Oregon, Deschutes County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Deschutes, Oregon, United States
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Record Description
Record Type County Courthouse Records
Collection years 1871-1985
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1871 to 1985. It consists of images of county records filmed at the county courthouse in Bend, Oregon. The collection includes marriage, probate and land records and is being published as images become available.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Oregon, Deschutes County Records, 1871-1985.


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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The information varies between the types of records. You may find any of the following:

  • Name or names of the primary individuals
  • Event date
  • Event place
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Names of parents, spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth
  • 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
  • Occupation

How Do I Search the Collection?

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  • The place where the event occurred
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals

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⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Category"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range" 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 if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

What do I do Next?

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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • 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 record to another record.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection citation:

“Oregon, Deschute County Records, 1871-1985.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Deschute County Courthouse, Bend, Oregon.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Oregon, Deschute County Records, 1871-1985.

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