Oregon Family History Societies(A-C)

This section lists associations from Bend to Clackamas giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and Other Societies

Bend Genealogical Society

The aim of the association is to provide resources to help preserve family history records and to help further research.  

The Society has a Library where many resources are available, which include more than 2100 Books and Journals, Video Tapes, DVD's and CD-ROMs covering most States in the United States and further afield.

For a fee, the society is prepared to send you a copy of an Obituary that appeared in the Bend Bulletin if you send them the relevant information.  They are also prepared to search their Resources.

On payment of a fee, the Society is prepared to issue an Early Pioneer Certificate to people who can prove they are descended from pioneers who settled in Central Orgeon before 1950.

Many publications are sold by the society, including Deschutes Co. Cemetery Books, Land Deeds of Deschutes Co. CD 1895-1928 and The Hauslein Family of Illinois.  


Benton County Genealogical Society

The society was established in 1971 as Mid-Valley Genealogical Society, changing its name in 1996.  Their aims are to help people conducting genealogical research, to educate people with regard to the right ways of conducting research, to collect materials for their library and to preserve and publish local history.

Many resources can be accessed in their Library, which incorporate:

  • Booklets
  • Catalogues
  • CDs
  • Genealogies
  • Genealogy Books for most US States and further afield
  • Pedigree Chart Files
  • Quarterlies
  • Surname Files

An Index to the Shelf List of the BCGS Library is accessible.

Numerous publications are available for sale, including:

  • Benton Co. Pioneers
  • Bible Records
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Church Registers
  • Commissioners Journals
  • Marriages 1850-1924 and 1925-1945
  • Polk Co. Pioneers
  • WPA Interviews of Benton County and Corvallis Pioneers - Conducted During 1937-1940

Blue Mountain Genealogical Society

The association has an extensive collection of resources that are accessible in Pendleton Public Library, which incorporate:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Church Registers
  • Death Certificates Index 1971-1994
  • Divorces 1971-1988
  • Donation Land Claims Records
  • Grant Co., Umatilla Co., and Walla Walla Co. Marriages
  • Local Histories
  • Marriages 1971-1988
  • Marriages - Umatilla County 1862-1894, Walla Walla County 1862-1899 and Grant County
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • Oregon Census Returns
  • Oregon State Death Certificates Index
  • Polk City Directories

A small list of surnames found in Umatilla County and some links to other sites you may find useful are also accessible.


Clackamas County Family History Society

Many publications are available for sale, including: 

  • 1910 Clackamas Co. Soundex
  • Back Issues of their publication The Legacy
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Civil War Veterans in Clackamas Co.
  • Clackamas Co. Early Births 1907-1910
  • Clackamas Co. Weddings
  • Funeral Home Books
  • Jail Registers 1882-1925
  • Naturalisations
  • Oregon City Births 1918-1949 compiled from Hospital Cards
  • Oregon City Hospital Registers 1931-1947 and 1951-1955

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