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


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Union County, Oregon
Map
Map of Oregon highlighting Union County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Facts
Founded October 14, 1864
County Seat LaGrande
Courthouse
Address Union County Courthouse
1106 K Avenue
LaGrande, Or 97850
Phone: 541-963-1006
Union County Website



County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the town of Union. The County is located in the northeast area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1905 1864 1905 1854 1864 1854 1845
Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1875,
and naturalization records 1900-1975.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1854. [3]


Union County Government

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Union County Court House as of August 2018.

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

Union was the former county seat until after 1 February 1901.

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Union County, Oregon

14 October 1864: Union county was created from Baker County. [4]

Named for the city of Union which is located within the boundaries, a county seat at the time of the creation of the county.

  • Records Held at the Courthouse

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

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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


Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

11 February 1887: Wallowa County was set off.

1 February 1901: Southeast portion of Union known as the Panhandle was annexed to Baker County by the order of the State Legislature.

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
Ghost towns

Defunct Post Offices[edit | edit source]

  • Alicel: Alicel is a station on the Joseph branch of the Union Pacific Railroad. It is reported when this branch line was built about 1890, Charles Ladd, a local resident, had the station named for his wife, Alcie Ladd. After the death of Mr. Ladd his widow married a Mr. Tucker and subsequently lived in Seattle. Alicel is located in the Grande Ronde Valley. Had a post office from 1890 until 1972. Alicel was platted in 1890.

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.

Vol. 21 page 177 - Lower Cove Cemetery, Alical

Census[edit | edit source]

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

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Umatilla CountyWallowa CountyGrant CountyBaker CountyOR UNION.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

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

  • Oregon Trail 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon[6]

Military[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]

Many early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

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]

Union County Historical Society
333 S Main St
Union 97883
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]

Union County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Union, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_County,_Oregon accessed 29 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Union 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), Union 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, "Union County, Oregon" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_County,_Oregon, accessed 16 January 2019.
  6. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map VI" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at OTMap6.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).