Washington County, Oregon

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The ORGenWeb Project & The USGenWeb Project

My name is Martha and I will be your guide to historical and genealogical resources for
 Washington County, Oregon.

I do not live in Oregon, I live on the Central Coast of California,
but have ancestors that graced the Oregon Territory.
I am an experienced online researcher and will do all I can to assist
you with your research. Contact: Martha

This site is dedicated to past coordinator
Donald Leroy Kelly
Born on Mar. 25, 1934 ~ Departed on Aug. 3, 2012 and resided in Cornelius, OR.

Washington County Neighbors:
[All in Oregon]
Clackamas ~ Clatsop ~ Columbia ~Multnomah ~ Tillamook ~

History of Washington County [Wiki]
Washington County is one of 36 counties in the U.S. state of Oregon. As of the 2010 census, the population was 529,710,[1] making it the state's second most populous county.[2] The county seat and largest city is Hillsboro.[2][3]
Washington County is part of the Portland-Vancouver-
Hillsboro, OR-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area.Cities in Washington County include Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard, and Forest Grove, the county's oldest city.[4]

Originally named Twality when created in 1843, the territorial legislature renamed it for the first president of the United States, George Washington, in 1849. The original boundaries included the entire northwest corner of Oregon before sections became new counties. The Tualatin River and its drainage basin are almost entirely within the county, with the county nearly coterminous with the Tualatin Valley. It is bordered on the west and north by the Northern Oregon Coast Range, on the south by the Chehalem Mountains, and on the north and east by the Tualatin Mountains (or West Hills).
The county's major roads include small sections of Interstate 5 and Interstate 205, the Sunset Highway, Oregon Route 217, Oregon Route 47, Oregon Route 10, Oregon Route 6, and Oregon Route 8. Public transportation is primarily operated by TriMet and includes buses, the Westside Express Service commuter rail, and MAX Light Rail. Other transportation includes air travel at the Hillsboro Airport, private airfields and heliports, and heavy rail cargo on rail lines.

Search Washington County

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

Trails West & Mining History &?
Overland Trail ~ Oregon Trail

Deaths along the Oregon Trail: 1852
Historical Mining Maps ~ Stone Quarries and Beyond
'Ghost Towns in Oregon'
The Volcano's of Oregon

Biographies, Books, Oregon Pioneers
There does not seem to be a definitive history of Washington County in the nice old County Histories written from 1875 > 1925, but I will see if I can find Biographies in other books.
There are Washington County Bios in the USGW Archives

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

The S J Clark Publishing Company, Chicago, 1912

An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon
H. K. Hines, Author
Published by Lewis Pub. Co.,  Chicago, 1893
The Book is in the Google Book Archives / Bio Index with Links
Oregon Pioneers & Donation Claims
I found a batch of filmed records for Oregon Pioneers.
These seem to be for Washington County.
Vol 1, Index: Images 6 > 63 / Vol 1, Registers: Images 69 > 240
Vol 2, Index: Images 247 > 280 / Vol 2, Registers: Images 281 > 364
Vol 3, Index: Images 371 > 377 / Vol 3, Registers: Images 378 > 492
These can be found here, Film # 857038 [Sign in for access]

Donation Claims : Index
FS has the Volumes and they can be downloaded.

1867 Pacific Coast Directory
Merchant Listings for:
Clackamas, Tillamook & Washington Counties, OR

Military ~ Cemeteries ~ Obituaries

Military Data
All with a connection to Oregon or Washington County, OR
Please use this link : IceDrive [Types of files below]

Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, 1835-1998
Pennsylvania, WWI Service & Compensation Files,
1917-19 & 1934-48
Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-66
Washington Soldier Home Records, 1891 - 1945

Registers of Patients at Naval Hospitals, 1812 - 1934
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

US Headstone Applications: Washington County
Military Veterans, 1915 - 1963
1890 Veteran's Schedule
Vietnam Casualties, Washington State
Search: DAR ~ GAR ~ SAR

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

More Military Record Indexes: "Gleanings"
Family Search / Ancestry

Types of Information
Military Hospitals ~ Burial Records ~ Pensions & Bounty Claims ~Indian Campaign Service Records  Military Death Certificates  ~ Abstracts of Military Service ~ WW I & II Service Cards
Registers of Deaths, Army, 1860-1889 ~ Deceased Union Veterans
Veteran's Compensation Applications ~ Military Academy Applications
Military Transport Service during War Time ~ Washington Soldier Home Records

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.
The Indexes can be found here. ~ Washington County Pages can be found here.
All pages are combined into a searchable pdf.
Notes about the old Washington Cemetery Files.
Over the years, Don and local Volunteers did a huge amount of work.
The old Cem Files can be found here.
Note: The Cem Files do not format well to pdf's.
I have updated both header & footer.
The data is static, it has not been changed, nor will it be updated.
There is an index for the Milwaukie Cemetery dated 1957.
LDS Film #857035 - access it here, scroll down,
Then use the image ranges below for the alpha letter of choice.
LDS # 857035 Milwaukie Cem
Alpha Range Image #s
A > But 429 > 436
Ca > Ew 436 > 444
Fa > I 444 > 452
Ja > Ly 452 > 459
Ma > Py 459 > 468
Ra > Smith 468 > 473
Sno >  Zu 474 > 483

Online Cemetery Headstone Photos, and Miscellaneous Data: F~A~G ~ FS Search

Here is a series of booklets published in Wyoming: 1912 > 2006 ~ FS Catalog:
Tidbits from the Big Piney Examiner of Sublette Co., WY
Compiler: Anna Lee Woffinden
Here is the Index.
Send for Scans
or download the booklets from FS [PDF's & Searchable]
More from Family Search Catalog
Pahrump, Nevada Genealogical Society Obits
Published: 2010
"Digital copies of obituaries for people with some connection to Pahrump, Nevada.
Individuals may have lived and or died in many different states."
The Linked Chart gives the years available and a clickable link.
There are indexes and each book is searchable
or available to download.
The Chart can be found here

Here is a set of obits from the following
Washington Co. Newspapers
on NewsBank: 2006 - 2020
Beaverton Valley Times
Forest Grove Leader ~ Forest Grove News-Times
Lookups: Contact: Martha
Note: There are 9 more Newspapers which contain data for Washington County,
if you do not find your person of interest in the ones I indexed,
I will do lookups in the other papers.
Obituaries: All with a connection to Oregon
Obituaries of folks who died in Idaho, but born in Oregon
More Idaho Obits [Ancestry]
Obits from the old WA Co, OR Files

I live in San Luis Obispo County, California.
This is an index of folks born in Oregon, but who might have died here.
I will do obit lookups:
Contact Martha

Vital Records ~ Coroner ~ Mortuary Records ~ Odds

For General Vital Record Research, begin with Family Search.
'Creative Searching' can be done using just a couple of simple parameters.
In the 'Search' Section, simply enter the place of Birth as Washington County, Oregon
Nothing else, unless you want to bracket years.
Then, at the top of the page is a word " Collections", click on that and a number of databases comes up. Check the ones you wish to see and you are well on your way to discovery!
These two Indexes were created using the above technique:
Marriages and Deaths
The General Section for Oregon is here

From the LDS Catalog: Search using the film Number,
the chart below gives the range numbers -
Records from the
Oregon Statesman
LDS #857034 OR Statesman
Chron Range Marr & Dea
Mar 1851> Dec1854 Image #s
1851 34 > 46
1852 47 > 58
1853 58 > 70
1854 71 > 83
LDS Film 857037
This film contains Marriage and Death records that, as far as I know are not indexed on Family Search.
The time frame is 1864 > 1880
Use the linked chart above, then access the film through the FS Catalog.
Because Yamhill County shares a border with Washington,
I have included the following:
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

Other Resources for Vital Records
Family Search: Historical Images has Vital Records that have
not been indexed. If you cannot find vitals for Washington,
check her neighbors records in the Historical Images.
Sign in: Search, Images, Enter Location of Choice
Historical Images for:
Clackamas ~ Tillamook 
Here are Images for Land, Passenger Lists, Homestead
and Native American Records: Washington County

Miscellaneous Gleanings ~ Many of which contain Vital Data
Family Search / Ancestry
They can be viewed online or downloaded
Types of Data
Border Crossings ~ Homestead Records ~ Biographies
Quaker Periodicals ~ Naturalization Final Papers
American Red Cross Nurses Data
Pass Port Applications ~ Employment Records
Mortality Schedules ~ Tax Records & Assistance

US Presbyterian Church Records: 1701 - 1970

Lookups: Newspapers
I have access to archival newspapers and will do lookups.
Please contact me with particulars.

Here is a List of Oregon Newspapers on NewsBank
Historic Oregon Newspapers
More Free Digital Newspapers:
Purdue University ~ elephind.com

Chronicling America ~ Google News Archives ~ California Digital Newspaper Archives

Coroner & Mortuary Records
Family Search / Ancestry [Gleannings]
SF Funeral Home Records and more...

Rigdon Mortuary [Marion County, OR
This film is included because there are WA County Folks listed.

From the LDS Catalog: Rigdon Mortuary [Marion County]
Search using the film Number,
the chart below gives the range numbers

LDS #857036 Rigdon Mortuary
Alpha Range Image #s
A > Bya 1 > 10
Ca > Cut 10 > 15
Da > Fab 15 > 20
Fab > Gw 20 > 26
Haa > Is 26 > 31
Ja > Ky 32 > 36
La > Mc 36 > 39
Mc > My 39 > 46
Na > Ra 47 > 52
Ra > Smith 53 > 60
Smith > Vo 61 > 67
Wa > Zw 67 > 73

Because Multnomah County borders Clackamas & Washington Co.'s,
The records below may be of interest

Multnomah County Coroner Records
LDS Digital Film # 101940173
Alpha Range Image #
Alpha Range Image #
A' s None
N - O - P 24 / 25 / 26
B - C 3 & 4 / 5 & 6
Q - R 27 / 28
D - E - F 7 / 11 / 12
S - T  29 / 30 /31 & 32
G - H 13 / 14 & 15
Unknown  33
I - J - K 16 / 18 / 19
V / W 34 / 35 & 36
L - M - Mc 20 / 21 & 22 / 23
Y - Z 37 / 38
How to Access:
Log in to FS, Access the Catalog and plug in the Digital Film # in the Film/Fiche slot.
The index above gives the Image Numbers for the Names.
The actual Coroner's Ledgers begin with Image #39  -  #39 = Pg 1

I.O.O.F. Hillsboro Lodge (Montezuma Lodge No. 50)

'Century Past'
All sorts of stuff: Free Online Library

"The Fine Print"
"Jan has left for Greener Pastures..."
Her legacy rests in the work she has done to further Family Research
and in her dedication to the ORGenWeb.

The ORGenWeb Administrative Team
State Coordinator: Bob Jenkins
Assistant State Coordinator: Martha A Crosley Graham
Washington County Coordinator: Martha A Crosley Graham

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