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Oregon County, Missouri Facts

Oregon County

When was Oregon County, MO Created?
Oregon County was created on February 14, 1845 from Ripley County. The county was named after the Oregon Territory.

What is the County Seat of Oregon County, MO?
The County Seat is located in Alton and in addition the county government website is unknown

What counties are adjacent to Oregon County, MO?
Bordering Counties are Shannon County (north), Carter County (northeast), Ripley County (east), Randolph County, Arkansas (southeast), Sharp County, Arkansas (south), Fulton County, Arkansas (southwest), Howell County (west).

What cities and towns are in Oregon County, MO?
Cities and towns located in the County include Alton, Bardley, Couch, Koshkonong, Myrtle, Thomasville, Thayer.


Oregon County, MO Vital Records

Where can find Oregon County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Oregon County vital records can be found at the Missouri Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records reported from January 1, 1910. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Missouri for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Oregon County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Missouri Birth and Death CertificateMarriage and Divorce Certificate Application to mail.

Another resource is the Oregon County Health Department has Birth Certificates since 1920 and Death Certificates since 1980.


Oregon County, MO Census Records

What Oregon County, MO census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Oregon County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Oregon Co. Slave Schedules is available for 1850 & 1860. Oregon Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Oregon Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Oregon Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There are free down-loadable and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Missouri Census Records Research Guide


Oregon County, MO Courthouse and Government Records


Oregon County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Oregon County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Oregon County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Missouri Corthouse Records Research Guide

  • Oregon County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: Alton, MO 65606
  • Oregon County Recorder of Deeds is the place where all transactions having to do with land are recorded and kept on file. They take marriage license applications, issues marriage licenses, files the license after the marriage, and maintains a permanent record of the marriage, surveys and plats of subdivisions, Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county. Some naturalization records have been found with the deeds.
    • Phone: 417-778-1827
    • Marriage Records: 1845-77, extant for 1845-61 and 1877 only (including Marriage records, 1845-1861 and 1877-1924) 
    • Land Records: 1845 (including Index to deeds, 1845-1898; Deed records, 1845-1915; Patent records, 1887-1909) 
  • Oregon County Circuit Court Clerk / Probate Court Clerk has the direct index to records such as divorces, adoptions, judgment, and tax fee books including direct and indirect indexes. They also retain the index to criminal records and criminal files of the circuit court. Adoptions are under the jurisdiction of the circuit court. Naturalization records, including petitions, declarations of intention, certificates, and certificates of allegiance, and granting of citizenship are also located in the clerk's office, as well as an index to civil case files. The County Probate Division has jurisdiction over the estates of deceased persons. The Division hears all litigation involving trusts, including those trusts established in wills. (In the smaller counties, probate matters are handled in the same office as the associate circuit court office)
    • Phone: (417) 778-7460
    • Probate Records: 1854  (including Index to probate records, (no dates); Probate records, 1857-1890; Administrator’s/executor’s letters, bonds and records, 1854-1892; Inventories, appraisements and sale bills, 1883-1935; Settlement records, 1873-1892; Will records, 1854-1938) 
    • Court & Divorce Records: extant for 1845-59 and 1872 only (including Index to circuit court records, 1845-?; Circuit court records, 1845-1859 and 1872-1889; Naturalization records, 1889-1904) 
  • Oregon County Clerk of the Court has indexes to common pleas, records of all extant proceedings, chancery minute books, records of births and deaths, county court records, right-of-way and road records, as well as surveyor's records (including field notes and plats made by the county surveyor). This office usually holds the county treasurer's notes, bonds and commissions, records of marks and brands, wolf scalps, stray notices, real estate assessments, and tax books. In some counties, early terms for this court included “Chancery” or the “Court of Common Pleas.”
    • Phone: (417) 778-7475
    • Birth & Death Records: 1883-90 (including Permanent record of births, 1883-1887; Register of births and stillbirths, 1883-1890; Register of deaths, 1883-1889) 
  • Oregon County Tax Assessor Office is responsible for appraising and assessing real estate property and person property for the purpose of taxation as well as transferring ownership of real estate, and keeping real estate maps up to date.
  • Local Records Inventory Database
  • State-Issued Land Patents 1831 - 1969
  • BLM Land Records

Oregon County, MO Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Oregon County, MO?
A list of Oregon County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Missouri Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

  • South Central Missouri Genealogical Society , 9 Court Square, West Plains, MO 65775
  • Oregon County Genealogical Society, c/o Oregon County Courthouse, Alton, MO 65791
  • Historical Society of Oregon County, Route 2, Box 3A, Koshkonong, MO 65692; Ph: (417) 867-3285
  • Ozarks Genealogical Society ; P.O. Box 3945, 534 West Catalpa, Springfield, MO 65808; Phone: (417) 831-2773
  • Missouri State Archives, Missouri State Information Center; P.O. Box 1747, 600 West Main Str, Jefferson City, MO 65102
  • Missouri State Library – 600 West Main Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101; (573) 751-4936
  • Missouri Historical Society, P.O. Box 11940, St. Louis 63112-0040
  • Missouri State Genealogical Association, P.O. Box 833, Columbia, MO 65205-0833

Where can I connect with other Oregon County, MO Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Oregon County, MO?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Oregon County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is just a directory which has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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Oregon Co. GA Cemeteries & Church Records

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Oregon Co. MO Military Records

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