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(Updated April 17, 2013. Please send additional updates to webmaster (at) sfbajgs.com
This page lists genealogical resources in the San Francisco Bay Area. Holding lists do not necessarily include all records available. Contact each institution for specific records. 

Resources:

  • National Archives-Pacific Sierra Region
  • LDS Family History Centers in the 9-County San Francisco Bay Area
  • Sutro Library
  • Tauber Holocaust Library
  • Jewish Community Library
  • Society of California Pioneers
  • The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • San Francisco Public Library
  • Oakland Public Library
  • Santa Clara City Library
  • San Jose Public Library
  • California Genealogical Society and Library
  • California Historical Society
  • Sinai Memorial Chapel
  • Napa Valley Genealogical Society
  • Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley
  • Solano County Genealogical Society 
  • National Archives-Pacific Sierra Region

    1000 Commodore Dr., San Bruno, CA 94066
    (650) 238-3500 - Main, (650) 238-3501 - Genealogy
    www.archives.gov/pacific/san-francisco.html
    Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-4pm, Wed. 8am-8pm

     Holdings include:

  • Online access to Ancestry.com

  • LDS Family History Centers in the 9-County San Francisco Bay Area

    The Mormon Church operates the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the largest genealogical library in the world, and over 3,500 Family History Centers worldwide, including 24 in the greater San Francisco Bay area:
    The collection includes over three million reels of microfilm, including thousands of reels of 19th-century East European Jewish vital records, from Poland, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia, Belarus, and Lithuania. Microfilm may be borrowed from Salt Lake City for a small fee.

    The Family History Library Catalog (FHLC), the catalog of the holdings of the Library in Salt Lake City, can be searched online at www.familysearch.org. Guidance on their holdings relating to California can be found in the FHL California Research Outline.

    Note: Sunday hours are generally reserved for Mormon researchers. Call the individual Center to verify hours and policies.

    (Per the FHL web site: The addresses below are not mailing addresses. Because of limited staff, Family History Centers cannot respond to mail inquiries.)


    Alameda County

    Fremont, California
    48950 Green Valley Road
    Fremont, California
    Phone: (510) 623-7496
    Hours: W-Th 11am-3pm, 6:30pm-9:30pm; Sat 10am-2pm; Sun 1:30pm-4pm.
    Closed: three-day holiday weekends; General Conference weekends; week of Thanksgiving and the last two weeks of December.

    Hayward, California
    3551 Decoto Road
    Fremont, California
    Phone: (510) 713-1271
    Hours: T, W, Th 9am-12pm, 7pm-9pm; Sat 9am-12pm

    Hayward, California 1st Ward
    2000 Highland Boulevard
    Hayward, California
    Phone: (510) 537-7144
    Hours: T-Th 10am-12pm, 1-3pm; 7-9pm.

    Livermore, California
    950 Mocho Street
    Livermore, California
    Phone: (925) 447-2084
    Hours: Mon 9am - 3pm; T, W, 6 pm - 9 pm; Sat 1- 4 pm, Sun 9am - 4 pm

    Oakland, California
    4766 Lincoln Avenue
    Oakland, California
    Phone: (510) 531-3905
    Hours: T-Th 9:30am-9pm; F 9:30am-5pm; Sat 10am-5pm.
    Closed: the last two weeks of December.
    Items of note: Has catalog for San Francisco Bay Area Family History Centers, schedule of free classes, and current hours.
    Oakland FHC Website

    Pleasanton, California
    6100 Paseo Santa Cruz
    Pleasanton, California
    Phone: (925) 846-0149
    Hours: T,W: 9am-1pm & 7pm-9pm; Thur, Sat: 9am-1pm.


    Contra Costa County

    Antioch, California
    2350 Jeffrey Way
    Antioch, California
    Phone: (925) 634-9004
    Hours: T-W 9am-9pm; Sat 6-9am.

    Concord, California
    3700 Concord Boulevard
    Concord, California
    Phone: (925) 686-1766
    Hours: T-W 9am-9pm; Th 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-1pm; Sun by appointment.

    Danville, California
    2949 Stone Valley Road
    Danville, California
    Phone: (925) 552-5920
    Hours: M,W 10am-4pm; T 7-9pm; Th 10am-4pm.


    Marin County

    San Rafael, California
    220 North San Pedro Road
    San Rafael, CA
    Phone: (415) 479-2200
    Hours: T,Th: 5-9pm; W,F: 9am-1pm; Sun, by appointment. Call 415-479-2793 and leave message to make an appointment.


    Napa County

    Napa, California
    2590 Trower Avenue
    Napa, California
    Phone: (707) 257-2887
    Hours: T-W 9am-5pm, 6-9pm; Th 6-9:30pm.
    Closed: the last two weeks of December.

    San Francisco County

    San Francisco Golden Gate, California
    1900 Pacific Avenue
    San Francisco, California
    Phone: (415) 771-3655
    Hours: Sun 3-5pm or by appt.

    San Mateo County

    Menlo Park, California
    1105 Valparaiso Avenue
    Menlo Park, California
    Phone: (650) 325-9711
    Hours: T ,Th 9:30am-9:30pm, S 9:30am-4pm, Su 9am-4pm

    San Bruno, California
    975 Sneath Lane
    San Bruno, California
    Phone: (650) 873-1928
    Hours: W 9am-4pm, 6:30pm-9pm; Th, Sat 9am-4pm.
    Items of Note: Complete NYC 1890 Police Census, Complete 1865 Massachusetts State Census

    San Francisco, California West
    730 Sharp Park Road
    Pacifica, California
    Phone: (650) 355-4986
    Hours: T-W 9:00am-4:00pm, 6:30pm-9:00pm; Th 6:30pm-9:00pm.
    Closed: Thanksgiving Day; Dec. 23 - Jan 5, 2002.


    Santa Clara County

    Los Altos, California
    1300 Grant Road
    Los Altos, California
    Phone: (650) 968-1019
    Hours: T,Th 10am-3pm (by appointment only (408) 739-5071) and 7pm-9pm; W 7pm-9pm; Sun 1pm-5pm

    Milpitas, California
    3110 Cropley Avenue
    San Jose, California
    Phone: (408) 259-5501
    Hours: T, Th 7pm-9pm; Sun 1:30pm-3:30pm
    Closed: Thanksgiving; 2 weeks over Christmas & New Years.

    San Jose, California
    4977 San Felipe Road
    San Jose, California
    Phone: (408) 274-8592
    Hours: T,W,Th 9am-9pm; Sat 9am-3pm

    Santa Clara, California
    875 Quince Avenue
    Santa Clara, California
    Phone: (408) 241-1449
    Hours: T-F 9am-4pm, 7pm-9:30pm; Sat 12pm-4pm
    Item of note: Complete NYC Department of Health Birth, Marriage, and Death indexes


    Solano County

    Fairfield, California
    2700 Camrose Drive
    Fairfield, California
    Phone: (707) 425-2027
    Hours: T-Th 10am-2:30pm, 7-9:30pm; Sat 9am-12pm (2nd & 4th Sat); Sun 5-7pm.

    Vacaville, California
    480 Wrentham Drive
    Vacaville, California
    Phone: (707) 451-8394
    Hours: T 10am-3pm & 6pm-9pm; W 10am-3pm & 7pm-9pm; Th 7pm-9pm; F & Sat by appointment
    Closed: 1 week for Thanksgiving, 2 weeks for Christmas & 1 week for Easter.


    Sonoma County

    Cloverdale, California
    1011 S. Cloverdale Boulevard
    Cloverdale, California
    Phone: (707) 894-9238
    Hours: T 1pm-5pm; W 9am-9pm.
    Closed: the last two weeks of December.

    Santa Rosa, California
    1725 Peterson Lane
    Santa Rosa, California
    Phone: (707) 525-0399
    Hours: M 1pm-5pm; T-W 1pm-9pm; Th 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-1pm

    Sea Ranch, California
    45500 Pacific Woods Road
    Gualala, California
    Phone: (707) 884-3255
    Hours: M, W 10am-12pm; also by appointment

    Sonoma, California
    16280 La Grama
    Agua Caliente, California
    Phone: (707) 996-2369
    Hours: T 9am-5pm, 7-9pm; Th 9am-5pm; Sun by appointment


    Sutro Library

    1630 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, 94132
    The library is now located on the 5th Floor of the newly renovated J. Paul Leonard-Sutro Library
    on the San Francisco State University campus.

    Please visit http://www.sfsu.edu/~sfsumap/ for a detailed map.

    (415) 469-6100
    www.library.ca.gov/collections/index.html#sutro

    Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm excluding state holidays

    Holdings include:


    Tauber Holocaust Library

    Formerly known as the Holocaust Center of Northern California, the library is located at
    Mailing address: 2150 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
    Street address: 2245 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
    (415) 449-3717; Fax: (415) 449-3720
    Tauber Holocaust Library
    Call for hours.

    Holdings include:


    Jewish Community Library

    1835 Ellis Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118
    (415) 567-3327
    Jewish Community Library
    Hours: Sun. 12pm-4pm, Mon. & Wed. 10am-4pm, Tues. 12pm-6pm, Thurs. 12pm-8pm Closed Friday, Saturday, and Jewish holidays.

    Holdings include:


    Society of California Pioneers Library and Archives

    300 Fourth Street (at Folsom) , San Francisco, CA 94107-1272
    (415) 957-1849
    Society of California Pioneers
    Hours: Tuesdays-Fridays 9 am - 12 pm with additional hours by appointment.
    Admission: $3 general; $1.50 seniors, AAA and students

    Holdings include: The Alice Phelan Sullivan Library of the Society of California Pioneers contains over 10,000 books, manuscripts, maps, journals, newspapers, and autobiographical materials related to the early history of California. The Society also has eight volumes of reminiscences of its founding members written at the turn of the century. Scholars may consult some 1,000 manuscript files - which include an extensive collection of overland and ship diaries, the Sherman Music Collection, playbills, scrapbooks and ledgers as well as printed ephemera and pamphlets. The library also houses collections of over 250 newspaper titles, nearly 300 periodical titles and over 3,000 maps. Archival collections include the Cooper-Molera papers on early California, the Patterson Mining Collections, Angel Island, and materials relating to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.


    The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

    The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
    The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Tel: 510.643.2526

    www.magnes.org/collections

    Holdings include: Various genealogical and historical resources, focus on Jews in the American West. Periodicals, more. Changing and permanent exhibits. Check website for information. 


    Stanford University

    Stanford, CA 94305
    www-sul.stanford.edu

    University of California at Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA 94704
    www.lib.berkeley.edu
    Library hours vary during semesters and holidays. Call or check Web site for schedule.

    San Francisco Public Library

    Civic Center, San Francisco, CA 94102
    www.sfpl.org

    Holdings include:


    Oakland Public Library

    125 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
    (510) 238-3222
    www.oaklandlibrary.org
    Hours: Mon & Tues. 10am-5:30pm, Wed. & Thurs. 12pm-8pm, Fri. 2pm-5:30pm, Sat. 10am-5:30pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm

    Holdings include: Newspapers, other records and indexes for Alameda County. 


    Santa Clara City Library

    2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051-5387
    (408) 984-3097
    www.library.ci.santa-clara.ca.us
    Hours: Mon. - Tues. 9am-9pm, Wed. 12-9, Thurs. - Sat. 9am-6pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm
    For Genealogy volunteer hours call: (408) 615-2900

     Holdings include:


    San Jose Public Library

    150 E. San Fernando, San Jose, CA 95112
    (408) 808-2000
    www.sjlibrary.org
    Especially: California Room, 5th Floor

    California Genealogical Society and Library

    2201 Broadway, LL2, Oakland, CA 94612-3031
    (510) 663-1358
    www.calgensoc.org
    Hours: Thurs., Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 10am-4pm 

    California Historical Society

    678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
    (415) 357-1848
    www.californiahistoricalsociety.org
    Hours: By appointment only 

    Sinai Memorial Chapel

    1501 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
    (415) 921-3636
    www.sinaichapel.org

     Most Jewish burials since 1937, owned as a not-for-profit by the Jewish community 


    Napa Valley Genealogical Society Library

    1701 Menlo Street, Napa, CA 94558
    (707) 252-2252
    www.napanet.net/~nvgbs/nvgbs.shtml
    eMail: NVGS
    Hours: Tu. 10am-4pm, Wed., Thurs. 10am-2pm, 2nd & 4th Sat. 10am-2pm  

    Emphasis on Napa and adjacent counties. Members will do researches for a $10 library donation


    Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley

    PO Box 6753, Napa, CA 94581
    www.jhsnv.org
    eMail: JHSNV
    Contacts: Zoe Kahn - (707) 945-0779, zoenew@earthlink.net; Donna Mendelsohn (707) 259-53332, donnam@napanet.net

    Solano County Genealogical Society

    620 Main Street, Vacaville, CA
    (707) 446-6869
    www.rootsweb.com/~cascgsi/
    Hours: Mon., 3rd Sat. each month 10am-2 pm; Closed federal holidays, Thanksgiving through December  

    Also includes Solano County Historical Society, Vacaville Heritage Council, Solano Archives


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