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Genealogy Resources & Services

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Resources

 

Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives 
Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

HeritageQuest 
This unique collection of genealogical material features the ability to search most Federal Census page images, indexed by name. The database also contains PERSI, the genealogy periodical index, Revolutionary War Pension records, and thousands of fully-downloadable digitized genealogy books.

Ancestry Library
(subscriber edition not accessible from patron's home -- only available at the Lake Oswego Public Library building) Ancestry produces what is often considered the preeminent genealogical database. In addition to fully indexed census records of all US census years, Ancestry contains thousands of other databases, including ship's records, banking records, vital statistics, and many, many more.

Genealogy Book Collection
Our Genealogical Collection at the library is a wonderful resource for researchers. Included in this collection are books like the Passenger and Immigration Lists Index and the DAR Patriot Index. We also have books of church and vital records for various states, and much more.

Magazines
American Spirit,Genealogical Forum of Portland Bulletin, Genealogical Forum of Portland Newsletter, Internet Genealogy,  Oregon Historical Quarterly.

Local History Collection

The Oregonian (microfilm) 1850-current

The Oregonian (online)  1987-current

Lake Oswego Review (index) (microfilm) 1934-current

Oregon death, marriage, and divorce indexes (microfiche) dates vary

Polk’s Portland City Directories 1912-1985

Historical map collection

Services

Interlibrary Loan

The library can request genealogical materials from other libraries outside of this region at no charge. For inquiries about this service or to make a request, contact the Reference Department at 503.675.2540 or email us.

Obituary Requests

The Reference Department will assist in searching for obituaries for free from our local newspapers on microfilm. Please provide the name and date of death for the person whose obituary is being sought. To request this service, contact us at
503.675.2540, or email us. To mail requests, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Reference Department at 706 Fourth Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Reference Librarians