Polk County, Oregon
Polk County was founded on December 22, 1845 from Yamhill District.
Polk 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.
Polk Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Polk Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Polk Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. There is free down loadable and printable census forms to help you with your research.
Polk County Societies and Family History Resources
A list of Polk County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- Polk County Historical Society, PO Box 67, Monmouth, OR 97361; 503 623-6251
- Oregon State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Polk County USGenWeb Archives Project (usgwarchives.net)
- Polk County, Oregon Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com)
- Polk County, Oregon Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
- Oregon Historical County Records Guide (arcweb.sos.state.or.us)
Polk County Courthouse and Government Records
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Polk 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 Polk 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.
The below specifics indicates whatever death, marriage, birth,, land, probate, and court records are typically in Polk County. The dates stated below are considered the first noted records data for this county.
Polk County Links
The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Polk 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 Polk County genealogy or family history related sites.