Research

Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition offers comprehensive resources for genealogical and historical research. Available at any Sonoma County Library branch.
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Primary source material from 296 archival collections covering topics of importance to U.S. and California history
California Digital Newspaper Collection
The California Digital Newspaper Collection contains over 400,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-1922, including the first California newspaper, the...
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Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 200,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political...
The Digital Public Library of America contains e-books, maps, pictures, and other digital library items from libraries, museums, and archives across the country.  No checkout required!  See below for...
FIMo - FIre Insurance Maps Online
User-friendly access to an extensive historical California map collection. High definition, color and gray-scale images display important historical details not visible on black and white map scans. ...
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This specialized database covers scientific and technological literature relating to food, beverages and nutrition. 
Genealogy Bank
For genealogy researchers. Small-town newspapers and other hard-to-find sources. 
HeritageQuest
What is HeritageQuest?The HeritageQuest databases include fully indexed and searchable, full-page online views of Census archives for the complete U.S.
What are Historical Magazine Archives from EBSCO?
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Patrons may use any image included on ImageQuest™ for personal non-commercial (not for...
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The International Wine Research Database (IWRDB) strives to be the most comprehensive bibliography of wine literature in the world. IWRDB began as a clippings file and periodicals index in the mid-...
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An online database housing magazine issues, images and maps produced by National Geographic.  The content includes the complete run of National Geographic magazine from 1888 to 2015 with over 7400...
Online Archive of California
The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries,...
Historical Newspapers
Search early issues and see exact copies of the articles as printed on the original pages of the Chronicle. Only available at the History and Genealogy Library.
Press Democrat, Apr 15, 1922
Scanned pages from Sonoma County newspapers. The collection includes clippings as well as entire pages, but does not yet include entire issues
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 Local History & Culture provides access to digitized images, documents and more that illuminate Sonoma County history and culture.
The New York Times
Access to New York Times regular newspaper content from 1851-1922 and 1981 to present.  For access to New York Times content from 1923-1980 see our New...
The New York Times
Access to New York Times regular newspaper content from 1851 to present.  For access to New York Times from inside the library see our New York Times -...
Historical New York Times
Search early issues and see exact copies of the articles as printed on the original pages of The New York Times.