Oregon Church Records

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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Oregon were Roman Catholic, Methodist Episcopal, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Christian (Disciples of Christ).


St. Andress Mission - Jesuit 1888-1960

Some early Episcopal and Catholic records are available at the Oregon State Library. Roman Catholic records for 1838 to 1869 have been published in M. Leona Nichols, Mantle of Elias, The Story of Fathers Blanchet and Demers in Early Oregon (Portland, Oregon: Binfords and Mort, 1941; Family History Library book 979 V26n; film 372495). An index is at the Oregon State Archives.

The Family History Library collection includes histories of some denominations, such as the Roman Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, and Quakers. The library has few original church records for Oregon.

A guide to help you locate churches and their records is the Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations, State of Oregon (Portland, Oregon: Historical Records Survey, 1940; Family History Library book 979.5 K24d; fiche 6051178).

Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses:


American Baptist—Samuel Colgate Historical Society
1106 S. Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620-2532
Telephone: 716-473-1740
Fax: 716-473-1740

Northrup Library
Linfield College
900 S. Baker
McMinnville, OR 97128-9989
Telephone: 503-434-2262
Fax: 503-434-2566

Disciples of Christ

Disciples of Christ Historical Society
1101 19th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Telephone: 615-327-1444
Fax: 615-327-1445


United Methodist Archives Center
Drew University Library
36 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Telephone: 973-408-3189
Fax: 973-408-3909
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940


Presbyterian Historical Society
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516
Telephone: 215-627-1852
Fax: 215-627-0509

To locate Presbyterian records, see Inventory of Church Archives of Oregon Presbyterian Churches: 1968 Arrangement with Indexes (n.p.: Historical Records Survey, WPA, 1968; Family History Library film 899323).

Roman Catholic

Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
Chancery Office
2838 E. Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97214-1895
Telephone: 503-234-5334
Fax: 503-234-2545
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 351
Portland, OR 97214-1895