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Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library

Santa Rosa, California

The Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library is a part of the central Sonoma County Library located in Santa Rosa California. The library system includes twelve branch libraries in the greater Santa Rosa area. In 2002 the growing collection of local genealogical and history was moved to a separate building. The library’s genealogical collections extend beyond the local level and include national and international reference materials and periodicals.

Contact Information
Sonoma Country History and Genealogy Library (The Annex)
211 E Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 545-0831 ext 562

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

Local Genealogical Information

Sonoma County History Index: A detailed index to names, places, and events contained in several thousand local history books. The database is searchable online by name, place, event, etc.

  • Sonoma County Newspapers (Press Democrat): microfilm, 1857 to 1969
  • Sonoma County City Directories 1874 – 1969
  • California City Directories: 1874 – 1969
  • Photographic Collection: Approximately 35,000 photographs of Sonoma County from 1800’s through 2000. Approximately 60% have been digitized and are available on-line and indexed in the Central Library Catalog.

Other Genealogical Resources

  • Access to Ancestry’s Library Edition is available from computers at all branch libraries. Wireless connections are available only within the library. Ancestry includes records from all the United States Census’; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more.
  • Heritage Quest Online: US Census records 1790-1930, 22,000 books and family histories, PERI Index, Revolutionary War records, and Freedman Bank Records. Database is available from a home computer with a library card.

links to on-line Indexes (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 Grant s
  • Naturalization Records in Sonoma County, 1841-1930
  • Vital Data in Sonoma County Newspapers