- Analyze diaries from his hometown.
- Follow the path and his final settlement to determine his passage.
- Track Military Forts' activities along the route. The military controlled the trails, and would detain small groups travel for safety. This may have delayed your pioneers trip.
9 Helpful links:
- One of our favorite websites: Oregon - California Trails Association holds over 48 thousand pioneers in their database.
- The Oregon Genealogical Society and Idaho Genealogical Society have a listing of names in their Pioneer Certificate programs.
- For FAQs, visit the Bureau of Land Management Website
- For a list of Oregon Trail Historic Sites visit Legends of America http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-oregontrail.html
- The Oregon Territory and Its Pioneers
- Oregon Trail Histories
- Oregon State Archives. This can be most helpful when looking for land records.
- The ancestry.com California, Pioneer and Immigrant Files, 1790-1950 database holds 10,000 records with biographical information about pioneers who arrived in California before 1860.
- Find A Grave, Along The Oregon Trail Cemetery Tombstone project.