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

Table of contents
Maps ~ Biographies ~ Books ~ Oregon Pioneers ~ What's New ~ Odds and Ends
Military ~ Vital Records ~ Obituaries
Family Search ~ Cemeteries ~ Newspapers & Lookups

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

Maps ~ Biographies ~ Books ~ Oregon Pioneers ~ What's New ~ Miscellaneous

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


Oregon Base Map Oregon Territory Map 1852
David Rumsey ~ Historic Map & Atlas Collection
Perry-Castaneda ~ Map Collection
"Oregon - Geo Hazards Viewer"
American Georgaphical Society Library - Digital Map Collection
Humboldt State University Map Collection
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Oregon Railroad Maps
"Map Goose - Interactive"
And, of course, Google Earth

Historic Map Works : "Residential Genealogy"
This set of Web Pages has Photographs of Historical Buildings, etc.
Here is the description:
As many thousands of the buildings, churches, residences, shops and mills photographed can also be found on the maps within the Historic Map Works collection, it is fitting that we link the two databases to simplify the research process. With this in mind, we are pleased to offer our visitors to access to these important documents in a format complimentary, yet novel accompaniment to the extensive efforts of the Library of Congress and the National Parks Service.

Trails West & Mining History
Overland Trail Oregon Trail
Oregon Mining Maps
'Ghost Towns in Oregon' ~ The Volcanoes of Oregon

Biographies, Books & Pioneers

Oregon "Who's Who": 1929-1944
FS Film # 1000368. Items 10, 11 & 12 ~ FS Catalog

A Complete List of Both
Active & Inactive Members
of the
Oregon State Bar
Corrected to September 1 1937
Prepared from the Records of and with
The Cooperation of Frederick H Sercombe, Secretary
Stevens-Ness Law Publishing Co. Portland, Oregon
Alpha by Location: Images: 982-993
Who's Who in Oregon
Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women Who
Are Building A State
Vol 1: 1929-1930
Oregon City Enterprise
Oregon City, Oregon
Introduction, Abbreviations: Images 1000-1010
Biographies: Image Ranges
A - B: 1010-1025 ~ C - E: 1025-1041 ~ F - K: 1041-1067
L - M: 1067-1083 ~ N - R: 1083-1096 ~ S - Z: 1096-1122
Vol 2 1936-1937
Addenda: Img 1134
Biographies: Image Ranges
A - B: 1135-1178 ~ C - E: 1178-1221 ~ F - K: 1221-1289
L - M: 1289-1329 ~ N - R: 1329-1366 ~ S - Z: 1366-1429
"Former Oregonians of Prominance"
Img: 1430-1433 ~ Addenda - Errata: 1438-1439
Who's Who for Oregon
A Triennial Reference Work
Compiled and Published By
Capitol Publishing Company Publshing Plant, S W 116th and Morrison
Portland, Oregon
Biographies: Image Ranges
A - B: 1450-1482 ~ C - E: 1482-1515 ~ F - K: 1515-1569
L - M: 1569-1598 ~ N - R: 1598-1626 ~ S - Z: 1626-1674
Addenda - Errata: 1674-1678
Georgaphical Index: 1940
Alpha by City Location ~ Images: 1439-1446

History Of The
Pacific Northwest:
Oregon And Washington

Embracing An Account Of The Original Discoveries On The Pacific Coast Of
North America, And A Description Of The Conquest, Settlement And
Subjugation Of The Vast Country Included In The Original Territory Of Oregon

Also Interesting Biographies Of The Earliest Settlers And
More Prominent Men and Women of the Pacific Northwest
Volume II, 1889

Compiled And Published By The
North Pacific History Company
Of Portland, Oregon
The Biographies have been split to Alpha Sections
The Files are large, but can be downloaded: Please use this link
Please use this link for the Index

There are Historical Paragraphs about several OR Counties:

"Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography "
by Wilson, James Grant, 1832-1914; Fiske, John, 1842-1901
Publication date 1900
Appleton Review ~ [All Volumes]

"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

Early Oregonians:1800-1860

"Oregon Native Son"
Publication with Bio's and Sketches
1899-1900 Index
The Books can be read online or downloaded []

"The Centennial History of Oregon 1811 - 1912"
The S J Clark Publishing Company
Chicago, 1912
Clackamas Folk on this Linked Chart~ Read Online or Download

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

There are more bios in the USGenWeb Archives.

"Stagecoaches of Clackamas County" ~ Documentary Link to the mp3

"History of the Great Northwest and it's Men of Progress"
Pub: The Minneapolis Journal - The Index is Here
Read Online or Download

2 Publications of the Clackamas County Family History Society:
Legacy Vol 15,1 ~ Legacy Vol 16,1
Interesting bits and pieces of Clackamas History

Family Genealogical Publications
There are thousands of these publications Link

Family Search "Collections"
There is a wealth of Family and Historical information contained on the FamilySearch WebSite.
It can be overwhelming to figure out where to start.
So, I have created concentrated categories of databases which are accessible via linked pdf files.
All of the linked, Searchable Lists can be found here.
Cemeteries, Etc [Burial, Cemeteries, Coroner, Funeral Homes, Graves]
Church Records [Baptism's, Catholic Church, Christenings, Church [General]]
Legal Documents and Resources [Court, Estate, Probate Records]
Migration - Naturalization - Travel [Border Crossings, Migration, Naturalization, Passenger Lists, Passports]
Military [Bounty [Land], Military [Misc], Pensions, Soldiers, Veteran's, War[s]]
Odds and Ends [Applications, Homestead, Membership, Native Americans, Parish [Location & Church], Pioneers, Prison, Voting, Obituaries, Veteran & Soldier's Homes, Children's Home]
Vital Records [Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death, Mortality Records]

Miscellaneous Family Search Databases
"Folks Born in Oregon, but who moved away"
Years ago I created 'Named Databases' for these Collections
But, they are now over 5 years old, so instead of leaving them static,
I have linked the Original Collections so you, the Researcher' can search them. Log into your FS Account for Access
California, Fresno and Napa Counties, Obituaries, 1974-1997
California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979
California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection, 1985-2011
Idaho, Southeast Counties Obituaries, 1864-2007
Idaho, Southern Counties Obituaries, 1943-2013
Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, 1835-1998
Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954


Odds & Ends
The National Archives has a really nice set of digitized records that can be free accessed.
The Chart below is linked to each resource: Entitled: "Browse by Category"

Genealogy/ Personal History Private Sector Wars/ International Relations Time Spans
Businesses Civil War 1800 –1900
Foundations World War II 1900 –1940
Casualties Labor Unions Korean War 1940 –1955
Civilians Securities Vietnam War 1955 –1965
Military Personnel Places Cold War 1965 –1975
Immigrants Countries Diplomatic Records 1975 –1985
Prisoners of War States Government Spending 1985 –1995
Indexes to Counties Contracts 1995 – present
Photographs Cities/Towns
Textual Records Zip Codes Grants and Assistance Browse by Subject

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

Please see our ORGenWeb Copyright Disclaimer and other important information.
For information about adopting a Oregon County, an idea or comment, Please Contact Bob

Information contained on all of the pages within the County portion of the ORGenWeb Project
may be used for personal genealogical and historical purposes.
Please be considerate of copyright information and give credit where credit is due.
Donated data will remain with the County in the event of the resignation of the County Coordinator.
Any person donating information in the future retains the right to have it returned to them upon request

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