Trace your Oregon ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide!
You’ll love this if…
- You’re getting started tracing your ancestors in Oregon
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Oregon brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Oregon —you don’t need the full State Research Guides collection
Trace your Oregon ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Oregon’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Oregon research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state’s history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Oregon guide:
- In 1843, Oregon’s provisional government began giving free land to married couples. Then, under the Donation Land Act of 1850, citizens received real estate if they’d live on and farm it for four years.
- Your 19th-century Oregon ancestors may be on record in a pioneer file. The Oregon Genealogical Society, Oregon Historical Society and Genealogical Forum of Oregon keep registers of pre-1900 settlers and their descendants
- Although Oregon banned free African-Americans, it also banned slavery and joined the Union just in time for the Civil War. Look for relatives in the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System online index to soldier records.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.
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