helens
Courthouse
Or-columbia-ch.jpg
Address Columbia County Courthouse
244 Strand Street
St. Helens, OR 97051
Phone: 503.397.3796
Columbia County Website




County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

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

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1890 1907 1854 1850 1880 1845
Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has marriage records from 1890,
divorce and court records from 1854 and probate records from 1880. [3]

Records Held at the Courthouse[edit | edit source]


A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Oregon , Columbia County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Quick Facts[edit | edit source]

Named for the Columbia River, which forms the northern and eastern boundaries.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

16 January 1854: from Washington County. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • No parts were taken to create any county.

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:[5]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Clatsop | Multnomah | Tillamook | Washington | Washington counties: Cowlitz | Clark | Wahkiakum

Resources[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 WorldCat Billion Graves
ORGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
ORInterment
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.

For a detailed list, including addresses, phone numbers, and external links, see Columbia County, Oregon Cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

Territorial and State Census Records (Extant)[edit | edit source]

  • 1845 (as part of Tuality County, aka Twality or Twalitain)
  • 1849 (as part of Tuality County, aka Twality or Twalitain)
  • 1853 (as part of Washington County)
  • 1865

Federal Census Records (Extant)[edit | edit source]

  • 1850
  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Wiki articles describing land records online are found at Oregon, Columbia County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Maps[edit | edit source]

Clatsop CountyTillamook CountyWashington CountyMultnomah CountyClark CountyCowlitz CountyWahkiakum CountyOR COLUMBIA.PNG
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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.


Historic Oregon Newspapers  as a division of the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program has digitzied more than 644,000 pages of newspapers throughout Oregon. Dates range from 1846-1922 with selected issues continuing through 1973.

Of particular interest to Columbia County researchers:

The Columbia Register (Houlton)
The Columbian (St. Helens)
The Oregon Mist (St. Helens)

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

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. Extractions of early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index
  3. 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]

Columbia Gorge Genealogy Society
722 Court Street
The Dalles 97058
Website


Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Columbia, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_County,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Columbia 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), Columbia 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, "Columbia County, Oregon"," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_County,_Oregon, accessed 3 October 2018.