Oregon Genealogy – Free Oregon Genealogy

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 Cemeteries

Oregon Census Records

Oregon Church Records

Oregon Court Records

Oregon Genealogy

United States Genealogy

USGenWeb 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

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 Land Records

  • U.S., Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1820-1908
    3,907 land management tract books containing official records of the land status and transactions involving surveyed public lands arranged by state and then by township and range. These books indicate who obtained the land, and include a physical description of the tract and where the land is located. The type of transaction is also recorded such as cash entry, credit entry, homesteads, patents (deeds) granted by the Federal Government, and other conveyances of title such as Indian allotments, internal improvement grants (to states), military bounty land warrants, private land claims, railroad grants, school grants, and swamp grants. Additional items of information included in the tract books are as follows: number of acres, date of sale, purchase price, land office, entry number, final Certificate of Purchase number, and notes on relinquishments and conversions.
  • Arizona Land Patents online. Index.

Oregon Military Records

Oregon Native American Records

Oregon Newspapers

Oregon Obituaries

Oregon Vital Records

1899 Trullinger Scrapbook

1899 Trullinger Scrapbook

This scrapbook created by the Trullinger family of Clatsop County, Oregon contains clippings of various articles found in the local newspapers, letters, book articles, and other curiosities which intrigued the compiler at the time. Interspersed throughout are handwritten notes. The scrapbook commences on 22 May 1897 and ends on 24…
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Genealogy: Stitgen, Steele, Doane, Newman, Rapp

Genealogy: Stitgen, Steele, Doane, Newman, Rapp

The Stitgen family comprises most of the book, and starts with Theodor and Barbare (Wollgrafs) Stutgen (the family would variously spell their name as Stutgen, Stuttgen, Stuettgen, and Stitgen.) Theodore Stitgen, grandson of Theodor Stutgen would immigrate to Richfield, Wisconsin about 1850 and eventually settled in Hillsboro, Oregon. The Doane…
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United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955

3,907 land management tract books containing official records of the land status and transactions involving surveyed public lands arranged by state and then by township and range. These books indicate who obtained the land, and include a physical description of the tract and where the land is located. The type…
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Sample page from Sacramento California's Mug Books

Sacramento California Police Mug Books 1864-1949

Mug Books of the past have been replaced by computer databases now, but back before the days of computers and databases, they served as an effective method for Police Departments to keep track of past criminals and wanted people. The Sacramento Police Department has generously provided these scanned images to…
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World War 2 Casualties - Army, Airforce

Oregon World War 2 Casualties – Army, Air Force

This database contains War Department casualties (Army and Army Air Force personnel) from World War II for Oregon. Information provided includes serial number, rank and type of casualty. The birthplace or residence of the deceased is not indicated. An introduction explaining how the list was compiled, a statistical tabulation, and…
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Land Ownership and Township Plat

Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898

These township plat maps began with the Public Lands Survey in the United States initiated by the Land Ordinance Act of 1785, and this collection includes maps for all or parts of Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. Maps were prepared from survey…
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Winchester Star

Small Town Newspapers

Small Town Papers gives you free access to the people, places and events recorded in real time over the decades or even centuries! Browse and search the scanned newspaper archive from 1846 up to the current edition! Their archives contain millions of names of ancestors not found anywhere else. Enhance…
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Bottle Creek Mounds

Mound Builders

The types of the human skulls taken from those ancient mounds said to have been erected by a prehistoric race, and now called “Mound Builders” a race claimed to be far superior to our Indians are characteristic, not only of the ancient Mexicans, Peruvians and other ancient tribes of South…
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Captain Jack

War With The Modoc – Indian Wars

Early April 16th, the Modoc had a big fire in their camp. Major Thomas dropped a shell directly into it, provoking a frantic war whoop, and causing the sudden extinguishing of the fire. Another shell was dropped in the same locality, and was followed by yells of pain and dismay.…
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