Research Help

Looking for aerial photographs, Census Records, or your home's building history? These pages can assist in your search for information in the Research Library.

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Biographical Research

The Oregon Historical Society’s Research Library has a wide array of biographical and genealogical resources. The following list of the most frequently consulted research tools should serve as a good starting point.

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House, Building, and Land History

The Oregon Historical Society’s Research Library has a variety of resources to help you document the history of your house or building.

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Census Records

The Research Library has census records in print and on microfilm.

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Oregon Newspapers on Microfilm (PDF)

The Research Library’s holdings of Oregon newspapers on microfilm, arranged alphabetically by town.

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Genealogical Research Facilities

Sources for genealogical and family history‐related materials

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Vital Records

The Research Library has a variety of vital records information for the State of Oregon, including Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce records. ....

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Citation Forms for Collections (PDF)

Guidelines for citations of different materials in our collections.

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