Jefferson County, Oregon Genealogy Guide2016-06-07T17:35:06+00:00

Jefferson County, Oregon Genealogy Guide

Jefferson County, Oregon (Map It) was created on December 12, 1914 from territory that was once part of Crook County. The county was named for Mount Jefferson, which is located on its western boundary, named in turn for Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), the 3rd president of the United States. Learn More About State of Oregon History.

Jefferson County is bordered by Wheeler County (east), Crook County (south), Deschutes County (south), Linn County (west), Marion County (northwest), Wasco County (north).

Jefferson County Cities and Towns include Culver, Madras, Metolius. A Map of Jefferson County, Oregon contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Jefferson County, Oregon Courthouse Records

Jefferson County, Oregon Courthouse
Jefferson County, OR Courthouse

The Jefferson County Courthouse is located in Madras, Oregon. Learn More About State of Oregon Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Jefferson county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Jefferson County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1882 and Land Records from 1864. The County Clerk has many duties which include vital statistics (births, deaths, marriage) and keeps a permanent public record of real estate transactions.
  • Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk has Court Records from 1883 and Probate Records from 1881. The 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.
  • Jefferson 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)

Jefferson County, Oregon Census Records

Jefferson County, Oregon Vital Records

Jefferson County, Oregon Resources

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