Crook County, Oregon
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My name is Martha and I will be your host for "all things Crook".
I do not live in Oregon, but have roots deep in her soil.
I am an experienced online researcher and will do my best to answer questions and perhaps help find that eluisve ancestor.

I can be contacted via email:
Please use this Link

It is my pleasure to host Crook County, it was Jan's Home County.
It saddened all of us to learn of her sudden departure from this Earth.
She leaves behind a Daughter & Husband and a years long legacy of Research, County & State Resources.

History of Crook County [Wiki]

Crook County Neighbors:
Deschutes ~ Jefferson ~ Wheeler
Grant ~ Harney

Crook County Towns:
Combs Flat, Forest Crossing, Lone Pine, Mc Allister
O'Neil, Paulina, Post, Powell Butte, Prineville, Roberts, Suplee

Search Crook County

The Oregon Encyclopedia: Crook County
 Cities, Census Designated Places & Unincorporated Communities: Crook County

 If you wish to post Genealogical or Historical Queries online,
try the Ancestry Message Boards.
Use this Link

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 ~ Bing Satellite Mapping
Topo of Crook County

Map Resource: Subscription Database
I have access to the Library Edition of
'Historic Map Works'
Metsker's Maps, 1938 - Index
Metsker's Maps, 1954 - Index

All the files can be found here: Google Drive
[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'
Ghost Towns, Mining Camps and Historical Sites
The Volcano's of Oregon

Native American Resources
Tribes of Oregon

Our Native Americans and their records of genealogical value

3 Volumes
Kirkham, E Kay, Author, 1980
Everton Publishers, Logan Utah
The books can be downloaded here.

Indians of the northwest [Washington, Oregon and Idaho]
Digital Book, FS, Published: 1968 by BIA

BIA Agency Records, 1879-1951~ Digital Images, FS Library

Muster Rolls:  Early Indian Wars of Oregon
Pub: 1894 / Francis Fuller Victor
Access through FS : Books

Central Oregon "Range Wars"
Rogue River Wars ~ Indian Wars

Records & Information found in the "Old Crook Co Files"
BLM Records:
1870 > 1899: A - K / L - Z
1900 > 1904 ~ 1906 > 1910 ~ 1911 > 1915
Coroner Records  ~ "Old Timers"
Early Burials ~ Obituaries [Index] Transcriptions: A > L / M > Z

Memorial Cards  & Newspaper Obits:
Claypool, Betty ~ Dickman, Pat ~ Green, Bob ~ Green, Eileen
Gardiner, Molly & Wood, Marj

1890 Veteran's Schedule ~ Actual Images [Crook]
A huge collection of Death Certificates!
This link is for the actual Images: Organized by Year
The indexes for them have been reformatted for easier searching.
The complete index is here
Happy Hunting!

and a big thanks to both Jan & Rose for their
diligent work making the Crook County portion
of the ORGenWeb a great place to find that
'elusive family member'

Try This:
CA Digital Newspapers
for Oregon News Articles
Historical and Military Resources

An Illustrated History of
Central Oregon
Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler,
Crook, Lake and Klamath Counties
Western Historical Publishing Company
Spokane, Wash: 1905

Crook County Biographies: History of Central OR
The Index is Here
Read Online or Download
Geneology Trails has some Bios

North American Family Biographies

Appleton's Biographies

An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon
H. K. Hines, Author;  Published by Lewis Pub. Co., 
Chicago, 1893

There is no index, use the above link to search the pdf

The Centennial History of Oregon 1811 - 1912 /
Volume's II. III, IV

The S J Clark Publishing Company, Chicago, 1912

Bio Index is at the back of Vol IV
Below is an index of 'Crook Folk'
Name Page #
Bushnell, Robert Donnell 373
Hindman, William C 95
Olcott, Ben W 236
Osborn, Margaret A 256
Sears, James A 755
Spike, Elmer Smith 69

"Oregon Native Son"
Publication with Bio's and Sketches
899-1900 Index
The Books can be downloaded
or I will send pages of interest.

There are a lot of 'Family Histories' in the FS Book portion of the FS WebSite.
To access them:
Log in, Search, Books.
Enter County of Choice, a list comes up.
To the left is a list of parameters:
There are 'levels of access' the ones marked "Public
" or Full Permission" can be read online or downloaded/

Modern Wars and Casualty Lists

Soldiers Of The Great War
In three Volumes

Compiled by: 
W M Haulsee, F G Howe, A C Doyle

Soldiers Record Publishing Association, 
Washington, D C: Copyright, 1920

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.

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

Other Military Databases
Gleaned from Family Search and Ancestry
[Lookups available if you do not have access]
Search Criteria: For the Data below:
"Born in Oregon"

Homes for Disabled Veterans, 1866 > 1938

Iowa, WWII Bonus Case Files for Beneficiaries, 1947-1959 [Anc]

Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, 1835-1998 [FS]
Pennsylvania, WWI Veterans Service & Compensation Files, 
1917-19, 1934-48 [Anc]

Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 
1950-1966 [Anc]
Registers of Patients at Naval Hospitals, 1812 - 1934 [Anc]

US, Registers of Deaths in the Regular Army, 1860-1889
U.S. Military and Naval Academies, Cadet Records & Applications, 1800-1908 [Anc]
U.S., Lists of Merchant Seamen Lost in WWI, 1914-1919 [Anc]
Washington, Soldier Home Records, 1891-1945 [FS]
World War II, Prisoners of War, 1943 > 1946 [NH] Anc

"Military Rolls" Crook County
These indexes are in the FS Catalog:
Here is a Chart with the Alpha Info, Years, and Image Ranges

Military Databases on Family Search
: Crook County

Note: If you are curious why so many men died 
on 17 June 1877 in Idaho.

Military Forts in Oregon
'Search the GAR' ~ 'Search the DAR' ~ 'Search the SAR'
More 'Oregon Only' Military Records Here
Military Headstone Applications

Burial Records: National Cemeteries
This Index is for Folks who died in Oregon and were buried
in National Cemeteries: Dates of Death: 1927 > 1950
Note: There are records up to 1960 on Ancestry
The National Cemetery Grave Locator has current Records

Irish Newspapers: Subscription Database
Irish Newspaper Archives includes titles such as the Irish Independent (1905-current), Sunday Independent, The Freeman's Journal, the Nation,
many of Ireland's leading regional newspapers, dating back to 1738.
Subscription Database
I am willing to do lookups :
Contact Martha

 The below 'Feature' will be updated periodically.
New Databases for both Ancestry & Family Search

May, June & July

"What's New"
have access to the Library Editions of
Fold 3, My Heritage &  Find My Past
American Civil War Research Database
Confederate Newspapers
Contact for more Info and Contents:

Family Search: Historical Images
FS adds new records and images on a regular basis.
The Explanation:

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

The following will help you get a handle on information that
could be of value to your search for Family data.
This Chart will be a decent guide.
Items / Records Film  Dates
Chattel Mortgage, Tax Records 8119203 1882 - 1896
Biographies, History 8706383 Blank
Tax Records 8734224 1881 - 1904
Tax Records 8734902 1895 - 1898
Biographies, History 8706382 Blank
Tax Records 8734226 1899 - 1900
Tax Records 8734225 1887 - 1891
Tax Records 8734901 1892 - 1895

To access the Historical Images, log into your FS Account:/span
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.
Time Frame: 1881 > 1904 / Location: Crook County proper
Note: Draft Registrations & Federal Census Records are not included

"The Fine Print"
The ORGenWeb Administrative Team
State Coordinator: Bob Jenkins
Assistant State Coordinator: Martha A Crosley Graham
Crook County Coordinator: Martha A Crosley Graham

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Site Updated: 13 November 2021
Online Continuously since 1996