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.  They also have numerous exhibits, which include The Thomas Kay Woollen Mill and Early Settlement Homes.

They have a number of archives available in the Research Library and Archives, which include approximately 13000 objects, 200000 Photographic Images, 4500 Books and thousands of Records. In addition they have biographies of Pioneers and other Histories.  

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.

They have many publications for sale, 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.

They also have numerous links to other sites you may find of use.


Washington County Historical Society - Washington County Museum

A number of 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, which include 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.

They also have a vast collection of photographs and negatives.  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

The association has a Library where a number of archives are available, 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

A number of 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