Crook County GenWeb

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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.

Crook County is situated in the geographic center of Oregon. It has been reduced from its original size of 8,600 square miles to 2,986 square miles by the creation of Jefferson County in 1914 and Deschutes County in 1916. The current boundaries were established in 1927. Crook County is bounded by Jefferson and Wheeler Counties to the north, Grant and Harney Counties to the east, and Deschutes County to the south and west.

In 1882 the Legislative Assembly established Prineville as the county seat. The voters confirmed the choice of Prineville, the only incorporated town in the county, in the 1884 general election. Prineville was named in honor of the town's first merchant, Barney Prine.

The first courthouse was a one story wooden structure at the corner of West 5th and Main Streets. In 1885 a two story wooden structure was built for $5,474. By 1905 this building was considered unsafe to store the county's records, and a $16,526 bid was accepted to erect a new, brick and stone courthouse. The building was completed in 1909, at a cost of $48,590, and remodeled in the early 1990s.

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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.

 Crook Death Certificate Images added 4 June 2014

22 Sept 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.


These web pages are dedicated to Rosalie Harnden, wife, genealogist and good friend. Rose was instrumental in creating the Crook Co. Genealogical Society in 1995 & 1996. She was a dedicated researcher who enjoyed the hunt. Here's to you Rose, may all your brick walls now be down!