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


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Yamhill County, Oregon
Map
Map of Oregon highlighting Yamhill County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Facts
Founded July 5, 1843
County Seat McMinnville
Courthouse
Address Yamhill County Courthouse
535 NE 5th Street
McMinnville, OR 97128
Phone: 503.434.7518
Yamhill County Website



County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for probably an explorer's name for a local Native American tribe, the Yamhill, who are part of the North Kalapuyan family. The County is located in the northwest area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1871 1856 1875 1843 1853 1849 1845
Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has marriage records from 1881 and land records from 1853. [3]


  • Records Held at the Courthouse

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Yamhill County Court House as of October 2005.

Lafayette was a former county seat until 1886.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:


Oregon, Yamhill 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 a local Native American tribe, the Yamhill, a part of North Kalapuyan family.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

5 July 1843: Yamhill county was created from the Oregon Territory. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

22 December 1845: Polk County set off.

15 December 1853: Tillamook County set off.

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
Native American communities
Census-designated places


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Clackamas | Marion | Polk | Tillamook | Washington

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

Census[edit | edit source]

  • 1845 Territorial Transcription and Index
  • 1849 Territorial Transcription and Index

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

County Records[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Deeds and Property[edit | edit source]

Wiki article describing online FamilySearch Historical collecton is found Oregon. Yamhill County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Clackamas CountyMarion CountyPolk CountyTillamook CountyWashington CountyOR YAMHILL.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]

Oregon Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

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]

The Family History Library has copies of some records such as:

Yamhill County record of deaths 1907-1931, index 1903-1944, coroner's reports 1861-1940

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]

Yamhill County Historical Society and Museum
605 Market St
McMinnville, OR 97128
Telephone: 503-864-2308
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]

Oregon, Yamhill County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Yamhill County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

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