And in the beginning,
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About Crook County
Routes over the Cascades were difficult to find and traverse, thus delaying development in the area until access was more developed. The first effort was in 1862 when a supply train with cattle crossed the Scott Trail. This was also the first group of non-natives to spend the winter in central Oregon. The discovery and development of the Santiam Pass in the 1860s made development of the area much easier. The economy of the county is based on agriculture and forestry. Agriculture is supported by the development of irrigation districts, which permits the raising of hay, grain, mint, potatoes, and seed.
Crook County was established on October 24, 1882. It was created from the southern part of Wasco County and named after U.S. Army Major-General George Crook, a hero of the Snake Indian Wars. More...
What you will find here
From this site, you will find some county information, queries, obituaries and other miscelanious information. I did not include information on cemeteries here as Find A Grave has all the Crook Co. cemeteries listed with pictures and information easily searchable. Also, the Crook Co. Cemetery Dist. is on line for the cemeteries they maintain.
29 Jan 2017 Added new submitted obituary to Obituary page.
17 February 2015 Added 1890 Military Census Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, and Widows, etc.
14 Dec 2015 updated links on History page
1 Nov. 2015 Crook Death Certificate Images additional 1903-1915 certs now available.
2 Dec 2014 updated Obits page.
3 December 2014, updated the Crook County Coroner's reports listing.
There are a few volunteers to help look up information. Take a tour. Plan a genealogy visit.
About Crook's Coordinator
Like so many others, I got involved in genealogy in 1989 after the deaths of my grandmothers. With the advancements with the internet I began doing online research and discovered the USGenWeb Project in 1997. When Crook Co. came up for adoption in Nov 1997, I jumpped at the chance to be able to give back to others.
If you have questions on this site, please contact me, Jan Bony by clicking on my name. I also maintain web pages for DeschuteGenWeb, WheelerGenWeb, HarneyGenWeb and ORGenWeb. I do not live in Crook County any more, so am unable to look up information. If you would like to donate your family information or have a query, please feel free to contact me. Also, if you live in Prineville or the area and are willing to do lookups, please contact me. Thank you.
Courtesy of Bowman Museum