Washington County, Oregon

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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 might be able to help you locate
that missing piece of your 'Ancestral Pie'.
Contact: Martha

dicated to past coordinator
Donald Leroy Kelly
Arrived on Mar. 25, 1934 ~ Departed on Aug. 3, 2012 and resided in Cornelius, OR.

History ~ Biographies and Pioneers ~ Maps ~ What's New ~ Queries and Lookups

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

History of Washington County [Wiki]

Washington County is one of 36 counties in the U.S. state of Oregon and part of the Portland metropolitan area. The 2020 census recorded the population as 600,372,[1] making it the second most populous county in the state and most populous "Washington County" in the United States. Hillsboro is the county seat and largest city,[2][3] while other major cities include Beaverton, Tigard, Cornelius, Banks, Gaston, Sherwood, North Plains, and Forest Grove, the county's oldest city.[4] Originally named Twality when created in 1843, the Oregon Territorial Legislature renamed it for the nation's first president in 1849 and included the entire northwest corner of Oregon before new counties were created in 1854. The Tualatin River and its drainage basin lie almost entirely within the county, which shares its boundaries 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.

Major roads include sections of Interstate 5 and 205, the Sunset Highway, Oregon Route 217, 47, 10, 6 and 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 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
 Oregon - "Geo Hazards Viewer"
American Georgaphical Society Library - Digital Map Collection
Humboldt State University Map Collection
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Oregon~ Railroad Maps
Satelitte Weather Map
And, of course, Google Earth

Trails West & Mining History
Overland Trail ~ Oregon Trail Deaths along the Oregon Trail: 1852
Oregon Historical Mining Maps ~ Oregon: Mining Claim Maps
'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

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

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.

"What's New"
Obituaries: Heritage Hub
1923 - December 2022 : Oregon Newspapers

Below is a list of Oregon Newspapers on Heritage Hub
Oregon State Journal, 1864 - 1880, USA - OR - Eugene
Oregonian, 1861 - 1987, USA - OR - Portland
Oregonian, The (Portland, OR), 1988 - 2021, USA - OR - Portland
Oregonian, The: Blogs (Portland, OR), 2005 - 2018, USA - OR - Portland Blog
Oregonian, Web Edition Articles (Portland, OR), 2012 - 2021
The Index is Here
Lookups: Contact: Martha

Lookups and Queries
If you wish to post Genealogical or Historical Queries online,
try looking at Cyndi's List for specific mail lists.

Lookups: Archival Newspapers: Subscription Sites
I have access to the following Databases [Library Editions]:
 Newspapers.com ~ Heritage Hub ~ Fold3
Historic Map Works ~ Heritage Quest ~ My Heritage
Reports of Civil War [Union Army] Generals
Source: Gale Primary Sources [Online Library] ~ "Archives Unbound"

Lookups: Contact Martha

Military ~ Cemeteries ~ Obituaries

Military Database Indexes: Family Search
Please use this link : IceDrive
From the States of:
Alabama, Arkansas. California, Delaware, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington

"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, 1879-1903
1890 Veteran's Schedule [Use this link to search on FS]  ~ 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

New from Family Search
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

Cemetery Records
Copied by members of the L. D. S. Church/span-
in the United States
Typed by members and the Genealogical Society
Salt Lake City, Utah
[Most of these were done in the 1950's and 1960's]
Volume 4 has Records for Firlawn Cemetery
Volume 14 has Records for Winona Cemetery
The Files are searchable pdf's

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,
The index is found on images 429-483
Then use the image ranges below for the alpha letter of choice.
Tualatin Plains Cemetery
[DAR Records-LDS Film 862002]
A - Do, Dor - Joh  ~ Joh - Ri, Ril - Y
Here is a Surname Search Site for Washington Co., OR Cemeteries
There are some Washington Co Cems recorded in the USGenWeb® Archives
Please Use This Link

There are 4 files for Bethany Cemetery
Please Use This Link

Online Cemetery Headstone Photos, and Miscellaneous Data:

F~A~G ~ FS Search

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.

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

More Obituaries: Digital Archival Newspapers
Here is a set of obits from the following
Washington Co. Newspapers
on NewsBank [Now HeritageHub] 2006 - 29 August 2022
Beaverton Valley Times
Forest Grove Leader ~ Forest Grove News-Times
Lookups: Contact: Martha

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

"The Fine Print"
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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