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Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library


Contact Information

E-mail:  E-mail a Librarian


Local History and Genealogy Annex
211 E Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Telephone:  707-545-0831 ext. 562

Hours:  Wednesday through Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm


Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The genealogical collection includes national and international reference materials and periodicals such as.

  • available on computers at all branches. Ancestry includes records from all the United States census, also military, court, land, probate, vital, church, directories, passenger lists and more.
  • Heritage Quest Online: US Census records 1790-1930, 22,000 books and family histories, PERSI Index, Revolutionary War, and Freedman Bank records. Database is available from a home computer with a library card.

Sonoma County and California sources

  • Sonoma County History Index of names, places, and events in thousands of local history books.
  • Sonoma County newspapers (Press Democrat): microfilm, 1857 to 1969
  • Sonoma County city directories 1874 – 1969
  • Photo collection of 35,000 Sonoma County images from 1800’s to 2000; over half already digitized and online.
  • California city directories 1874 – 1969

Sonoma County Genealogical Society publications

  • 1890 Census of Sonoma County
  • 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 1841-1930
  • Vital Data in Sonoma County Newspapers


Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library brochure (.pdf)

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

Similar Collections

  • Lake County Library, local history (Mauldin notes), newspapers 1863-now, vital records index 1863-1949.

Neighboring Collections



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