UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - CIRCA 1993 : A stamp printed in USA shows Oregon trail circa 1993

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – CIRCA 1993 : A stamp printed in USA shows Oregon trail circa 1993

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

The Oregon Encyclopedia – A joint project of the Oregon Historical Society and Portland State University

The – 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 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

Emigrant Lists

1851 Emigrant List ~ – 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 – 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)

Road Trip!

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

Fun Stuff

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)


General Genealogy Resources

*** Top 100 Genealogy Sites of 2015 (Genealogy in Time magazine)

*** Genealogy and the Law (Legal definitions of terms encountered in Genealogical Research from Just Great Lawyers)

*** Military Indexes (Indexes to Military Records from the American Revolution through Viet Nam)

*** Billion Graves

*** Find A Grave

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Do you have favorite Oregon Trail and Oregon Genealogy websites that you think should be included on this page?  Please send an email to with your suggestions!