Funeral Card Friday: Pearl Mae Oak

Pearl Mae (Harrington) Oak died on 10 January 1976 at a Portland, Multnomah, Oregon hospital following a short illness. She was 92.

Pearl was born on 04 April 1883 in La Porte, La Porte, Indiana to Orlando and Amanda Harrington. On 21 December 1901, she married William Henry Oak in La Porte, Indiana.  The couple moved to Oregon in 1923. She enjoyed gardening and crocheting. Her husband passed in 1951.

She was survived by her son Clarence, three daughters, Margaret (C.G.) Fellows, Gertrude (John) Harris, and Lila (Bob) Larson, seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and her sister, Sylvia Guthu.

Services were held 13 January 1976 at Carroll Funeral Home, Gresham, Multnomah, Oregon, followed by interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Published in: on December 24, 2010 at 6:13 am  Leave a Comment  

Thrifty Thursday: Genealogical Forum of Oregon

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon, located in southeast Portland, houses one of the largest independent genealogy libraries on the west coast. The collection consists of approximately 10%  Oregon resources, with the other 90% being made up of regional, national and world wide resources. The library is open to the public 9:30-5 Monday -Thursday, 9:30-3 on Saturday, and noon-5 on Sunday. They are closed on Fridays. Admission for non-members is $7, except the first Monday of each month, when admission is free. Membership is $35 a year for individuals, and gets you free access to the library, as well as subscriptions to The Bulletin (quarterly which contains a free query section for members)  and The Insider (their newsletter – back issues can be viewed online), and the privilege of checking out books and periodicals from the library.

In addition to the library, the GFO has several searchable indexes available on their website:

  • Oregon Provisional Land Claims
  • Donation Land Claims
  • Early Settlers Forms
  • Multnomah County Marriages 1855-1910+
  • 1890 Veterans Census
  • Oregon Death Certificates 1903-1905 (they have paper copies)
  • Portland Death Certificates
  • Little Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home records
  • Multnomah County Probates
  • Multnomah County Naturalizations
  • Jackson County Funeral Cards
  • WWI Draft registration – Oregon
  • 23000+ Oregon Obituaries
  • Family Genealogies

Their library catalog is also available online. If you are outside the Portland area, the GFO has a small staff of volunteers who will perform up to one hour of research at the rate of $10 per half hour ($10 minimum), plus $0.25 per copy. They also offer monthly programs, which are free and open to the public on the second Saturday of the month, and feature a different speaker each month.  In addition, the GFO holds seminars twice a year. For more information, please check out their website at

Published in: on December 23, 2010 at 10:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Thrifty Thursday: Databases available through Multnomah County Library (Oregon)

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 (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.

  • Heritage Quest Online

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 Maps 1867-1970

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.

Published in: on December 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Funeral Card Friday – Oscar Palmer Guthu

In Memory of Oscar Palmer Guthu

Born: February 11, 1880    Died: May 15, 1964

Services in the Chapel of Carroll Funeral Home, Gresham, Oregon

May 18, 1964 10:00 am

Rev Fred King, Officiating; Mrs. A. Bishop, Organist; Mrs. F. King, Soloist

Private Interment, Sandy Cemetery, Sandy, Oregon

Published in: on December 17, 2010 at 9:35 am  Leave a Comment  

Treasure Chest Thursday – 1930s West Virginia Yearbooks

While digging through my grandmother’s closet yesterday, I came across a plastic tote containing what we believed to be my uncle’s yearbooks. Upon closer examination, however, I discovered that it also contained my grandfather’s yearbooks from Charleston, West Virginia. I am now the proud owner of the 1931 Charlestonian, the 1939 Charlestonian, and the 1936 Lincoln Junior High “Searchlight.”

My grandfather, Fred S Greybill, Jr, graduated high school in 1939. He graduated junior high in 1936. But the 1931 Charlestonian is a mystery to me. I’m not sure who it belonged to, as my grandfather was the oldest of all his siblings. He would have been 10 in 1931, so it’s definitely not his. I haven’t had a chance to go through the whole book yet (it’s in pretty bad shape, and three pieces), but hopefully I’ll find an answer as to why he had it.

Anyway, it looks like I’ve got some fun stuff took look through. And if you want me to check for any names, just let me know.

Published in: on December 16, 2010 at 12:46 pm  Comments (1)  

Wordless Wednesday: Guthu – Harrington Marriage Certificate

Published in: on December 15, 2010 at 6:15 am  Comments (1)  

Tombstone Tuesday – Ruby (Dodd) Loundree

Memory is one gift of God that death cannot destroy

Ruby Isabelle Dodd was born 17 Jan 1903 in Kenniston, Ward, North Dakota to Elkanah John and Elizabeth Ann (Somers) Dodd.  On 19 Oct 1923, she married Carl Dean Loundree in Vancouver, Clark, Washington. Ruby and Carl were my great-grandparents. They had one son, Junior Carl “Jude” Loundree.

Ruby was the first female postmaster in Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon. As of 1973 she was the only woman to have ever held that position.

On 15 Jul 1951, Ruby passed away from ovarian cancer. Her Oregon Journal Funeral Announcement, published on July 16, 1951 read Loundree, Ruby Isabelle, Sandy, OR July 15; beloved wife of Carl; mother of Carl Jr; sister of Mrs Elsie Danielson, Mrs Ellery McDougal, Mrs Edna Goheen, Mrs. Dell Larson, Mrs Stanley McDonald, Mrs Curtis Bacon, George and Wilbur Dodd.  Funeral Services Tuesday, July 17th at 2pm Chapel of Carroll’s Funeral Home, Gresham.  Interment Sandy, OR.

Published in: on December 14, 2010 at 10:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Mystery Monday – Greybill Children

One of the many mysteries in my family tree involves two children of John William Greybill and Tressie Gertrude Dodd (my gt-gt-grandparents.)

John and Tressie had a total of 11 children, all born in West Virginia. They were probably all born in Kanawha County.  John and Tressie were married on 09 Jun 1891 at the home of Tressie’s father, William Washington Dodd, in Putnam County, West Virginia.  On 1 Dec 1891 they had their first daughter, Ellen (or Ethel) J, in Kanawha County. Ethel was followed by Mary Maysel on 7 Apr 1893, James William on 28 Oct 1894, and Charles Carl on 09 Apr 1896.  It wasn’t until 13 Dec 1902 that Stanley Lewis was born, then Fred Staunton (Sr) on 03 Feb 1904, Harold about 1908, Mildred Irene on 15 Jul 1910, and John Franklin on 28 Dec 1914.

According to census records, Tressie had a child that was born and died before the 1900 census, and another that was born and died between the 1900 and 1910 censuses. I believe at least one of these children was born after Charles in 1896 and died before 1900. The other, I believe, was born either after 1900 and before Stanley in 1902, or in the gap between Fred (1904) and Harold (abt 1908) and died sometime before 1910.

I haven’t been able to find any birth or death record in the West Virginia Division of Culture & History online archive, but this doesn’t really surprise me, as I haven’t been able to find records for most of the children who I know existed.

If you’ve got any suggestions, I’d love to hear them! And if you’ve got unsolved mysteries, leave me a comment or a link to your blog. Who knows, maybe your mystery is in my tree.

Published in: on December 13, 2010 at 6:05 am  Comments (1)  

Sunday’s Obituary – Pearl Mae Harrington Oak 1883-1976

A TRIBUTE published in the pages of YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER Jan 10 1976

Memorial Obituary

Entered Into Eternal Rest Saturday, Jan 10, 1976

Pearl Oak

Pearl Mae Oak, Beavercreek, died Jan 10 at a Portland hospital following a short illness. She was 92.

Born Pearl Mar Harrington in La Porte, Indiana, she married William Henry Oak in that city on Dec. 21, 1901.

The couple moved to Oregon in 1923. She enjoyed gardening and crocheting. Her husband died in 1951.

Survivors include: a son, Clarence, Oregon City; three daughters, Mrs. C.G. (Margaret) Fellows, Portland, Mrs. John (Gertrude) Harris, Gresham; and Mrs. Bob (lila) Larson, Beavercreek; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Sylvia Guthu, Sandy.

Services were Jan. 13 at Carroll Funeral Home, Gresham, followed by interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Sunday’s Obituary – if you have obituaries of family members and ancestors, consider posting them along with other information about that person as part of Sunday’s Obituary. This is an ongoing series developed by Leslie Ann at Ancestors Live Here.

Published in: on December 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Surname Saturday – Loundree

My maiden name is Loundree. I can trace the name back through 6 generations, and then I hit my brick wall:

  • 1st gen: Tara C Loundree b. 1977 in Oregon
  • 2nd gen: Larry Dean Loundree b. 14 Sep 1948 Portland, Multnomah, Oregon d. 20 Sep 1999 Zig Zag, Clackamas, Oregon
  • 3rd gen: Junior Carl “Jude” Loundree b. 04 Apr 1924 Oregon City, Clackamas, Oregon d. 11 May 1980 Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon
  • 4th gen: Carl Dean Loundree b. 08 Nov 1904 Independence, Polk, Oregon d. 17 Oct 1985 Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon
  • 5th gen: Joseph Carl Loundree (Jr) b. 14 Jan 1871 Balsam Lake, Polk, Wisconsin d. 31 Mar 1938 Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon
  • 6th gen: Joseph Loundree/Laundree (Sr) b. abt 1820 in “Upper Canada” d. 22 Jun 1910 Independence, Polk, Oregon

Joseph Loundree Sr is also frequently recorded as Joseph Laundree. He immigrated from Canada to Wisconsin about 1854, and married a Native American woman named Sophia. They had three children, all born in Polk County, Wisconsin: Elizabeth (Jan 1860, St Croix), Josephine (Apple River, 1865) and Joseph. Joseph Sr’s naturalization paperwork was filed in Polk County, Wisconsin in 1870. It stated that his Declaration of Intent was filed in Marathon County, Wisconsin in 1854, but this record has not been found. Joseph and family are recorded on the 1860 Census in Polk County, Wisconsin. Before that, his whereabouts remain unknown.

It is known that his native language was French, and he frequently listed his birthplace as Upper Canada. Various records put his birth between 1818-1825, with Apr 1820 being the most common. Other than Joseph’s descendants, I have not been able to locate any other relatives. It is a tradition in my family that the surname is French, and was originally spelled Loundré, but we have no proof of this.

Published in: on December 11, 2010 at 6:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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