Census Records for Oregon

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This entry was originally written by Dwight A. Radford for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Population Schedules

• Indexed'1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930
• Soundex'1880, 1900, 1910 (by Genealogical Forum of Oregon)

Industry and Agriculture Schedules

• 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880

Mortality Schedules

• 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880

Union Veterans Schedules

• 1890 (indexed) The Oregon State Archives, Oregon State Library, and Oregon Historical Society Library (see Oregon Archives, Libraries, and Societies) hold microfilm copies of federal Oregon censuses. The supplemental schedules are at the latter.

Territorial and State

Territorial and state census records reflect the rapid growth of the Oregon country. These census enumerations were taken in 1842, 1843, 1845, 1849, 1853, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858, 1859, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, and 1905. Only portions of some of these enumerations have survived. Most of these censuses include only the name of the head of household, although the 1895 and 1905 censuses include some information on all members of the household. The state censuses are inventoried on the Oregon State Archives website as part of its 'Oregon Historical Records Index' database. The FHL has microfilm copies of most Oregon state censuses.

External Links

  • Oregon Census Records - free up-to-date guide to accessing Oregon census records. Identifies federal, state, and territorial censuses, as well as substitute records (FamilySearch Research Wiki).