Genealogy Guide to Portland, Oregon
8/2/2011
If your ancestors transplanted themselves to Portland, it's not difficult to find out more about them in one of America's greenest cities.

As the City of Roses, Portland, Ore., began like any typical garden: full of promise and mud. Well-watered by two rivers, this fur-trapper's station gradually blossomed into a major Northwest port. If your ancestors transplanted themselves to Portland, it's not difficult to find out more about them in one of America's greenest cities.

A city blooms
Portland sprouted in the shade of several half-grown towns. A declining Chinook village to the north had been claimed by the British as Fort Vancouver in 1824. Several towns grew in the fertile Willamette Valley to the south, including Oregon City, the French-Canadian Catholic colony of French Prairie and several Methodist missions in the 1830s and 1840s.