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Research Services

Research 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. 

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 also has a few obituary files.

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

A private researcher can be hired to do more extensive research.