Clackamas County, Oregon
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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

Clackamas County Neighbors
Hood River ~ Marion
Multnomah ~
Wasco  Washington ~ Yamhill

History of Clackamas County

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

Search Clackamas County

Maps ~ Biographies ~ Books ~ Oregon Pioneers

Oregon Base Map ~ Oregon Territory Map 1852
David Rumsey ~ Historic Map & Atlas Collection
Perry-Castaneda ~ Map Collection
Earthquake Fault Maps

American Georgaphical Society Library - Digital Map Collection
Humboldt State University Map Collection
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Oregon ~ Railroad Maps
And, of course, Google Earth

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
[Note: The files are large,
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 ~ Stone Quarries and Beyond
'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 or I can send scans - Martha

Early Oregonians:1800-1860
Use index above and then 
Search Here

"Oregon Native Son"
Publication with Bio's and Sketches
1899-1900 Index
The Books can be downloaded or I will send pages of interest.

Biographies ~ Family Genealogical Information ~ Gleanings
There are a lot of Clackamas County Biographies already indexed and transcribed.
There are some here.
There are Clackamas County bios in the USGenWeb Archives

The Centennial History of Oregon
1811 - 1912
Volume's II. III, IV
The S J Clark Publishing Company
Chicago, 1912
Index below for Clackamas Folk ~ Read Online or Download

Name Page # Name Page #
Bellows, Carlton E 965 Jack, William Sherman 305
Boise, Reuben P 187 Mattoon, O P 715
Boring, Joseph H 1008 Miller, Fred J 685
Cross, Elmer E 742 Shaver, James W 78
Derby, William P 522 Simpson, John T 605
Epler, Fred J 1030 Smith, Joseph L 810
Hammersly, John B 1024 Stangel, Joseph J 1027
Herman, William Pickney 336 Stewart, John 307
Holman, Daniel 637 Van Buskirk, William 958
Yoder, Levi Henry 1028

An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon
H. K. Hines, Author;
Published by Lewis Pub. Co.,
Chicago, 1893
There is an index here, but it does not break down by County.
Search the Book using "Clackamas" as the search parameter

New>>>  OR Biography Project

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 both Family Search & Ancestry

Military ~ Vital Records ~ Obituaries

Military Records
Oregon in the Civil War ~ Oregon Military Units  ~ Civil War Archive
United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917
Military Headstones - Civil War Veterans & Military Headstone Applications
1890 Veteran's Schedule

FS: Draft Registrations for both WWI & WWII
Soldiers of the Great War ~ Oregon

Reports of Civil War [Union Army] Generals

Source: Gale Primary Sources [Online Library]
"Archives Unbound"
[Mid-Continent Library - Subscription Site]

This file has a listing of the Information, Types, etc
followed by an Index of the Generals - Explanation.

I am happy to do lookups, some of the information [Bio images of the Generals in the list] may be found by doing Google Searches, but it will not be the handwritten reports. Martha

Military Gleanings
Military: Family Search / Ancestry
Washington, Soldier Home Records, 1891-1945 [FS]
Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
United States National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938 [Anc]
US Registers of Deaths in the Regular Army,1860 - 1889 [Anc]
Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, 1835-1998 [FS]
Montana Military Records: 1904-1918 [FS]
Registers of Patients at Naval Hospitals, 1812 - 1934
OR, WWI, Veteran State Aid, 1921 - 1938
Oregon WWI, County Military Service Records:
1919 - 1920US Naval Hospital Records: 1812 - 1934
Pensions & Bounty Claims: 1886 - 1930
U.S. Military and Naval Academies:
Cadet Records and Applications, 1800 - 1908

Search the DAR ~ Search the GAR ~ Search the SAR
Soldiers & Sailors [Civil War]
DAR Lineage: Born in Oregon

State of Oregon: Military Records
Historic Land Grants: Veterans / Canada

Vital Records
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 both free and 'pay-per-view'
sites and are identified as such.

Lookups are available if you do not have subscriptions.

Family Search: Births, Marriages, Deaths
B - M - D's,  are recorded in Archival Newspapers: Lookups
Chronicling America ~ Google Archived Newspapers
Historic Oregon Newspaper Collection  ~ Historic Oregon Newspapers

Marriage Records
Marriages: Born in Clackamas County, Married Elsewhere  
[FS Mulitple Databases]
Marriage records, 1850-1935 ; Marriage indexes,
1850-1920 (Clackamas Co., OR)
[Above: Digitized Film
Available at a local Family History Center]
Montana County Marriages: 1865 - 1950
[Born in OR gives this result]
The FS Catalog has a nice set of books for
Yamhill Co. Marriages:
1844 > 1862 ~ 1891 > 1895 ~ 1896 > 1900
1901 > 1906 ~ 1907 > 1912
Sign into your FS Acct, Search, Catalog, Books

Washington Marriage Records: 1854 > 2013 [Anc]
Cowlitz, Wahkiakum & Skamania Counties were used as the Marriage  License Location.
Unfortunately, the indexers include Portland as a place of birth
when Clackamas County is used.

There were no Dates of birth beyond 1931 in the files

Ancestry: MarriagesDeathsObituariesVital-Odds
Family Search: MarriagesDeathsObituaries
Above directories include
Divorces from:
Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire & North Carolina
Oregon Divorce Records: 1925-1968

Death Records
Deaths: Born in Clackamas County, Died Elsewhere
[FS Multiple Databases]
California Death Index: 1940 > 1997 B: Oregon,
D: San Luis Obispo Co., CA
Lookups: Possible Obits from local Newspapers
or Death Certificates

Cemeteries, Funeral Home's, Coroner Records
Family Search / Ancestry

for example...
CA, San Francisco County Records, 1824 - 1997
[Coroner Records-FS]
San Francisco, CA Area Funeral Home Records,
1850 - 1931 [Anc]
Note, some images and abstracts may be found here.

Vital records for the Klamath, Modoc and Paiute Indians
at Klamath Agency, Klamath, Oregon, 1930...
[FS Films]

New>>: Clackamas Divorces
LDS Film 857034: 1846-1854
The Oregon Spectator
There is one Page [35], Image 714: Please use this link.
Here is the link for the Oregon Historical Newspapers
There appear to be copies of The Oregon Spectator
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 > Z

"Oregon Only" Records are Here
Family Search has a lot of obits from various locales.
American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899 - 2012
California, Fresno and Napa Counties, Obituaries,
1974 - 1997 [ID &
CA, Oakland, Alameda Co., Newspaper Record Coll.,
1985 - 2011 and more..
Family Search: Multiple Databases,
'Born in Clackamas County, OR'
Grants Pass Obituaries: Daily Courier, 2007 - Index

Lookups Available or Download from Family Search
Obits: Archival News Databases
1980 - June 2014 & 2014 - December 2020

Family Search and Ancestry
Idaho Obituary Collection, 1868 - 2013 [Anc]
Idaho Obituaries, 2 FS Databases
[B: Clackamas & Washington Co's]
San Diego, CA Union-Tribune, 1993 - 1994 [Anc]
Obituaries, gleaned from Genealogy Bank,
B: Oregon, Died in San Luis Obispo County

Obituaries from the States of:
AZ, CA, Grants Pass, OR, HI, IL, ID, 
MI, MN, NH, OH, PA, San Diego, CA

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.

Here is the Index.
Send for Scans
or download the booklets yourself from FS

'Found' in the old Clackamas Files: The data is from local Newspapers
Birth, Marriage & Anniversaries

More Gleanings:
Family Search ~ Ancestry

Family Search ~ Cemeteries ~ Newspapers & Lookups

Family Search: Historical images

Records that are not available with the traditional FS Search
The Explanation:

The Resources are wonderful, but the search parameters and functions can be intimidating
to the novice FS Catalog Researcher.

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

The following will help you get a handle on information thatcould be of value to your search for Family data.
The chart below will be a decent guide.
To access the Historical images, log into your FS Account:
Click on Search, then at the top of the page: Historical images:
You can begin with the search, but if you get lost or cannot figure it
all out, then use the chart I have created to access the information.

Backtrack to Search, Catalog, and plug in the DGS Film number of interest from the Charts
 in the 'Fiche-Film' slot.
Use the chart linked here for the Film #
Here is a link for 'Neighbors of Clackamas'
Vitals, etc - Hood River, Marion, Multnomah, Wasco, Washington & Yamhill Counties
Note: If you have trouble with either the Historical images or the Catalog of Family Search,
 send along a note.

Note: Draft Registrations & Federal Census Records were not included

Cemeteries: Old Transcriptions done by the DAR
LDS Film: FS Catalog for Access to the images:
Use the Chart below for Film # and Image Ranges

A bit of Explanation:
LDS/FS Film - 8960096 / 857013
Clackamas Cemeteries. DAR
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
1921 - Present - County Clerk's Office and State Health Office

Volume I: Copied in 1936-1937 by Susannah Lee, Barlow Chapter, DAR
Volume II: Copied by Susannah Lee, Barlow Chapter, DAR
857013 / Cemetery - Vol IImg / Rge 857013 / Cemetery - Vol IIImg / Rge
Canby [Old]85 - 88Adams327 - 338
Currinsville121Aurora339 - 340
Damascus [Damascas?]122 - 132Barlow341 - 342
Estacada133 - 140Beaver Rock343 - 344
Forrester [Eagle Creek]146 - 149Blosser [Private]345
Foster [Private - Eagle Crk]150 - 151Carus346 - 355
Geer [DLC Cem]152Clarks356 - 361
George153Colton 362 - 363
Hazelwood84Ellwood364 - 365
Hood View154 - 164Four Corners364 - 365
Lutheran [Canby]89 - 90Gleason366 - 367
Meridian165 - 167Gribble [Private] -Cont'd on Item 3377 - 378
Milwaukee 168 - 195Howard DLC [Private]379 - 380
Mt View [OR City-Beg 7 Mar 1896] 196 - 287Irvin [Private]380
Mt Zion [Near Estacada]141 - 145Jackson - Larkins DLC381
New Era [Catholic]288 - 291Klinger [Private]382
Oswego [Catholic]295Mollala - Odd Fellows383 - 386
Oswego [Protestant]292 - 294Putz387 - 388
Revenue [Private]296Redland389 - 394
Sandy297 - 303Rock Creek395 - 402
Sandy - Cliffside304 - 307Russellville403 - 406
Sandy Ridge308 - 310Sanders [Private]407
 311 - 318Smyrna408 - 411
Zion91 - 120Sprague412
  Springwater413 - 418
  Ten O'Clock419 - 421
  Thrullinger [Private]422
  Viola423 - 424
  Zimmerman425 - 426
  Zion [Near Whisky Hill]427 - 430
8218625 / CemeteryImg / Rge   
Milwaukee 774 - 783  
Clackamas [Images]788 - 790

Cemeteries of Clackamas County
With the increased interest in documenting Cemeteries, it is in the best interest of all, that old as well as new resources are recognized.

USGW Archive Indexes.
Find~A~Grave  Search all of F~A~G or Billion Graves on FS ~
Oregon Church and Cemetery Records, 1840 - 1965 [Anc]
US Cemetery and Funeral Records, 1847-2017
Sandy Cemetery [from old DAR Records]
Milwaukie Cemetery [LDS # 857035-DAR-jpeg's]

Cemetery Book & Oregon Burial Guide
Cemeteries of Clackamas County
This little booklet was found in the FS Catalog.
Ordered and Created in 1953 by the Clackamas County Pomona Grange, it contains a lot of interesting information about the early Cemeteries, including locations that are probably long gone. I converted the jpeg images to searchable pdf files.
There are 25 pages in two batches.
They can be found here: Please use this Link

Oregon Burial Site Guide
Compiled by: Dean H Bryd
Co-Compiled by Stanley R Clarke & Janice M Healy
Binford & Mort Publishing, Portland Oregon, 2001
Permission to use on the ORGenWeb given by:
Mr Stanley R Clarke.
The Introduction and key can be found here. / Indexes Here
Clackamas County Pages can be found here. [PDF's]

Newspapers [Free] ~ Lookups ~ Odds
Chronicling America ~ Historic Oregon Newspaper Collection
and  Google Archived Newspapers
Historic Oregon Newspapers
Purdue University ~ "ThoughtCo"
Century Past ~ Elephind
"Non Subscription Web Sites"
National Archives
The Internet Archives has a nice assortment of books on Oregon History:
A search gives these

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
I will do lookups in Archival Newspapers
Send query with Names, Possible Dates & Locations

USGW Archives ~ SOS Archival Records
School Lists were found in the old Clackamas County Files.

"The Fine Print"
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State Coordinator: Bob Jenkins
Assistant State Coordinator: Martha A Crosley Graham
Clackamas County Coordinator: Martha A Crosley Graham
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