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Benton County Genealogical Society
Research Services and Fees


Our purpose for doing research is to raise money for Benton County Genealogical Society, to help with operating expenses and for the purchase of more books for the society library. The research is done on a volunteer basis by our members, as time allows. We will process your request as soon as possible and will appreciate your patience.

Minimum Fee is $10.00, which covers a maximum of one half hour of research. Each photocopy page is 25 cents plus postage. The $10.00 fee should be mailed with your initial request. Reimbursement for additional costs for copies and postage may be requested. If you wish more than one half hour of research, please indicate a maximum number of hours, or a maximum dollar amount.

If you have an e-mail address, please include it so you can be contacted if questions arise.

Mail your request and check to:
Benton County Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1646
Philomath, OR 97370

Questions about your research request? Please contact the Benton County Coordinator

        Sample Research Questions that we will be able to answer.

1. Specific cemetery records giving name and approximate death date if possible: “Please send me the record for John Henry who died in Benton County close to May 12, 1902.”
2. Specific obituaries: “I believe my ancestor’s obituary was printed in the Corvallis newspaper close to May 12, 1902 or a few days later.
3. Marriage records giving as much information as possible: Names of bride and groom and approximate date of marriage.
4. Newspaper articles using our newspaper index online http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~orbentgs/newsproj.html
5. Donation Land Claim look ups for specific individuals within an approximate time.

Sample Research Questions that we will NOT be able to answer.

1. All records for Lewis 1800 to 1900
2. All marriage records for the Joneses between 1800 and 1900
3. All land records for anyone named Johnny (no last name) in 1850 to 1900
4. “Simply A. Sample lived in Benton County sometime between 1800 to 1900.
“I would like all the records you can find for him.”




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Benton County Genealogical Society
Research Request Form

          Name:_____________________________________________________________________________

          Address:___________________________________________________________________________

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          E-mail address:______________________________________________________________________

          Date of request:_____________________________________________________________________

Please complete any of the following that apply to your request
Please provide as much data as possible.
Please indicate questionable dates and places with question marks

          Ancestor's name:______________________________________________________________________

          Birth date and place:___________________________________________________________________

          Marriage date and place:________________________________________________________________

          Death date and place:__________________________________________________________________

          Spouse's name:_______________________________________________________________________

          Spouse's birth date and place:____________________________________________________________

          Spouse's death date and place:____________________________________________________________

          Children:_____________________________________________________________________________

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          Additional information you have on your ancestor:

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          What is the specific information you are seeking on this ancestor?

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          Resources to be used: (Please check those you choose)

  • ____History of Benton County by David D. Fagan, Pub. 1885
  • ____Benton County Cemetery Books
  • ____Benton County Census: 1854, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1910
  • ____Benton County WPA Interviews
  • ____Benton County WPA Church Records
  • ____Benton County Marriages Vol. 1 and 2, 1850-1945
  • ____Benton County Newspapers
  • ____Federal Census of Oregon: 1850 - 1930
  • ____Oregon Donation Land Claims
  • ____Books on History of Oregon
  • ____Oregon Biographical Index
  • ____Oregon State Death Index: 1903-1998


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