Oregon Family History Societies(J-L)

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

County and Other Societies

Josephine County Historical Society

The association was incorporated in 1960, their aims being to establish a museum to house artefacts and exhibits and to maintain a research library to house paper documents and research.

Many archives can be accessed in their Research Library, which incorporate:

  • Books
  • Census Returns
  • City Directories
  • Clippings
  • Family Histories
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • Pamphlets
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs

Numerous publications and photographs can be purchased from the Society.


Lebanon Genealogical Society

Many documents are accessible in Lebanon Public Library Genealogy Room, which incorporate:

  • Atlases
  • Births 
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census of 1849 Citizens
  • Deaths
  • Diaries
  • Directories 
  • Funeral Home Books 
  • Land of Linn
  • Linn Co. Census Returns

Resources available also incorporate:

  • Linn Co. History
  • Linn Co. Pioneer Interviews
  • Marriages
  • Militia Lists
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • Pioneer Stories
  • High School Yearbooks
  • Telephone Directories
  • Widows Pensions
  • Wills

In addition, the society also has many Books relating to other States in America, which include:

  • Atlases
  • Bibles
  • Census Returns and Indexes
  • Early Immigrants
  • Early Settlers
  • Estate Records
  • Family Histories
  • Genealogies
  • Vital Records published in Newspapers
  • Will Abstracts

An Index to Surname Folders in Vertical Files in Lebanon Public Library Genealogy Room is also on the site.

Numerous databases are accessible, which incorporate:

  • Businesses and People in 1881
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Transcripts
  • Elkins Flour Mill
  • Farm Name Registrations
  • History of Lebanon
  • Index to Linn Co. Donation Land Claims
  • Lebanon Criterion Newspapers
  • Main Street Lebanon 1884
  • Military Lists 1874, 1893
  • Photographs
  • Prominent Men of 1919
  • School Records
  • Strawberry Festival Queens 1909 and 1918-1962
  • Train Station Restoration Project
  • Women's Civic Club 1922-1923

An index to death records 1907-1927 is also accessible.


Linn County Genealogical Society

The association has approximately 100 members from the United States, Canada and Japan.  Its aim is to share, collect and preserve genealogical and historical information relating to Linn County.

Many archives can be accessed in Albany Public Library on 14th Avenue, which include:

  • Ancestral Notes
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Records
  • Family Histories
  • Genealogical Reference Books
  • Linn County, Oregon Pioneer Settlers Donation Land Claims to 1855
  • Maps and Atlases
  • Marriages
  • Naturalisation Records
  • Newsletters and Journals
  • Newspapers
  • Pioneer Families
  • Wills and Administrations Indexes

Some resources relate to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Links to other sites you may find of use are also accessible.


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