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How to Find Oregon Death Records

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  • In 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state admitted to the Union.
  • The earliest death record was in 1862.
  • Oregon began statewide registration of deaths began in July 1903. The counties have copies of these records.

Next Step: When did the death occur? [edit | edit source]

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Deaths before 1903[edit | edit source]

Statewide registration of deaths began in 1903. There are limited records prior to this time on the county level. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Tax Records
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
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Deaths after 1903 to present[edit | edit source]

The state of Oregon began recording deaths statewide in July 1903.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information[edit | edit source]

For deaths that exist from 1903 to 1998, try the following databases. Try each link.

Oregon Deaths Databases - Includes Index
Try 1st:
1903-1998 Oregon, Death Index Free at FamilySearch.org; dates from 1903-1998; death index from the Oregon State Archives and Record Center. Index provided by Ancestry.com. Index only.
Try 2nd:

1898-2008 at Ancestry.com ($) Requires membership to Ancestry.com; Free at family history centers. Dates from 1898-2008. Index and images from the Oregon State Library.
Try 3rd:

1895-1948 at Genealogy.state.or.us. Free at Oregon State Archives. Index of state-issued death certificates. Must select "Death" under the heading: Record Type. Portland Deaths are a separate record type. Index only.
Try 4th:

1903-1947 at FamilySearch.org

Free at FamilySearch.org; dates from 1903-1947; name index to death and burial records from the state of Oregon. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. A few records may be earlier or later than the date range. Index only.

Try 5th:

1903-1930 at MyHeritage.com

($) Requires membership to MyHeritage.com; dates from 1903-1930; name index to death and burial records from the state of Oregon. There are many missing records. Index only.

Can't find the record in the indexes? Go to Step Two Part B listed below. You may be able to order the death record for your ancestor from the Oregon Department of Health State Office.

Can't find your ancestor in the online index?

Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information


STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate[edit | edit source]

PART A: You know the exact date of death

If the image was not included in the index entry above, you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Death Certificates
From County of Death From OR Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county


If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.


PART B: You don't know the exact date of death

Try:
Or try:
Order a 3 year search from OR Dept. of Health Office ($); Click on the death certificates tab to order a death certificate
Don't want to order the death record? Search other records with death information


Restrictions for Obtaining Death Records[edit | edit source]

Restrictions for obtaining a certificate for persons who died within the last 50 years:
To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:

  • The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate
  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The child or grandchild of the person on the certificate
  • The sibling of the person on the certificate
  • Funeral director
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.


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