Do you have a Multnomah County Library Card? Do you have internet access? Do you want to get some research done on your family tree? Then check out these databases available through the local library for free!
Genealogy resources can be accessed on the Multnomah County Library’s website at http://www.multcolib.org/ref/gene.html. (How sad is it that I have that address memorized? lol) Once you’re there, you will find the following databases:
- America’s Obituaries and Death Notices
Owned by NewsBank (who also owns Geneabank), this database is a collection of obituaries and death notices from newspapers across the United States. Each obituary/death notice is indexed by name, as well as the full text being searchable. Years covered vary from newspaper to newspaper. The Oregonian obits are available from 1988-present. Don’t miss out on other resources offered from this page, such as the recently updated Historical Oregonian (full issues, not just obits, February 04, 1861 – December 31, 1987 even though it says 1861-1972)
- Biography and Genealogy Master Index (BGMI)
The BGMI indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.
At HeritageQuest Online, you have access to the complete set of US Federal Census images from 1790-1930, 28,000 family and local histories, PERSI, selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, the records of Freedman’s Bank (1865-1874, organized to serve African-American’s), and the U.S. Serial Set.
- New York Times 1999-Present
Actually, this option takes you to ProQuest and searches not only the NYT, but also several other databases, including the LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Christian Science Monitor.
- Historical New York Times (1851-2005)
Another ProQuest search, the historical newspapers must be searched separately from the databases above. ProQuest currently has NYT issues from September 18, 1851 – December 31, 2007.
- The Oregonian (1987-present)
Offered through NewsBank, you can search full issues of The Oregonian from September 1, 1987-present.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of towns and cities in Oregon, Washington and California.
Most of these databases will request your library card number and PIN in order to access them. If you don’t know your PIN, try the last four of your phone number, or call the library. There are also many other resources listed on the library website; I have only listed the databases here.
If you don’t have a library card, you can get one for free at any branch of the Multnomah County Library IF you live in Multnomah, Washington, or Clackamas County, Oregon; Clark, Skamania or Klickitat County, Washington; or in the city of Woodland, Yale or Camas, Washington.