How to Find Oregon Marriage Records
Finding Oregon Marriage Records
- In 1859 Oregon became a state
- Counties began to record marriages soon after they were organized (some as early as 1842)
- Beginning in 1906 each county sent copies of the records to the Oregon State Health Division
|More marriage information is usually found on the marriage license application or the marriage register. Less information is found on the marriage certificate.|
Next Step: When did the marriage occur?
Marriages Before 1906
- Counties began to record marriages soon after they were organized (some as early as 1849)
If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in other records.
|1. Look first in||2. Then search|
| Church Records
Marriages 1906 to Present
STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index
|Oregon Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images||
||Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975||
Free; most counties 1851-1975: Free name index with images online at FamilySearch.
Records include licenses and marriage certificates and are arranged by county, volume, and date.
||Oregon State Archives||
Free; searches for some marriages with name index at Oregon State Archives.
||Western States Marriage Index||
|If you can't find the marriage record in the above databases, try the following:|
|Oregon Marriage Databases - Index Only|
|Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:|
||1906-1924, 1946-2008 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries||Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center|
||1906-1924, 1946-2008 - use your Ancestry subscription||$, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library|
Can't find your ancestor in the online index?
|Tips for searching online indexes|| |
|No marriage record for your ancestor?||
Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
STEP TWO: Obtain the Record
Find Marriage Information
- Copies may be ordered from the county clerk.
- Copies may be ordered from the Oregon Department of Public Health.
|To Order Marriage Certificates|
|From County where Marriage occurred||From OR Dept. of Health State office|
|May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state||County websites can be more difficult to use||Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee||May be more expensive than ordering from the county|
Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local FamilySearch Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.
Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.
|When ordering Oregon marriage records:|
Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.
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