The “Early Oregonians Database Index” was added to Ancestry.com in July. It contains more than 100,000 entries and includes both settlers and Native Americans who already lived in the Oregon Territory. The records start prior to 1850.
You can find the “Early Oregonians Database Index” online on Ancestry.com and also on the Oregon State Archives website at http://goo.gl/Qr9Rvw.
You can read more in an article by Hannah Hoffman in the Statesman Journal website at http://goo.gl/af4NIK. It is interesting to note the article states the price that Ancestry.com paid for the data. “Ancestry paid the state $1,500 for access to the database, said Layne Sawyer, manager of reference services. The company will make the database available to subscribers, but it is free on the Oregon Archives website for anyone who would like to use it.”
My thanks to newsletter reader Leslie Lawson for telling e about this great resource.