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Multnomah County, Oregon

Multnomah County was created on December 22, 1854 from the eastern portion of Washington County and the northern part of Clackamas County. This particular county was named for the Indian village of Multnomah, on Sauvie Island. The word is derived from nematlnomaq, probably meaning downriver. Lewis and Clark made note of the name in 1805, and applied that name to all local Indians. .

The Multnomah County Seat can be found in Portland plus the county government website is

Areas adjoining Multnomah County happen to be Clark County, Washington (north), Skamania County, Washington (northeast), Hood River County (east), Clackamas County (south), Washington County (west), Columbia County (northwest).

Cities and towns situated in Multnomah County consists of Fairview, Gresham, Lake Oswego , Maywood Park, Portland, Troutdale, Wood Village.

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

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

Multnomah County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Multnomah County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Multnomah 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 Multnomah 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 Multnomah County. The dates stated below are considered the first noted records data for this county.

  • Multnomah County Clerk has many duties which include vital statistics (births, deaths, marriage) and keeps a permanent public record of real estate transactions.
    • Address: 1620 SE 190th Ave, Portland, OR, 97233
    • Phone: (503) 988-3741
    • Marriage Records: 1855
    • Land Records: 1849
  • Multnomah 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: 1021 SW Fourth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
    • Phone: 503.988.3957
    • Court Records: 1850
    • Probate Records: 1849
  • Multnomah 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.

Multnomah County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Multnomah 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 Multnomah County genealogy or family history related sites.

Multnomah Co. OR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Multnomah Co. OR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Multnomah Co. OR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Multnomah Co. OR Census Records

Multnomah Co. OR Cemeteries & Church Records

Multnomah Co. OR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Multnomah Co. OR General and History Websites

Multnomah Co. OR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Multnomah Co. OR Military Records

Multnomah Co., OR Schools & Directories

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