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 one online genealogy resources, and there are several free resources that may help you, too.

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.