Oregon Archives and Libraries
The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful for genealogical research in Oregon. These places have state-wide collections pertaining to Oregon.
Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Inc.
Multnomah County Library
801 S.W. Tenth Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Web page - http://www.multcolib.org/
A helpful guide to other Oregon records is University of Washington (Seattle) Library, The Dictionary Catalog of the Pacific Northwest Collection of the University of Washington (Seattle) Libraries, Six Volumes. (Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall and Co., 1972; (Family History Library large Q book 979.7 A3w).
National Archives—Pacific Northwest Region (Seattle)
6125 Sand Point Way, N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115-7999
Web page: http://www.archives.gov/pacific-alaska/seattle/contacts.html
Oregon Genealogical Society
955 Oak Alley
Eugene, OR 97401
Web page: http://www.rootsweb.com/~orlncogs/ogsinfo.htm
Oregon Historical Society Library
A helpful guide to the collection at the Oregon Historical Society Library is Oregon Historical Society Microfilm Guide Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society, 1973; (Family History Library book 979.5 A3o).
Oregon State Archives
800 Summer Street N.E.
Salem, OR 97310
Oregon State Archives has a Historical Records Index On-line which includes entires compiled by examining actual records held by the Archives. The spelling of surnames and other information reflects the original records. There are currently 572,940 entries in the index. Records include births, deaths, marriages, naturalizations, probates, divorce and many, many, more. Surname and County searches are available.
A NEW DATABASE FROM THE STATE ARCHIVES:
EARLY OREGONIANS DATABASE ADDED TO STATE ARCHIVES WEBSITE
As a legacy to commemorate the sesquicentennial of Oregon’s
statehood, the Oregon State Archives announces the launch of the Early
Oregonians Database on its website
This resource uses data from census, death, probate, and other records
to help researchers find information and documents about people who
lived in Oregon prior to statehood. Volunteers at the Archives have
worked on this project for more than five years. The database currently
contains over 105,500 entries for individuals who lived in Oregon prior
to statehood. Because of limits on available records and documentation,
the project can be defined to include people living in Oregon from 1800
The foundation of information in the database is based on data
extracted from the 1850 and 1860 censuses for Oregon. Volunteers have
created profiles of individuals that capture information about their
parents, spouses, and birth and death information. When possible
additional information from records in the Archives holdings and other
published sources have been used to provide more complete or accurate
Various records from the Oregon State Archives such as probate records,
death certificates, and marriage records were searched to identify
individuals who appeared to meet the criteria. As additional features of
the database become functional, researchers will be able to view a list
of records associated with a particular individual that are part of the
Oregon State Archives holdings and request copies.
Despite the fact that large populations of Native Americans lived in
the Oregon Country prior to 1840, documentation of those individuals is
scant and not readily available. Because of this, Native Americans
presented a special challenge. Currently the database includes close to
3,500 individuals of Native American descent. Information on Native
Americans that lived into the twentieth century can be problematic as
well. Project volunteers are beginning to work on the Indian censuses
compiled for the various reservations between 1885 and 1940 with the
goal of incorporating more information and individuals in the project
Further review and editing will result in additional entries when
evidence supports inclusion in the database. If you have documentation
you would like to contribute to the Early Oregonians Database, contact
the Archives staff at Early.Oregonians@state.or.us A more detailed
description of the project and an FAQ are available at