Research and Look-Up Services
The Forum has a small volunteer staff who will search GFO resources for up to one hour for people who live outside the Portland area. The fee is $15 per half hour, ($15 minimum) and includes up to 15 emailed digital images or 5 printed and postal-mailed images.
One inquiry per request should be made. For instance: search for the death date of my ancestor; or copy the city directory listings of my ancestor; or search the Multnomah County Marriage Index for my ancestor. If you want extensive research, you will have to contact a private researcher.
Records available for research include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Portland City Directories, 1887 to 1985.
- Multnomah County Marriage Indexes (May 1875–1978). Marriages between 1920 and 1978 are not in our online index.
- Early Settlers File. Family group sheets submitted by members of early Oregon pioneer families. "Early" is considered to be before 1900.
- Portions of any book or microform found in our online catalog here.
The Forum does have a few obituary files. Otherwise, the Oregon Death Index may provide the death date and county of death. A private researcher can then be hired to obtain an obituary from newspapers on microfilm at either the Multnomah County Library or the Oregon Historical Society Library.
If you would like more information about our research services please click here.
Order a research request here, or mail it with payment to:
GFO - Research
2505 S.E. 11th Ave., Suite B-18
Portland, OR 97202-1061