Welcome to the new Sweet Home Genealogical Society website. Please remember that this website will never be 'done'. WE ARE ADDING MORE CONTENT SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK.
The local newspaper, The New Era, has been indexed by our Society for not just the obituaries, but also the marriages, anniversaries, births, and military information. We will be adding this information to the site. Obituaries for the years 1930-1971 are searchable by going to the "Area Deaths" button. More years will be added in the coming days.
There are several more cemeteries in the area that we will be adding to our site. We are working with the various cemetery associations to update our listings and have the most accurate available records. As the weather permits, we will be taking pictures of the headstones in these cemeteries as well.
Our Society is in the unique position of owning our building. We are able to set the hours to fit our needs. We are currently open Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm, Thursday and Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. You can also request a special time by calling our Society at 541-367-5034. For out of the area visitors we can open earlier or close later depending on the need. We have monthly meetings on the third Saturday of each month, except July and August, at 1:00 p.m. Our December meeting is a Social time, with no business conducted except to draw the names of the winners of our Raffle Baskets.
Sweet Home is located in the western part of Oregon in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, in Linn County, at the junction of U.S. Highway 20 and State Highway 228. Sweet Home is the site of the Oregon Jamboree, a country music festival.
The covered bridges pictured on this site are a few from our area.
ABOUT LINN COUNTY:
Linn County was created in 1847 and named for U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn of Missouri, who was the author of the Donation Land Act, which provided free land to settlers in the West. Linn County is in the center of the Willamette Valley, with the Willamette River as its western boundary and the crest of the Cascades as its eastern boundary. The climate and soil conditions provide one of Oregon’s most diversified agriculture areas, allowing a wide variety of specialty crops and leading the nation in the production of common and perennial ryegrass. Linn County is also home to major producers of rare and primary metals, processed food, manufactured homes and motor homes as well as the traditional logging and wood products industries. ( www.linn.or.us/visitus)
The estimated population of Linn County in 2011 was 116,672, while the population of the State was 3,831,074. Linn County area in square miles is 2,290.13, while the State is 98,988.01 square miles.
Please check us out and return often as new content will be added several times a week.