Wasco County, Oregon
Genealogy and Facts

Wasco County was created on January 11, 1854 from Clackamas County, Lane County, Linn County, and Marion County. This particular county was named for the Wasco (or Wascopam) Native American tribe.

The Wasco County Seat can be found in The Dalles plus the county government website is www.co.wasco.or.us/

Areas adjoining Wasco County happen to be Hood River County (west), Clackamas County (west), Marion County (southwest), Jefferson County (south), Wheeler County (southeast), Gilliam County (east), Sherman County (east), Klickitat County, Washington (north).

Cities and towns situated in Wasco County consists of Antelope, Dufur, Maupin, Mosier, Shaniko, The Dalles.

Wasco 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.

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

Wasco County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Wasco County Courthouse and Government Records

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

  • Wasco County Clerk has many duties which include vital statistics (births, deaths, marriage) and keeps a permanent public record of real estate transactions.
    • Address: 511 Washington St, The Dalles, OR 97058
    • Phone: (541) 506-2530
    • Marriage Records: 1854
    • Land Records: 1854
  • Wasco 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: 511 Washington St.,PO Box 1400, The Dalles, OR 97058
    • Phone: 541.506.2700
    • Court Records: 1854
    • Probate Records: 1848
  • Wasco County Records Inventory (http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us) 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.

Wasco County Links

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

Wasco Co. OR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Wasco Co. OR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Wasco Co. OR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

  • Wasco Co. OR Census Records

    Wasco Co. OR Cemeteries & Graveyards

    Wasco Co. OR Church & Bible Records

    Wasco Co. OR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

    Wasco Co. OR General and History Websites

    Wasco Co. OR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

    Wasco Co. OR Military Records

    Wasco Co. OR Schools & Directories

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