Research in Oregon, 2nd Edition

Except for trappers and traders, no European-Americans settled in Oregon until the 1830s. Thanks to records kept by Britain’s North West Company, which merged with Hudson’s Bay Company, documents of the earliest trappers and later settlers were dutifully maintained and still exist. By the 1840s, thousands of pioneers, most often from Missouri and Illinois, were taking the two-thousand long Oregon Trail to the Pacific Northwest. Research in Oregon, 2nd Edition, introduces readers to the archives, libraries, and historical societies that can aid family historians and genealogists in their research.

The guidebook discusses four, key atlases that provide information about early exploration and settlement within the state, including its forts and mines. Also reviewed are important biographical guides; cemetery and census records; city and county resources; court records; and land and property records including donation-land claims and homestead claims. The author details sources for military, religious, and vital records as well as ethnic records with special focus on African American, Chinese, Japanese, and Native American research.

Published by NGS, Research in Oregon is one volume in the Research in the States series. The guidebook was edited by Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, FNGS, and Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL, FNGS. It is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.


Connie Miller Lenzen, CG, is a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, a former trustee of NGS, and current academic professional in Boston University’s online genealogy program. She is the recipient of an NGSQ Award of Excellence and is an International Society of Family History Writers and Editors award winner.