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Our Genealogy Helper for Portland ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Portland (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Portland. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Portland is primarily located in Multnomah County and is the County Seat. A portion of Portland extends into Clackamas County and Washington County.

To see how the shape of Oregon's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Multnomah County: Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Washington, Clark (WA) & Skamania (WA).

Below are the counties that are near Portland. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Portland:

  • Multnomah County     (The home county of Portland)
    • Laurelhurst [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laurelhurst
      • Laurelhurst [Multnomah County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laurelhurst
    • Hillsdale [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillsdale
      • Hillsdale [Multnomah County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillsdale
    • Montavilla [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montavilla
      • Montavilla [Multnomah County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montavilla
    • Vanport City [Multnomah County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vanport City
      • Vanport City [Multnomah County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Portland
    • Maywood Park [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maywood Park
      • Maywood Park [Multnomah County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 852 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maywood Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maywood Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Maywood Park<3>
    • Hazelwood [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hazelwood
      • Hazelwood [Multnomah County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hazelwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hazelwood
    • Rockwood [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockwood
      • Rockwood [Multnomah County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockwood
    • Gresham [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gresham
      • Gresham [Multnomah County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 110,031 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gresham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gresham
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gresham<3>
    • Burlington [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burlington
      • Burlington [Multnomah County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burlington
    • Fairview [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairview
      • Fairview [Multnomah County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,450 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fairview have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairview
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairview<3>
    • Wood Village [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wood Village
      • Wood Village [Multnomah County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,081 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wood Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wood Village
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wood Village<3>
    • Powell Valley [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Powell Valley
      • Powell Valley [Multnomah County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Powell Valley
  • Clackamas County
    • Milwaukie [Clackamas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milwaukie
      • Milwaukie [Clackamas County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,046 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milwaukie
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Milwaukie<3>
    • Lake Oswego [Clackamas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Oswego
      • Lake Oswego [Clackamas County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,821 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Oswego have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Oswego
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake Oswego<3>
    • Oak Grove [Clackamas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Grove
      • Oak Grove [Clackamas County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oak Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Grove
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oak Grove<3>
    • Christie [Clackamas County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Christie
      • Christie [Clackamas County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Portland
    • Marylhurst [Clackamas County]
    • Oatfield [Clackamas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oatfield
      • Oatfield [Clackamas County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oatfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oatfield
    • Jennings Lodge [Clackamas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jennings Lodge
      • Jennings Lodge [Clackamas County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jennings Lodge
    • Rivergrove [Clackamas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rivergrove
      • Rivergrove [Clackamas County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 318 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rivergrove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rivergrove
    • Clackamas [Clackamas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clackamas
      • Clackamas [Clackamas County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clackamas have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clackamas
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clackamas<3>
    • Happy Valley [Clackamas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Happy Valley
      • Happy Valley [Clackamas County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,781 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Happy Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Happy Valley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Happy Valley<3>
    • Johnson City [Clackamas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Johnson City
      • Johnson City [Clackamas County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 627 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Johnson City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Johnson City
    • Gladstone [Clackamas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gladstone
      • Gladstone [Clackamas County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,418 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gladstone
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gladstone<3>
  • Columbia County
    • Scappoose [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scappoose
      • Scappoose [Columbia County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,618 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scappoose
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scappoose<3>
    • Warren [Columbia County]
    • Saint Helens [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Helens
      • Saint Helens [Columbia County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,071 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Helens have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Helens
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Helens<3>
    • Columbia City [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Columbia City
      • Columbia City [Columbia County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,026 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Columbia City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Columbia City<3>
    • Deer Island [Columbia County]
    • Vernonia [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vernonia
      • Vernonia [Columbia County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,295 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vernonia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vernonia<3>
    • Prescott [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prescott
      • Prescott [Columbia County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 63 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prescott have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prescott
  • Hood River County
    • Cascade Locks [Hood River County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cascade Locks
      • Cascade Locks [Hood River County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,155 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cascade Locks have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cascade Locks
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cascade Locks<3>
  • Marion County
    • Butteville Station [Marion County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Butteville Station
      • Butteville Station [Marion County] was located 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Portland
    • Butteville [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Butteville
      • Butteville [Marion County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Butteville
    • Aurora [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aurora
      • Aurora [Marion County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,039 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Aurora have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aurora
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Aurora<3>
    • Donald [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Donald
      • Donald [Marion County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,064 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Donald have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Donald
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Donald<3>
    • Champoeg [Marion County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Champoeg
      • Champoeg [Marion County] was located 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
    • Hubbard [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hubbard
      • Hubbard [Marion County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,595 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hubbard
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hubbard<3>
    • Saint Paul [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Paul
      • Saint Paul [Marion County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 458 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Paul
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Paul<3>
    • Woodburn [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodburn
      • Woodburn [Marion County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 26,175 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodburn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodburn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Woodburn<3>
    • Gervais [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gervais
      • Gervais [Marion County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,774 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gervais have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gervais
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gervais<3>
    • Mount Angel [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Angel
      • Mount Angel [Marion County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,650 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Angel
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Angel<3>
    • Scotts Mills [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scotts Mills
      • Scotts Mills [Marion County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 396 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scotts Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scotts Mills
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scotts Mills<3>
    • Brooks [Marion County]
  • Washington County
    • Raleigh Hills [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Raleigh Hills
      • Raleigh Hills [Washington County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Raleigh Hills
    • West Slope [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Slope
      • West Slope [Washington County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Slope have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Slope
    • Cedar Hills [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Hills
      • Cedar Hills [Washington County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Hills
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cedar Hills<3>
    • Beaverton [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beaverton
      • Beaverton [Washington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 98,957 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beaverton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beaverton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Beaverton<3>
    • Metzger [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Metzger
      • Metzger [Washington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Metzger have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Metzger
    • Cedar Mill [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Mill
      • Cedar Mill [Washington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Mill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cedar Mill<3>
    • Marlene Village [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marlene Village
      • Marlene Village [Washington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marlene Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marlene Village
    • Bethany [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bethany
      • Bethany [Washington County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bethany
    • Oak Hills [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Hills
      • Oak Hills [Washington County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oak Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Hills
    • Tigard [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tigard
      • Tigard [Washington County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 56,049 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tigard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tigard
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tigard<3>
    • Aloha [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aloha
      • Aloha [Washington County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Aloha have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aloha
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Aloha<3>
    • Durham [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Durham
      • Durham [Washington County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,908 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Durham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Durham
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Durham<3>
  • Yamhill County
    • Newberg [Yamhill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newberg
      • Newberg [Yamhill County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,982 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Newberg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newberg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Newberg<3>
    • Dundee [Yamhill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dundee
      • Dundee [Yamhill County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,320 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dundee have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dundee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dundee<3>
    • Cove Orchard [Yamhill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cove Orchard
      • Cove Orchard [Yamhill County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cove Orchard
    • Yamhill [Yamhill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yamhill
      • Yamhill [Yamhill County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,172 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yamhill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Yamhill<3>
    • Carlton [Yamhill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carlton
      • Carlton [Yamhill County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,185 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carlton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carlton<3>
    • Dayton [Yamhill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dayton
      • Dayton [Yamhill County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,753 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dayton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dayton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dayton<3>
    • Lafayette [Yamhill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lafayette
      • Lafayette [Yamhill County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,258 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lafayette
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lafayette<3>
    • McMinnville [Yamhill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McMinnville
      • McMinnville [Yamhill County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 35,185 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on McMinnville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for McMinnville<3>
    • Hopewell [Yamhill County]
    • Amity [Yamhill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amity
      • Amity [Yamhill County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,722 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Amity have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amity
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Amity<3>
  • Clark County (WA)
    • Vancouver [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vancouver
      • Vancouver [Clark County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 186,192 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vancouver
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vancouver<3>
    • Minnehaha [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Minnehaha
      • Minnehaha [Clark County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Minnehaha have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minnehaha
    • Cascade Park West [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cascade Park West
      • Cascade Park West [Clark County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cascade Park West
    • Hazel Dell [Clark County]
    • Walnut Grove [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walnut Grove
      • Walnut Grove [Clark County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Walnut Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walnut Grove
    • Cascade Park East [Clark County]
    • Lake Shore [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Shore
      • Lake Shore [Clark County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Shore have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Shore
    • Barberton [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Barberton
      • Barberton [Clark County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Barberton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barberton
    • Five Corners [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Five Corners
      • Five Corners [Clark County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Five Corners have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Five Corners
    • Mill Plain [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mill Plain
      • Mill Plain [Clark County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mill Plain have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mill Plain
    • Felida [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Felida
      • Felida [Clark County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Felida have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Felida
    • Homan [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Homan
      • Homan [Clark County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Homan
  • Cowlitz County (WA)
    • Woodland [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodland
      • Woodland [Cowlitz County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,548 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Woodland<3>
    • Ariel [Cowlitz County]
    • Kalama [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kalama
      • Kalama [Cowlitz County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the north of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,844 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kalama
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kalama<3>
    • Carrolls [Cowlitz County]
  • Skamania County (WA)
    • Cruzatt [Skamania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cruzatt
      • Cruzatt [Skamania County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cruzatt
    • North Bonneville [Skamania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Bonneville
      • North Bonneville [Skamania County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,005 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Bonneville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for North Bonneville<3>
    • Stevenson [Skamania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stevenson
      • Stevenson [Skamania County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,627 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stevenson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stevenson<3>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Portland, see our County-by-County Page for Portland.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Portland ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 263 newspapers that have been published in the area around Portland.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Portland. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Portland and those printed in the larger area surrounding Portland.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 8 miles [12.9 km] of Portland.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Portland:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Oregon
    • Stories from Washington

Cemeteries Near Portland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Portland.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Portland covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Portland had a population of 62,046 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Portland had a population of 656,751 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Portland, with the one closest to Portland listed first.

  • Portland [Multnomah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portland
    • Portland [Multnomah County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Portland
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 62,046 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 656,751 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Portland had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Portland<3>
  • East Portland [Multnomah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Portland
    • East Portland [Multnomah County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the east of Portland
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 10,532 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, East Portland had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Portland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Portland
  • Albina [Multnomah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Albina
    • Albina [Multnomah County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Portland
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 5,129 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Albina had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Albina have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Albina
  • Sylvan [Multnomah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sylvan
    • Sylvan [Multnomah County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Portland
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Sylvan had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sylvan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sylvan
  • South Portland [Multnomah County] - Historic
    • While South Portland was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Portland
    • South Portland [Multnomah County] was located 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Portland
    • From the 1895 Atlas, South Portland had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Portland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Bertha [Multnomah County] - Historic
    • While Bertha was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bertha
    • Bertha [Multnomah County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Portland
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bertha had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bertha have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Continue List ...
    • Hillsdale [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillsdale
      • Hillsdale [Multnomah County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hillsdale had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillsdale
    • Fulton [Multnomah County] - Historic
      • While Fulton was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fulton
      • Fulton [Multnomah County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Fulton had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fulton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Sellwood [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sellwood
      • Sellwood [Multnomah County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Sellwood had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sellwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sellwood
    • Woodstock [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodstock
      • Woodstock [Multnomah County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Portland
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Woodstock had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodstock have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodstock
    • University Park [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for University Park
      • University Park [Multnomah County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Portland
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, University Park had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for University Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on University Park
    • Garden Home [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garden Home
      • Garden Home [Washington County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Garden Home had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Garden Home have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Garden Home
    • West Portland [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Portland
      • West Portland [Multnomah County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, West Portland had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Portland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Portland
    • Milwaukie [Clackamas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milwaukie
      • Milwaukie [Clackamas County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Portland
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 489 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,046 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Milwaukie had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milwaukie
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Milwaukie<3>
    • Montavilla [Multnomah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montavilla
      • Montavilla [Multnomah County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Montavilla had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montavilla

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Portland. See our List of 1890's Communities around Portland.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Portland ...

While our initial data about Portland came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Portland in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Portland.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Portland:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Portland in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Portland for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Portland. See our Misc Page for Portland for more information.

Railroad Mentions of Portland:

The following mentioned Portland as a scheduled stop:

City of Portland: From Union Pacific's timetable for the defunct City of Portland (train schedule from 1936). The City of Portland travelled between Chicago (IL) and Portland (OR)

Empire Builder: From Great Northern's timetable for the defunct Empire Builder (train schedule from 1947). The Empire Builder travelled between Chicago (IL) and Seattle (WA)

Idahoan: From Union Pacific's timetable for the defunct Idahoan (schedule from 1951). The Idahoan travelled between Chicago (IL) and Seattle (WA)

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Oregon

About Multnomah County

About Oregon

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Portland: www.portlandonline.com/

The official website for Multnomah County: www.co.multnomah.or.us/

The official website for State of Oregon: https://www.oregon.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Portland) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Portland. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PortlandOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portland. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.5219, Longitude: -122.6855    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Portland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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