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


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Wheeler County, Oregon
Map
Map of Oregon highlighting Wheeler County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 17, 1899
County Seat Fossil
Courthouse
Address Wheeler County Courthouse
701 Adams Street
P O Box 327
Fossil, Or 97830
Phone 541-763-2400
Wheeler County Website



County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Henry H. Wheeler. The County is located in the north central area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1915 1896 1915 1888 1865 1887 1845
Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has probate records from 1899 and land records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divoce and court records. [3]


Wheeler County Government

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Wheeler County Court House as of June 2008.

Wheeler County Court is structured differently. Check the County Records Inventory link for addresses for location of records (left column).

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Parent Counties[edit | edit source]

17 February 1899: Wheeler County was created from Crook, Gilliam and Grant Counties. [4]

Named for Henry H. Wheeler, a early settler who owned a farm near Mitchell.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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
  • Wetmore
  • Winlock
Ghost towns


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Crook | Gilliam | Grant | Jefferson | Morrow | Wasco

Resources[edit | edit source]

Archives and Libraries[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
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

  • 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]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Sherman CountyGilliam CountyMorrow CountyWasco CountyJefferson CountyCrook CountyGrant CountyOR WHEELER.PNG
Click a neighboring county
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]

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]

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]

Wheeler County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Wheeler, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheeler_County,_Oregon accessed 29 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wheeler 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), Wheeler County, Oregon page 574, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. WorldCat 50140092; FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Wheeler County, Oregon" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheeler_County,_Oregon, accessed 20 January 2019.