This Oregon state page of our website provides direct links to major databases and historical titles and information found on Oregon genealogy and history, whether they exist on our site, or across the web.

Oregon Biographies

  • History of Union and Wallowa Counties, Oregon
    Biographies from the manuscript depicting early Oregonians. Presently consisting of those for Union County only.
  • Baker County, Oregon, Gold Mining History
    The manuscript we now provide gives the reader an overlook of the gold mining, principally in Baker County, Oregon, but also extending to the counties of Grant, Harney, Malheur and Union. Along with the history of gold mining in Baker County, Oregon, this manuscript also provides detailed articles on the specific mercantile interests tied into the gold trade in Eastern Oregon, as well as biographies of the miners and principal players of the era.
  • An Illustrated History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties Oregon
    91 biographies and sketches have been taken from the manuscript “An Illustrated History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties Oregon.”
  • Men of Portland
    Portland has a rich and colorful history. Many of the biographies will reflect that.

Oregon Cemetery Records

Oregon Census Records

Oregon Church Records

Oregon County Websites

Oregon Court Records

  • Jackson County
    JCGL holdings include several types of records concerned with Jackson County court actions

    • Indexes to Abstracts of Wills, Probates, Estates, etc.
      Set of four volumes of abstracts of court records taken from the Oregon State Archives. These include wills, probates, guardianships, and estate files. Indexes are available for these four volumes. 
    • Indexes to Will Book Images
      Photographs of actual records contained in two Will Books; prepared indexes for each of these two volumes. These indexes include all names mentioned in the record aside from witnesses. Thus they include testators, heirs, legatees, executors, debtors, etc. Separate indexes have been prepared for witnesses mentioned in these two volumes.
    • Circuit Court Legal Actions
      Two books of circuit court legal actions. These court record indexes contain information regarding various legal actions in Jackson County, Oregon. The first book includes cases from 1853 through 1873. The second book includes cases from 1858 through 1861.
    • Court Fee Books
      Circuit fee book for the years 1859-1862 and four circuit court fee books covering the years 1856-1890. These fee books have little of genealogical value aside from placing an individual in the county at a particular time.
    • Divorce/Criminal Files
      Digitized images of microfilmed Divorce and Criminal case files taken from the Jackson County Archives beginning in 1912. The digitizing process is on-going, so more records will be added as they are completed.
    • Naturalization Forms
      Five-volume set containing either Declaration of Intent forms for individuals intending to become naturalized citizens or information abstracted from those forms. JCGL holds actual copies of these forms for most of the names included in these volumes, and abstracted information for the remainder.
    • Jackson County Jury List (1854-1899)
      Ben Truwe, compiled these lists from Jackson County Commissioners’ Journals in the County Clerk’s office in Medford, Oregon. The juror lists of the 1850s and 1870s through 1890s often gave the name of the juror, his residence and occupation, making them a useful supplement to the U.S. Census data and providing a partial substitute for the missing 1890 Census. For several years where the year’s juror list wasn’t recorded in the Commissioners’ Journals, Mr. Truwe substituted the lists of fees paid to jurors, that included the mileage they traveled, but not their occupation. 

Oregon Genealogy

  • Jackson County Family Records
    JCGL developed five-generation family history charts for early residents of the Rogue Valley. These were bound into four volumes and are available for perusal in their library. Each chart is a single sheet and a volume was bound when enough charts were developed to fill it. In other words, the four volumes are in no particular order, so all must be examined. They completed an all-surname index for each volume; if a surname of interest to you is listed, you can request a copy of the chart for that surname. Follow the links below to view the indexes to these volumes.

Oregon History

  • Baker County
    • Baker County, Oregon, Gold Mining History
      The manuscript we now provide gives the reader an overlook of the gold mining, principally in Baker County, Oregon, but also extending to the counties of Grant, Harney, Malheur and Union. Along with the history of gold mining in Baker County, Oregon, this manuscript also provides detailed articles on the specific mercantile interests tied into the gold trade in Eastern Oregon, as well as biographies of the miners and principal players of the era.
    • Thirty One Years in Baker County
      A complete history of this county from the time gold was discovered in Griffin’s Gulch in the year 1861, down to the present time, is more of a task than one would at first suppose. The public records are not a full history of the affairs of county government dur­ing the first years of its existence, some of the books having been lost. In the present work, accounts of events and dates of their occurrence have been taken from written documents whenever they could be obtained, and in other cases where no record could be consulted, conclusions had to be reached by summing up the testimony of the best witnesses to the fact.
    • History of Baker County
      It is the purpose of this book to make a lasting historic record of Baker County; to interpret the controlling geology and geography; to interpret Baker County’s place in Oregon’s past and present; to recognize its industry; and to present a record of its people.
  • Hood River County
    • History of Hood River County, Oregon 1852 – 1982
      Currently this database includes information from “History of Hood River County, Oregon 1852 – 1982 and 1852 – 1987,” “History of Early Pioneer Families of Hood River, Oregon,” families from the Hood River County portion of the 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900 Wasco County, Oregon Census. It also includes the 1910 Hood River County, Oregon Census and part of the 1920 Hood River County, Oregon Census. There are currently 42,258 individuals in the database.
  • Jackson County
    • Oregon School Register and Record Book, Dst. 56, County of Jackson, State of Oregon
      This volume includes attendance records for the years, 1889-1891 and 1895-1897 for Medford’s Roosevelt School (pictured in 1928 at the right). The indexes below include the pupil’s name, age in years and months, and the parent or guardian’s name. The full record includes date of entrance, the student’s daily record of attendance, absences, tardy times, subjects taken, and in some cases the grade earned.
    • Evans Valley Pioneers Index
      JCGL collection includes a small book entitled, the Salt of the Earth: Pioneers of Evans Valley written by Gladys Boulter and Connie Weide. Their volunteers have recently prepared an online index to this volume.
    • Eagle Point Area Pioneers
      The JCGL collection includes a book entitled, A Journey Back compiled by Barbara Hegne. It draws information from journals of 19th-century settlers in the Eagle Point area. The index to this volume is shown below. It comprises the name of the individual referenced and the page(s) on which the reference can be found. If the page is followed by “(P)”, there is a picture of the individual in the book.
    • Early Pioneers in Jackson County
      volunteers at JCGL have compiled a volume of early pioneer records in Jackson County Oregon entitled, Pioneer People. These early records comprise DLC surveyer records, local censuses (1853-1859), hospital records (1855-1856), and militia muster rolls (1855-1856). The index is an alphabetized list combining the names from all four sources.
    • William Hoffman Diary (1853-1865)
      William Hoffman travelled with his family from Covington, Indiana to Jacksonville, Oregon along the Oregon Trail. His 38-page diary describes their trip and his subsequent years as a resident of Jacksonville.
  • Multnomah County
  • Umatilla County
  • Union County
  • Wallowa County
  • The Oregon Trail
    Francis Parkman’s epic tale of the emigrants from every part of the country preparing for the journey to Oregon and California, but an unusual number of traders were making ready their wagons and outfits for Santa Fe. Many of the emigrants, especially of those bound for California, were persons of wealth and standing

Oregon History and Genealogy Societies

Oregon Military Records

  • Early Pioneers in Jackson County
    Volunteers at JCGL have compiled a volume of early pioneer records in Jackson County Oregon entitled, Pioneer People. These early records comprise DLC surveyer records, local censuses (1853-1859), hospital records (1855-1856), and militia muster rolls (1855-1856). The index is an alphabetized list combining the names from all four sources.
  • Civil War Records
    • Civil War Pensions Index Cards
      Each card gives the soldier’s name, unit, the application number, the certificate number and the state from which the soldier served. In some cases, the soldier’s rank, terms of service, date of death and place of death are given. The index cards refer to pension applications of veterans who served in the U.S. Army between 1861 and 1917. The majority of the records pertain to Civil War veterans, but they also include veterans of the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, Indian wars, and World War I.
  • Indian Wars
    • War with the Snake, Bannock and Paiute, Umatilla County, Oregon
  • World War I Records
  • World War II Records

Oregon Native American Records

Oregon Newspapers

Oregon Obituaries

Oregon Vital Records

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United States Genealogy

United States GenWeb Project

Baker, Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, Yamhill

American History and Genealogy Project

Baker, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Coos, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Union, Umatilla, Wallowa