La Grande Oregon Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

Our Family History Center is open to the public. This building was erected in 1901. It has been a recreation hall, a cannery, used for potatoe storage & a Bishop's storehouse. It is now a Family History Center.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  1. 2504 North Fir Avenue, La Grande, Oregon
  2. There are steps to the front door & handicap access at the back entrance with a doorbell.

  1. (Link to map using Google or other map sites)

Phone: 541-963-5003


Open Hours: Mon 9am-12 noon, Tue 9am-3pm, Wed 6pm-9pm, Thur 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-12 noon

Holiday Schedule: Closed New Years, Memorial day, 4th of July, 24th of July, Labor day, Thanksgiving & Christmas.

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule: Public classes 2nd and 4th Thursday 6pm- 7pm

Staff Training Meetings: First Monday noon

Center Resources ~ 10 computers on line, books, films, film copier, microfiche, maps, classrooms, cemetery records, copy machines, Oregon Death index & Land records


  • Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.
  • We have Oregon Death Indexes on fiche; 1971 - 1990.
  • We have Oregon census on film; 1850-1920.
  • We have Union County Marriage Records; 1865 - 1975.
  • We have Oregon land records;1865-1971, deeds; 1864-1933, some mining deeds; 1864 & water rights; 1891-1969.
  • The observer, a La Grande paper is also available on film from 1897-1972.
  • Books covering Union, Wallowa and Baker county histories.
  • Notebooks of local obituaries; 1985- current.
  • Over 1200 books and magazines for use in genealogical research.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal: This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. (Note to FHC: Not all FHCs have access to this portal. If you do not, you will want to remove this entire bullet. If you do have access to it, just remove this text in italics.)

Hardware and Equipment

  • 10 computers on line
  • 4 printers
  • 4 film readers ' 
  • 1 copy machine
  • 2 scanners

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

German Research - Jo Zaugg

Native American Research - Jeri Sawyer

Norway Research & language - Linda Strand

Resources in the Local Area

Eastern Oregon University ~ Library~ 541-962-3579 

1410 L Avenue

La Grande, Oregon

Union County Courthouse ~ 541-963- 1006

1001 4th Street

La Grande, Oregon

Union County Historical Society


City of La Grande, Oregon

Eastern Oregon University'

Union County Historical Society

Union County Courthouse

Volunteer at the Center

We are always looking for volunteers!

It helps if you have computer experience & experience in genealogy work.

We offer 6 classes of training &monthly trainings. Contact our director, Ellen Kohler 541-963-6865 for more information.