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Clatsop County, Oregon

Clatsop County was created on June 22, 1844 from the original Twality District. This particular county was named for the Clatsop tribe of Native Americans, who lived along the coast of the Pacific Ocean prior to European settlement.

The Clatsop County Seat can be found in Astoria plus the county government website is

Areas adjoining Clatsop County happen to be Columbia County (east), Pacific County, Washington (north), Wahkiakum County, Washington (north), Tillamook County (south), Washington County (southeast).

Cities and towns situated in Clatsop County consists of Astoria, Cannon Beach, Gearhart, Seaside, Warrenton.

Clatsop County does have Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. United states federal Population Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Clatsop Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clatsop Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clatsop Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. There is free down loadable and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Clatsop County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Clatsop County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Clatsop County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Clatsop County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Oregon courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Oregon residents. The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Clatsop County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records.

Please contact the clerk's office to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or asking for information because of occasionally changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many workers will guide people in finding the resources, however it is up to the particular person to undertake the research.

The below specifics indicates whatever death, marriage, birth,, land, probate, and court records are typically in Clatsop County. The dates stated below are considered the first noted records data for this county.

  • Clatsop County Clerk has many duties which include vital statistics (births, deaths, marriage) and keeps a permanent public record of real estate transactions.
    • Address: 820 Exchange Street, Astoria, OR 97103
    • Phone: (503) 325-8511
    • Marriage Records: 1851
    • Land Records: 1849
  • Clatsop County Circuit Court Clerk has general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, and typically handle cases beyond the jurisdiction of other courts. Circuit Courts also handle divorce, child custody, disputes over title to land, probate matters, juvenile cases, guardianship, adoption, involuntary commitment, and requests for injunctions.
    • Address: PO Box 835, 749 Commercial St., Astoria, OR 97103
    • Phone: 503.325.8555
    • Court Records: 1847
    • Probate Records: 1847
  • Clatsop County Records Inventory ( The Oregon Historical County Records Guide includes descriptions and listings for each type of record in the inventory. Each series description includes a title and a description of how the records are used (function); types of records that may be included in each category (physical content); type of information that may be found (informational content)
  • Oregon Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records has birth and death records dating from 1903; marriage records from 1906; and divorce certificates (not decrees) from 1925. There is a fee for each copy requested.

Clatsop County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clatsop County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is just a list that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to suggest your own most popular Clatsop County genealogy or family history related sites.

Clatsop Co. OR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clatsop Co. OR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Clatsop Co. OR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Clatsop Co. OR Census Records

Clatsop Co. OR Cemeteries & Church Records

Clatsop Co. OR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clatsop Co. OR General and History Websites

Clatsop Co. OR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clatsop Co. OR Military Records

Clatsop Co. OR Schools & Directories

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