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The Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library is a community resource of immense value. The local history and genealogy collection was first established in the Santa Rosa Central Library’s California Room. In 1993, the collection was moved to a separate building located adjacent to the Central Library and commonly referred to as the “Annex.” In 2002, the Sonoma County Library Commission, governing board of the county-wide library system, adopted a new mission statement for the local history and genealogy division and renamed it the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library. Services, resources, and technologies continue to grow to meet the demands of those we serve.

Some of the resources available include: 
  • Personalized one-on-one instruction in historical and genealogical research
  • Over 40,000 photographs, many of which are available online as part of the Sonoma Heritage Collections
  • A comprehensive collection of Sonoma County historical works, county, family, and property histories
  • Access to the Sonoma County Archives which hold many of Sonoma County’s earliest court, naturalization and tax records
  • The Sonoma County History Index which has thousands of references to County events, places and people
  • Santa Rosa newspapers on microfilm from 1857 through 1969, as well as other county newspapers for various locations and dates
  • Wide ranging newspaper clipping files
  • The California Indian Library Collection
  • On-line subscriptions to HeritageQuest, Ancestry.com, GenealogyBank and the San Francisco Chronicle 1865-1922
  • Select California city directories and voter registrations
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
  • Indexes to local cemetery, marriage, birth, death and militia records
Contact Information:

History & Genealogy
Sonoma County Library
211 E Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (707) 308-3212
Email: Katherine J. Rinehart, M.A., Manager, at krinehart@sonomalibrary.org

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Jan 10, 2019 Bell, Robert, 1953-
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Sep 7, 2018 Mollo, John; McGregor, Malcolm
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Originally published in 1975 as: Uniforms of the American Revolution in colour
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Mar 26, 2018 Black, George Fraser, 1866-1948; New York Public Library
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"Glossary of obsolete or uncommon Scots words": p. 835-838
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Topics: Reference, Language Arts / Linguistics / Literacy, Etymology, Europe - Western, Genealogy, History,...
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Jan 25, 2018 Kelly, Isabel T. (Isabel Truesdell), b. 1906; Collier, Mary E. T. (Mary E. Trumbull); Thalman, Sylvia Barker, 1927-; Smith, Tom, b. 1838; Copa, Maria
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Published to celebrate the home's 50th anniversary, December 5, 1999
Topics: Hanna Boys Center (Sonoma, Calif.), Children
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- Matson, Robert W. (Robert William); Gibson, Larry
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- Rippley, La Vern J
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Topic: German Americans
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Topic: Jews
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- John Winthrop Haeger
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Topics: Pinot noir (Wine) -- California, Pinot noir (Wine) -- Oregon, Wine and wine making -- California,...
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Topics: Irish -- United States -- History, Irish -- North America -- History, Irish, North America, United...
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- Groene, Bertram Hawthorne, 1923-
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Topics: United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Archival resources -- Directories., United...
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Topics: Genealogy -- Computer network resources, Digital preservation, Digital preservation, Genealogy --...
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Topics: Biography & Autobiography, History - General History, History: American, Historical - U.S.,...
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- Dunlap, Carol, 1943-
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Bibliography: p. 201-219
Topic: Architecture, Domestic
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- Bell, Maureen, 1962-
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- Kaufman, William I. (William Irving), 1922-1995
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Topics: Historic buildings -- United States -- Research -- Handbooks, manuals, etc, Dwellings -- United...
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Topic: California -- Census, 1850.
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- Brown, Vinson, 1912-1991; Brown, Vinson, 1912-1991. Peoples of the sea wind
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Rev. ed. of: Peoples of the sea wind. c1977
Topic: Indians of North America
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Physical patterns -- Aboriginal patterns -- Hispanic patterns, 1769-1846 -- American patterns, 1846-1981 -- Appendixes
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Topic: {u'10': u'Juden', u'1': u'Archival resources -- New York Metropolitan Area -- Directories', u'0':...
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- Millis, Bette R., 1928-; Mord, Jeanne, 1935-
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"Here is the intimate story of the Green's fateful trip to Italy; how a botched robbery changed their lives and how Reg and Maggie's private decision to donate their son's organs thrust them into the world spotlight">
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''A Willett House publication.''
Topic: Willett family
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- Meyerink, Kory L. (Kory Leland), 1954-
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- Bergey, D. H. (David Hendricks), 1860-1937; Krieg, Noel R; Holt, John G
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Topic: Jews -- Genealogy -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
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Topics: Indians of North America, Indians of North America
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Chronologically traces the history and accomplishments of Poles in the United States from 1608-1972. Includes reproductions of documents pertinent to Polish-American history
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- Kellogg, Lucy Mary; Townsend, Edna W. (Edna Waugh), 1908-; Wakefield, Robert S., 1925-; General Society of Mayflower Descendants
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Topics: Gold Rush, Goldrausch
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- National Archives Conference on Federal Archives as Sources for Research on Afro-Americans (1973 : Washington, D.C.); Clarke, Robert Lewis, 1920-; United States. National Archives and Records Service
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- Owens, Kenneth N; Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880
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Topics: Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880, Pioneers
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Topic: San Francisco (Calif.) -- History.
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Topic: {u'1': u'Indians of North America -- California -- Folklore', u'0': u'Indians of North America --...
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- Rosenbaum, Fred; Rosenbaum, Fred. Architects of reform
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Topics: United States -- Genealogy -- Periodicals -- Indexes -- Bibliography, United States -- Genealogy --...
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- Parker, J. Carlyle
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Topics: Trails, Historic sites, Historical markers
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Topics: Geografischer Name, Verzeichnis, North America -- Gazetteers, North America, USA, North America --...
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Topic: Military uniforms
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Topics: Communal living, Conflict of generations
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- Hook, J. N. (Julius Nicholas), 1913-
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Topics: Names, Personal, Ethnology, Noms de personnes, Etnnologie
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Topics: {u'1': u'Scrapbooks', u'0': u'Genealogy -- Miscellanea', u'3': u'Genealogy'}, Genealogy --...
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- Heizer, Robert Fleming, 1915- , ed. dn; Whipple, Mary Anne, joint ed
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Topic: Indians of North America
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- Watkins, T. H. (Tom H.), 1936-
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543 pages : 29 cm
Topics: California -- History, California