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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Oregon|Oregon]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Baker County'''
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''This article is about a northwest Oregon county. For other uses, see [[Baker]].''
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow-kelly.png]] [[Oregon|Oregon]] [[Image:Gotoarrow-kelly.png]] '''Baker County'''''
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
=== Records held at the Courthouse  ===
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[http://www.bakercounty.org/ Baker County Government]
  
*[http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/county/cpbakerdescrip.html County Records Inventory] listing the records held at the Baker County Court House as of July 2005. This courthouse has the reputation of being the cleanest county record depository in the state of Oregon.
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[http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/records/local/county/baker/inv/index.html County Records Inventory] listing the records held at the Baker County Court House as of June/July 2010.  
  
*Record Loss: Some will books were lost in a county clerk's office fire in 1890s. One early marriage register missing (as of 2005).
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Baker County Court is structured differently. Check the County Records Inventory link for addresses for location of records (left column).  
  
*'''1 December 2010:''' [http://www.bakercityherald.com/Local-News/Courthouse-cleanup-continues Cleanup Underway] No records damaged or lost due to quick action.
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This courthouse has the reputation of being the cleanest county record depository in the state of Oregon.  
  
=== Quick Facts  ===
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*Record Loss: Some will books were lost in a county clerk's office fire in 1890s. One early marriage register is missing (covering 1862-1877) (as of 15 August 2012).
  
{{Wikipedia|Baker County, Oregon|align=left}}
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at'''<br>
  
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[[Oregon, Baker County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Oregon, Baker County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
  
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{{wpd|Baker County, Oregon|Baker County, Oregon Wikipedia}}
  
Named for U.S. Senator Edward Dickinson Baker of Oregon, who was killed at the [[Battle of Ball's Bluff|Battle of Ball's Bluff]] in the Civil War.  
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Named for U.S. Senator Edward Dickinson Baker of Oregon, who was killed at the [[Battle of Ball's Bluff]] in the Civil War.  
  
===== Parent County =====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
  
'''22 September 1862:''' Baker county was created from [[Wasco County, Oregon|Wasco County]]. <ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}} {{FHL|1049485|item}}''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref>  
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'''22 September 1862:''' Baker county was created from [[Wasco County, Oregon|Wasco County]]. <ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}}; {{FHL|1049485|item}}''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref>  
 
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===== Boundary Changes  =====
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'''14 October 1864:''' [[Union County, Oregon|Union]] County set off.  
 
'''14 October 1864:''' [[Union County, Oregon|Union]] County set off.  
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'''1 February 1901:''' The Panhandle area between the [[Powder River, Oregon|Powder River]] and the Wallowa Mountains was returned from Union County, forming the northeast corner of Baker County.  
 
'''1 February 1901:''' The Panhandle area between the [[Powder River, Oregon|Powder River]] and the Wallowa Mountains was returned from Union County, forming the northeast corner of Baker County.  
  
=== Places / Localities ===
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=== Trivia Tidbits ===
 
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{{Baker County, Oregon}} 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 web sites. 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.
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===Trivia Tidbits===
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Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages. Exception to this are Post Offices. [[Baker County, Oregon Trivia Tidbits|&gt; Trivia Tidbits]]
Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages. Exception to this are Post Offices.
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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=== Biography  ===
 
=== Biography  ===
  
'''An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney counties''' {{WorldCat|5436806}} {{FHL|144267|item}} <br>([Spokane, Washington]: Western Historical Publishing Company, 1902).<br>Heavy on history (prehistoric to time of publication), heavy on biographies of prominent men, but little of genealogies and <br>Also available in other forms:  
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'''An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney counties''' {{WorldCat|5436806}}; {{FHL|144267|item|disp=FHL}} <br>([Spokane, Washington]: Western Historical Publishing Company, 1902).<br>Heavy on history (prehistoric to time of publication), heavy on biographies of prominent men, but little of genealogies and <br>Also available in other forms:  
  
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#[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/baker/bakerbios.htm Baker County Biographies USGenWeb Archives Project]
 
#{{WorldCat|24186308|Microform}}  
 
#{{WorldCat|24186308|Microform}}  
 
#eBook - [http://www.heritagequestonline.com HeritageQuestonline.com] ([[Access Codes|LAR]])
 
#eBook - [http://www.heritagequestonline.com HeritageQuestonline.com] ([[Access Codes|LAR]])
  
'''Thirty-one years in Baker County: a history of the county from 1861 to 1893'''; Isaac Hiatt {{WorldCat|841884|Editions}} {{FHL|228846|item}} <br>(Baker, Oregon: Baker County Historical Society and the Powder River Sportsmen's Club, 1970).  
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'''Thirty-one years in Baker County: a history of the county from 1861 to 1893'''; Isaac Hiatt {{WorldCat|841884|Editions}}; {{FHL|228846|item|disp=FHL}} <br>(Baker, Oregon: Baker County Historical Society and the Powder River Sportsmen's Club, 1970).  
  
 
=== Cemeteries (Rural)  ===
 
=== Cemeteries (Rural)  ===
  
*Baker County, Oregon: reprints of records published in the Oregon Genealogical Society quarterly, volumes 21-22. 1982-1984 {{FHL|1049531|item}}  
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*Baker County, Oregon: reprints of records published in the Oregon Genealogical Society quarterly, volumes 21-22. 1982-1984 {{FHL|1049531|item\disp=FHL}}  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/baker/bakercemetery.htm Baker County Cemeteries] USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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==== Federal  ====
 
==== Federal  ====
  
*1870 - the area between Baker City, Haines and the Blue Mountains, generally known as Wingville was overlooked and not enumerated.  
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Note: 1870, 1880, 1890 and 1900 censuses, the Panhandle of Baker County enumerations can be found in Union County when it was part of Union County.
*Eastern Oregon 1870 U.S. Census&nbsp;: Baker County, Grant County, Umatilla County, Union County {{FHL|77449|item}}  
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*1880 - the portion that was later be Malheur County, all the places south of Malheur River including what is now Ontario, Vale, Nyssa, Owyhee, etc was not enumerated.  
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*1870 - the area between Baker City, Haines and the Blue Mountains, generally known as Wingville was overlooked and not enumerated.
*1870, 1880, 1890 and 1900 censuses, the Panhandle of Baker County enumerations can be found in Union County when it was part of Union County.
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[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/baker/census/baker1870census.htm Baker County 1870 Census] USGenweb Archives Project
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*Eastern Oregon 1870 U.S. Census: Baker County, Grant County, Umatilla County, Union County {{FHL|77449|item|disp=FHL}}  
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*1880 - the portion that was later be Malheur County, all the places south of Malheur River including what is now Ontario, Vale, Nyssa, Owyhee, etc was not enumerated.
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#[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/baker/census/baker1880census.htm Baker County 1880 Census] USGenWeb Archives Project
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*1900  
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=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
  
*Widow's pension applications and ledger, Baker County, Oregon, 1913-1936 {{FHL|1021570|item}} <br>(Baker County Court, State of Oregon, 2001)
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*Widow's pension applications and ledger, Baker County, Oregon, 1913-1936 {{FHL|1021570|item|disp=FHL}} <br>(Baker County Court, State of Oregon, 2001)
  
 
=== Directories  ===
 
=== Directories  ===
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*[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/zsearch.aspx?ix=ellisisland&qt=l&zplace=Baker%2c+Oregon&se=Exact Ellis Island Passenger Arrival Records], 1892-1924, listing passengers who stated they are going to Baker County, Oregon
 
*[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/zsearch.aspx?ix=ellisisland&qt=l&zplace=Baker%2c+Oregon&se=Exact Ellis Island Passenger Arrival Records], 1892-1924, listing passengers who stated they are going to Baker County, Oregon
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=== Migration  ===
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Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:
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:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_River Snake River]
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:*[[Oregon Trail]] 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon<ref>Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map V" in ''Oregon Trail Landmarks'' at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap5.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
  
 
=== Gazetteers  ===
 
=== Gazetteers  ===
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[[Image:Gotoarrow-kelly.png]] [[Baker County, Oregon#Biography|Biography]], History  
 
[[Image:Gotoarrow-kelly.png]] [[Baker County, Oregon#Biography|Biography]], History  
  
*'''The History of Baker County'''; Baker County Historical Society, pub. 1986. {{WorldCat|15218008}} {{FHL|508030|item}} <br>([S.l.]: Baker County Historical Society (OR), 1986)<br>Little of biography and local history, more of family genealogies.  
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*'''The History of Baker County'''; Baker County Historical Society, pub. 1986. {{WorldCat|15218008}}; {{FHL|508030|item}} <br>([S.l.]: Baker County Historical Society (OR), 1986)<br>Little of biography and local history, more of family genealogies.  
 
*Centennial pioneer families of Baker County, 1976 {{FHL|328001|item}}
 
*Centennial pioneer families of Baker County, 1976 {{FHL|328001|item}}
  
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/or/baker/deeds/introduction.txt Married Women's Separate Property in Baker County] Original text from Works Progress Administration's booklet, USGenWeb Archives Project
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#[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/baker/bakerdeeds.htm
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
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=== Newspapers  ===
 
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#[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/baker/bakernews.htm Newspaper clippings] USGenWeb Archives Project
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=== Obituaries  ===
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#[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/baker/bakerobits.htm Baker County Obituaries] USGenWeb Archives Project
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#[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~orbaketp/obits/obits.htm Obituaries] Baker Co OR Trails to the Past Project
  
 
=== Pensions  ===
 
=== Pensions  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
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Note: some will books were lost in a small fire in the county clerk's office before 1900.
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#[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/baker/bakerwills.htm Baker County wills] USGenWeb Archives Project
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=== Rivers and Waterways  ===
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Details about the rivers and waterways where farms and settlements are often found along them. [[Baker County, Oregon Rivers and Waterways|&gt;&gt; Rivers and Waterways]]
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
  
*Baker County, [Oregon], assessment tax rolls, 1892-1897 {{FHL|1021594|item}}  
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*Baker County, [Oregon], assessment tax rolls, 1892-1897 {{FHL|1021594|item|disp=FHL}}  
*Baker City (Oregon) city directories {{FHL|1119289|item}} microfilm 2309792 Item 1<br>Tax lists are for Baker, Grant and Union counties 1908-1909, listed as last part of the volume.
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*Baker City (Oregon) city directories {{FHL|1119289|item|disp=FHL}} microfilm 2309792 Item 1<br>Tax lists are for Baker, Grant and Union counties 1908-1909, listed as last part of the volume.
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/zsearch.aspx?ix=ssdiall&qt=l&zplace=Baker%2c+Oregon&se=Exact Social Security Death Index], begins about 1962 to at least 2 months ago.
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Record of births and deaths: record of physicians, midwives and undertakers, 1916-1929 #{{FHL|1021560|item|disp=FHL}}
  
Many early marriages are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].  
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==== Birth Records  ====
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Delayed Birth Certificates
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#[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/baker/vitals/bakerbirths.htm Birth Certificates] USGenWeb Archives
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Birth Registers
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#{{FHL|1119289|item|disp=FHL}}
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==== Marriage Records  ====
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#Extractions of early marriages are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]  
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#[https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11842-111207-79?cc=1384963&wc=12212215 Marriage Index 1885-1896] Actually is a book of affiants reporting the marriages. Historical Records Collection
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==== Death Records  ====
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#[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/baker/vitals/bakerdeaths.htm Baker County Deaths] USGenWeb Archives Project
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#Record of deaths, Baker County, Oregon, 1905-1911 {{FHL|1021556|item|disp=FHL}}
  
 
== Societies, Libraries and Museums  ==
 
== Societies, Libraries and Museums  ==
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Baker Oregon Family History Center]]
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*[[Pine Valley Oregon Family History Center]] (Halfway)
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~orbaketp/ Baker County Trails to the Past]
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*[http://www.orgenweb.org/baker/ The Baker County ORGenWeb Project], a member of [[ORGenWeb|The ORGenWeb Project]]  
*[http://www.theusgenweb.org/or/baker/index.htm The Baker County ORGenWeb Project], a member of [[ORGenWeb|The ORGenWeb Project]]  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/OR/Baker/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/OR/Baker/ Linkpendium]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/baker/bakertoc.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Baker County
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*[[Oregon, Baker County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Oregon, Baker County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/or/baker/bakertoc.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Baker County (backup site)  
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*[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/zsearch.aspx?ix=webtreeind&qt=l&zplace=Baker%2c+Oregon&se=Exact Webtree.com], listing individuals who born or died in Baker City or County, Oregon. Submitters of gedcoms may add, update or remove contents.
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*{{FHL|207061|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Baker County
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== References  ==
 
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{{reflist}} {{Oregon}} {{Oregon-stub}}  
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{{reflist}} {{Baker County, Oregon}}{{Oregon}}  
  
 
[[Category:Baker_County,_Oregon]]
 
[[Category:Baker_County,_Oregon]]

Revision as of 17:51, 11 December 2012

This article is about a northwest Oregon county. For other uses, see Baker.

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Baker County, Oregon
Map
Map of Oregon highlighting Baker County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Facts
Founded September 22, 1862
County Seat Baker City
Courthouse
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Address Baker County Courthouse
1995 Third
Baker City, OR 97814
Website: www.bakercounty.org
Named for: Edward Dickinson Baker
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Contents

County Courthouse

Baker County Government

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Baker County Court House as of June/July 2010.

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

This courthouse has the reputation of being the cleanest county record depository in the state of Oregon.

  • Record Loss: Some will books were lost in a county clerk's office fire in 1890s. One early marriage register is missing (covering 1862-1877) (as of 15 August 2012).

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at

Oregon, Baker County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Historical Facts

Baker County, Oregon Wikipedia

Named for U.S. Senator Edward Dickinson Baker of Oregon, who was killed at the Battle of Ball's Bluff in the Civil War.

Boundary Changes

22 September 1862: Baker county was created from Wasco County. [1]

14 October 1864: Union County set off.

17 February 1887: Malheur County set off.

1 February 1901: The Panhandle area between the Powder River and the Wallowa Mountains was returned from Union County, forming the northeast corner of Baker County.

Trivia Tidbits

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

Resources

Biography

An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney counties WorldCat 5436806; FHL
([Spokane, Washington]: Western Historical Publishing Company, 1902).
Heavy on history (prehistoric to time of publication), heavy on biographies of prominent men, but little of genealogies and
Also available in other forms:

  1. Baker County Biographies USGenWeb Archives Project
  2. WorldCat 24186308
  3. eBook - HeritageQuestonline.com (LAR)

Thirty-one years in Baker County: a history of the county from 1861 to 1893; Isaac Hiatt WorldCat 841884; FHL
(Baker, Oregon: Baker County Historical Society and the Powder River Sportsmen's Club, 1970).

Cemeteries (Rural)

  • Baker County, Oregon: reprints of records published in the Oregon Genealogical Society quarterly, volumes 21-22. 1982-1984 FHL 1049531
  • Baker County Cemeteries USGenWeb Archives Project

Census

Federal

Note: 1870, 1880, 1890 and 1900 censuses, the Panhandle of Baker County enumerations can be found in Union County when it was part of Union County.

  • 1870 - the area between Baker City, Haines and the Blue Mountains, generally known as Wingville was overlooked and not enumerated.

Baker County 1870 Census USGenweb Archives Project

  • Eastern Oregon 1870 U.S. Census: Baker County, Grant County, Umatilla County, Union County FHL
  • 1880 - the portion that was later be Malheur County, all the places south of Malheur River including what is now Ontario, Vale, Nyssa, Owyhee, etc was not enumerated.
  1. Baker County 1880 Census USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

State

  • 1905

Church History and Records (rural only)

Court Records

  • Widow's pension applications and ledger, Baker County, Oregon, 1913-1936 FHL
    (Baker County Court, State of Oregon, 2001)

Directories

  • Eastern Oregon directory, 1899-1900: a complete directory of Umatilla, Union and Baker counties; with the Portland business directory FHL Collection
  • Baker City (Oregon) city directories, 1908-1935 FHL Collection
  • Baker (Baker County, Oregon) city directory: including Baker County residents, rural routes, also a buyers' guide and a complete classified business directory, 1959- FHL Collection

Emigration and Immigration

Migration

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

Gazetteers

Genealogy

Gotoarrow-kelly.png Biography, History

  • The History of Baker County; Baker County Historical Society, pub. 1986. WorldCat 15218008; FHL Collection
    ([S.l.]: Baker County Historical Society (OR), 1986)
    Little of biography and local history, more of family genealogies.
  • Centennial pioneer families of Baker County, 1976 FHL Collection

History

Also see: Biography, Genealogy

Land and Property

Married Women's Separate Property in Baker County Original text from Works Progress Administration's booklet, USGenWeb Archives Project

  1. [http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/baker/bakerdeeds.htm

Maps

Military History and Records

Newspapers

  1. Newspaper clippings USGenWeb Archives Project

Obituaries

  1. Baker County Obituaries USGenWeb Archives Project
  2. Obituaries Baker Co OR Trails to the Past Project

Pensions

Gotoarrow-kelly.png Court records for the widows pensions

Probate Records

Note: some will books were lost in a small fire in the county clerk's office before 1900.

  1. Baker County wills USGenWeb Archives Project

Rivers and Waterways

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

Taxation

  • Baker County, [Oregon], assessment tax rolls, 1892-1897 FHL
  • Baker City (Oregon) city directories FHL microfilm 2309792 Item 1
    Tax lists are for Baker, Grant and Union counties 1908-1909, listed as last part of the volume.

Vital Records

Record of births and deaths: record of physicians, midwives and undertakers, 1916-1929 #FHL

Birth Records

Delayed Birth Certificates

  1. Birth Certificates USGenWeb Archives

Birth Registers

  1. FHL

Marriage Records

  1. Extractions of early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index
  2. Marriage Index 1885-1896 Actually is a book of affiants reporting the marriages. Historical Records Collection

Death Records

  1. Baker County Deaths USGenWeb Archives Project
  2. Record of deaths, Baker County, Oregon, 1905-1911 FHL

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. WorldCat 50140092; FHL CollectionHandybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  2. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map V" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap5.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).