Wasco County, Oregon
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My name is Martha and I am your host for "all things Wasco".
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 locate
that missing piece of your 'Ancestral Pie'
I can be contacted via email:
Please use this Link

Our Thanks to Constance for her dedication and dilligence for Wasco County.

Table of Contents
History ~ Biography ~ Maps ~ What's New ~ Queries and Lookups
Vital Records ~ Cemeteries ~ Funeral Records ~ Obituaries
Military ~ Native American's ~ Crime and Punishment ~ Odds and Ends

Wasco County Neighbors:

Hood River | Clackamas | Marion | Jefferson | Wheeler | Sherman

Search Wasco County

History ~ Biography ~ Maps ~ What's New ~ Queries and Lookups
Brief History: Wasco County: Wiki
New: Familypedia

The Cities of Wasco County

Antelope ~ Bakeoven ~ Boyd ~ Celilo
Criterion ~ Durfer ~ Matney ~ Maupin
Mosier ~ Shaniko ~ The Dalles

 The Oregon History Project and The Oregon Encyclopedia

Biographies and Books

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

New Oregon Resources / FS Catalog
Filmed Books: 1000368

"An Illustrated History of Central Oregon:

Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler,
Crook, Lake and Klamath Counties"
Western Historical Publishing Company
Spokane, Wash: 1905
Transcribed Biographies courtesy of Jeffrey L Elmer:
Copied with permission and credit to him for his
work through the years.

Read Online or Download

"Oregon Native Son"
Publication with Bio's and Sketches
11899-1900 Index
The Books can be downloaded [Archive.org]

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

"Who's Who - On The Pacific Coast"
Original data: Harper, Franklin, editor. Los Angeles, California:
Harper Publishing Co., 1913.
Images reproduced courtesy of the California State Library [Ancestry]
Index: POB, AK, MN, MO, PA, OR & WI.
Read Online or Download

Biographical Sketches: These were found on the film listed below:
To View, Log in, Search, Catalog,
Enter Film # in the 'Fiche/Film Slot'
Use the Chart for Image #
LDS Film # 8960118
There are a lot of 'Family Histories' in the
FamilySearch 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.

Historic Maps
Oregon Base Map ~ Oregon Territory Map 1852
David Rumsey ~ Historic Map & Atlas Collection
Perry-Castaneda ~ Map Collection ~ Earthquake Fault Maps
"Oregon - Geo Hazards Viewer ~ MapGoose
American Georgaphical Society Library Digital Map Collection
Humboldt State University Map Collection
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Oregon ~ Railroad Maps
Google Earth ~ Zoom Earth [Weather Tracker]

Metsker Maps: Wasco County: 1933 Atlas
Title Page, Index & Pg 31- Files are Here
Individual Scans of Pages: Contact Martha

BLM Records for Wasco County
There was a nice collection of files.
They have been reformatted for easier viewing.
Use the indexes, then access the BLM WebSite

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

"What's New"
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:

Here are the Paragraphs for Wasco County

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.

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]

USGenWeb® Archives Access: Tables of Contents
This Link is a searchable pdf file which contains all the links to the Archives.
Each link is fully functional and will access the section for your use.


I did not find any lookup volunteers for Wasco County.
If you have resources 'at home' or are willing to do local
'on the ground' research, please contact me:
RAOGK may have local Volunteers

There are several Newspaper Databases:
Historical Newspapers [
send for list] ,
HeritageHub [Includes NewsBank & Access World News

Kansas City Star ~ Chicago Tribune ~ Los Anteles Times ~ New York Times
Happy to do lookups.
Contact: Martha

If you wish to post Genealogical or Historical Queries online,
try using Cyndi's List
or the Ancestry Message Boards

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

Site Updated: 25 March 2024
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