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Welcome to the Oregon Biographies Project!


As of 22 Nov 2014, there are 3,444 biographies on this site.


SPECIAL THANK-YOU: This project could not exist without the time and effort of volunteers who transcribe the biographies on this site. I would like to particularly acknowledge the work of Diana Smith and Jeffrey Elmer - together, they have transcribed 90% of the biographies posted on this site. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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Oregon Book Indexes

leaf icon "Historic Sketches of Walla Walla, Whitman, Columbia and Garfield Counties, Washington Territory, and Umatilla County, Oregon" (Gilbert, 1882)

leaf icon "History of Southern Oregon; Comprising Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Coos Counties" (1884)

leaf icon "Illustrated History of Lane County, Oregon" (1884)

leaf icon "History of Benton County, Oregon" (1885)

leaf icon "History of the Willamette Valley; Personal Reminiscences of its Early Pioneer" (Himes, 1885)

leaf icon "The History of Portland, Oregon" (Scott, 1890)

leaf icon "The Story of Oregon" (Hawthorne, 1892)

leaf icon "An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon" (Hines, 1893)

leaf icon "The Oregonian's Handbook of the Pacific Northwest" (1894)

leaf icon "The Pioneer History of Coos and Curry Counties" (Dodge, 1898)

leaf icon "An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties" (1902)

leaf icon "An Illustrated history of Umatilla County and of Morrow County" (1902)

leaf icon "Portrait and Biographical Record of Portland and Vicinity, Oregon" (1903)

leaf icon "Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley, Oregon" (1903)

leaf icon "Portrait and Biographical Record of Western Oregon" (1904)

leaf icon "An Illustrated History of Central Oregon" (1905)

leaf icon "History of the Bench and Bar of Oregon" (1910)

leaf icon "Portland, Oregon, Its History and Builders" (Gaston, 1911)

leaf icon "Portland The Rose City, Pictorial and Biographical" (1911)

leaf icon "Centennial History of Oregon 1811-1912" (Gaston, 1912)

leaf icon "Oregon Pictorial and Biographical" (Gaston, 1912)

leaf icon "History of Oregon" (Carey, 1922)

leaf icon "History of the Willamette Valley, Oregon" (Clark, 1927)

leaf icon "History of the Columbia River Valley" (Lockley, 1928)

Other Biographies & History Links

leaf icon Return to the US Biographies Project

leaf icon Vist the OR GenWeb Project

leaf icon See more biographies at Janine Bork's site, History of the Pacific Northwest Oregon and Washington, Vol. II, 1889

leaf iconThe Immigration of 1844 - This is an excerpt from Hubert Howe Bancroft's "History of Oregon," which includes a listing of all known emigrants to Oregon Territory in 1844, and biographies of some of these emigrants. I have created a database of these immigrants, annotating as many names as possible with known resources. Contributions welcome!

leaf iconHistory of Oregon, Vol. II (1848-1888) - written by Hubert Howe Bancroft, and available as a free download from the American Libraries Collection at Internet Archive.

leaf icon"A voyage round the world: with a history of the Oregon mission" - this history, written by the Rev. Gustavus Hines in 1850, has been posted in its entirety online by the University of Michigan's "Making of America" Books project.

leaf icon"Life on the plains of the Pacific. Oregon: its history, condition and prospects" - this history, written by the Rev. Gustavus Hines in 1852, has been posted in its entirety online by the University of Michigan's "Making of America" Books project.

leaf iconUnion Co., OR Biographies - transcribed by Janine Bork; many of these bios were taken from "An Illustrated History of Union and Wallowa Counties, Oregon (1902)".

leaf iconWallowa Co., OR Biographies - transcribed by Janine Bork; many of these bios were taken from "An Illustrated History of Union and Wallowa Counties, Oregon (1902)".

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About the OR Bios Project

In May of 1997, the US Biographies Project was organized by the late Jeff Murphy, using the established KY Biographies Project as a model. The intent was to provide a single entry point to all the biography projects.

The coordinator of the OR Biographies Project is . Volunteers are needed to transcribe Oregon biographies. If you would like to volunteer for this project, please see the page, How to Volunteer.

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