Hood River County, Oregon Genealogy

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Guide to Hood River County, Oregon ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Hood River County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Hood River County
Location in the state of Oregon, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Founded June 23, 1908
County Seat Hood River
Address Hood River County Courthouse
309 State Street
Hood River, Or 97031-2037
Hood River County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Hood River, a tributary of the Columbia River. The County is located in the north central area of the state. [1]

Hood River County, Oregon Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1908 1907 1908 1895 1908 1845
*Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse

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County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate,
and court records from 1908 and land records
from 1895.[3]

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Hood River County Court House as of July 2009.

Hood River County Court is structured differently. Check the County Records Inventory link for addresses for location of records (left column).

  • Record Loss:

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Named for Hood River, a tributary of Columbia River.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

23 June 1908: Created from Wasco County. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Oregon County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Oregon County Boundary Maps" (1843-1975) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are locations in the county:[5]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Clackamas | Multnomah | Wasco | Washington counties: Klickitat | Skamania

Resources[edit | edit source]

Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
ORGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
ORGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.
  • Hood River County Cemeteries, Columbia Gorge Genealogy Society
  • Soldiers of 1861-1865 buried in Idlewilde Cemetery, Hood River, Oregon, by Jean Williams Koops and Patricia F. Combs

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 8,016
1920 8,315 3.7%
1930 8,938 7.5%
1940 11,580 29.6%
1950 12,740 10.0%
1960 13,395 5.1%
1970 13,187 −1.6%
1980 15,835 20.1%
1990 16,903 6.7%
2000 20,411 20.8%
2010 22,346 9.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".
  • Japanese Population in Oregon - October 1, 1928: https://digital.osl.state.or.us/islandora/object/osl:80728
  • Hood River School Census 1933, Hood River County School District, transcribed by Jeffrey W. Bryant
  • Hood River School Census 1940, Hood River County School District, transcribed by Jeffrey W. Bryant

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

  • Rural Area Only

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

  • Telephone Directory - 1973 - Hood River - Odell - Dee - Parkdale, Oregon
  • 1905 Hood River Telephone Directory
  • Directory, Oregon-Washington Telephone Company, Hood River, Oregon January 1st, 1919, Reprinted by Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society

Ethnic Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Dragonville Sketches - Hood River High School, A Picture History, by John Lamphiear
  • History of Early Pioneer Families of Hood River, Oregon, compiled by Mrs. Della M. Coon
  • History of Hood River County, Oregon 1852 - 1982, Hood River County Historical Society
  • History of Hood River County, Oregon 1852 - 1987, Hood River County Historical Society
  • History of Oregon, Carey, Charles Henry, Chicago: Pioneer Historical Pub. Co., 1922.
  • History of the Columbia River Valley, from The Dalles to the Sea, by Fred Lockley
  • History of Wasco County, Oregon, McNeal, William H., The Dalles, Ore.: unknown, 1954?
  • An Illustrated History of Central Oregon, embracing Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Crook, Lake and Klamath Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, Spokane, Washington, 1905
  • Portland, Oregon, its history and builders, Chicago:Gaston, Joseph, S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1911.
  • Portrait and biographical record of Portland and vicinity, Oregon, Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co., 1903.
  • Hood River Area History from selected newspaper articles, transcribed by Jeffrey L. Elmer

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

WashingtonSkamania CountyMultnomah CountyClackamas CountyWasco CountyKlickitat CountyOR HOOD RIVER.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Hood River County, Oregon Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

  • World War II Enlistment Records from NARA, Residence County: Hood River, Oregon

Korean War[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Historic Oregon Newspapers as a division of the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program has digitzied more than 644,000 pages of newspapers throughout Oregon. Dates range from 1846-1922 with selected issues continuing through 1973.

Of particular interest to Hood River County researchers:

The Hood River Glacier at:
The Hood River News at:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Schools[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Oregon Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Oregon Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Delayed Birth Certificates

Birth Registers

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Death Records[edit | edit source]

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Hood River County Historical Society & Museum
300 E Port Marina Drive
Hood River, Oregon 97031
Telephone: 541-386-6772
Facebook Page

Hood River County Library
502 E State St
Hood River OR 97031
Facebook Page

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

Hood River County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Hood River, Oregon" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hood_River_County,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hood River County, Oregon . Page 572-574 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 563-564.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hood River County, Oregon page 573, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. WorldCat 50140092 FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Hood River County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hood_River_County,_Oregon, accessed 10 November 2018.
  6. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map VI" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at OTMap6.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).