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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
The collection covers the years 1854 to 1960.  
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This collection includes digital images of records filmed at the office of the Wasco County Clerk in The Dalles, Oregon. It includes Land records (1854-1960) and Marriage records (1856-1920).  
  
== Record Description  ==
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For a list of record categories currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1927592/waypoints Browse].
  
This collection includes digital images of records filmed at the office of the Wasco County Clerk in Roseburg, Oregon. It includes the following:
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Land transactions were recorded to document the transfer of land ownership, establish legal rights to land, track responsibilities for tax revenues, and designate persons to serve in various functions of the county, such as maintaining public roads in the early times.&nbsp;
  
*Land records (1854-1960)
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Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.&nbsp;
*Marriage records (1856-1920)
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=== Record Content  ===
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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.
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[[Oregon, Wasco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
  
 
Land records generally include the following information:  
 
Land records generally include the following information:  
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[[Image:Oregon, Wasco County Records DGS 5022237 26.jpg|thumb|right|Oregon, Wasco County Records DGS 5022237 26.jpg]]
  
 
*Names of interested individuals  
 
*Names of interested individuals  
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*Any other pertinent information, such as: death or estate information or names of dependent children
 
*Any other pertinent information, such as: death or estate information or names of dependent children
  
<br>Marriage records generally include the following information:  
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Marriage records generally include the following information:  
  
*Name of the groom  
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*Name of the groom and bride
*Name of the bride, often including the maiden name of the bride  
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*County of residence
*Names of the officiator and witnesses
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*Date and place of marriage
*Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom
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*Names of witnesses
*Date of the marriage  
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*Name of the Justice of the Peace
*Birthplaces of the bride and groom
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*Residences of the bride and groom
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*Age and races of the bride and groom
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*Marital status of the bride and groom
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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*Location of the property
 
*Location of the property
  
<br>To begin your search in the marriage records, it is helpful to know the following:  
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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 name of the person at the time of marriage  
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*The name of the intended spouse
 
*The name of the intended spouse
  
==== Identify the record to be searched ====
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From the Record Description list, identify the kind of record you would like to search (land or marriages) and click on the title link to select it.
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
==== Find the image ====
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To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒Select the county ⇒Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume which takes you to the images.
  
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.  
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
  
==== Using the Information ====
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==== Using the Information ====
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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.
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The following examples show ways you can use 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 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 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 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.
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*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.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
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*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.
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*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.
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*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.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====  
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
  
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*The name of the officiator at the wedding may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
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*Search for the land transactions of all members of the family. 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.
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*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.
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*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.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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 and (2) the deed that documents when ownership was transferred to someone else.
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*For each parcel of land owned, you should obtain two documents:
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#The deed that documents when ownership transferred to the individual or the family  
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#The deed that documents when ownership was transferred to someone else
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
 
*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:
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the names.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the names.  
*Check for an&nbsp;index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local historical and genealogical societies often have indexes to local records.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
== Record History  ==
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County officials, usually the county clerk, began keeping records from the time the county was formed.
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=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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Land transactions were recorded to document the transfer of land ownership, establish legal rights to land, track responsibilities for tax revenues, and designate persons to serve in various functions of the county, such as maintaining public roads in the early times.
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Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.
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=== Record Reliability  ===
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The information in both land records and marriage records is generally reliable.
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
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==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
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*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71.
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*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023.
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== Sources of information for This Collection  ==
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->Oregon. Wasco County Records, 1854-1960. Wasco County Clerk. Roseburg, Oregon. <!--bibdescend-->
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"Oregon, Waco County Records, 1854-1960," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 31 May 2012), Oregon, Waco County Records, 1854-1960 &gt; Waco, Deed record, 1926-1927, v.78. &gt; Image 5 of 602 images, Christian F. Peterson and Mike Thornton, November 26, 1926; citing Waco County Clerk, deed records, Roseburg, Oregon, United States.  
  
 
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Revision as of 16:15, 10 December 2012

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This collection includes digital images of records filmed at the office of the Wasco County Clerk in The Dalles, Oregon. It includes Land records (1854-1960) and Marriage records (1856-1920).

For a list of record categories currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Land transactions were recorded to document the transfer of land ownership, establish legal rights to land, track responsibilities for tax revenues, and designate persons to serve in various functions of the county, such as maintaining public roads in the early times. 

Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property. 

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.

County Clerk. Oregon, Wasco County records. Clerk's Office, The Dalles, Oregon.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Land records generally include the following information:

Oregon, Wasco County Records DGS 5022237 26.jpg
  • 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

Marriage records generally include the following information:

  • Name of the groom and bride
  • County of residence
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of the Justice of the Peace

How to Use the Record

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

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


Search the Collection

To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒Select the county ⇒Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The name of the officiator at the wedding may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Search for the land transactions of all members of the family. 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.
  • 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
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local historical and genealogical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.


Related Websites

Wasco County, Oregon Free Public Records

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Oregon, Waco County Records, 1854-1960," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 31 May 2012), Oregon, Waco County Records, 1854-1960 > Waco, Deed record, 1926-1927, v.78. > Image 5 of 602 images, Christian F. Peterson and Mike Thornton, November 26, 1926; citing Waco County Clerk, deed records, Roseburg, Oregon, United States.