Oregon, United States Genealogy

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Oregon, United States Genealogy

Welcome to Oregon, Beaver State

Oregon is a western state of the United States. It was the 33rd state admitted to the Union, on February 14, 1859.

The settlement of the Oregon Country commenced in March 1811 with the fur-trappers from John Jacob Astor's company "Pacific Fur Company" at Fort Astoria, now simply Astoria.

According to the Oregon Blue Book, the source for the earliest written use of the word "Oregon" was Major Robert Rogers, a British army officer. In his 1765 proposal for a journey.

   How to Find Information about Oregon, United States Genealogy Ancestors

1. Birth Information
2. Marriage Information
3. Death Information


Counties of Oregon

Oregon County Creation Dates and Parent Counties showing dates they were created or renamed and counties created from older counties. Details will assist you in determining which county would have the records you are seeking. Oregon currently has 36 counties:

Clatsop CountyColumbia CountyTillamook CountyWashington CountyMultnomah CountyHood RiverWasco CountySherman CountyGilliam CountyMorrow CountyLincoln CountyYamhill CountyPolk CountyBenton CountyClackamas CountyMarion CountyLinn CountyJefferson CountyUmatilla CountyWallowa CountyUnion CountyWheeler CountyGrant CountyBaker CountyCrook CountyLane CountyDeschutes CountyDouglas CountyCoos CountyCurry CountyJosephine CountyJackson CountyKlamath CountyLake CountyHarney CountyMalheur CountyOregon-county-map.gif
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Extinct, renamed, or transferred counties:
Champoeg | Clark | Lewis | Twality | Umpqua

Neighboring states: Washington | Idaho | Nevada | California

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Did You Know?

  • If your ancestors migrated to the West by following the Oregon Trail, take a look at the Oregon Trail History Library. You’re welcome to add emigration history of your pioneer.
  • The Oregon Trail was much more than a pathway to the state of Oregon; it was the only practical corridor to the entire western United States. The places we now know as Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho and Utah would probably not be a part of the United States today were it not for the Oregon Trail. That's because the Trail was the only feasible way for settlers to get across the mountains.
  • The thousands of settlers who arrived in the Oregon Territory between December 1850 and December 1855 were eligible to receive donation land claims. The applications for these free lands may provide birth, marriage, citizenship, and migration information. Read more...
  • Gretna Greens. When an Oregon couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like Winnemucca NV, or Weiser ID, or Payette ID. Many people were married in Washington because it did not require waiting or a blood test.[1]

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  1. Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in Genealogy Blog at http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ (accessed 8 January 2011).
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