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Union County, Oregon

Union County was created on October 14, 1864 from Baker County. This particular county was named for the town of Union, which had been established two years before and named by its founders for the "Union" of the states during the Civil War. .

The Union County Seat can be found in La Grande plus the county government website is www.union-county

Areas adjoining Union County happen to be Umatilla County (west), Wallowa County (east), Baker County (south), Grant County (southwest).

Cities and towns situated in Union County consists of Cove, Elgin, Imbler, Island City, La Grande, North Powder, Summerville, Union.

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

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

Union County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Union County Courthouse and Government Records

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

  • Union County Clerk has many duties which include vital statistics (births, deaths, marriage) and keeps a permanent public record of real estate transactions.
    • Address: 1001 Fourth St Suite D, La Grande, OR 97850
    • Phone: (541) 963-1006
    • Marriage Records: 1864
    • Land Records: 1864
  • Union 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: 1007 4th Street, La Grande, OR 97850
    • Phone: 541.962.9500
    • Court Records: 1864
    • Probate Records: 1864
  • Union 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.

Union County Links

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

Union Co. OR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Union Co. OR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Union Co. OR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Union Co. OR Census Records

Union Co. OR Cemeteries & Church Records

Union Co. OR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Union Co. OR General and History Websites

Union Co. OR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Union Co. OR Military Records

Union Co. OR Schools & Directories

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