Oregon Research

Emmigration to Oregon began in the early 1800s with the arrival of explorers and fur traders. They were followed in the 1830s by missionaries who came to minister to the native population. By the 1840s, word of the opportunities in the Pacific Northwest had reached a peak, creating an emigration to Oregon that continues even today.

Many of the records that were created by these hardy pioneers have been preserved. Some have been transcribed and published, while others are maintained in various locations that allow access by the public.

Oregon Research Facilities:

Oregon State Archives is located at Summer Street, Salem, Oregon. and contains many original documents for viewing, including census, land, probate, marriage, birth, and circuit court records. The Archives also provides a view of Oregon and it's countys and citys in the Oregon Blue Book.

Oregon University Libraries offer a wealth of genealogical and local historical information.

The Oregon State Library which is located in the State Library Building, on the corner of Summer & Court Sts. in Salem, OR 97310. maintains a Genealogy Room that is located on the second floor adjacent to the main library area.  The library houses local newspapers on microfilm, census records, county publications and several databases and research CDs.  Many of the books and microfilm can be obtained on interlibrary loan.

Oregon Historical Society Library , is located on the third floor at 1230 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205. It contains original manuscripts, photographs, diaries as well as microfilm of newspapers, census, etc. Some books may be obtained on interlibrary loan. Original documents must be viewed on site.

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon 1505 SE Gideon Street, Portland, OR. [PO Box 42567, Portland, OR 97242-0567] contains many publications and early records, as well as microfilm of census information and newspapers. Publications may be checked out by members but are not available on interlibrary loan.

Western Oregon University Archives online database

Willamette University Hatfield Library online database

Oregon Research Online:

A Place Called Oregon by Roxann Gess.  Well worth the visit.

BLM Land Records

Early Linn County by Mona Hyler Waibel included articles and photos of early Linn County

Genealogy Trails History Group provides obituaries and transcribed records

Historic The Dalles by Susan Buce

Historic Oregon Newspapers searchable online historic newspapers

Jackson County History including diary listings and short biographies

Lane County Historical Society and Museum

Northwest Digital Archives

Oregon GenWeb provides individual county links for researching your ancestor

Oregon Historic Photo Collection

Oregon WPA Life Histories

Pioneer History of members of the Churches of Christ In the Pacific Northwest compiled by Charles Dailey

Sandy Historical Society, Sandy, Clackamas Co, Oregon

Southern Oregon by Ben Truwe

Talent, Jackson Co, OR provided by Talent Historical Society.  Database containing an index of over 19,000 names that ties to information in their archives.  Wonderful historic pictures.

University of Oregon Newspaper Project lists the city, name of newspaper and the time frame for the hundreds of Oregon newspapers in the collection at the University of Oregon Knight Library

Washington County Oregon History online contains thousands of photos related to Washington County

General Research Online:


Top 100 Genealogy Sites 

Resources for Military Families

How to Travel to Find Your Roots

Genealogy and the Law


Military Indexes


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