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Hood River County, Oregon GenWeb Page
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Hood River Location Map

Hello! My name is Beth (it's really Elizabeth) Perry Johnston, your Hood River County Coordinator for Oregon GenWeb. Although I now live in Newport, Oregon, I was born and grew up in the Pine Grove area of Hood River County and retain a keen interest in its life and history. 

Originally a part of Wasco County, Hood River County gained its political separation on June 23,1908 and its boundaries have remained unchanged to the present time. When doing research involving documents prior to the date Hood River became a county, you may find that the records you are searching for will be in Wasco County or the Oregon State Archives rather than in the Hood River County courthouse. 

In addition to giving helpful research leads, we would like to get as many Hood River County records as possible transcribed and online. If you would like to help,  have any information to share, or have suggestions or links that you feel belong on these pages you can contact me via email. Please use "Hood River" as the subject heading of your email so I can identify it and get to it as soon as possible. Do check back with us often to see the changes here, and feel free to take advantage of the search feature found at the bottom of the right-hand column.

Special Note 3-23-08:
We are in transition from one server to another, so please feel free to let me know about any non-working links or other problems you encounter. The search engine may be temporarily unavailable as we make this move, and the visit counter and guest book are temporarily disabled.

Hood River County
Oregon GenWeb
 & US GenWeb Links
Some Other Oregon
Reference Links
State of  Oregon &
Federal Links

Hood River County ORGenWeb Pages
Lookup Volunteers & Published Resources

Surnames  and Researchers

Hood River County Towns Past and Present

Hood River Co. Social Security Death Index, 1965-1995

Hood River County Memorabilia & Transcriptions Pages 

Hood River County Queries Information
Hood River Genealogical Transcriptions and Information
Hood River Genealogical Information - Selected Families and Individuals from Public Records - by Jeffery Bryant from various public sources

1933 Hood River School Census - Transcribed from the census by Jeffrey Bryant. Not all birth dates were recorded correctly by the census taker

History of Early Pioneer Families of Hood River, Oregon, Compiled by Mrs. D. M. Coon and transcribed by Jeffrey Elmer.

Selected Newspaper Articles Relating to Hood River Area History - Many of these articles date from before Hood River County's separation from Wasco County in 1908. Transcribed by Jeffrey Elmer.

New: Memorabilia & TranscriptionsVitals from The Hood River Glacier, from its beginnings in 1889 through 1903.

Neighboring Counties

RootsWeb/Ancestry Resources
Hood River County Mailing List - Click this link for subscription instructions.

Hood River County Message Board - Search for surnames; post your queries and data such as biographies, obituaries, wills, etc. See the Queries page on this site for more information about message boards.

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Search GNIS for Oregon Place Names

The Oregon Trail Web Site

History-Oregon Online Highways

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Oregon State Archives Information
Oregon Vital Records Information

Oregon Public Library (Oregon State University Page)

Bureau of Land Management - The Official Federal Land Patent Records Site

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Gold StarThanks to the many people who have contributed information for this web site, in September, 2006, the Hood River County page was named one of two USGenWeb sites of the month. The award story in the USGenWeb September Newsletter gives several reasons for the award and specifically cites the data-laden contributions by Jeffrey Bryant and Jeffrey Elmer. The story about the award is midway through the Newsletter; If you're not up to reading that far just search for the words Hood River. Thank you all!

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This site maintained by Beth Perry Johnston
Thanks to Pepper Ervin and Stacey L. Gardner who previously hosted this site.

Last updated on 24 Aug 2008

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