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The Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) subscribes to three genealogical databases:
If you need materials that are not owned by our library, our Interlibrary Loan Services may be able to locate them for you.
- Ancestry|Library Edition: is the largest collection of family history records on the Web, including census images from 1790-1930 and thousands of databases offering vital, military, land, court, Social Security Death Index and many other records. Available for in-library use at all FVRL branches.
- HeritageQuest: can be used to search the digital US Census records from 1790-1930. This database also contains the full-text of 25,000 family and local history books, and PERSI, an extensive index of genealogical periodicals. New content is being added regularly. Available at all library branches or outside via our Online Databases with an FVRL library card number.
- Sanborn Maps: chart the growth and development of cities and towns in Oregon and Washington. They were created for fire insurance purposes but are used today by genealogists to locate land parcels of the past. Available at all library branches or via our Online Databases with an FVRL library card number.
The following is a selected list of genealogical materials in our collection. Most of these titles are to be used in the library only. For other titles, locations and availability of the materials, please check our online catalog. (NW-R = Northwest Reference; R = Reference) The library also carries many how-to books on genealogical research as well as reference books.
1860, 1870, and 1880 Census of Klickitat County, Washington Territory
by Jean Allyn Smeltzer
NW-R 929.3797 SMELTZE
Camas Funeral Home Records, 1912-1943
compiled by Mildred Greening Piontek (1993)
NW-R 929.3797 CAMAS F
Census of Population (1920). Washington (State) [microform]
(different volumes are located at different library branches)
R 304.6097 CENSUS
Clark County, Washington, Marriages
(v. 1- 13 cover 1852 to 1923)
NW-R 929.3797 CLARK C
Clark County Death Records : 1891-1903
compiled by Colleen Bennett (1986)
NW-R 929.3797 BENNETT
Clark County Washington Cemetery Records
929.3797 CLARK v.1-6
Cowlitz County, Washington Probate Court Records, 1861-1907 : a comprehensive index
compiled and indexed by Charlotte Tadlock Hagle.
NW-R 929.3797 HAGLE
The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA, Obituary Index for 1970-1999
compiled by Jeffrey L. Elmer (2000)
NW-R 929.373 ELMER
Heads of families at the first census of the United States taken in the year 1790...
by United States. Bureau of the Census
R 929.37 UNITED (multiple volumes)
Passenger and immigration lists index (and supplements)
by P. William Filby (1981-1985)
R 929.373 FILBY (multiple volumes)
Skamania County, Washington census records--1860, 1870, 1880, 1885, 1887
compiled by Daphne Ramsay (1987)
NW-R 929.3797 RAMSAY
Washington census rolls [microform] Washington, state and territorial census, 1857-1892
(we only have part 1 which includes Adams, Asotin, Chehalis, Clallam, and Clark counties; part 10 which includes Klickitat, Lewis and Lincoln counties; part 15 which includes Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish and Spokane counties.)
R 304.6097 WASHING
Local and Regional Resources
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- Clark County Genealogical Society
- A wonderful site that lists CCGS library holding information, books published by CCGS, chat room, local genealogy classes and membership information. A must visit site for local genealogists and users who are researching genealogy for this area.
- Genealogical Forum of Oregon
- GFO is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1946. “The Forum maintains the largest genealogical collection between San Francisco and Seattle. The Forum publishes a variety of reference works and indices for Oregon and other Pacific Northwest locations”.
- National Archives and Records Administration: Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle)
- “Maintains retired records from Federal agencies and courts in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.” Many NW Region records of the kinds described in NARA above reside in this depository.
- United States Resources: Oregon
- List of useful web links for Oregon related genealogy research.
- United States Resources: Washington
- List of useful web links for Washington related genealogy research.
- Washington GenWeb
- A part of the USGenWeb Project for Washington State. It consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
General Internet Sites
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- A site devoted to African American genealogy and researching African American ancestry in Americas.
- One of the leading genealogy resources for family history. It offers several billion names in over 3,000 unique databases with new entries added constantly, including census information. A paid subscription is required to access these databases. The library subscription version of Ancestry is available at the Electronic Resources computers at all FVRL branches.
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
- A categorized and cross-reference index to more than 128,000 links of genealogical resources. It has more than 150 categories for browsing and searching.
- Search passenger records and crew names of ships that brought immigrants to Ellis Island.
- Site of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where the catalog can be searched for microfilm, books, and ancestral files.
- Hispanic, Central & South America, & the West Indies
- From Cyndi's List of Genealogy, catering to Spanish-speaking users.
- National Archives and Records Administration
- “NARA is an independent Federal agency that helps preserve our nation's history by overseeing the management of all Federal records”, which includes census data, patent land records, immigration records, and historical documents in its thirteen regional facilities.
- National Genealogical Society
- A society for genealogical researchers.
- National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC)
- Find tax lists, photographs, family histories and more at the Natuional Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
- “The site contains extensive interactive guides and numerous research tools for tracing family histories.” The WorldConnect Project contains more than 200 million ancestor names. The RootsWeb Surname List consists of a registry of over a million surnames submitted by more than 225,000 online genealogists.
- US GenWeb Project
- A volunteer based organization whose website provides quick links to resources in all 50 states, down to the county level. Some state and county sites include transcripts or images of records and indexing for obtaining copies.
- Where to Write for Vital Records
- An online publication to help you to find out where to write for vital records in the 50 states and other U.S. territories.
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- Maps, Gazetteers & Geographical Information
- A subset of Cyndi's List of Genealogy where a list of various maps are pulled together and linked from one place.
- U.S. Gazetteer
- A handy searchable database for used to identify places to view with the Tiger Map Server and obtain census data from the 1990 Census Lookup server.
- Using Maps in Genealogy
- Fact sheet from the United States Geological Survey.