North Central California 
Historical and Genealogical Research

Research in North Central California, with an emphasis in San Joaquin and surrounding counties.  Although I live in Stockton,  I regularly conduct research at all North Central California County Recorder Offices and Courthouses.  County Recorder Offices are where vital records and deeds are housed. Probate records and in some cases, divorce records are found in most courthouses.  Other repositories that I frequent but are not limted to conduct research are:


SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY:

Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library 

JC Leyendecker Library & Archives at the Haggin Museum

Gerald Kennedy Reference Library & Archives at the San Joaquin County Historical Society

Holt-Atherton Library & Special Collections at University of the Pacific

Bank of Stockton Historic Photograph Archives


SACRAMENTO:

California State Archives 

California State Library 

Center for Sacramento History 

Sacramento Public Library

California State Railroad Museum Library & Archives


EAST BAY AREA:

Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley 

California Genealogical Society & Library in Oakland

African-American Museum & Library in Oakland


ON THE PENINSULA

National Archives - Pacific Region in San Bruno

San Mateo County Archives

Archives of the Archdiocese of San Francisco in Menlo Park


SAN FRANCISCO: 

Sutro Library 

North Baker Research Library at the California Historical Society

San Francisco Maritime Library - J. Porter Shaw Library

San Francisco History Center at the San Francisco Public Library



SPECIAL PROJECTS


I have recently done extensive research in 19th century San Francisco, Portland, Oregon and New York City records that are specific to Bavarian Jews who came to these areas in the 1850's.


I was contracted to go to Marysville, Yuba County, California to learn all I could about what it was like to be a school teacher in the late 1880's for an author.


A client had me all over south San Joaquin County and Stanislaus County to gather information about the site of a battle between Estanislao and the Yokuts Indians and the Mexican Army in the Spring of 1829.

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BEFORE WE BEGIN, SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND

Broad requests such as "find everything you can" or "trace the line as far back as possible"  typically begin with background research followed by more specific research where needed.  Broader research requests  require more research time due to the time needed to complete general background research before determining the direction of the research.  If you are able to limit your request to something specific, like exploring a certain time period, reviewing a specific set of records for a specific person, reviewing land records for a specific property, or photographing a specific burial monument, etc., your costs will also be more limited.