See the bottom of this page for a list of typical fees for copies ordered by phone, mail, fax, or email.


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The CLACKAMAS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY LIBRARY has no on-line catalogue but its collection is a fine place to find county records. You'll find an inventory of sources at the library in various categories on the pages of Clackamas County Genealogy.
211 Tumwater Drive
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 655-5574

Museum of the Oregon Territory web site

Research Library open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and the
1st and 3rd Saturday of every month (503) 655-5574

P.O. Box 995
211 Tumwater Drive
Oregon City, OR 97045-2900 
(Note: the Family History Society's library is housed with the Clackamas County Historical Society collection). Contact by link, mail, or visit.

CLACKAMAS COUNTY GOVERNMENT Web Site: Lists the address for all county record repositories such as the Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Surveyors Office, County Record Center, etc. See this web site's Probate and other records page for which facility houses a particular type of record. Or go to Clackamas County Records Inventory Home for a detailed list of what record is where.

The LINCC system combines the catalogues of the following Clackamas County libraries. Most material is available for interlibrary loan:
Canby Public Library
Clackamas County Libraries
Estacada Public Library
Gladstone Public Library
Lake Oswego Public Library
Ledding Library of Milwaukie
Molalla Public Library
Oregon City Public Library
Sandy Public Library
West Linn Public Library
Wilsonville Public Library


GENEALOGICAL FORUM OF OREGON, INC. , a volunteer-run nonprofit requires a $5 daily fee for use of its library. Expert advice available.
1505 SE Gideon (northeast of Powell and 13th in Portland)

Research and copies by mail (fee)

The web site for the OREGON STATE ARCHIVES is conveniently organized for genealogical research. There is a statewide search engine for surnames at Archives Catalogue and a list of Clackmas County records (both in and outside the Archives) at Clackamas County Records Inventory Home. To order copies without visiting the Archives, go to State Archives Record Orders (fee). Copies of Oregon Vital Statistic Records must be ordered through the Oregon State Health Division although many are in collections at the Archives.

Oregon State Archives
800 Summer St. NE
Salem, OR 97310
Phone: 503-373-0701
Fax: 503-373-0953
Hours: 8 AM to 4:45 PM, Monday-Friday except state holidays.

Oregon State Health Division
Oregon State Vital Records Office

800 NE Oregon Street, Ste 205
PO Box 14050
Portland, OR 97293
(503) 731-4108
recording: (503) 731-4095
Fax: (503) 234-8417

The OREGON HISTORY CENTER in Portland has an on-line catalogue but the center's collection and helpful staff make it well worth a visit:

Oregon Historical Society Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 306-5240

Oregon History Center Library Catalogue
Oregon History Center Museum web site
Oregon History Center Library Copies and Research by Mail (fee)

The MULTNOMAH COUNTY LIBRARY has records found nowhere else such as the complete Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West series and the 19th Century Congressional Record.
801 S.W. 10th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205-2597

The OREGON STATE LIBRARY also maintains an on-line catalogue. Genealogy collections, facilities, and research with the Willamette Genealogical Society (nonprofit).
Oregon State Library
250 Winter St. NE
Salem, Oregon

Address for Society business:
Willamette Valley Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2083
Salem, OR 97308


COPIES: For records by e-mail, fax, phone, or mail, it is best to have a specific record in mind before making a request. Check as many places as possible before ordering a record--- prices and collections vary.

Some records are not available for copies: Death and Divorce records must be older than 50 years, Birth records older than 100 years, Insane Commitment Records older than 75 years, and Prisoner Registers older than 25 years.

Here are a few of the main sources with prices. (Many libraries other than those listed here also offer copies by mail.):

Historical CLACKAMAS COUNTY VITAL RECORDS through 1948 are available on microfilm in various archives. More recent records are NOT available through the Clackamas County Clerk, only through the State Vital Records Office listed below. (Unless the record is so new that it is subject to review or correction.)

OREGON STATE VITAL RECORDS OFFICE can provide official and heirloom record copies. NOTE: Unless you want a certified copy, it is far cheaper to get copies of vital records through the Oregon State Archives Vital Records Collection. By mail, these are sent for $5 instate or $10 out-of-state, all copying fees included.

Should you wish a certified copy through the Vital Records Office, then the first copy of a certificate is $20; every additional copy ordered at the same time is $15. Orders requested by fax, telephone, Internet or mail and billed to credit cards will be charged $25 and mailed the next working day, unless a record problem is discovered. A 9" x 20" heirloom certificate is available with birth data entered with calligraphy and each record signed by the Governor of Oregon and the State Registrar. Heirloom birth records are certified documents suitable for framing. The price is $45.

OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY LIBRARY Black and white photocopying $.50 page; Microprints (copies from microfilm and microfiche): $.50 per page. The basic handling fee for mail orders is $6.00; additional charges may be added for shipment by private carriers such as UPS, or for heavy shipments. Faxing is available at $1.00 per page. Additional research fees may also apply. Research service is $60 per hour with a half-hour ($30) minimum.

The minimum invoice fee is $20.00. Note: orders from individuals for photographic reproductions will not be invoiced; see the separate price list for these services. Rush Fees: 100% Surcharge when available.

STATE ARCHIVES RECORD ORDERS ; accessible Reference Services by e-mail; photocopies: 0.25 per page; Color photocopies: 1.00 per page; Microprints: 0.25 per page; Audio tapes: $5.75; Audio tape speed change: $5.00; Research/Labor is $30 per hour, calculated in 10-minute ($5) increments.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM OF OREGON, INC. The Forum has a small volunteer staff who search Forum resources for up to one hour for people who live outside the Portland area. The fee is $10.00 per half hour plus $.25 for each copy made for you. Please enclose a business-size (long) stamped, self-addressed envelope with your request.

Mail: Genealogical Forum of Oregon Inc.; PO Box 42567; Portland OR 97242-0567

WILLAMETTE VALLEY GENEALOGY SOCIETY (Oregon State Library) $5 for search of preselected state records; $10 for search of preselected Marion County records (more detailed than state search); or $10 per hour.

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