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Access the records: Oregon, Polk County Records, 1857-1972 .
This collection includes digital images of records from the Polk County Courthouse in Dallas, Oregon. More records will be added to this collection as images become available.
- Land (1857-1945)
- Probate - Wills (1925-1945)
- Other records (1934-1936)
At present, many other Polk County records can be viewed on microfilm at the Family History Library and family history centers.
County officials began keeping records from the time the county was formed.
For a list of record categories currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
The collection covers the years 1857 to 1972.
Each type of record within the county was created for a different purpose, but most were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests and the legal interests of their heirs.
Facts current at the time of the event are generally reliable.
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.
- "Oregon, Polk County Records, 1857-1972" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing County Clerk's Office, Dallas.
The key genealogical facts in the Oregon, Polk County Records may contain the following information:
- Name of deceased
- Date and place of event
- Age and gender
- Names of parents
- Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth
- Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
- Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian
- Names of witnesses
- Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
- Description and value of property or land
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The place where the event occurred
- The approximate date the event occurred
- The name of the individual or individuals
Identify the record to be searched
From the Record Description list, identify the kind of record you would like to search (land, probate, etc.) 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 age to calculate the birth date.
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names to locate church and land records.
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
- The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- 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
- 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 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 surnames.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
For a summary of this information see the wiki article United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Oregon, Polk County Records 1857-1972," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 31 May 2012), Oregon, Polk County Records, 1857-1972 > Probate records > Will records, 1925-1945, Vol. 4 > Image 4 of 650 images, Helen L. Springsteen, October 27, 1926; citing probate records, Polk County Clerk, Dallas, Oregon, United States.