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Local History

Local History Materials in our library catalog.

Cedar Mill history articles hosted by Cedar Mill News, and excerpts from the book Cedar Mill History by Linda Dodds and Nancy A. Olsen

Obituary Index of the Hillsboro Argus – Search a historical obituary index from the Hillsboro Argus from the late 1890s to 2018. Note: the index is not complete. More Hillsboro City history. 

Historic Newspapers of Washington County from the Oregon Digital Newspaper Project including Beaverton, Forest Grove, and Hillsboro and surrounding areas

Washington County History Resources from the Oregon Secretary Of State

Library 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 WCCLS (Washington County Cooperative Library System.)

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 including Beaverton, Forest Grove, and Hillsboro-area papers.

Request materials you need through Interlibrary Loan.

*Ancestry Library Edition is available from inside the library on a library computer or any wifi-enabled device.