Research Guide

Here are some resources to get you started with your Yamhill County history research. 


  • Birth Certificates 1903-1912
  • Cemetary Records
  • Census Records 1850 to 1910
  • Death Certificates 1904-1955
  • Donation Land Claim Records
  • Family Surname Files
  • School Histories
  • General Oregon history books
  • Oral History CDs
  • History Presentations
  • Early Jail Rosters


Other Yamhill County Museums

Sheridan Museum of History

245 S. Bridge Street, Sheridan, OR  

Open: Saturdays 10-3


Willamina History Museum

188 D Street, Willamina, Oregon 97396  

Open: Saturdays and Sundays 1-4


Historic Building Records





Oregon Historic Sites Survey

Oregon Historic Sites Database


Yamhill County Archives

Linfield Archives (McMinnville)

George Fox University Archives (Newberg)

News Register Photo Archive (Yamhill Co. Photos 1936 to present )

Photos scanned from film negatives 1936-1967 so far. Negatives go up to 2002. Digital 2002 to present 


Other Yamhill County History Websites 

Historic Mac

Historic Downtown Newberg Tour

Newberg History

Dayton History

 Newberg Historic Resources Survey

Other Local Museums

Oregon Historical Society

OHS has many archival materials pertaining to Yamhill County




Chachalu Museum (Grand Ronde)

Polk County Historical Society (Rickreall)

Willamette Heritage Center (Salem)

Tillamook County Pioneer Museum (Tillamook)

Washington County Museum (Hillsboro)


Yamhill County Genealogical Society Research Library 

Located within the YCHS Miller Cabin, the Yamhill County Genealogical Society Research Library contains genealogical materials available for public research. Most materials are for Oregon, but there are some US, and even some international materials available. The YCGS library is open whenever the Miller Cabin is open.


Other Yamhill County History Resources

Yamhill County Records 1857-1963 (Family Search)

These county records were digitzed from microfilms held by the Yamhill County Clerk

This collection includes images of deeds, mortgages, and military service records from Yamhill County. It also includes 6 volumes of "Miscellaneous Records" dated 1899-1957. The miscellaneous records include some land transactions, licensing records and other items. Records will be added to this collection as images become available. At present, many other county records are available on microfilm at the Family History Library and family history centers.

Yamhill County Historical Records Index (State Archives)

  • Lists historic records available at Oregon State Archives, and Yamhill County Clerk and Planning departments. Also has list of School records at YCHS

Oregon Historic Sites Database

Yamhill County Cemeteries (Find A Grave)


Yamhill County Surveor Online Resoruces

DLC Names

State highway Maps-Yamhill County

USDA Resettlemnet Surveys

Road Research

Railroad Maps of Yamhill County



Yamhill County Newspapers on microfilm (University of Oregon)


News Register Archives 1999-present

McMinnville Public Library: Mircofilm


Newberg Graphic

Newberg Graphic 1889-1922 (Historic Oregon Newspapers)

Newberg Public Library: Microfilm and bound copies


Dayton Tribune (Misc years) 

Dayton Tribune (1970 - 1973, 1975 - 1976, 1979, and 2003 - 2006)

Dayton Tribune (1963)

Dayton Herald (June 3, 1904)




Sheridan Sun (Misc years)






Outside Yamhill County

Salem Newspapers (often include Yamhill Co. Stories)


 Oregon Historic Digital Newspapers




Historic Aerials (Aerial photos from 1950s to present)

Vintage Aerial (Aerial Photos of Farms 1960s-1980s)

General Land Office Records


GLO Survey Maps

Metsker maps and others


A good place to start a search

Oregon State Library

Oregon Geneolgical fourm

U of Oregon Special Collections

OSU Special Collections

Oregon State Archives



McMinnville Public Library

McMinnville High School Yearbooks (1912 to Present) Hardcopy and digital (on dvd)

McMinnville High School



Yamhill Carlton




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