Josephine County Census

Josephine County was created in 1856 from Jackson County.

 Jackson County was created on January 12, 1852, from the southwestern portion of Lane County and the unorganized area south of Douglas and Umpqua Counties.

In 1842, the first Oregon census was taken of persons living south of the Columbia River in Oregon country.
List of Settlers West of Rockies, 1842 - By Elijah White, Indian Agent  From Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1842-1880. (Oregon Superintendency)
1845 Oregon Territorial census records were taken for the following counties: Champoic (Now Marion Co.), Clackamas, Clatsop, Tuality (now Washington County), and Yamhill.

1846 Oregon census records exist for Yamhill County.

A special 1849 Oregon census, enumerating males over age 21, was taken and still exists.

1850 US Federal Census of the Oregon Territory
1850 US Federal Census Mortality Schedule of Oregon
1850 US Federal Census Indexed and Searchable at LDS FamilySearch
1850 US Federal Census Mortality Schedule - Searchable at LDS FamilySearch

In 1853  Washington Territory was split off from Oregon Territory and there were census enumerations in 1853, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858 and 1859 for large portions of Oregon.

1860 US Federal Census Mortality Schedule of Oregon
1860 Josephine County OR US Federal Census -The USGenWeb Census Project
1860 US Federal Census - Searchable at LDS FamilySearch
Oregon State Census records were taken every 10 years between 1865 and 1905.  A handful of the state census survives [See each year below] 1865 Benton, Columbia, Marion and Umatilla Counties.
1870 US Federal Census Mortality Schedule of Oregon
1870 US Federal Census Indexed and Searchable at FamilySearch Records

1875 Oregon State Census for Lake, Umatilla and Wasco Counties.

1880 Josephine County OR US Federal Census Online at The USGenWeb Census Project
1880 US Federal Census Searchable Index at FamilySearch Records

1885 Oregon State Census for Linn and Umatilla Counties.

1890 Federal census schedules were completely destroyed by fire, however the 1890 Veterans and Widows census did survive and can be a helpful alternative resource.

1895 Oregon State Census for Linn, Marion, Morrow and Multnomah Counties.

1900 US Federal Census Indexed and Searchable at FamilySearch Records
1905 Oregon State Census for Baker, Lane, Linn and Marion Counties.
1910 US Federal Census
1920 US Federal Census  at LDS Family Search
1930 US Federal Census
Early Arrivals in Oregon 1792 - 1838
NARA film #595 contains many census enumerations taken by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Census at Oregon State Archives

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