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Record Description

This collection includes indexes and digital images of the following:

  • Marriage records (1855-1950)
  • Land and property records (1853-1920)

Record Content

Marriage index entries may include any of the following:

  • Names and races of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Bride's residence
  • Groom's residence
  • County and state
  • Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom
  • Witnesses
  • Birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • Age of the bride and groom
  • Marital status of the bride and groom
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Land and property records usually include:

  • Names of interested individuals
  • Date of transaction
  • Monies exchanged
  • Legal description of the land parcel
  • Name of witnesses
  • Any other pertinent information such as death or estate information or names of dependent children

How to Use the Record

To begin your search in the marriage records it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • The approximate marriage date
  • The marriage place
  • The name of the intended spouse

To begin your search in the land records it is helpful to know the following:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Approximate date of the transaction
  • Location of the property

Identify the record to be searched

From the Record Description list, identify the kind of record you would like to search (land or marriage) and click on the title link to select it.

Find the image

Start searching individual images or pages that you have listed. Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the residence and names to locate church and census records.
  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Search for the land transactions of a couple and their children. The parents may have sold or given property to a son or daughter. Such transactions confirm relationships that might not be found in other records.
  • Search for records of people in the county who shared a surname. These may have been the couple’s parents, uncles, or other relatives. Your ancestor may have been an heir who sold inherited land that had belonged to parents or grandparents.
  • To find later generations, search the land records a few years before and after a person’s death. Your ancestor may have sold or given land to his or her heirs before death, or the heirs may have sold the land after the individual died. For daughters, the names of their husbands are often provided. For sons, the given names of their wives may be included. Heirs may have sold their interest in the land to another heir even though the record may not indicate this. Continue this process for identifying each succeeding generation.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Some counties were subdivided or the boundaries may have changed. Consider searching neighboring counties as well since that courthouse may have been more convenient for the person.
  • When searching land records, one deed does not usually give sufficient information about a couple and their children. A careful study of all deeds for the person or the family will yield a richer return of information.
  • For each parcel of land owned, you should obtain two documents:
  1. The deed that documents when ownership transferred to the individual or the family
  2. The deed that documents when ownership was transferred to someone else
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

General Information About Marriage Records

Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.

Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property. The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information depends on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants.

Related Websites

Guide to Jackson County, Oregon Records

Related Wiki Articles

Jackson County, Oregon

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

{{Collection citation| text = “Oregon, Jackson County Records, 1853-1950.” Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing Jackson County Clerk. Jackson County Courthouse, Medford, Oregon.


 

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