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Multnomah County, Oregon Genealogy

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


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Multnomah County, Oregon
Map
Map of Oregon highlighting Multnomah County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 22, 1854
County Seat Portland
Courthouse
Address Multnomah County Courthouse
1021 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204-1123
Phone: 503.248.3511
Multnomah County Website



County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Chinookan word for the "lower river". The County is located in the northwest area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1864 1855 1864 1854 1854 1850 1845
Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


County Clerk has divorce, court and land records from 1854 [3]

Multnomah County Information[edit | edit source]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

22 December 1854: Multnomah county was created from Clackamas and Washington Counties. Named after Native American people first recorded in the journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Mulknomans, who inhabited the area of Portland, most specifically on Sauvie Island. [4]

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.


Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places / Localities[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
Historic communities

Defunct Post Offices

  • Albina: Albina post office was in service from 1876 to 1892.

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

Census[edit | edit source]

  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1895---State census, lists only names (no age or birthplace). An index is available in the Oregon Historical Records Index, at the Oregon State Archives.
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • Records of Central Lutheran Church, Portland, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Skamania CountyClark CountyHood River CountyClackamas CountyWashington CountyColumbia CountyOR MULTNOMAH.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Multnomah County, Oregon Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[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.

Poor Farm Records[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

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]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Delayed Birth Certificates


Birth Registers

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon has placed an index on-line to the following marriage books: (FI$)

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.

Voter Registration Records[edit | edit source]

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Oregon Historical Society Museum
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Telephone: 503-222-1741
Website

Fairview Rockwood Wilkes Historical Society
17111 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97230
Telephone: 503-261-8078
Website

Multnomah Historical Association
PO Box 19785
2929 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219
Website

David Douglas Historical Society
1500 SE 130th Ave.
Portland, OR 97233
Telephone: 503-254-0797

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]

Multnomah County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Multnomah, Oregon" in https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Multnomah_County,_Oregon_Genealogy accessed 28 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Multnomah 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), Multnomah County, Oregon page 573, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Multnomah County, Oregon" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multnomah_County,_Oregon, accessed 16 December 2018.
  6. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map VI" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at OTMap6.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).