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Useful Links for Multnomah County Research

Use these quick links to the subject areas below:

General Information Bibliography Cemeteries Census
Churches Ethnic Groups Government History
Historical Records Libraries Maps Military
Newspapers Organizations People and Families Photographs
RootsWeb Schools Transportation Vital Records

General Information

bullet Multnomah County GenWeb Archives
bullet RootsWeb's Multnomah County page
bullet U. S. Census Bureau Multnomah County Information
bullet GenForum Message Board
bullet Facts about Multnomah County
bulletMultnomah County files in the ORGenWeb Archives
bullet NARA's Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle) - Selected Finding Aids for Archival Holdings 
bullet Frommer's Guide to Portland
bulletMultnomah County & Oregon Links:
bulletCyndi's list of Oregon Resources
bulletGenealogical Council of Oregon's Oregon History Sites
bullet Sandy Herring's Portland Link's page
bullet Multnomah County Page ~ Lineages Inc.
bulletOpen Directory Project Oregon State resources of interest to genealogists
bulletOregon Reference tons of links for Portland and Multnomah County
bullet Movies filmed in Multnomah County


Listings of Cemeteries (general lists, do not include burials)
bullet Cemeteries and towns in Multnomah county as listed by the USGS
bulletAddresses of cemeteries in the Portland area. Including Clackamas, Marion, Washington, and Multnomah counties in Oregon and Clark County in WA. Also has maps showing location of cemetery.
bulletPat Hanning's list of Vancouver and Portland area cemeteries, Funeral homes and genealogical libraries
bulletGenealogical Council of Oregon guide to Cemeteries of Multnomah Co.
bulletUSGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project-- Multnomah Co.
bulletsearch engine to find funeral homes in your area of interest
bulletRiver View Cemetery
bullet Mt. Cavalry Cemetery & other of Portland's Early Cemeteries ~ article by Connie Lenzen
bullet Metro's Historic Pioneer Cemeteries
bullet Portland's Earliest Cemeteries ~ article by Connie Lenzen
bullet Find a Grave ~ Multnomah County ~ only 86 graves listed
Listings of Cemeteries (includes burials)
bulletBridal Veil Cemetery
bullet Columbia Pioneer
bulletEscobar ~ Gresham
bullet Grand Army of the Republic ~ Portland
bullet Greenwood Hills ~ Portland (not a complete listing)
bullet Gresham Pioneer Cemetery
bullet Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Oregon ~ article by Connie Lenzen
bulletMt. View - Stark Pioneer Cemetery
bullet Powell Grove Cemetery
bullet St. Joseph Cemetery ~ Gresham
bullet Index to my St. Mary's Cemetery book - the first Catholic Cemetery in Portland ~ article by Connie Lenzen
bullet White Birch Pioneer Cemetery, Gresham, OR
bullet Willamette National Cemetery
bullet Wellivers buried in Willamette National Cemetery


bulletMicrofilm census records for Multnomah County OR available from Heritage Quest
bullet 1842 Oregon Census  ~ article by Connie Lenzen
bullet1850  Census - Multnomah County was created in 1854. The area which would become Multnomah, in 1850, the land west of the Willamette River was in Washington County, and the land east of the Willamette River was in Clackamas County.
bulletWashington County (roughly) pages 249 to page 269 became Multnomah County
bulletClackamas County (roughly) pages
bullet Anson Dart (Supt. of Indian Affairs) 1851 letter enumerating Indian tribes
bullet1860 Every-name index to the Multnomah County Federal Census
bullet1869 City of Portland Population Census Totals
bullet Index to 1895 Multnomah County Oregon State Census, precincts 17-46 and 55-77.
bullet1920 census info on all Stouts in Portland, Multnomah Co. OR
bullet Census figures of Japanese in Portland


bulletHistory of the Churches of Christ and Christian Churches in the Northwest
bulletChurches of the Brethren
bullet Powell Valley Church
bullet Portland Peace Church of Brethren
bullet Multnomah County, Oregon
bullet First Unitarian Church ~ Portland
bullet Grace Memorial Episcopal Church ~ Portland
bullet Local Catholic Church History and Catholic Ancestors : Oregon, Idaho and Montana
bullet Mt. Olivet Baptist Church history ~ Portland
bullet Catholic Charities history
bullet St. John's Episcopal Church ~ originally located in Milwaukie, it's historic building is now in the Sellwood neighborhood.

Ethnic Groups

bullet Portland, Oregon newspaper article re: educating Negroes
bullet Census figures of Japanese in Portland
bullet 1923 Exclusion Act
bullet Anson Dart (Supt. of Indian Affairs) 1851 letter enumerating Indian tribes

Charles McChesney's report (including) statements by Chinookan peoples living in the Portland area in 1906


Germans from Russia in Portland, Oregon


Finnish-American Historical Society of the West


New Swedish Cultural Heritage Society


bullet City of Portland Archives
bulletCity of Portland Homepage
bulletNational Register of Historic Places in Oregon
bullet Multnomah County, Oregon Tax Records  ~ article by Connie Lenzen
bullet Portland Housing Authority
bullet History of Multnomah County Sheriffs


bullet Clark's account from the Sandy River past Hayden Island in 1805
bullet National Register of Historic Places - Oregon
bullet Multnomah County (A-C)
bullet Multnomah County (D-F)
bullet Multnomah County (G-I)
bullet Multnomah County (J-L)
bullet Multnomah County (M-O)
bullet Multnomah County (P-R)
bullet Multnomah County (S-U)
bullet Multnomah County (V-Z)


bullet Timeline of Portland
bulletPortland History (this is a graphic heavy site, and may take a long time to load)
bullet Riverfront for People History ~ timeline of returning Portland's Riverfront to the people
bullet Portland History Timeline
bullet Portland City Parks timeline
bullet Bridges of Portland
bullet Multnomah County Bridges
bullet Oregon Department of Transportation's Portland Bridges
bullet History of the I-5 bridge
bullet Benson Hotel history
bullet Multnomah County Library History
bullet Pittock Mansion
bullet Classic Houses of Portland
bulletHistory of the Simon Benson House
bulletMcMenamin's ~ has a record of restoring historic Oregon buildings for use as brewpubs, hotels, entertainment venues. On their excellent webpages are histories of the buildings they've restored:
bullet Crystal Ballroom
bullet Edgefield      download a history (PDF file) of the Multnomah County Poor Farm
bullet Kennedy School
bullet White Eagle Cafe & Saloon
bullet China Town ~ from Northwest Neighbor Newspaper
bullet Brewery Blocks renovation project
bullet Oregon Zoo
bullet Edna Pittman's remembrance of the Vanport Flood
bullet Portland Old Town ~ from Northwest Neighbor Newspaper
bulletPortland Neighborhoods
bullet Portland neighborhoods
bullet Office of Neighborhood Involvement
bullet Columbia Slough
bullet Irvington
bullet Kenton
bullet Kenton neighborhood photos
bullet Lents
bulletSt. Johns
bullet St. John's Library history
bullet Immanuel Lutheran Church
bullet Oaks Pioneer Church
bullet Sellwood Bee (newspaper)


bullet History


bullet Troutdale history tidbits
bullet The History of Troutdale


bullet Sauvie Island  ~ article by Connie Lenzen


bullet History of the Vista House
bullet Mount Hood History
bullet Blue Lake : Unhappy Hunting Ground

Historical Records

bullet1851 Letters left at the Portland Post Office by Julie Kidd
bullet1865 Poll Tax
bullet1874 Residents of East Portland
bullet1900 Fire Department Report
bullet Multnomah County Records Inventory
bullet Multnomah County Records Program


bulletMultnomah County Library
bullet History of the library
bulletPortland State University Library the largest academic library in the Portland area
bulletList of libraries in the Multnomah County area
bullet Lewis and Clark College Library. Archives
bullet Lewis and Clark College Library. Special Collections
bullet Multnomah County Library
bullet Pacific University
bullet Reed College


bulletPortland Maps ~ a fabulous site for finding current info about any address
bullet "Finding an Address in Portland" ~ at Frommers
bullet William Clark's map of "Wapato Valley"
bullet 1876 and 1890 Illustrated maps of Portland.  at this site, click on "Search all Collections" near the bottom of the page, and enter "Portland Oregon" and do a search.
bullet1895 map of the State of Oregon  This is a 1.678 MEG file and will take some time to load
bullet1895 county maps for the state of Oregon
bullet Portland 1897 (Topographic) original scale 1:62,500 U.S. Geological Survey 1897 (910K)
bullet Portland 1917 Automobile Blue Book (264K)
bullet Swan Island maps
bullet Joseph D. Meyer's map of "Portland and Vicinity 19th Century"
bullet Multnomah County GIS maps ~ there are some great maps here
bullet County relief map


bulletPortland Oregon POW/MIA's
bullet Oregon Military Museum
bullet History of the Portland District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
bullet Hill Military Academy history


bullet News from East Portland
bulletPortland Oregonian Newspaper
bulletIndexed obits from the Oregonian going back to 1 July 1998, but eventually to go back 10 years
bulletNewspapers published in Multnomah County
bulletSearch Oregon State newspapers. Search engine provided by Oregon State Library which searches major newspapers in Oregon from 1987-present. Great way to find obits and related articles on your ancestors. Includes the Portland Oregonian.
bullet Oregon Historical Society's Newspapers on Microfilm ~ article by Connie Lenzen
bullet Gresham Outlook
bullet El Hispanic News (Community News)
bullet Oregonian ~ Portland's mainstream paper
bullet Portland Tribune
bullet The Skanner (Community News) ~
bullet Voice ~ Multnomah Bible College newspaper
bullet Willamette Week ~ Portland's alternative paper
bullet Willamette Week's 25th Anniversary issue (1974-199)
bullet Catholic Sentinel
bullet The Bee ~ the newspaper of the Sellwood neighborhood


bulletLibraries and Archives
bulletFamily History Centers in Oregon here or here
bulletGenealogy Libraries and Historical Collections in Oregon
bulletSearch the Oregon State Archives for information on your relatives. Includes index of Probate records for Multnomah County 1855-1900 as well as many other records for other counties.
bulletGenealogical Societies
bullet Genealogical Forum of Oregon

Genealogical Council of Oregon


Historical Societies

Oregon Historical Society


Fairview-Rockwood-Wilkes Historical Society


Friends of Vista House


Gresham Historical Society


Troutdale Historical Society


Ethnic Organizations

Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon


American Historical Society of Germans from Russia - Oregon Chapter


Festa Italiana


Finnish-American Historical Society of the West


New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society


Fraternal Organizations

Listings of fraternal organizations, fraternal orders, and secret societies


IOOF Lodge Website Directory - Oregon


Knights of Columbus


Neighbors of Woodcraft


Woodmen of the World


Woodmen of the World


Lineage Organizations

Oregon State Sons of the American Revolution, Lewis & Clark Chapter


Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers


Oregon State Daughters of the American Revolution chapters:

Portland ~ Portland


Wahkeena Chapter ~ Portland


Oregon Trail Chapter ~ Gresham

People and Families


Howard Andrus homepage with information on the surnames Andrus, Bottemiller, Mead and Sandstrom from the Portland area


Georgene. She is a volunteer at the Douglas Co., NE courthouse and found some interesting info in a probate file about families in the Multnomah Co. OR area including personal letters and marked photographs. Surnames include: Chesmore, Fisette, Yokel, Raymond, Van Windel, Monroe, and Brugger. For more info contact Georgene Sones at  

bullet Stephen B. Coffin ~ article by Connie Lenzen
bullet Lewis Love autobiography
bullet Biography of Joseph Windle
bullet Death record of John Charles Klitz
bullet Johiel Bonebrake Greene & Evelyn Rita Keeley Bible
bullet Wellivers buried in Willamette National Cemetery


bulletLost pictures looking for a home including surnames Inman, Davidson, Sosey, Jenkins, Moran, Jaegar, Blachs, Posar, Gassett, and Singleton
bulletOld Postcards of Multnomah County Scenes
bulletPhotos of Multnomah County Pioneers
bulletPhotos from the Lewis & Clark Exposition of 1904
bulletPortland Illustrations from The Oregonian's Handbook of the Pacific Northwest. Portland, Oregon: Oregonian, 1898.
bullet Multnomah County scenery:
bullet Oregon Scenery, Multnomah County
bullet Escape to Sauvie Island
bullet Leach Botanical Gardens


bulletScanned images from several Portland area high schools during the 1917-1919 period
bullet Kennedy School is now a brew pub and bed and breakfast.
bullet Multnomah Bible College history
bullet Hill Military Academy history
bullet University of Portland
bullet History of University of Oregon Medical School
bulletPortland Public Schools
bullet Abernethy Elementary
bullet Beach Elementary
bullet Bridlemile School
bullet Rieke Elementary
bullet Woodmere Elementary
bulletJefferson High School
bullet 1928 Graduates
bullet Delphic Fraternity Yearbook, St. Helen's Hall - Class of 1941
bulletParkrose High School
bullet 1924 Graduates
bullet 1927 Graduates
bullet 1928 Graduates
bulletRoosevelt High School
bullet 1926 Graduates
bullet Graduates, Surnames A - K
bullet Graduates, Surnames L - Z
bullet Faculty


bullet Pacific Railroad Preservation Association
bullet Portland Transit History ~ by Tri-Met

History of the SP&S (Spokane, Portland & Seattle) Railway


Portland Yacht Club ~ see the links to their history pages

Vital Records

bullet 1850 Oregon Mortality Schedule ~ article by Connie Lenzen
bullet 1880 Multnomah County, Oregon Mortality Schedule ~ article by Connie Lenzen
bulletIndexed obits from the Oregonian going back 6 months
bullet Multnomah County Records Inventory from the Oregon State Archives. (Note: Not all records listed are in custody of the Archives).
bulletSearchable index to City of Portland births 1881-1889
bulletSearchable Index to City of Portland deaths 1881-1889
bullet Vital Records information from the Oregon Health Division---contains great FAQ
bullet Memorial Stone - Memorializing Portland Police officers killed in the line of duty
bullet Death record of John Charles Klitz
bullet Johiel Bonebrake Greene & Evelyn Rita Keeley Bible
bulletBoys and Girls Aid Society
bullet Albertina Kerr Center

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