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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Oregon|Oregon]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Wasco County''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Oregon, United States Genealogy|Oregon]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' ''' Wasco County'''  
  
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Guide to '''Wasco County, Oregon ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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{{Click|Image:OR_ORP.png|Oregon Online Genealogy Records}}
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Wasco County
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| county_map = Oregon Wasco County Map.png
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| state = Oregon
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| founded year = 1854
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| founded date = January 11
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| seat = The Dalles
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| building address = Wasco County Courthouse<br>511 Washigton Street<br>The Dalles, Or 97058<br>Phone: 541-296-6159<br>[http://co.wasco.or.us/ '''Wasco County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Wasco County, Oregon Record Dates ====
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wasco County, Oregon Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wasco County, Oregon Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wasco County, Oregon Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wasco County, Oregon Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Wasco County, Oregon Genealogy#Land and Property|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wasco County, Oregon Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1865
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[http://co.wasco.or.us/ Wasco County Courthouse]<br>511 Washigton Street<br>The Dalles, Or 97058<br>Phone: 541-296-6159
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County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1854.<br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, probate and court records,<br>from 1854. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wasco County, Oregon page 574, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
 
<br>County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1854.<br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, probate and court records,<br>from 1854. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wasco County, Oregon page 574, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
  
 
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=== Wasco County Information  ===
 
=== Wasco County Information  ===
  
{{Wikipedia|Wasco County, Oregon}}  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
'''11 January 1854:''' Wasco county was created from [[Clackamas County, Oregon|Clackamas]], [[Douglas County, Oregon|Douglas]], [[Jackson County, Oregon|Jackson]], [[Lane County, Oregon|Lane]], [[Linn County, Oregon|Linn,]] and [[Marion County, Oregon|Marion]] Counties . Named for the [[Indians of North America|Wasco (or Wascopam)]], a Chinook tribe on the south side. (Ore. Terr. Special Laws 1853, 5th reg. sess., pp. 26-27), <ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}} ▲ {{FHL|1049485|item}} ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref><br>'''14 January 1857:''' Gained very small area near the head of Eagle Creek and Bradford's Island from [[Multnomah County, Oregon|Multnomah]] [change too small to map]. (Ore. Terr. Laws 1856-1857, 8th reg. sess., pp. 78-79) <br>'''14 February 1859:''' Lost to Washington Territory when the United States created the state of Oregon from Oregon Territory. (U.S. Stat., vol. 11, ch. 33[1859], secs. 1-2/pp. 383-384 Ore. Laws 1860, 1st reg. sess., pp. 28-30) '''<br>22 September 1862:''' Lost to creation of [[Baker County, Oregon|Baker]]. (Ore. Laws 1862, 2nd reg. sess., p. 112) <br>'''27 September 1862:''' Lost to creation of [[Umatilla County, Oregon|Umatilla]]. (Ore. Laws 1862, 2nd reg. sess., p. 91) '''<br>14 October 1864:''' Lost to creation of [[Grant County, Oregon|Grant]]. (Ore. Laws 1864, 3rd reg. sess., p. 43)<br>'''24 October 1874:''' Lost to creation of [[Lake County, Oregon|Lake]]. (Ore. Laws 1874, 8th reg. sess., pp. 38-41) <br>'''24 October 1882:''' Lost to creation of [[Crook County, Oregon|Crook]]. (Ore. Special Laws 1882, 12th reg. sess., p. 178) '''<br>16 February 1885:''' Lost to creation of [[Morrow County, Oregon|Morrow]]. (Ore. Special Laws 1885, 13th reg. sess., pp. 239-243) <br>'''25 February 1885:''' Lost to creation of [[Gilliam County, Oregon|Gilliam]]. Creation left a small strip of Wasco County along the southeastern line of [[Gilliam County, Oregon|Gilliam]] which remained until gained by Gilliam County on 20 February 1891. (Ore. Special Laws 1885, 13th reg. sess., p. 404) <br>'''25 February 1889:''' Lost to creation of [[Sherman County, Oregon|Sherman]]. (Ore. Laws 1889, gen., 15th reg. sess., p. 82) '''<br>19 February 1891:''' Lost more land to [[Sherman County, Oregon|Sherman]]. (Ore. Laws 1891, gen., 16th reg. sess., pp. 68-69) <br>'''20 February 1891:''' Lost to [[Gilliam County, Oregon|Gilliam]]. The gain was a small strip that was inadvertently separated from Wasco County when Gilliam County was created on 25 February 1885. (Ore. Laws 1891, gen., 16th reg. sess., p. 76) '''<br>25 February 1895:''' Boundary with [[Multnomah County, Oregon|Multnomah]] adjusted within Section 22 of Township 2 North, Range 7 East [change too small to map]. (Ore. Laws 1895, 18th reg. sess., p. 88) '''<br>23 June 1908:''' Lost to creation of [[Hood River County, Oregon|Hood River]]. (Ore. Laws 1909, gen., 25th reg. sess., ch. 5/pp. 39-43) <br>'''25 February 1925:''' Boundaries redefined [no change]. (Ore. Laws 1925, gen., 33rd reg. sess., ch. 108/p. 164) '''<br>13 September 1967:''' Redefined to substitute "boundary of the state" for middle of the main channel of the Columbia River. Approved by the Governor 19 June 1967, became effective 13 Sep 1967 [no change]. (Ore. Laws 1967, 54th reg. sess., ch. 421/pp. 930-931)  
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'''11 January 1854:''' Wasco county was created from [[Clackamas County, Oregon Genealogy|Clackamas]], [[Douglas County, Oregon Genealogy|Douglas]], [[Jackson County, Oregon Genealogy|Jackson]], [[Lane County, Oregon Genealogy|Lane]], [[Linn County, Oregon Genealogy|Linn,]] and [[Marion County, Oregon Genealogy|Marion]] Counties . Named for the [[Indians of North America|Wasco (or Wascopam)]], a Chinook tribe on the south side. (Ore. Terr. Special Laws 1853, 5th reg. sess., pp. 26-27), <ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}} ▲ {{FHL|1049485|item}} ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref><br>'''14 January 1857:''' Gained very small area near the head of Eagle Creek and Bradford's Island from [[Multnomah County, Oregon Genealogy|Multnomah]] [change too small to map]. (Ore. Terr. Laws 1856-1857, 8th reg. sess., pp. 78-79) <br>'''14 February 1859:''' Lost to Washington Territory when the United States created the state of Oregon from Oregon Territory. (U.S. Stat., vol. 11, ch. 33[1859], secs. 1-2/pp. 383-384 Ore. Laws 1860, 1st reg. sess., pp. 28-30) '''<br>22 September 1862:''' Lost to creation of [[Baker County, Oregon Genealogy|Baker]]. (Ore. Laws 1862, 2nd reg. sess., p. 112) <br>'''27 September 1862:''' Lost to creation of [[Umatilla County, Oregon Genealogy|Umatilla]]. (Ore. Laws 1862, 2nd reg. sess., p. 91) '''<br>14 October 1864:''' Lost to creation of [[Grant County, Oregon Genealogy|Grant]]. (Ore. Laws 1864, 3rd reg. sess., p. 43)<br>'''24 October 1874:''' Lost to creation of [[Lake County, Oregon Genealogy|Lake]]. (Ore. Laws 1874, 8th reg. sess., pp. 38-41) <br>'''24 October 1882:''' Lost to creation of [[Crook County, Oregon Genealogy|Crook]]. (Ore. Special Laws 1882, 12th reg. sess., p. 178) '''<br>16 February 1885:''' Lost to creation of [[Morrow County, Oregon Genealogy|Morrow]]. (Ore. Special Laws 1885, 13th reg. sess., pp. 239-243) <br>'''25 February 1885:''' Lost to creation of [[Gilliam County, Oregon Genealogy|Gilliam]]. Creation left a small strip of Wasco County along the southeastern line of [[Gilliam County, Oregon Genealogy|Gilliam]] which remained until gained by Gilliam County on 20 February 1891. (Ore. Special Laws 1885, 13th reg. sess., p. 404) <br>'''25 February 1889:''' Lost to creation of [[Sherman County, Oregon Genealogy|Sherman]]. (Ore. Laws 1889, gen., 15th reg. sess., p. 82) '''<br>19 February 1891:''' Lost more land to [[Sherman County, Oregon Genealogy|Sherman]]. (Ore. Laws 1891, gen., 16th reg. sess., pp. 68-69) <br>'''20 February 1891:''' Lost to [[Gilliam County, Oregon Genealogy|Gilliam]]. The gain was a small strip that was inadvertently separated from Wasco County when Gilliam County was created on 25 February 1885. (Ore. Laws 1891, gen., 16th reg. sess., p. 76) '''<br>25 February 1895:''' Boundary with [[Multnomah County, Oregon Genealogy|Multnomah]] adjusted within Section 22 of Township 2 North, Range 7 East [change too small to map]. (Ore. Laws 1895, 18th reg. sess., p. 88) '''<br>23 June 1908:''' Lost to creation of [[Hood River County, Oregon Genealogy|Hood River]]. (Ore. Laws 1909, gen., 25th reg. sess., ch. 5/pp. 39-43) <br>'''25 February 1925:''' Boundaries redefined [no change]. (Ore. Laws 1925, gen., 33rd reg. sess., ch. 108/p. 164) '''<br>13 September 1967:''' Redefined to substitute "boundary of the state" for middle of the main channel of the Columbia River. Approved by the Governor 19 June 1967, became effective 13 Sep 1967 [no change]. (Ore. Laws 1967, 54th reg. sess., ch. 421/pp. 930-931)  
  
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For animated maps illustrating Oregon County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/oregon/ "Rotating Formation Oregon County Boundary Maps"] (1843-1975) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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====Record Loss====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
=== Populated Places  ===
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===== Cities =====
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====== Cities  ======
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[[Antelope, Oregon|Antelope]] | [[Dufur, Oregon|Dufur]] | [[Maupin, Oregon|Maupin]] | [[Mosier, Oregon|Mosier]] | [[Shaniko, Oregon|Shaniko]] | [[The Dalles, Oregon|The Dalles]]  
 
[[Antelope, Oregon|Antelope]] | [[Dufur, Oregon|Dufur]] | [[Maupin, Oregon|Maupin]] | [[Mosier, Oregon|Mosier]] | [[Shaniko, Oregon|Shaniko]] | [[The Dalles, Oregon|The Dalles]]  
  
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[[Boyd, Oregon|Boyd]] | [[Chenoweth, Oregon|Chenoweth]] | [[Friend, Oregon|Friend]] | [[Pine Hollow, Oregon|Pine Hollow]] | [[Pine Grove, Wasco County, Oregon|Pine Grove]] | [[Rice, Oregon|Rice]] | [[Rowena, Oregon|Rowena]] | [[Tygh Valley, Oregon|Tygh Valley]] | [[Wamic, Oregon|Wamic]]  
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[[Boyd, Oregon|Boyd]] | [[Chenoweth, Oregon|Chenoweth]] | [[Friend, Oregon|Friend]] | [[Pine Hollow, Oregon|Pine Hollow]] | [[Pine Grove, Wasco County, Oregon Genealogy|Pine Grove]] | [[Rice, Oregon|Rice]] | [[Rowena, Oregon|Rowena]] | [[Tygh Valley, Oregon|Tygh Valley]] | [[Wamic, Oregon|Wamic]]  
  
=== Neighboring Counties  ===
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Clackamas County, Oregon|Clackamas]] | [[Gilliam County, Oregon|Gilliam]] | [[Hood River County, Oregon|Hood River]] | [[Jefferson County, Oregon|Jefferson]] | [[Marion County, Oregon|Marion]] | [[Sherman County, Oregon|Sherman]] | [[Wheeler County, Oregon|Wheeler]] | [[Klickitat County, Washington|Klickitat,]] Washington  
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[[Clackamas County, Oregon Genealogy|Clackamas]] | [[Gilliam County, Oregon Genealogy|Gilliam]] | [[Hood River County, Oregon Genealogy|Hood River]] | [[Jefferson County, Oregon Genealogy|Jefferson]] | [[Marion County, Oregon Genealogy|Marion]] | [[Sherman County, Oregon Genealogy|Sherman]] | [[Wheeler County, Oregon Genealogy|Wheeler]] | [[Klickitat County, Washington Genealogy|Klickitat,]] Washington  
  
 
==== Trivia Tidbits  ====
 
==== Trivia Tidbits  ====
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Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages. Exception to this are Post Offices. [[Wasco County, Oregon Trivia Tidbits|&gt; Trivia Tidbits]]  
 
Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages. Exception to this are Post Offices. [[Wasco County, Oregon Trivia Tidbits|&gt; Trivia Tidbits]]  
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Biography  ===
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=== Census  ===
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=== Court Records  ===
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=== Gazetteers  ===
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=== History  ===
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=== Land and Property  ===
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Wiki article describing online FamilySearch Historical collecton is found [[Oregon, Wasco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Oregon, Wasco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
Wiki article describing online FamilySearch Historical collecton is found [[Oregon, Wasco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Oregon, Wasco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
  
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<center>[[Image:Orwasco.jpg|500px]]</center>
  
=== Migration  ===
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Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:  
 
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:  
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:*[[Barlow Road]] 1846 from The Dalles to Oregon City
 
:*[[Barlow Road]] 1846 from The Dalles to Oregon City
  
=== Military History and Records  ===
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932421|Oregon, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
=== Newspapers  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
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[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/or Oregon Online Historical Newspapers] - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
  
=== Rivers and Waterways ===
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*'''1833 – 1963''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9078 Oregon Wills and Probate Records 1833-1963] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
  
Details about the rivers and waterways where farms and settlements are often found along them. [[Wasco County, Oregon Rivers and Waterways|&gt;&gt; Rivers and Waterways]]
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==== Rivers and Waterways ====
  
=== Taxation  ===
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Details about the rivers and waterways where farms and settlements are often found along them. [[Wasco County, Oregon Rivers and Waterways|&gt; Rivers and Waterways]]
  
=== Vital Records  ===
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Many early marriages are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].  
 
Many early marriages are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].  
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*[[Oregon, Wasco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Oregon, Wasco County Records (FamilySearch HIstorical Records)]]
 
*[[Oregon, Wasco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Oregon, Wasco County Records (FamilySearch HIstorical Records)]]
  
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/oregon/or-vital-records/ How to order Oregon Vital Records], [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ordervitalcertificate/ order electronically online] or download an application for Oregon [http://public.health.oregon.gov/BirthDeathCertificates/GetVitalRecords/Documents/birthor.pdf Birth Certificate], [http://public.health.oregon.gov/BirthDeathCertificates/GetVitalRecords/Documents/marryor.pdf Marriage Certificate], [http://public.health.oregon.gov/BirthDeathCertificates/GetVitalRecords/Documents/divorcor.pdf Divorce Certificate], [http://public.health.oregon.gov/BirthDeathCertificates/GetVitalRecords/Documents/deathor.pdf Death Certificate] Application to mail.
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'''Wasco County Historical Society'''<br>300 W 13th St<br>The Dalles, OR 97058 <br>Telephone: 541-296-1867<br>[http://www.historicthedalles.org/the_dalles-events.htm Website]<br><br>
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
 
*[[The Dalles Oregon Family History Center]]
 
*[[The Dalles Oregon Family History Center]]
  
== Websites  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/oregon/wasco-county/ Wasco County, OR History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110357701597661605044 Oregon Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/190997804291208/ Oregon Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://www.historysavers.com/index.html The Wasco County GenWeb Project], part of [[ORGenWeb|The ORGenWeb Project]]  
 
*[http://www.historysavers.com/index.html The Wasco County GenWeb Project], part of [[ORGenWeb|The ORGenWeb Project]]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/OR/Wasco/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/OR/Wasco/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/wasco/wascotoc.htm USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/wasco/wascotoc.htm USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/wasco/wascotoc.htm USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/or/wasco/wascotoc.htm USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
*{{FHL|207235|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|207235|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
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[[Oregon, Wasco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Oregon, Waco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
[[Oregon, Wasco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Oregon, Waco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
  
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=== Wasco County Oregon Genealogy References  ===
  
 
{{reflist}} {{Oregon}}  
 
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[[Category:Wasco_County,_Oregon]]
 
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Latest revision as of 16:57, 19 November 2016

United States Gotoarrow.png Oregon Gotoarrow.png Wasco County

Guide to Wasco County, Oregon ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Wasco County, Oregon
Map
Map of Oregon highlighting Wasco County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 11, 1854
County Seat The Dalles
Courthouse
Address Wasco County Courthouse
511 Washigton Street
The Dalles, Or 97058
Phone: 541-296-6159
Wasco County Website



County Information


Wasco County, Oregon Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1865 1854 1860 1854 1854

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1854.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, probate and court records,
from 1854. [1]


Wasco County Government

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Wasco County Court House as of August 2011.

Wasco County Court is structured differently. Check the County Records Inventory link for addresses for location of records (left column).

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at;

Oregon, Wasco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records )

Wasco County Information

Template:Adoption Genealogical Council of Oregon
Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Wasco County, Oregon

Boundary Changes

11 January 1854: Wasco county was created from Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Lane, Linn, and Marion Counties . Named for the Wasco (or Wascopam), a Chinook tribe on the south side. (Ore. Terr. Special Laws 1853, 5th reg. sess., pp. 26-27), [2]
14 January 1857: Gained very small area near the head of Eagle Creek and Bradford's Island from Multnomah [change too small to map]. (Ore. Terr. Laws 1856-1857, 8th reg. sess., pp. 78-79)
14 February 1859: Lost to Washington Territory when the United States created the state of Oregon from Oregon Territory. (U.S. Stat., vol. 11, ch. 33[1859], secs. 1-2/pp. 383-384 Ore. Laws 1860, 1st reg. sess., pp. 28-30)
22 September 1862:
Lost to creation of Baker. (Ore. Laws 1862, 2nd reg. sess., p. 112)
27 September 1862: Lost to creation of Umatilla. (Ore. Laws 1862, 2nd reg. sess., p. 91)
14 October 1864:
Lost to creation of Grant. (Ore. Laws 1864, 3rd reg. sess., p. 43)
24 October 1874: Lost to creation of Lake. (Ore. Laws 1874, 8th reg. sess., pp. 38-41)
24 October 1882: Lost to creation of Crook. (Ore. Special Laws 1882, 12th reg. sess., p. 178)
16 February 1885:
Lost to creation of Morrow. (Ore. Special Laws 1885, 13th reg. sess., pp. 239-243)
25 February 1885: Lost to creation of Gilliam. Creation left a small strip of Wasco County along the southeastern line of Gilliam which remained until gained by Gilliam County on 20 February 1891. (Ore. Special Laws 1885, 13th reg. sess., p. 404)
25 February 1889: Lost to creation of Sherman. (Ore. Laws 1889, gen., 15th reg. sess., p. 82)
19 February 1891:
Lost more land to Sherman. (Ore. Laws 1891, gen., 16th reg. sess., pp. 68-69)
20 February 1891: Lost to Gilliam. The gain was a small strip that was inadvertently separated from Wasco County when Gilliam County was created on 25 February 1885. (Ore. Laws 1891, gen., 16th reg. sess., p. 76)
25 February 1895:
Boundary with Multnomah adjusted within Section 22 of Township 2 North, Range 7 East [change too small to map]. (Ore. Laws 1895, 18th reg. sess., p. 88)
23 June 1908:
Lost to creation of Hood River. (Ore. Laws 1909, gen., 25th reg. sess., ch. 5/pp. 39-43)
25 February 1925: Boundaries redefined [no change]. (Ore. Laws 1925, gen., 33rd reg. sess., ch. 108/p. 164)
13 September 1967:
Redefined to substitute "boundary of the state" for middle of the main channel of the Columbia River. Approved by the Governor 19 June 1967, became effective 13 Sep 1967 [no change]. (Ore. Laws 1967, 54th reg. sess., ch. 421/pp. 930-931)

For animated maps illustrating Oregon County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Oregon County Boundary Maps" (1843-1975) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities

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Antelope | Dufur | Maupin | Mosier | Shaniko | The Dalles

Communities

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Boyd | Chenoweth | Friend | Pine Hollow | Pine Grove | Rice | Rowena | Tygh Valley | Wamic

Neighboring Counties

Clackamas | Gilliam | Hood River | Jefferson | Marion | Sherman | Wheeler | Klickitat, Washington

Trivia Tidbits

Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages. Exception to this are Post Offices. > Trivia Tidbits

Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Census

  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Church History and Records

Court Records

Gazetteers

History

Land and Property

Wiki article describing online FamilySearch Historical collecton is found Oregon, Wasco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Maps

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Migration

Early migration routes to and from Wasco County, Oregon Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:

Military History and Records

Civil War

Newspapers

Oregon Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

Probate Records

Online Records

Rivers and Waterways

Details about the rivers and waterways where farms and settlements are often found along them. > Rivers and Waterways

Taxation

Vital Records

Many early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

See also How to order Oregon Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Oregon Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Birth

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Wasco County Historical Society
300 W 13th St
The Dalles, OR 97058
Telephone: 541-296-1867
Website


Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Oregon, Waco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Wasco County Oregon Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wasco County, Oregon page 574, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. WorldCat 50140092FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  3. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map VI" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap6.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).