Online Resources

A good deal of research can be conducted on the Oregon State Archives website without traveling to Salem. Resources once again fall into two categories: legal and genealogical/general.

Legal

Help for research into legislative intent are available for legislative sessions from 1991 to the present. These include legislative bill tracings and text and audio of committee minutes and logs​. The Oregon Legislative Records Guide includes an inventory of legislative records held by the Archives. Minutes are sparse before the 1940s and not consistently maintained until the 1960s. The Oregon Legislators and Staff Guide​ lists legislators and staff from 1841 to the present.

Other resources are maintained on the Oregon State Legislature's website. Exhibits (e.g., written testimony) submitted to legislative committees are not available online, but are accessible in hard copy at the Archives. Many exhibits from 1947 to 1995 are also available on microfilm held by major law libraries such as the University of Oregon and Multnomah County.

Rules

See the Oregon Topics section of the Oregon Blue Book​ for more descriptions and links to resources for legal research.

Genealogy/General

The Oregon Historical County Records Guide and topical research aids on the Archival Records page​ provide inventories of records. These can be useful for finding records at the Archives and in the counties that may include references to individual people. For example, if a researcher knows a person died in Coos County in 1893, it may be useful to locate the probate records for that period. The step of actually looking at the records would remain.

You can look for names of individuals in the Oregon Historical Records Index. This database includes over 570,000 entries from county and state records. Despite its large size, the index represents only a fraction of the entries from county records held by the Archives.

The Early Oregonians Search has information on individuals who lived in Oregon through 1860. Over 100,000 individuals are in the database with data from census, death, probate and other records.

Research into Governor's Records Guides​ and historical photographs can also be conducted online.

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Oregon Legislature

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The Capitol Building in Salem shown looking up at the gold man statue (pioneer) with blue sky in background.
Legislative records at the Archives originate at the Oregon Capitol. Many records are available online. This helps make state government more accessible and accountable to the citizens of Oregon.
Find more information on the Oregon Legislature's website: