Oregon Trail

Years ago when I first started researching Mom’s family, the Kerbys,  it was disappointing to find no mention of them in Oregon Trail books and data bases. We always assumed that was how they came west.

Oregon Trail Certificate

Apparently only a small number of families who were part of that great migration have been documented. Oregon, Idaho and Washington state genealogy societies encourage descendants of western pioneers  to submit their family’s information for the records. Census information can be used to give proof of the journey.  In this case, the 1860 Federal Census for Missouri and the 1870 Federal Census for Oregon were used.  Birth and death certificates or obituaries  are good sources for documenting direct descent from your ancestor.

Wouldn’t a personalized Oregon Trail Certificate make a perfect gift for a child or grandchild studying Pacific Northwest history?