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Local History

Cedar Mill History – Discover the history of our area.

Local History Materials in our library catalog.

Obituary Index of the Hillsboro Argus – Local records courtesy of the Hillsboro Public Library.

Washington County History Resources from Oregon Heritage / Oregon Parks & Recreation Department

Community Oral History Project – Interviews focused on the immigration experiences of local families, hosted by Pacific University Archives. View all Cedar Mill audio podcasts.

Citizen Participation Organization (CPO) – Join with neighbors to learn about citizen involvement in local land use and livability issues in unincorporated Washington County. Meetings every 2nd Tuesday of the month (except August and December).

Library History Project

The library’s digital and oral history preservation project seeks to preserve documents and memories from the grassroots community library’s four decades of service in Washington County.

Genealogy Resources

Access the Ancestry Library* and HeritageQuest Online databases through the Washington County Library System.  *This resource only available for in library use.

The Oregon State Archives has online indexes available for genealogy research.  These include State and Territorial records by name as well as County records.  Records indexed include documents prior to statehood.

Historic Oregon Newspapers: hosted by the University Of Oregon Libraries. On this site you can search and access complete content for historic Oregon newspapers that have been digitized as part of the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program.

Request materials you need through Interlibrary Loan.