Resources - State Level



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Oregon Health Authority
Contact: (971) 673-1222
Note: Due to COVID-19, the Portland State Office Building is closed to the public until further notice.
       Oregon Health Authority
       Public Health Division
       800 NE Oregon Street
       Portland, OR 97232

Oregon law requires all vital events such as birth, marriage, divorce, registered domestic partnership, dissolution of registered domestic partnership, fetal death, and death be permanently recorded and registered. These are legal records documenting a vital event.

Certified copies of vital records are required to get social security benefits, a driver’s license, passport, and other legal documents.

The Oregon Vital Records office, known as the Center for Health Statistics (CHS), is where to get certified copies of birth certificates, death certificates, and other vital records in Oregon. This process is governed by Oregon Revised Statute and Administrative Rule.

Oregon Genealogical Society

Mailing Address:
   Oregon Genealogical Society, Inc.
   955 Oak Alley
   Eugene, Oregon 97401
Telephone: (541) 345-0399

General Inquiry:

The purpose of the Oregon Genealogical Society is:
  • To maintain a genealogical and historical research library in the Eugene, Oregon area.
  • To give assistance to other organizations and persons interested in genealogical research.
  • To collect, preserve and publish material of genealogical interest.
  • To present educational programs for those interested in genealogical research.

Oregon Historical Society

1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
General Inquiries:
   phone (503) 986-1523
For research inquiries:
   phone (503)306.5240 (voicemail)

The Oregon Historical Society preserves our state's history and makes it accessible to everyone in ways that advance knowledge and inspire curiosity about all the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon.

On-line Catalog

Oregon Secretary of State - State Archives

900 Court Street NE, Capitol Room 136
Salem OR 97310-0722
The Oregon State Archives collects, catalogs, preserves, and provides access to the historic records of state government and some local governments. The Archives collection is primarily composed of records from Oregon state agencies, the governor's office, the state legislature, and the Oregon Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal. The records are organized under the name of the agency or office that transferred the records to the Archives. The collections also include some private papers that have been donated to the Archives.

State Library of Oregon

250 Winter St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: (503) 378-4243

The State Library was established in 1905 as the Oregon Library Commission and has been located in the State Library Building, on the Capitol Mall, since 1939.

The primary focus of the library collection is state and federal documents, government research, and Oregon history.


The National Archives at Seattle

6125 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98115-7999
Phone: 206-336-5115
Fax: 206-336-5112

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Closed weekends and Federal holidays.

Please read through these "Frequently Asked Questions."