Oregon: Links to Digitized County Histories

Oregon is #42 in my state list. Many counties don’t have histories accessible online, but be sure to look at the STATE list, as there ae several entries that cover multiple counties.

FAQ

1. While every county in the state is listed, links are only provided for titles that no longer fall under U.S. copyright laws. All (almost) links connect to free websites.
2. There are a few instances when a book has been digitized, but is only found on a paid site. In that case, no link is inserted, but a note as to the website where it has been found is given.
3. When a state history has also been found in digital format, it is listed in the STATE section that precedes the county list. I have limited STATE entries to those with county histories/biographical volumes in them.
4. There are a number of counties that DO have histories written, BUT they remain copyrighted material. Therefore, if a county has NONE after its name, it doesn’t mean there is no county history, just that none has been digitized. It’s also possible that the only digitized county history is included in one of the state volumes, so be sure to check those entries.
5. If the book is on FamilySearch, you will need a free account to access it. This list does NOT include town histories.
6. When all fifty states have been completed, I will post a PDF of them all.
7. One last note – it is very possible that a book is digitally available on more than one website. I’ve only included links to one site per book.

OREGON

STATE – An illustrated history of central Oregon, embracing Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Crook, Lake and Klamath counties, state of Oregon, Western Historical Publishing Company, Spokane, Oregon, 1905.
STATEAn illustrated history of the state of Oregon, Harvey K. Hines, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1893.
STATEHistory of the Willamette Valley, Oregon, Volume 1, Robert Carlton Clark, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1927.
STATEHistory of the Willamette Valley, Oregon, Volume 2, Robert Carlton Clark, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1927.
STATEHistory of the Willamette Valley, Oregon, Volume 3, Robert Carlton Clark, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1927. [FamilySearch Film 1000365, Item 3]
STATEOregon, pictorial and biographical, deluxe supplement, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, 1912.
STATEPortrait and biographical record of western Oregon, Chapman Publishing Company, Chicago, 1904.
STATEPortrait and biographical record of Portland and vicinity, Oregon, Chapman Publishing Company, 1903.
STATEPortrait and biographical record of the Willamette Valley, Oregon, Chapman Publishing Company, 1903.

BAKER – An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney counties with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon, Western Historical Publishing Company, Chicago, 1902.
BENTONHistory of Benton County, Oregon, David D. Fagan, A.G. Walling, Portland, Oregon, 1885.
CLACKAMAS – NONE
CLATSOP – NONE
COLUMBIANONE
COOS – An historical sketch of Coos County: its cities and industries, William T. McLean, Marshfield Senior High School, Marshfield, Oregon, 1949.
COOSHistory of southern Oregon: comprising Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Coos Counties, Albert G. Walling, Portland, Oregon, 1884.
COOSPioneer history of Coos and Curry counties, Oregon: heroic deeds and thrilling adventures of the early settlers, Orvil Dodge, Pioneer and Historical Association of Coos County, Salem, Oregon, 1898.
CROOK – NONE
CURRY – History of southern Oregon: comprising Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Coos Counties, Albert G. Walling, Portland, Oregon, 1884.
CURRYPioneer history of Coos and Curry counties, Oregon: heroic deeds and thrilling adventures of the early settlers, Orvil Dodge, Pioneer and Historical Association of Coos County, Salem, Oregon, 1898.
DESCHUTES – A history of the Deschutes Country in Oregon, Deschutes County Historical Society, Midstate Printing, Redmond, Oregon, 1985.
DOUGLAS – History of southern Oregon: comprising Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Coos Counties, Albert G. Walling, Portland, Oregon, 1884.
DOUGLASEarly days in Oregon: a history of the Riddle Valley, George W. Riddle, Myrtle Creek Mail, Riddle, Oregon, 1953.
GILLIAM – NONE
GRANT – An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney counties with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon, Western Historical Publishing Company, Chicago, 1902.
HARNEY – An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney counties with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon, Western Historical Publishing Company, Chicago, 1902.
HARNEYHarney County, Oregon and its range land, Binford & Mort, Portland, Oregon, c1951.
HOOD RIVERNONE
JACKSON – History of southern Oregon: comprising Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Coos Counties, Albert G. Walling, Portland, Oregon, 1884.
JEFFERSONNONE
JOSEPHINE – History of southern Oregon: comprising Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Coos Counties, Albert G. Walling, Portland, Oregon, 1884.
KLAMATH – NONE
LAKE – NONE
LANE –
Beautiful McKenzie: a history of central Lane County, Leroy Bertrand Inman, c1996.
LANECentury farms of Lane County, Andre Armstead, Bourland Printing, Eugene, Oregon, 1976.
LANEIllustrated history of Lane County, Oregon, Albert G. Walling, Portland, Oregon, 1884. [Familysearch film 924601, Item 1]
LANEReminisences of early Eugene and Lane County, Oregon, Irene Dunn Williams, 1941.
LINCOLN – The Yaquina Bay country and its people, David D. Fagan, Lincoln County Historical Society, Newport, Oregon, 1959.
LINN – Historical atlas map of Marion & Linn Counties, Oregon, Edgar Williams & Company, San Francisco, California, 1878. Reprinted in 1976.
MALHEUR – An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney counties with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon, Western Historical Publishing Company, Chicago, 1902.
MARION – Historical atlas map of Marion & Linn Counties, Oregon, Edgar Williams & Company, San Francisco, California, 1878. Reprinted in 1976.
MORROW – An illustrated history of Umatilla County and of Morrow County: with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon, W.H. Lever, Spokane, Washington, 1902.
MORROW – Yesteryears of Morrow: a history of Morrow County, Morrow County extension units and produced in cooperation with the Morrow County Court in celebration of the Oregon centennial year, Heppner Gazette Times, Heppner, Oregon, 1959.
MULTNOMAH – NONE
POLK – A century of Polk County history, 1859-1959, Polk County Centennial Book Committee,Curry Print Shop, Dallas, Oregon, 1959.
SHERMANNONE
TILLAMOOK – Tillamook, land of many waters, Ada M. Orcutt, Binford & Mort, Portland, Oregon, c1951.
UMATILLA – An illustrated history of Umatilla County and of Morrow County: with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon, W.H. Lever, Spokane, Washington, 1902.
UNION – History of Union county, Oregon, Volume 3, Bernal D. Hug, Eastern Oregon Review, La Grande, Oregon, 1961. *Volumes 1,2 & 7 not found.
UNION – History of Union county, Oregon, Volume 4, Bernal D. Hug, Eastern Oregon Review, La Grande, Oregon, 1961.
UNION – History of Union county, Oregon, Volume 5, Bernal D. Hug, Eastern Oregon Review, La Grande, Oregon, 1961.
UNION – History of Union county, Oregon, Volume 6, Bernal D. Hug, Eastern Oregon Review, La Grande, Oregon, 1961.
UNION – History of Union county, Oregon, Volume 8, Bernal D. Hug, Eastern Oregon Review, La Grande, Oregon, 1961.
UNION – A changing world, Bernal D. Hug, Elgin Recorder, 1967.
UNIONAn illustrated history of Union and Wallowa counties: with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon, Western Historical Publishing, 1902.
WALLOWA – An illustrated history of Union and Wallowa counties: with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon, Western Historical Publishing, 1902.
WASCO – History of Wasco County, William H. McNeal, The Dalles, 1953. [FamilySearch Film 411669]
WASHINGTONNONE
WHEELER – NONE
YAMHILL – Old Yamhill: the early history of its towns and cities, Ruth Stoller, Yamhill County Historical Society, Lafayette, Oregon, 1976.

 

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