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boxThe idea that would become The USGenWeb Project was born in March and April of 1996, when a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored.. read more

Oregon History

box Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. It is bordered on its west by the Pacific Ocean, on its north by Washington, on its south by California, on its east by Idaho, and on its southeast by Nevada. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon's northern boundary, and the Snake River delineates much of the eastern boundary. It is one of only three states of the contiguous United States to have a coastline on the Pacific Ocean.

Oregon was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before traders, explorers, and settlers arrived. An autonomous government was formed in the Oregon Country in 1843, the Oregon Territory was created in 1848, and Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859. Today, Oregon is the 9th largest and 27th most populous U.S. state. Its capital is Salem, the second most populous of its cities, with 160,614 residents (2013 estimate). With 609,456 residents (2013 estimate), Portland is the largest city in Oregon and ranks 29th in the U.S. Its metro population of 2,314,554 (2013 estimate) is 24th. The Willamette Valley in western Oregon is the state's most densely populated area, home to eight of the ten most populous cities.
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Per wikipedia's "History of Oregon":The history of Oregon, a U.S. state, may be considered in five eras: geologic history, inhabitation by native peoples, early exploration by Europeans (primarily fur traders), settlement by pioneers, and modern development. (click the above link to see the entire article)

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boxAmerica's first female governor served in Oregon three years before women in the state gained the right to vote. But history has largely forgotten her. That wasn?t an accident.

Calling the America of the early 20th century a ?man?s world? is an understatement.

In most of the country, women were not considered full citizens. The march toward women?s suffrage ? and the rights that came with it ? was slowly moving ahead. But setbacks were common.

In Oregon, women found themselves once again shut out of the larger political process. In the fall of 1908, the state?s male electorate dealt the suffragists one of the most resounding blows in their long battle for voting rights. Men overwhelmingly voted against granting suffrage to women. It was the movement?s fourth defeat since 1884.

Meanwhile, a young woman in the state?s capital was quietly making political history. On a Saturday morning in February 1909, Carolyn B. Shelton took a seat at the Oregon governor?s desk in Salem. She was the nation?s first female governor.

Read More on "The Governor Who Couldn't Vote" from Oregon Public Broadcast.

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Need help? Want to adopt a county? Contact the State Coordinator if you are interested in a county. We have several available, click here for listing. Here are the Oregon Adoption Requirements

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