Hood River County, Oregon Genealogy

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Hood River County

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
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

Hood River County, Oregon Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1907 1908 1910 1861 1868

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate,
and court records from 1908 and land records
from 1895.[1]

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

Named for Hood River, a tributary of Columbia River.

Parent County

23 June 1908: Created from Wasco County. [2]

Boundary Changes

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

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[3]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties

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


Archives and Libraries


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
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


  • 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

  • Rural Area Only

Court Records


  • 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



  • 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




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


Civil War

World War I

World War II

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

Korean War


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:


Probate Records

Online Records



Vital Records

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

Delayed Birth Certificates

Birth Registers

Marriage Records

  1. 1826-1975 - Oregon, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
  2. Extractions of early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index
  3. Marriage Index 1885-1896 Actually is a book of affiants reporting the marriages. Historical Records Collection

Death Records

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Hood River County Historical Society
Port Marina Park
Hood River 97031

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

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Hood River County Oregon Genealogy References

  1. 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.
  2. WorldCat 50140092 FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Hood River County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hood_River_County,_Oregon, accessed 17 October 2018.
  4. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map VI" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap6.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).