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Southern Oregon History Links

Links that let you read, research, or look at local history. Please report broken links to:
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Odd Fellows' Cemetery, Medford, Oregon
History, map, list of interments 1880s-present.

Annotated Medford Odd Fellows' Cemetery Index
USGenWeb's index to interments, with annotations.

Jacksonville Cemetery
Map, directions, index to interments 1850s-1979.

Central Point Cemetery
Tombstone transcriptions and a history of the cemetery.

Cemeteries of Jackson County
Burials in six other area cemeteries.


Oregon USGenWeb Archive
Search all Oregon USGenWeb genealogical and history pages, including Elizabeth's.

Early Oregonians Project
Coordinated by the Oregon Secretary of State, as of August 2012 over 105,000 entries on Oregon residents prior to 1859.


The Jackson County Database
Jan Wright's files on over 20,000 early Jackson County residents.

Jackson County Pioneer Families
Searchable births and deaths of hundreds of local pioneers.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society
Records of births, marriages, deaths, divorces, deeds, naturalizations, court actions, and more, as well as access to diaries and RVGS' research services.

History of Talent, Oregon
Friends of the Talent Library links to the history of Talent and the Rogue River Indian War. Also transcriptions of the Talent News, a 1922 history of Oregon, and the first chapters of A. G. Walling's 1884 history of Southern Oregon.

Talent Historical Society
Historic photos, excerpts from Welborn Beeson's diary, and their Pioneer Index.

Southern Oregon Historical Society Research Library
Research services, brief overview of the extensive archives.

Southern Oregon Historical Society Online Resources
Virtual exhibits, photos, biographies, and access to the ongoing indexing of their vast photo, document and artifact collection.


Southern Oregon Digital Archive

Almost unusable--you have to download gigabytes of data just to learn that your hits are bogus--but it provides access to hundreds of digitized publications on Southern Oregon history, Indians, and the bioregion.

Klamath County Museum Archives
Photo gallery, Modoc myths, indexes to Klamath County newspapers, court and tax records, livestock brands, and more.

Oregon Department of Transportation's History Center
Many road construction photos, a survey of Oregon cemeteries, a 1936 travel brochure, and more.

Oregon Mining Data 1929-1931
Information about Oregon mines and miners transcribed from the Phoenix Mining Journal.

Salt Lake Mining Review, 1899-1929
Click on "Select Newspaper" to search digitized issues with information about Oregon mines and miners.

Southern Oregon Photos at the Library of Congress

This is the results page for "Jackson County, Oregon"; click the link at the bottom of the page to perform other searches.

More Southern Oregon Photos at the Library of Congress
A "Jackson County, Oregon" search at another LOC portal; click the link at the bottom of the page to perform other searches.

Salem Public Library Historic Photo Collection
Many Southern Oregon photos; use the search engine.

Oregon State Library Photo Collection
Search engine for their digitized photos.

Old Oregon, 1919-present
Search the text of the University of Oregon's quarterly magazine.

Oregon Newspaper Index

Search card file of the Register-Guard, the Oregonian, and the Oregon Daily Emerald.

The Oregon Encyclopedia
A Sesquicentennial project of Portland State University, the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, and the Oregon Historical Society.

Oregon Historical Society Search Engine
No digitized data. Search their card file of publications and photos.

The Oregon History Project
The Oregon Historical Society's encyclopedia project.

Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
Oregon Historic Sites database.

Oregon State Archives
Click on "Web Exhibits" for their online resources.

Northwest Digital Archives
There don't seem to actually be any digitized documents on this site, but it does allow search of finder's guides at several major Northwest archives.

Online Archive of California
Many Oregon documents.

Online Archive of California Photo Search
Search for Oregon photos.

Washington State Digital Archives
Search Washington public records.


Washington Historic Newspapers
Search and download digitized historic Washington newspapers.

Historic Oregon Newspapers
Not digitized--tell me about it. An inventory of Oregon newspapers on microfilm at the University of Oregon's Knight Library.

Early Oregon Maps, 1845-1887
Dozens of early Oregon maps. Click on "Home" for maps of other states.

More Early Oregon Maps
Scannable and scrollable maps, 1846-1909. Search for "Oregon."

Vintage Oregon Postcards
Postcards for sale at CardCow.com.

USGenWeb's Oregon Postcards
A smaller collection of vintage Oregon postcards.

Camera Fiends and Kodak Girls in Southern Oregon 1850-1950

An article about local women photographers printed in 2000 by the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

Postcards from the Siskiyou Mountains Rail Line
Postcards on this page are from 1908-1916; click on the links at the bottom of the page for cards from sections north and south of the Siskiyous.

Oregon 99--The Pacific Highway
Some early and contemporary photos of Hwy. 99 in Oregon.

The Siskiyou Trail Project

Maps and photographs from a 2002 expedition to determine the route of the north-south trail through the Siskiyous.

Indian-White Relationships in Northern California 1840-1920
Online finder's guide to the collection at California State, Chico's Meriam Library.

Jackson County Planning Department
Their Front Counter Application page gives access to township maps and construction dates of structures.

Jackson County SmartMap
The home page of Jackson County GIS Services gives access to the county's spatial databases.

Rootsweb's Oregon Resources
Impressive page of Oregon history and genealogy links. Some of the links even work!

History of Southern Oregon: Comprising Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Coos Counties, by A. G. Walling, 1884
Copies are available at Jackson County libraries, at the Southern Oregon Historical Society--or online here for Ancestry.com subscribers.

Google Books
Digitized, searchable access to Gaston's Centennial History of Oregon 1811-1912, Bancroft's History of Oregon, Clarke's Pioneer Days of Oregon History, and much, much more.

Oregon Coast Newspaper Abstracts 1870-1904
Marilee Miller's abstracts of articles from newspapers in Bandon, Coquille, Marshfield and Myrtle Point--and Corvallis and Roseburg.

Medford Mail Tribune Archives
Search for articles printed since 1997--including those on local history. To browse some local history articles, search "Bill Alley" in 1999 or "Bill Miller" in 2008.

The Mail Tribune's "Story of a Century" 1999
The paper marked the end of the century with an extensive series of articles on local parks, industries, and personalities, and the century's events.

The Mail Tribune's "Our Valley" 2006
The "Would You Believe?" issue, with articles about Reelfoot, Madame Holt, the Urschel kidnapping, the Mole Man, the Black Bird, and much more.

The Mail Tribune's "Our Valley" 2007
The "Now You Know" issue, with articles about the Viaduct, Huggy Bear, the Payne Cliffs, and much more.

The Mail Tribune's "Our Valley" 2008
The "Who Does What?" issue, with articles about local professionals, artists and artisans, and much more.

History of Broadcasting in Southern Oregon
A page from the Western States Museum of Broadcasting, based in Ashland.

The Medford-Alba Telstar Connection, July 26, 1962
And the anniversary observances 50 years later.

Snider's Dairy
An illustrated 2004 article about the Medford dairy published by the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors.

Medford: 100 Years of Growth
An animated map showing how Oregon's land-use policies affected growth.

Medford's Craterian Theater
An illustrated history by the Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society.

The Banks Trial, 1933
An online article on the trial of Llewellyn and Edith Banks for the murder of Medford constable George Prescott.

Murder at Merrick's, 1943
Bernard Joseph Lotka and Tillie Michalski were an unmarried couple from Cleveland, Ohio. Lotka was an army sergeant at Camp White--and not happy about being a father.

A History of Jackson County Sheriffs
Click on the link at the bottom of the page for one of the better web pages on the 1923 Tunnel 13 train robbery. Here's another good page on it.

History of the  Rogue River National Forest
Voluminous and comprehensive.

Medford's Pear Blossom Festival
A brief history by the Pear Blossom Festival Association.

Rogue River Electric Company
An illustrated article on the pioneer electric company by Howard Banks of the Jefferson State Insulator Club.

Jackson County Records 1853-1920
Jackson County history and timeline and finder's guide to Jackson County records, available at the University of Oregon Library's Special Collections department.

Manuscripts at the University of Oregon
Some Jackson County-related.

Hugo Neighborhood Association and Historical Society
Applegate Trail history and data, transcribed Josephine County tax assessment rolls 1859-1861, letters, diaries, much more. Most pages aren't easily accessible; the site rewards exploration.

Camp White Museum

Camp history, museum tour, divisional histories, veterans' stories.

Harry & David/Bear Creek Corporation History
Company history, timeline, bibliography and contact information.



Last revised June 11, 2014