My name is Martha and I will be your guide to all things "Clackamas County".
I do not live in Oregon,
but have family that lived in various parts of the State for many years.
l will do my best to answer questions and perhaps assist in locating that
missing piece of your 'Ancestral Pie'.
I can be contacted by email. Please use this link
Oregon City became the county seat for Clackamas County. The city was built on a portion of Dr. John McLoughlin's land claim. In 1844 Oregon City was incorporated by the Provisional Legislature, making it the first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains. This area was the terminus for water transportation on the Willamette River and had been a meeting place for Indians, hunters, trappers, and Hudson's Bay Company voyagers for years.
The first major overland immigration to Oregon City occurred in 1842. Three years later Samuel Barlow established an immigrant route that ran from The Dalles, around the south side of Mt. Hood, and into Oregon City. The Barlow Road funneled thousands of immigrants into Oregon City and Clackamas County during the 1840s. Oregon City rapidly became the primary urban center in Clackamas County and dominated social and political life in Oregon during the provisional government period. The removal of the territorial capital from Oregon City to Salem in 1852 shifted most of the political activity to Salem. The creation of Multnomah County in 1854, at the request of Portland residents, removed Oregon's principal commercial city from Clackamas County as well as the county's access to the Columbia River.
Prior to construction of a courthouse, county records were housed in several locations in Oregon City, including the former provisional state house. Two of the locations burned but the county records were saved. In 1884 a frame and concrete structure was built at a cost of $145,000. In 1935 the county records were moved temporarily to rented quarters while a new courthouse was built. Using construction grants available through the Works Progress Administration the current courthouse was completed in 1937.
Clackamas County elected government is composed of five commissioners, a district attorney, assessor, clerk, sheriff, surveyor, and treasurer.
Heavily timbered, the county's geoimagesal features include Mt. Hood and numerous rivers - the Willamette, Clackamas, Sandy, Pudding, Molalla, and Salmon. Since its creation, agriculture, timber, manufacturing, and commerce have been the county's principal activities. The population of Clackamas County has steadily increased from 1850. The 2011 population of 378,480 represented a significant increase over the 2000 population of 338,391 . And from the Wiki
More Map Resources I have access to the Library Edition of
'Historic Map Works'
Metsker's Maps, 1928 - Index ~ Metsker's Maps, 1937 - Index
Metsker Maps, 1951 - Index ~ Metsker Maps, 1966 - Index All the files can be found in this directory you might want to download them for further study.]
The indexes are for Plat Maps, which give the owner's names as well as Business locations
I am happy to do lookups and send pages of interest. Contact: Martha
Trails West & Mining History
Overland Trail Oregon Trail
Oregon Mining Maps
'Ghost Towns in Oregon' ~ The Volcanoes of Oregon
"The Family of George Wise & Sarah Tong"
Wise-Tong Pioneers of Clackamas, OR
Arthur D Coleman, 1965 The TOC is here.The book may be downloaded from the FS Catalog
Miscellaneous Database Indexes: Oregon
~ Catagories ~
Books, Odds, Cemeteries, Funeral Homes, Coroner Records
Obituaries, Military Records,
Passenger Lists, Employment Records, Prison & Crime
Vital Records All of the Directories can be found here on my IceDrive
The Information was gleaned from Family Search
Military ~ Vital Records ~ Obituaries
United States military records, 1824-1956: Family Search
Includes state summary of war casualties of each state, deaths in the World War, official registers, Navy and Marine Corps registers, National Guard registers, army registers, and etc.
Records contain: Name, Rank, Parents, Street Address
List below contains records for other States where I host Counties
Records for the States of & Film #s
California, 4218631 ~ Colorado, 4218641 ~ Michigan, 4218677
Minnesota, 4218681 ~ Missouri, 4218687 ~ Oregon, 4218720
Pennsylvania, 4218725 ~ Wisconsin, 4218725
For Access: Log into your FS Account, enter Film # in Fiche/Film Slot.
Explanation of the Records: Please Use This Link
Military Gleanings and Other Resources
Military Databases [Ice Drive] Please use this Link
From the States of:
Alabama, Arkansas. California, Delaware, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington
B ~ M ~ D's
The 'obvious locations' for online vital record indexes and imaged documents will be included here as general links.
The created indexes are from Family Search
Family Search ~ Marriage Records for 'Oregon Neighboring
Marriages: Databases [Ice Drive] Please use this Link
Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Canada
Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachussetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York City,
Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, SLO, CA, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin
From LDS Film 857013 [Bottom of Image 83]
"Clackamas County deaths were not recorded until 1907.
1907 - 1915 - Deaths recorded in the County Clerk's Office
1915-1921 - Deaths recorded in the Health Office
111921 - Present - County Clerk's Office and State Health Office"
Gleanings: Family Search
FS Death Records: Databases [Ice Drive] Please use this Link
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idabo, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York City, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin
Funeral Home's, Coroner Records Family Search: Gleans
for example... CA, San Francisco County Records, 1824 - 1997
There were 467 obits found in the old Clackamas County Files.
They have been reformatted for easier searching.
Most of them have the name and date of the newspaper. A > E ~ F > K ~ L > R ~ S S > Z
Family Search: Gleans
Obituaries: Databases [Ice Drive]
Obituaries from the States of:
Grants Pass, OR, Kaui, HI, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Crawford, OH, Pennsylvania, Payson, AZ
Here is a series of booklets published in Wyoming:
1912 > 2006 in the FS Catalog:
"Tidbits from the Big Piney Examiner of Sublette Co., WY"
Compiler: Anna Lee Woffinden
Engagements, Marriages, Deaths, News Articles & Obituaries for Oregon.
Read Online or Download: Use this Link
Each Booklet has an index at the back
Family Search ~ Cemeteries ~ Newspapers & Lookups
Family Search: Historical images
Records that are not available with the traditional FS Search
The Types of Information: Military, Cemetery, Deaths & DC's, Native American Census, Deaths & DC's, Divorces, Estate Records, Funeral Cards, Genealogical, Homestead, Land [Certificates, Sales, Patents], Obituaries Locations & Time Frame: Mollala, Lewis & Oregon City / 1844 - 1942
California Digital Newspapers This Site has a great collection of CA Newspapers,
but many of them have articles from other States including Oregon.
A search using 'Clackamas County, Oregon results with articles starting with 1840 - 1849 ~ Use this Link
RAOGK: Volunteers for Local Lookups
Lookups: Archival Newspapers: Subscription Sites
I have access to the following Databases
[Library Editions] ~ Newspapers.com ~ HeritageHub [Includes NewsBank]
Fold3 ~ Historic Map Works ~ Heritage Quest ~ My Heritage
Reports of Civil War [Union Army] Generals
Source: Gale Primary Sources [Online Library] ~ "Archives Unbound" Contact: Martha