Research requests

Research requests

Library staff are happy to help genealogists and other historians with their research projects. This includes finding obituaries, news articles, and other articles. We also provide access to several print and online genealogy resources.

Costs for services:

  • Research requests from Hood River County residents: Free
  • Research requests from out-of county residents: First 15 minutes are free; $30/hour thereafter, charged in 15-minute increments.
  • Digital copies/scans: Free
  • Print copies: $0.15/page
  • Mailing fee: $1.00 (waived if a self-addressed stamped envelope is received)

Obituary requests

Obituary requests can be sent to info@hoodriverlibrary.org (preferred) called in at 541-386-2535, or mailed to 502 State St., Hood River, OR 97031. Requests should include the following:

  • Full name of decedent, exact date of death, place of death
  • Your name and e-mail and/or phone number
  • Whether you want digital or print copies

Our patrons keep us busy, so library staff unfortunately will not search for obituaries without an exact death date.

Newspapers, yearbooks, and other materials

The Library District has access to the following resources:

  • Hood River Glacier, 1889-1933 (print and microfilm)
  • Hood River News, 1909-present (print and microfilm)
  • Cascade Locks/Bonneville Dam Chronicle, 1934-1939 (print and microfilm)
  • Hood River County (Daily) Sun, 1936-1952 (print and microfilm)
  • Miscellaneous yearbooks from the following schools: Cascade Locks High School, Hood River (Valley) High School, and Wy’East High School
  • Miscellaneous Polk City Directories for The Dalles/Hood River from 1992-present
  • Internment records for the following Hood River County cemeteries: Cascade Locks, County, Frankton, Jackson, Mt. Hood, Parkdale, Pine Grove Butte, Shelley, and Wyeth. Records may not be current.
  • Miscellaneous other Hood River County, Columbia Gorge, and Oregon books, periodicals, and other materials. Search our library catalog.

Requests for copies of newspaper articles can be sent to info@hoodriverlibrary.org (preferred) called in at 541-386-2535, or mailed to 502 State St., Hood River, OR 97031. Requests should include the following:

  • Approximate date of article, names of persons involved, subject, and/or location of event
  • Your name and e-mail and/or phone number
  • Whether you want digital or print copies

Our patrons keep us busy, so library staff unfortunately will not search for newspaper articles without an approximate date.

Electronic resources

The library subscribes to two online genealogy resources, and there are several free resources that may help you, too.

  • Ancestry Library Edition (requires library card; accessible in-library only)
    Access to more than 7 billion names in from than 4,000 genealogical sources including United States Census records, passenger lists, and records from several other countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany.
  • Find A Grave for Hood River County
    A limited list of the cemeteries and internments for Hood River County.
  • HeritageQuest Online (requires library card; accessible from home)
    Provides a collection of research materials for tracing family lineage and American culture. Includes more than 25,000 genealogies, local histories, primary source materials, and genealogical and local history publications. Accessible from home!
  • Historic Hood River
    Photoblog of digitized photographs from the History Museum of Hood River County
  • Historic Oregon Newspapers
    Digitized newspapers from the University of Oregon’s Oregon Digital Newspaper Program. Includes The Dalles Chronicle up through 1922, several Portland-area newspapers, and soon several Hood River County newspapers.
  • Hood River County GenWeb
    A collection of online resources for people researching relatives in Hood River County, including an active community of family historians who can assist in your research.
  • Vitals from the Hood River Glacier
    Various vital information appearing in the Hood River Glacier from 1889 through 1903. The newspaper published through 1933.

Other genealogy organizations in Hood River County

In addition to Hood River County Library District, there are several other organizations with an interest in genealogy in the area.