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Genealogy Workshops

Check this space from time to time for announcements of upcoming workshops.

Local Resources for Genealogy

The Sonoma County Library Annex has bibliographies of family histories and county histories. Indexes to censuses, marriage records, military pensions, land records, tax lists, and ship passenger lists are available on microfilm, microfiche, and CD-ROM.

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society offers help on an individual basis to beginning and advanced genealogists on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Annex.

Research Databases at the Annex

  • GenealogyBank - Genealogy Library only
    Find birth announcements from small-town newspapers and other hard-to-find documentation of family history.
  • San Francisco Chronicle 1865-1922 - Genealogy Library only
    Search through the full text of early issues, and see exact copies of the articles as printed on the original pages of the Chronicle.
  • Ancestry - in Library only - Excellent source for vital records and other resources for genealogical research. Available at any branch of the Sonoma County Library. More information about Ancestry
  • HeritageQuest -  Available anywhere. Your Sonoma County Library library card is required for access from home. More information about HeritageQuest

Sonoma County Indexes Online

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society Publications page is your link to numerous online indexes, including: Family of hop pickers

  • 1890 Census Sonoma County, California (Reconstructed)
  • Sonoma County Cemetery Records, 1846-1921
  • Sonoma County Death Records, 1873-1905
  • Index to 1890 Great Register of Voters
  • Early Sonoma County Land Grants
  • Naturalization Records in Sonoma County, 1841-1906 and 1906-1930
  • Vital Data in Newspapers of Sonoma County