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  • Lake County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 28, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Jackson and Wasco Counties.
    Established:  24-Oct-1874
    County Seat:  Lakeview, Oregon

    County history - Lake County is named for the lakes found within its boundaries, including Lake Abert, Hart Lake Reservoir, and Goose Lake. In addition, 1882 - Land removed to create Klamath County and 1885 - Warner area from Grant County was added.


    Lake Courthouse
    1. Lake County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Lake County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Lake County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Lake County - US/ORGenWeb site:  (Archives)
          Lake County Historical Society
          35 South G Stree
          Lakeview, Oregon 97630

    5. Lake County - US/ORGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Lake County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Lake County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. County of Lake Vital Records - Lake County Clerk,513 Center Street, Lakeview, OR 97630-1539.


  • Lane County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 12, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Linn, Benton and Umpqua Counties.
    Established:  29-Jan-1851
    County Seat:  Eugene, Oregon

    County history - Lane County is named in honor of Geneneral Joseph Lane (1801 - 1881), the first governor of Oregon Territory

    Lane Courthouse
    1. Lane County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Lane County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Lane County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Lane County Historical Society & Museum / Eugene, OR)
    4. Lane County - US/ORGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Lane County - US/ORGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Lane County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Lane County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Lane County Vital Records - Lane County Clerk, 125 East Eighth Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2922.

    9. Lane County - 1922 Yearbook "Oregana" University of Oregon, Eugene
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cottage Grove Genealogical Society / Cottage Grove, OR)
    11. Society/Museum/Assn - (Oregon Genealogical Society & Research Library / Eugene, OR)
    12. Society/Museum/Assn - (Siuslaw Genealogical Society / Florence, OR)


  • Lincoln County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  May 18, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Benton and Polk Counties.
    Established:  20-Feb-1893
    County Seat:  Newport, Oregon (Toledo until 1954)

    County history - Lincoln County is named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. When Lincoln County was formed, Toledo was picked as the temporary county seat. In 1896 it was chosen as the permanent county seat. In 1897 there was agitation to build a county courthouse and with the growing demand a courthouse was finally built in 1899. The city jail of Toledo was also made the official county jail in that same year. In 1913 a new county jail was built. Three elections were held to determine if the county seat should be moved from Toledo to Newport. Twice these votes failed in 1928 and 1938. In 1954, however, the vote went in Newport's favor.
             The County contains the Siletz Indian Reservation, which lies between Polk County and the Pacific Ocean.

    Lincoln Courthouse
    1. Lincoln County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Lincoln County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Lincoln County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Lincoln County Genealogical Society & Library / Toledo, OR)
    4. Lincoln County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Lincoln County Historical Soc. & History Center / Newport, OR)
    5. Lincoln County - US/ORGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Lincoln County - US/ORGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Lincoln County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Lincoln County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Lincoln County Vital Records - Lincoln County Clerk, 225 West Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365-3811.

    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (North Lincoln County Historical Museum / Lincoln City, OR)


  • Linn County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 8, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Champoeg (later Marion) County.
    Established:  28-Dec-1847
    County Seat:  Albany, Oregon

    County history - Linn County is named in honor of U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn (1795  1843) of Missouri, author of the Donation Land Act, which provided free land to settlers in the West.

    Linn Courthouse
    GHLL Linn County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Linn County, OR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Linn Genealogical Society / Albany, OR)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Linn County Historical Society & Museum / Brownsville, OR)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Linn County Historical Museum Blog / Brownsville, OR)
    8. US/ORGenWeb site - Linn County Archives
    9. US/ORGenWeb - Linn County Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - Linn County Clerk, P.O. Box 100, Albany, OR 97321-0031.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Marion County (north), Benton County (west), Lane County (south), Deschutes
                County
    (southeast), Jefferson County (east), Polk County (northwest).
               Note:   County names in black print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable (meaning linked).

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        1860 (T) - Federal Census Linn County (15 Files, containing twps: Albany, Harrisburgh, Pine, Brownsville, Lebanon).


  • Malheur County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 31, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Baker County.
    Established:  17-Feb-1887
    County Seat:  Vale, Oregon

    County history - Malheur County is named for the Malheur River (formally "Riviere au Malheur" or "Unfortunate River"), named by French trappers whose property and furs were stolen from their river encampment.

    Malheur Courthouse
    1. Malheur County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Malheur County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Malheur County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Malheur County Historical Society
          1186 SW Sixth Ave
          Ontario, OR 97914-3310

    4. Malheur County - US/ORGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Malheur County - US/ORGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Malheur County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Malheur County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Malheur County Vital Records - Malheur County Clerk, 251 B Street West, Vale, OR 97918-0130.


  • Marion County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 3, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of the Northwest Territory,
    Established:  05-Jul-1843
    County Seat:  Salem, Oregon

    County history - Marion County, then called Champooick, was created by the Provisional Government in 1843, 16 years before Oregon gained statehood. In 1849 the name was changed to Marion in honor of Gen. Francis Marion.
             Marion County is one of the original four districts of the Oregon territory along with Twality (later Washington), Clackamas, and Yamhill counties. The four districts were redesignated as counties in 1845. In 1849, Salem was designated the county seat.

    Marion Courthouse

    Capitol history - The territorial capital was moved from Oregon City to Salem in 1852. The ensuing controversy over the location of the capital was settled in 1864 when Salem was confirmed as the state capital.
             Oregon's present Capitol has its origins in two fires. On December 30, 1855, fire swept through a newly occupied Statehouse, completely destroying the structure. The Holman Building, in the business section of Salem, served as a temporary Capitol from 1859 until another one was completed in 1876.
             On April 25, 1935, fire again destroyed the elegant Statehouse patterned after the U.S. Capitol.

    Oregon State Capitol

    GHLL Marion County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Marion County, OR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Danish-American Heritage Society / Salem, OR)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Marion County Historical Society & Museum / Salem, OR)
    7. US/ORGenWeb site - Marion County Archives
    8. US/ORGenWeb - Marion County Genealogy & History
    9. Marion County Vital Records - Marion County Clerk, Courthouse, Salem, OR 97301
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Linn County (south), Polk County (west), Yamhill County (northwest), Clackamas
                County
    (north), Wasco County (northeast), Jefferson County (east).

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  • Morrow County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 31, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Umatilla and Wasco Counties.
    Established:  15-Feb-1884
    County Seat:  Heppner, Oregon

    County history - Morrow County is named in honor of Jackson L. Morrow, who was a member of the state legislature when the county was created.

    Morrow Courthouse
    1. Morrow County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Morrow County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Morrow County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Morrow County Historical Society / Ione, OR)
    4. Morrow County - US/ORGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Morrow County - US/ORGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Morrow County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Morrow County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Morrow County Vital Records - Morrow County Clerk, P.O. Box 338, Heppner, OR 97836-0338.


  • Multnomah County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 12, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Washington and Clackamas Counties by an act of the Oregon Territorial Legislature
    Established:  22-Dec-1854
    County Seat:  Portland, Oregon

    County history - Multnomah County is named in honor of the Indian village of
             Multnomah, on Sauvie Island. The word is derived from nematlnomaq, probably
             meaning downriver. Lewis and Clark made note of the name in 1805, and applied
             that name to all local Indians, some of whom were part of the Chinookan tribe.

    Multnomah Courthouse
    GHLL Multnomah County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Multnomah County ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Multnomah County, OR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Troutdale Historical Society / Troutdale, OR)
    6. US/ORGenWeb site - Multnomah County Archives
    7. US/ORGenWeb - Multnomah County Genealogy & History
    8. Multnomah County Vital Records - Multnomah County Health Department , 3653 SE 34th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202.
               Note:  All birth records are housed at the state office in Portland.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Clark County, Washington, across the Columbia River (north), Skamania County,
                Washington
    , across the Columbia River (northeast), Hood River County (east),
             Clackamas County (south), Washington County (west), Columbia County
             (northwest).

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        Portland - Portland's Yugoslavian Community Clackamas
        Portland - Portland Birth Index
        Volga Germans In Portland - an online resource for learning about the settlement of this ethnic group in Oregon.


  • Polk County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  May 13, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of the Yamhill District..
    Established:  22-Dec-1845
    County Seat:  Dallas, Oregon

    County history - Polk County is named in honor of James Knox Polk, the 11th president of the United States.

    Polk Courthouse
    1. Polk County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Polk County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Polk County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Polk County Historical Society & Museum / Monmouth, OR)
    4. Polk County - US/ORGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Polk County - US/ORGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Polk County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Polk County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Polk County Vital Records - Polk County Clerk, 850 Main Street, Dallas, OR 97338-3116.

      Census Information:
    9. 1850 Census (T) - (Oregon Territory)
    10. 1870 Census (N) - Census (I), Census (T):  pgs 278b - 338a (14 files)


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