Lincoln County Historical Society

Lincoln County GenWeb

Lincoln County USGenWeb

Newport, Oreogon 

USGenWeb was established in 1996 by a group of genealogists who shared a desire to create online centers for genealogical research. USGenWeb is a free site ran by volunteers dedicated to providing genealogical resources.  Lincoln County Oregon GenWeb is hosted by Jeanette Harper.

The Society focuses on the same goals established early by its members: to preserve, publish, and educate. The Society maintains two historic structures, the Burrows House and the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center on Newport’s historic Bayfront, as well as the Log Cabin Research Library. The Society preserves the state’s largest collection of artifacts from Oregon’s central coast. 
Lincoln County GenWeb
Lincoln County Historical Society

Benton County Genealogical Society

Polk County Historical Society

Rickreal, Oregon

Philomath, Oregon

The Benton County Genealogical Society was established in 1971 as the Mid-Valley Genealogical Society.
The name was changed to the Benton County Genealogical Society in 1996. Purposes of the Society: To assist each other in genealogical research through association, inspiration, and mutual exchange and interaction.

The Polk County Historical Society is headquartered at the Polk County Museum in Rickreal, OR. The historical society also maintains the historical Brunk House in Dallas, OR. Although Polk County Historical Society has a small library inside the museum and holds surnames files on early residents of Polk County. 
Benton County Genealogical Society
Polk County Historical Society

North Lincoln County Historical Museum 

Waldport Heritage Museum

Lincoln City, Oregon

Waldport, Oregon 

In addition to the museum, the Alsi Genealogical Society has amassed a multitude of resources for local genealogical research. Land records, school records, photographs, newspapers, records, books, articles, and maps are available.   
The North Lincoln County Historical Museum was founded in 1987 through the initiative and hard work of The North Lincoln County Pioneer and Historical Association. Beginning with one hundred and ten charter members in a small storefront, NLCHM now has a permanent home, a small staff, and a dedicated group of volunteers.
North Lincoln County Historical Museum
Waldport Heritage Museum

Little Log Church 

Yaquina Pacific Railroad
Historical Society and Museum



For 75 years, the Little Log Church has been a landmark in the village of Yachats, Oregon. This rustic structure, built in the shape of a cross, was completed and dedicated in 1930. The timber was logged locally, hauled down the Yachats River. ​​

A museum annex was added in 1997 to house local historical artifacts along with local art and literature. Among the exhibits are the wedding dress of a local resident’s ancestor, military uniforms, shells and other interesting items.

“YPRHS is dedicated to educating the public on the historical and present impact of the economic development of the railroad, its people and its machinery in Lincoln County through preservation, interpretation, and restoration."

"The museum is located 7 miles east of Newport in the town of Toledo, Oregon. The museum features local train history and artifacts, historical train cars, a wooden caboose and a steam locomotive. There is even a 1923 Southern Pacific Railroad Post Office (RPO) car that you can tour. The interior furnishings of the mail car were completely stripped out when the Historical Society acquired it. It has since been restored with original fixtures and mail bags."
Little Log Church 
Yaquina Pacific Historical Society 

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians ​​

The Oregon Encyclopedia

Siletz Indian Tribe History and Bibliography

Lincoln City History

"Until recently, there was a general lack of accurate, comprehensive and readily available resources on the history, culture, and lifeways of the members of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and their ancestors." (excerpt from their site)
Oregon's history and culture are dynamic, and the Encyclopedia is designed to expand and grow as new material is developed and new web-based features are created. Through its website and in communities and classrooms across the state, The Oregon Encyclopedia will be the authoritative and creative resource on all things Oregon—a substantive and lasting recognition of the state's sesquicentennial." (excerpt from their site)
Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians
The Oregon Encylopedia
Siletz Indian  Census Rolls 1885-1940
Siletz Indian Census Rolls  1909-1925

Oregon Coast Bibliography​​

Oregon Tribes and Languages

A listing, by author, of books on subjects relating to the Oregon Coast.
Welcome to our Oregon State Facts section, part of an educational project designed to provide information about indigenous people in different U.S. states. 
Oregon History Project

Oregon Indian Tribes

Oregon Maps Online​​

January 24, 2014

GIS Data & Resources -Maps and GIS Resources: State of Oregon, Native American Tribes
Oregon historical maps with interactive overlays. 
Links to Oregon Tribal GIS- U of O
Oregon Maps Online
Two Years in Oregon by Wallis Nash gives descriptions of Oregon in 1881, including some local areas (e.g., Newport, Corvallis). It looks like if you have the right e-reader, you can download drawings also. 
READ HERE:  Two Years in Oregon
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
"A piece of Oregon history sits atop a bluff at the mouth of the Yaquina River. It is the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, built in 1871 and decommissioned in 1874. It was officially restored as a privately maintained aid to navigation on December 7, 1996.
It is believed to be the oldest structure in Newport. It is also the only existing Oregon lighthouse with the living quarters attached, and the only historic wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places."(

Yaquina Bay
Light House 
Ghost Stories
GENEALOGY PHOTO ARCHIVE: The founder of this Archive, Joe Bott, is of German descent. His great-great-grandfather lived during the reign of Frederick III. Trace your roots for FREE with this searchable database containing thousands of identified and mystery photos for genealogy enthusiasts looking for long-lost family. Anyone who finds a photo of a direct ancestor that is owned by the archive will receive the photo for free.
An old proverb states that "the eyes are the windows into the soul." A genealogy corollary is that "a photo is a window into the lives of your ancestors."

It is important to a complete research that one attempts to understand the environment that surrounds our ancestors' lives if one wants to truly appreciate what they went through. So not only are portraits and candid photos important, but photos of their surroundings can be very useful to your genealogy research.

So where can they be found? Obviously, the best resource is our own photo albums and those that our relatives possess. But what about other resources? How about online yearbooks, gravestone photos or Navy Cruise books? Many archives, historical societies, libraries, and genealogical societies have collections of old photos. And in the past few years, there has been a massive movement towards making these historical photo collections available online. Some have search capabilities where you can actually put in a surname or a location, name of a building or historical event and find what is available.


Don't toss out those old photos! If you have pre-1960 photos of people or places of Lincoln or nearby counties,  we would love to take them off your hands! Or, if you have some that you would just like to digitally share, please contact us. 

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Yachats Then and Now

This video was created by Mr. and Mrs Leigh Green as a historical perspective of Yachats, Oregon
Yachats Then and Now


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