Polk County was created from the Yamhill District on December 22, 1845. The county was named after then President James Knox Polk.
The first county seat was a settlement on the north side of Rickreall Creek named Cynthian (also known as Cynthia Ann). City officials later changed the name to Dallas after Vice President George M. Dallas. The first frame courthouse was built in 1851 in Cynthia Ann. The second courthouse was built in 1856; it burned in 1898 and was replaced with the present building, built with sandstone quarried 3 miles north of town.
Polk County Resources
Oregon State Archives
Women's Property Register 1859-1897
Oregon State Archives
Polk County Libraries
Butler Family Letters
A collection of 70 original letters
written by some of the pioneers
who settled in Polk County
to found Western Oregon University.
Click on the words "Butler Family
Letter s" at the top of the page
to learn more.
Family Group Sheets
Family Group Sheets
For your Polk Co.
1849 Census - Alphabetical Order
1849 Census - Original Order
Polk County Mortality Schedules- - Mortality Schedules from the 1850,1860,1870, & the 1880 census.
Polk County Data
Polk County Death Certificates-Information copied from Death Certificates.
Pensioners 1883- Military pensioners in 1883
Wagon Trains to Oregon
Pacific Christian Messenger - Marriage, Births, & Deaths from July 16, 1880-Jan 7, 1881.
Oregonian Weekly - Marriage and Death Announcements for March 19, 1859
Archived Polk County Queries Archived Polk County Queries Page One Page Two
Polk County Message Boards
Search and Post to Message Boards
Polk County Information
Personal Account of the Whitman Massacre - as written by Mary Marsh Carson who
witnessed the massacre.
A Letter from Oregon - A letter written by Clarborne Campbell Walker from Polk County.
Towns of Polk County - Towns past and present of Polk County.
Polk County Photos Updated 5/29/02
James Reed Syron - A Biography of James Reed Syron submitted by Lee Gentemann.
William Duran Biography - A Biography of William Duran written by Richard Duran.
Polk County Biographies - 39 biographies submitted by Lynn Mack
Polk County Historical Society
Polk County Links
Churches of Christ & Christian Churches - Pioneer History of the Pacific Northwest a list and a short history of the Churches of Christ in Polk County
Polk County Cooperative History Project
Polk County Place Names
ORGenWeb Oregon Resources USGenWeb US Resources
Polk County Archives Oregon Archives
Oregon Pioneer Page
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The ORGenWeb/USGenWeb Project
In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.
At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. Now there is a web page for every county in the country.
I am Kathy Todd the County Coordinator for Polk County. If you have information about the county you'd like to share with others, please contact me and I will add you to to Lookups Page, or simply add your information to a Polk County page. If you have a website with Polk County families and would like me to place a link to it here, please write and let me know the URL. There are also two surname lists at this site. The Gen Connect list and the one listed at the top of this page.
Please Note: I cannot do lookups for you at the libraries. There are some resources available on the look up page if you need lookups done. You might also try posting a query to the mail list often there is someone there who will do lookups when they are at the library.
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