Oregon Family History Societies(M-Z)

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

County and other Societies

Marion County Historical Society - Willamette Heritage Centre

Marion County Historical Society merged with Mission Hill Museum Association to become Willamette Heritage Centre, located in Salem.

The aim of the Centre is to preserve and present the history of Willamette Valley region. Numerous exhibits, including The Thomas Kay Woollen Mill and Early Settlement Homes can be examined in the Centre. 

Many resources are accessible in the Research Library and Archives, which include approximately 13000 objects, 200000 Photographic Images, 4500 Books and thousands of Records. In addition, biographies of Pioneers and other Histories are also available.

You have to book in advance of any visit to the centre.

A PDF version of Willamette Valley Voices, Winter 2014 Volume 3 No 1 is available on the site.

Many publications can be purchased from the society,  which include Willamette Valley Voices: Connecting Generations, Marion County History, South Salem Past and a reprint of the Historical Atlas Map of Marion and Linn Counties 1878.

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


Siuslaw Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1980, its aims being to help people researching their family history and genealogy, to promote and encourage interest in genealogy, and to collect and preserve genealogical and historical information, especially that relating to the Siuslaw Valley.

Many Books and Periodicals are held in Siuslaw Public Library.

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


Washington County Historical Society - Washington County Museum

Numerous archives are available at the Robert L. Benson Research Library located at Portland Community College - Rock Creek Campus, 17677 NW Springville Road, Portland, OR 97229, including Manuscripts, Images, Maps, Oral Histories and Books.  State and Local Records and Newspapers are available on Microfilm.  

Some of the documents available include Scrapbook Histories of Albert Tozier, Washington Co. Agricultural Society Minutes, Washington Co. Schools Registers and various diaries.

A vast collection of photographs and negatives are accessible.  It is possible to view their collection of digital images through Washington Co. Heritage Online (WCHO).

For further information about their resources, please peruse their finding aids, which are all available in PDF Format.


Yamhill County Genealogical Society

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

  • DAR Indexes
  • Family Histories
  • International Materials
  • Linfield College Yearbooks and Directories
  • Materials relating to other States
  • Miscellaneous Quarterlies
  • Missouri Collection
  • Oregon Records
  • Pedigree Charts
  • Research Aids
  • Yamhill Co. Indexes of Marriages, Deaths and Probates

Numerous publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Returns
  • Erwin Waddell Scrapbook - Miscellaneous Obituaries 1930-1953
  • Morrow Co. Marriages 1885-1917
  • Myrtle Wooden Scrapbook
  • Pedigree Charts
  • Siletz Family Register 1901
  • Yamhill Co. Estates Master Index 1843-1910
  • Yamhill Co. Marriages 1844-1918

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