Research Assistance Resources
Assistance at the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library
Volunteers from the Sonoma County Genealogical Society are available at the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, every Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 PM to assist patrons with their genealogical research. This service is free, but donations to the library are accepted and greatly appreciated. Library staff are also available to help you to determine the most appropriate resources for your research questions.
The Sonoma County Genealogical Society has published many volumes of indexed Sonoma County records.
Go to SCGS Publications for a list of these publications and to view indices of their contents. For a copy of a page in one of these publications or a copy of a Sonoma County newspaper obituary the SCGS offers a look-up service. The cost for this service is $2.00 per item.
Via Snail Mail Via E-mail
Sonoma County Genealogical Society To: research service email
Attn: Research Request Subject line title: Research Request
P.O. Box 2273
Santa Rosa, CA 95405-0273
Hire a Sonoma County Researcher
The Sonoma County Genealogical Society offers a research service for extended research into events that occurred in Sonoma County. Long-time Sonoma County genealogists familiar with the resources available in Sonoma County will conduct the research for a cost of $30 per hour for SCGS members and $40 per hour for non-members with a two-hour minimum. The fee covers the researcher’s time to conduct the research and write a full report that documents and analyzes the results of their research. If copies of official records are requested, additional fees will be added.
The Genealogical Society researcher will contact you to discuss your genealogical question before undertaking the research and will need the following information:
Examples of genealogical questions:
Family History Centers
The local branches of the California Family History Centers offer assistance by volunteers during open hours.
Santa Rosa location is at 1725 Peterson Lane. More info at: SR Family History Center
Sonoma location is at 16280 La Grama. More info at: Sonoma Family History Center
California State Library System
A large collection of genealogy resources are available at the Sutro Branch in San Francisco, which is about an 80-minute drive. More info at: Sutro Library, San Francisco
With a slightly longer drive to Sacramento, additional California resources are available at the California History Room. More info at: California History Section
We are fortunate to have a branch of the National Archives in San Bruno, which houses extensive resources for California and some resources for many states. More info at: National Archives, San Bruno.
Also take note of additional interesting genealogy links at: Links to Other Sites.