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  • Sherman County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 31, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Wasco County.
    Established:  25-Feb-1889
    County Seat:  Moro, Oregon

    County history - Sherman County is named in honor of William Tecumseh Sherman, American Civil War general, and businessman, educator, and author.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Sherman County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Sherman County Vital Records - Sherman County Clerk, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039-0365.


  • Tillamook County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 20, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Clatsop, Yamhill and Polk Counties.
    Established:  15-Dec-1853
    County Seat:  Tillamook, Oregon

    County history - Tillamook County is named in honor of the Tillamook (or Killamook) Native American people. The Tillamook are a Native American tribe from Oregon of the Salish linguistic group. The name Tillamook is a Chinook term meaning "people of Nekelim (or Nehalem)" and is also spelled Calamox, Gillamooks and Killamook.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Tillamook County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Tillamook County Vital Records - Tillamook County Clerk, 201 Laurel Avenue, Tillamook, OR 97141-2394.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Tillamook County Pioneer Museum / Tillamook, OR)


  • Umatilla County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 1, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Wasco County.
    Established:  27-Sep-1862
    County Seat:  Pendleton, Oregon

    County history - Umatilla County is named in honor of blah, blah, blah, blah. Umatilla is an Indian term meaning "rippling water" or "water rippling over sand" and has provided the name both for the county and its major river.

    Umatilla Courthouse
    1. Umatilla County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Umatilla County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Umatilla County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Umatilla County Historical Society & Museum / Pendleton, OR)
    4. Umatilla County - US/ORGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Umatilla County - US/ORGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Umatilla County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Umatilla County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Umatilla County Vital Records - Umatilla County Clerk, 216 SE Fourth Avenue, Pendleton, OR 97801-2500.


  • Union County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 31, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Baker County.
    Established:  14-Oct-1864
    County Seat:  La Grande, Oregon

    County history - Union County is named for the town of Union, which had been established two years before (1862) and named by its founders for the "Union" of the states during the Civil War.

    Union Courthouse
    1. Union County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Union County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Union County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Union County Historical Society / La Grande, OR)
    4. Union County - US/ORGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Union County - US/ORGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Union County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Union County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Union County Vital Records - Union County Clerk, 1100 L Avenue, La Grande, OR 97850-2121.


  • Wallowa County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 1, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Union County.
    Established:  14-Oct-1887
    County Seat:  Enterprise, Oregon

    County history - Wallowa County is named from the Nez Perce word wallowa to designate a tripod arrangement of poles used to support fish nets. The area was claimed by the Chief Joseph band of the Nez Perce as its hunting and fishing grounds and who used the pole arrangement in their fishing.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Wallowa County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Wallowa County Vital Records - Wallowa County Clerk, 101 South River Street, Enterprise, OR 97828-0170.


  • Wasco County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 14, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Marion, Clackamas and Linn Counties.
    Established:  11-Jan-1854
    County Seat:  The Dalles, Oregon

    County history - Wasco County is named in honor of the Wasco Tribe of Native Americans who inhabited the area, the Wasco-Wishram. They are two closely related Chinook Indian tribes from the Columbia River in Oregon. Today the tribes are part of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon and Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation in Washington.

    Wasco Courthouse
    GHLL Wasco 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 - Wasco County, OR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum / The Dalles, OR)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Columbia Gorge Genelogical Society / The Dalles, OR)
    7. US/ORGenWeb site - Wasco County Archives
    8. US/ORGenWeb - Wasco County Genealogy & History
    9. Wasco County Vital Records - Wasco County Clerk, 5th and Washington street, Room 201, The Dalles, OR 97058.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Hood River County (west), Clackamas County (west), Marion County (southwest),
             Jefferson County (south), Wheeler County (southeast), Gilliam County (east),
             Sherman County (east), Klickitat County, Washington (north).

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    Census Information:
        1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Wasco County (Text: 6 pages).
        1900 Census (T) - Federal Census, Wasco County, ED-151 (Text: 3 pages).


  • Washington County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  May 5, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Oegon Territory; named Twality County in 1843; changed to Washington County on 05-Jul-1843 [an original county].
    Established:  03-Sep-1849
    County Seat:  Hillsboro, Oregon

    County history - Washington County was originally named Twality, Tuality or twalatine County, one of the four original districts into which the Oregon Country was divided in 1843, (the county name on the census was also spelled as Twality and Twalatain). The territorial legislature renamed it 1849, honoring the first President of the United States, George Washington.

    Washington Courthouse
    GHLL Washington 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 - Washington County, OR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Genealogical Society Of Washington County/ Hillsboro, OR)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Washington County Historical Soc. & Museum / Portland, OR)
    7. US/ORGenWeb site - Washington County Archives
    8. US/ORGenWeb - Washington County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Washington County Health & Human Services, Dept., 155 N First Avenue, Suite 160, Hillsboro, OR 97124-3072.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Multnomah County (east), Clackamas County (southeast), Columbia County
             (north), Yamhill County (south), Tillamook County (west), Clatsop County
             (northwest).

        Obituaries - Washington County Newspapers

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    Census Information Washington County):
  • 1845 Census
  • 1850 Census
  • 1860 Census

  • Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Report Form, for Washington county <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • Wheeler County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  May 20, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Crook, Gilliam and Grant Counties.
    Established:  17-Feb-1899
    County Seat:  Fossil, Oregon

    County history - Wheeler County is named in honor of Henry H. Wheeler (b: 1826 Pennsylvania), who operated the first mail stage line from The Dalles to Canyon City.

    Wheeler Courthouse
    GHLL Wheeler 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 - Wheeler County, OR Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/ORGenWeb site - Wheeler County Archives
    7. US/ORGenWeb - Wheeler County Genealogy & History
    8. Wheeler County Vital Records - Wheeler County Clerk, P.O. Box 327, Fossil, OR 97830-0327.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Gilliam County (north), Morrow County (northeast), Grant County (east), Crook
                County
    (south), Jefferson County (northwest), Wasco County (northwest).
             Note:  green links are not active at this time.

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    Census Information:
        1930 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Wheeler County (Index: Alphabetical listing / Text: Alphabetical listing).


  • Yamhill County, Oregon —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 30, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American territorial lands [an original County].
    Established:  05-Jul-1843
    County Seat:  McMinnville, Oregon

    County history - Yamhill County is named in honor of The Yamhelas, members of the Kalapuya Native American family, who lived along the Yamhill River in the western Willamette Valley.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Yamhill County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Yamhill County Vital Records - Yamhill County Clerk, 5th and Evan, McMinnville, OR 97128.

      Census Information:
    10. 1850 Census (T) - Federal Census, Yamhill County, Oregon Territory (Text: 1 page).
    11. 1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Yamhill County (Text: 8 files).


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