The history of the Oregon Trail had a profound impact on the shaping of Oregon’s culture and identity. In recognition of this rich pioneer heritage and its legacy still at work in our society today, here are some of our favorite online resources:
We have new resources available! (Thanks to Lily Bass!) Check out the most recent resources below:
Researching Your Family’s History from Ships Passenger Lists
Genealogy for Kids: Building a Family Tree
Bureau of Land Management – search and view the land claims of Oregon Trail pioneers
The Oregon Territory and its Pioneers – Genealogy and family history website devoted to Oregon Territory pioneer families and history, including lists of pioneers of various wagon trains, by year.
Genealogical Forum of Oregon – search through the vast collection of information of every kind
Oregon State Secretary Archives – search through the Early Oregonians Database
Oregon Historical Society – Genealogy resources include research library collections, workshops and events. Library catalog is online.
Clackamas County Historical Society Library – Family histories and genealogies, newspaper clippings, books on Northwest history
FamilySearch Oregon Online Genealogy Records – Links to additional family history and genealogy information.
StoryCorps – Record and share family stories using the StoryCorps mobile app and guide to great questions to ask.
Historical Newspapers and Indexes – Links to historic newspapers by state, including Oregon.
Download free family tree and genealogy templates here