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Douglas County, Oregon Genealogy

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


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Douglas County, Oregon
Map
Map of Oregon highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 7, 1852
County Seat Roseburg
Courthouse
Or-douglas-ch.jpg
Address Douglas County Courthouse
1036 SE Douglas Street Rm 221
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: 541.440.4324
Douglas County Website



County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for Stephen A. Douglas, an American politician who supported Oregon statehood. The County is located in the west central area of the state. [1]

Douglas County, Oregon Record DatesEdit

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

County CourthouseEdit

County Clerk has marriage, burial, divorce, land, probate, military discharge
and court records from 1853 and naturalization records from 1850.[3]

Records Held at the CourthouseEdit

  • Record Loss:

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Oregon, Douglas County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Quick FactsEdit

Douglas-stephena.jpg

Named for U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois.

Trivia Tidbits: Little biographic bits associated with the names of non-population localities.

Parent CountyEdit

7 January 1852: Created from the part of Umpqua County lying east of Coast Range summit. [4]

Boundary ChangesEdit

11 January 1854: Part was taken to form Wasco County.

1856: Camas Valley of Umpqua County was annexed to Douglas County.

1862: Douglas County absorbed the remaining parts of Umpqua County.

1915: Boundary adjustments were made with Jackson and Lane counties.

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 LossEdit

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

Places / LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

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 CountiesEdit

Coos | Curry | Jackson | Josephine | Klamath | Lane

Trivia TidbitsEdit

Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages. Exception to this are Post Offices. > Trivia Tidbits

ResourcesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

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.

CensusEdit

  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

TerritorialEdit

  • 1853 Territorial Transcription and Index

Church History and RecordsEdit

Court RecordsEdit

GazetteersEdit

HistoryEdit

Land and PropertyEdit

MapsEdit

Klamath CountyJackson CountyJosephine CountyCurry CountyCoos CountyDouglas CountyLane CountyOR DOUGLAS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military History and RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

World War IEdit

NewspapersEdit

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

Probate RecordsEdit

Online Records

Rivers and WaterwaysEdit

Details about the rivers and waterways where farms and settlements are often found along them. >> Rivers and Waterways

TaxationEdit

Vital RecordsEdit

The Family History Library has copies of some county records as following:

Douglas County coroner inquests, 1896 to 1946

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 RecordsEdit

Delayed Birth Certificates


Birth Registers

Marriage RecordsEdit

  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 RecordsEdit

Societies, Libraries and MuseumsEdit

Genealogical Society-Douglas
1036 SE Douglas Ave # 111
Roseburg, OR 97470
Telephone: 541-440-6178
Website

Family History CentersEdit

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.

WebsitesEdit

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Oregon, Couglas County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Douglas County Oregon Genealogy ReferencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_County,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Douglas 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), Douglas County, Oregon page 572, 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, "Douglas County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_County,_Oregon, accessed 10 October 2018.