Welcome to the Oregon Biographies Project!
As of 27 Dec 2015, there are 3,473 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
"Historic Sketches of Walla Walla, Whitman, Columbia and Garfield Counties, Washington Territory, and Umatilla County, Oregon" (Gilbert, 1882)
"History of Southern Oregon; Comprising Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Coos Counties" (1884)
"Illustrated History of Lane County, Oregon" (1884)
"History of Benton County, Oregon" (1885)
"History of the Willamette Valley; Personal Reminiscences of its Early Pioneer" (Himes, 1885)
"The History of Portland, Oregon" (Scott, 1890)
"The Story of Oregon" (Hawthorne, 1892)
"An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon" (Hines, 1893)
"The Oregonian's Handbook of the Pacific Northwest" (1894)
"The Pioneer History of Coos and Curry Counties" (Dodge, 1898)
"An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties" (1902)
"An Illustrated history of Umatilla County and of Morrow County" (1902)
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Portland and Vicinity, Oregon" (1903)
"Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley, Oregon" (1903)
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Western Oregon" (1904)
"An Illustrated History of Central Oregon" (1905)
"History of the Bench and Bar of Oregon" (1910)
"Portland, Oregon, Its History and Builders" (Gaston, 1911)
"Portland The Rose City, Pictorial and Biographical" (1911)
"Centennial History of Oregon 1811-1912" (Gaston, 1912)
"Oregon Pictorial and Biographical" (Gaston, 1912)
"History of Oregon" (Carey, 1922)
"History of the Willamette Valley, Oregon" (Clark, 1927)
"History of the Columbia River Valley" (Lockley, 1928)
Other Biographies & History Links
Return to the US Biographies Project
Vist the OR GenWeb Project
See more biographies at Janine Bork's site, History of the Pacific Northwest Oregon and Washington, Vol. II, 1889
The 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!
History 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.
"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.
"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.
Union Co., OR Biographies - transcribed by Janine Bork; many of these bios were taken from "An Illustrated History of Union and Wallowa Counties, Oregon (1902)".
Wallowa Co., OR Biographies - transcribed by Janine Bork; many of these bios were taken from "An Illustrated History of Union and Wallowa Counties, Oregon (1902)".
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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