General Information about the Oregon Trail
Oregon Trail 101 – Lots of general information about the Oregon Trail. Some diaries and books.
Legends of America – Great links to Oregon Trail historic sites
Wikipedia – Need a broad overview of Oregon Trail history?
Oregon and Oregon Trail History
At the End of the Trail – Nice website focused on Clackamas County, the first capital of the Oregon Territory
Barlow Road – Oregon Trail – An interactive website with photos, maps and audio of the Oregon Trail cut-off that ran from The Dalles around Mt. Hood to Oregon City. While arduous, it created a safer route to the Willamette Valley than the Columbia River.
End of the Oregon Trail (Historic Oregon City) – Oregon City resources
Idaho Chapter of Oregon California Trails Association – Want to learn more about the part of the Trail passing through Idaho?
Kansas Historic Trails – Information on that portion of Oregon Trail in Kansas
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (Casper, Wyoming) – Nice BLM Museum in Casper, WY
National Oregon California Trails Association – Dedicated to education and preservation of the Oregon and California Emigrant Roads.
On The Trail ~ A Website by Sanford “Sandy” Wilbur – An eclectic and interesting Oregon Trail website
Online Highways – Many useful links from around the State of Oregon
Oregon Historical Society – No exploration of Oregon Trail history is complete without a stop here
Oregon Pioneer Biographies – Several bio’s of early Oregon Pioneers
Oregon Pioneers (Stephenie Flora’s site) – Very comprehensive site with lots of Oregon Trail history, emigrant lists for most years, diaries, letters & more!
Oregon Trail History Page (Family Search) – A nice overview of Oregon Trail history and genealogy resources
Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (Baker City) – Great museum in Baker City
Origin of the Oregon Trail – A nice summary of the early days on Kansasgenealogy.com
The Oregon Encyclopedia – A joint project of the Oregon Historical Society and Portland State University
The Over-land.com – Lots of information on many national trails, the Oregon Trail included
Southern Oregon Historical Society – Lots of resources relating to Southern Oregon.
The Applegate Trail ~ webtrail – Focus on the Applegate Trail
Trailside Center (Kansas City, Missouri) – Trail museum (Oregon, Santa Fe & California) in Kansas City
The Oregon Trail Today – A photojournalistic project inspired by The Oregon Trail
Oregon Genealogy Resources
A Place Called Oregon – Wide range of resources including info on Oregon Governors, County Sheriffs, Ministers, Churches, etc.
Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society – Newspaper searches
Genealogy Trails – Links to many Oregon County Resources
Jackson County (Oregon) Genealogy Library – Great resource for Southern Oregon
Lane County (Oregon) Historical Society & Museum – Eugene and Lane County
Lee Mission Cemetery (Salem, Oregon) – Excellent resource if you have anyone here
*** Linn County Genealogical Society – Located in Albany. Newpaper index. Obits.
*** Linn County Historical Museum – Located in Brownsville. Linn County Donation Land Claim information, Cemetery Records, Census Records from 1849-1910, Marriage records 1850-1921, adoption records 1876-1919, obituaries and many, many photos of people, places and things from Linn County.
Linn County Resources – Trails to Linn County- Family Research
Linn County Resources – Linn County Genealogy Resources (OrGenWeb)
Oregon Genealogy ~ She Flies With Her Own Wings – Several Good Oregon Trail links here
Oregon Genealogy Forum – Perhaps the premiere Oregon genealogical organization
Oregon Pioneer Project – Less than one percent of the emigrants who came over the Oregon Trail are documents. This project is trying to improve that number.
Oregon Secretary of State ~ State Archives – Early Oregonians database, Historical Records Index, Archived County Records Information
*** Polk County Historical Society – Research Library includes books, obituaries, articles, photographs, and various genealogical resources pertaining to hundreds of historic and current Polk County families, as well as numerous genealogical reference publications.
The Dalles & Wasco County Resources – The Dalles website with links to local genealogy resources
University of Oregon ~ Oregon Newspaper Index – Oregon Newspaper Index
University of Oregon Library ~ Digitized Newspaper Project – Digitized Newspapers from around the state of Oregon
Webtrail – Southern Oregon Resources
1851 Emigrant List ~ Genealogy.com – 1851 Emigrant list
1852 Emigrant List ~ Genealogy Trails – 1852 Emigrant list — lots of other Linn County resources
Diaries, Letters and Narratives of Oregon Pioneers
America 101 ~ The Oregon Trail – Lots of general information about the Oregon Trail. Some diaries and books.
Brigham Young University Library – Original writing of emigrants on the Oregon, California, Montana and Mormon Trails – 1846-69
Lane County Historical Society & Museum – Several emigrant diaries online
Oregon State Library – List of emigrant diaries held in the Oregon State Library
Over-land.com – Several emigrant diaries online
Books and Media
Emigrant Road ~ An Oregon Trail Adventure – Nice visuals of Oregon Trail landmarks
The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman – Read this classic Oregon Trail book online
Barlow Road Book by Jim Tompkins (Text file)
National Historic Oregon Trail ~ National Park Service – Retracing your ancestor’s steps? Good place to start.
Roadtrip USA – Plan your Oregon Trail roadtrip
For the Kids
42explore2 – Activities and assignments for students
Life on the Oregon Trail – Trail map, diagram of Prairie Schooner parts and packing worksheet from CHEC
Linus Pauling – two time Nobel Prize winner (Peace and Chemistry) – was a member of SDOP. View his membership certificate on the Oregon State University Library website.
Bethany Janzen‘s speech as Miss Pioneer Oregon 2013 (Youtube)
Curtis Heritage Education Center – Non profit dedicated to preserving animal drawn transportation. Good resource for Oregon teachers as they can bring a covered wagon to your school!
General Genealogy Resources
Top 100 Genealogy Sites of 2015 (Genealogy in Time magazine)
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Military Indexes (Indexes to Military Records from the American Revolution through Viet Nam)
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