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Other California resources
Resources for particular individuals, families, or surnames

Sacramento Valley resources

Sacramento County Office of the Clerk-Recorder:
This site tells you how to obtain Sacramento County birth and death records, from 1850 to the present. Note: many births and deaths from before 1900 were not recorded; so if you cannot find a record, it does not mean that the event did not take place in this county. (However, looking at surrounding counties—Yolo, Sutter, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, San Joaquin, Solano—would be prudent.) The site also provides information on ordering copies of Sacramento County marriage licenses, from 1850 to the present.

Sacramento County section of the California GenWeb Project:
This site contains many Sacramento-area resources, including many transcriptions of Sacramento county histories, city directories, cemetery inscriptions, obituaries, and more.

Sacramento Public Library:
The Library has genealogy databases online, which can be accessed by cardholders. However, the library itself is the real gem for Sacramento area researchers. Its holdings include most issues of the Sacramento Bee and Union, going back to the Gold Rush, as well as city and county directories going back to the nineteenth century. The Library's Sacramento Room holds rare historical materials.

Solano County Genealogical Society:
This nonprofit group's web site has more than 30 valuable databases and indexes covering Solano County, as well as other useful information and many helpful links.

Other California resources

California Genealogical Society:
The CGS Library in Oakland, California, "contains over 38,000 genealogy references including 10,000 local and family histories, 2,500 reels of microfilm, sets of microfiche, plus numerous maps, reference books, passenger lists, periodicals, and many unpublished manuscripts and lineage charts." Members receive access to a restricted portion of the web site that has some online genealogical resources.

California GenWeb:
"Our goal is to provide a Web site specializing in genealogy in California with an emphasis on genealogy at the county level."

California State Library:
The resources on this site include a "Guide to Sources for Genealogy in the California History Room" and instructions on ordering materials (such as microfilm copies of the Sacramento Union and Sacramento Bee) from the CSL via interlibrary loan.

Resources for particular individuals, families, or surnames

"Kilgores Galore!":
This web site has not been updated in some time (it includes several expired links). However, what it does have are diaries and photographs of the Kilgores, early settlers in the Sacramento Valley. Of particular interest is William Kilgore's fascinating and detailed account of traveling overland to California during the Gold Rush.

"The Reminiscences of the Pioneer, Judge John W. Spencer":
"Th[is] ... article was published in book form by Judge Spencer in 1872, not for general distribution, but for the members of his family and members of the Old Settlers' association. It was, however, first presented at an Old Settlers' meeting in Rock Island county and subsequently appeared in the Union."

"Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North":
"[A] feature documentary, currently in post-production, that tells the story of Producer/Director Katrina Browne's wealthy New England ancestors, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Simultaneously, viewers will follow descendants of the DeWolf family as they grapple with the contemporary legacy of slavery, not only for black Americans but for themselves as white Americans." The DeWolfs in the movie are distant relatives of the DeWolfs on this web site.