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Wallowa County, Oregon Genealogy

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


Wallowa County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Wallowa County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Founded February 11, 1887
County Seat Enterprise
Address Wallowa County Courthouse
101 S River Street
Enterprise, Or 97828-1300
Phone: 541-326-4543
Wallowa County Website

County InformationEdit


The County was named for the Nez Perce term for a structure of stakes (a weir) used in fishing. The County is located in the northeast area of the state. [1]

Wallowa County, Oregon Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1879 1905 1887 1875 1886 1845
Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County CourthouseEdit

County Clerk has birth records 1907-1943
marriage, land and military records from 1897
divorce, probate and court records from 1897-1970
and naturalization records 1897-1920.
Circuit Court has divorce, probate and court records
from 1971. [3]

Wallowa County Oregon Seal

Wallowa County Government

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Wallowa County Court House as of August 2009.

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

Historical FactsEdit

11 February 1887: Wallowa county was created from Union County. [4]

Named for Wallowa River. Lewis and Clark Expedition journals recorded Wil-le-wahas the name.

  • Records Held at the Courthouse

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Wallowa County Court House as of July 2004.

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]

Unincorporated communities
  • Bartlett
  • Eden
  • Evans
  • Flora
  • Fruita
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have websites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Defunct Post Offices

  • Alder Slope: Alder post office, the third in what is now Wallowa County, was established Apr. 5, 1878, with Henry Beecher first postmaster. The office was discontinued Oct. 9, 1890.

Trivia TidbitsEdit

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



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


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
ORGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
ORGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.


  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Church History and RecordsEdit

Court RecordsEdit

Farms - RanchesEdit



Land and PropertyEdit


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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military History and RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

World War IEdit


See Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa for the newspapers published in these cities.

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


  • School days in the Wallowas: a history of the ninety-one schools and communities, past and present, of Wallowa County, Oregon WorldCat 26657807


Vital RecordsEdit

Birth RecordsEdit

Delayed Birth Certificates

Birth Registers

Marriage RecordsEdit

Death RecordsEdit

Voting RecordsEdit

  1. Election voter register, Wallowa County, Oregon, 1902, 1906, 1914 FHL Collection

Societies, Libraries and MuseumsEdit

Wallowa County Museum
110 S Main St
Joseph, OR 97846
Telephone: 541-432-6095

Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center
211 E 2nd St
Wallowa, OR 97885
Telephone: 541-886-3670

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.


Wallowa County Oregon Genealogy ReferencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Wallowa, Oregon" in,_Oregon accessed 29 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wallowa 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), Wasco 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, "Wallowa County, Oregon" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oregon, accessed 16 January 2019.
  6. HQO - (LAR)