Tillamook Co. Pioneer Museum Library
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||The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Library contains well over 3,000 volumes, with 20% of the collection devoted to genealogy.
The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Library is open for use Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, closed Mondays and major holidays. Open on Saturday by appointment.
We invite and encourage you to visit the Library and enjoy its
link to Tillamook County's historic past. To best serve those
interested in doing research an appointment is required. Please
call 503-842-4553 in advance of your visit.
Outline of the variety of Genealogical Information available:
Family Files: Separate filings on individuals who have lived in Tillamook County. Files may include family photos, newspaper clippings, obituaries, family genealogy, etc.
Oral Histories: Approximately 300 cassette tapes of oral interviews with Tillamook County residents containing information about their families, businesses and life in Tillamook County.
Cemetery Records: All cemeteries in Tillamook County up to 1980 with maps of the plots.
Census Records: Tillamook County records for 1854, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Plus a few other Oregon Counties for those years.
Marriage Records: Tillamook County records from 1862 to 1910.
Obituaries: From the Headlight Herald Newspaper. Current from 1961.
Yearbooks: Tillamook County High Schools, miscellaneous years since 1908.
Phone Books: Tillamook County Cities - most since 1929.
City and Rural Directories: Various Tillamook County directories 1916, 1936, 1963, 1968-1976.
Newspapers on microfilm: Tillamook Headlight and Tillamook Herald, 1888-1932. Cloverdale papers 1909-1942, plus other miscellaneous papers.
Oregon State Death Records on microfilm: 1903 to 1970, includes name, county of death, date of death. Includes spouses' names on some.
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Oregon Historical Quarterlies and Indexes: 1900 to present.
Genealogical Helper: 1964 to 1992; Second Boat: 1980 to present.
Genealogical Forum Bulletin: Miscellaneous from 1972 to 1991.
Plus many other miscellaneous bulletins from Historical Societies.
Photos: In addition to those displayed in the museum, we have numerous photos of early Tillamook families, homes, businesses and scenery. These can be reproduced for a fee.
Subject files: Various files of Tillamook County newspaper clippings by subject.
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The purpose of the Family Files is to preserve family origin, descent, and relationship to Tillamook County and to honor the memory of our ancestors. Tillamook County family historians are encouraged to share copies of their family histories with the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum for inclusion in the Family Files.
The Library maintains these files for family history preservation and as a resource for genealogical research.
Examples of the types of information that may be found in the files are:
- Genealogy charts such as Family Sheets, Pedigrees, and Lineages.
- Family biographical information and unpublished family books.
- Transcribed oral histories.
- Cemetery records, grave locations and funeral information. (Obituaries from local newspapers are indexed and kept in a separate file.)
- Bible, baptismal, and other religious records.
- Photographs and document-type memorabilia.
- Military records.
- Occupational records.
- Legal/vital records for Land, Marriage, Birth, Death, Divorce and so forth.
- Correspondence from researchers.
The Family Files are arranged alphabetically by family surname in file drawers in the Museumís Library. Future plans are to include them in the Library Catalog program.
Individuals are encouraged to use the Family Files resource either in person or by completing a Research Request Form. Requests should be submitted to Ruby Fry-Matson by email at email@example.com, use the Request Form below, or mail to: Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, 2106 Second Street, Tillamook, OR 97141. Our standard research charge is
$30 per hour. No charge will be made for staff work requiring less than Ĺ hour - such as quick lookups or copies from our obituary database. Donations to the Library are always greatly appreciated.
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Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Family Files Request Form
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TCPM Obituary Index:
Covering the years 1955 - 2012
The source of this index is a file of obituary clippings that have been taken from various newspapers. The file is maintained by the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. If you know of corrections that should be made, or want additional information or copies of the original obituary, please e-mail Ruby Fry-Matson at
The Obituary Index contains the following information: last name, first name, middle initial, date of death, year of death, date of birth, year of birth, place of birth, spouse name, maiden name, father's name, mother's name. Not all information is available for every obituary. There may be more than one obituary listing for a particular individual. This may occur because an obituary was printed in more than one newspaper, or a corrected obituary was printed by a newspaper. No corrections or modifications were made to names, dates, places, etc. They appear in the Index as they were printed in the newspaper.
To Search the Obituary Index:
Use the FIND feature in your browser [usually found under the Edit pull-down menu] or 'CTRL F' to move to the first occurrence of your search term in this page. Your search term may occur once or many times in a single page. Use the FIND or CTRL F feature again to move to subsequent occurrences of your search term in the page.
The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Obituary Index may not be reprinted or used in any format commercially for sale or profit.
The Obituary Index:
The Obituary Index has been divided alphabetically (by last name) into separate files for faster loading, viewing and searching. The Index was last updated on
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To Request Information:
If you would like a Hardcopy of any of the Obituaries we have listed, please fill out the following Request Form.
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Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Obituary Request Form
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