RESEARCH

LOCAL RESEARCH

Jewishgen On-line Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)

Indexes of Sacramento’s Home of Peace cemetery and three of the San Francisco area Jewish cemeteries are online at JOWBR. Search the JOWBR using the surname or town option (e.g., Sacramento) for complete listings. A free membership to Jewishgen is required to access the records.

Center for Sacramento History

Research allowed by appointment only. Has many research resources for Sacramento City and County, including the following records:

  • City and County Assessor Rolls and Map Books, most years between 1849-1955;
  • County Assessor Personal Property Rolls, 1893-1938
  • City Directories covering many years between 1853 and 1976
  • Probate Records from various courts, 1849-1940
  • Wills Records, 1857-1927
  • Naturalization Records, 1850-1955
  • Various Court Case Records, 1849-1949
  • Voter Registration Records, 1866-1914
  • Deeds, Mortgages, and other Land Records, 1849-1929
  • Sacramento Bee Vital Statistics Index, 1857-1905 (the State Bureau of Vital Statistics has statewide indexes beginning in 1905)
  • Early Records from Cemeteries, lists of decease

California State Library

The California History Section has many useful statewide genealogical resources, including

  • Indexes to deaths (1905-1993 or 1995) and marriages (1949-1986).
  • City directories, phone books, newspapers, voter registration lists, etc.

After you search the vital records indexes, you can order records (by mail or fax) from the California Department of Public Health Vital Records.

California State Archives

Genealogically-relevant records held by the archive include the following:

  • Court and other records for many California counties.
  • Military records.
  • Prison records.
  • Professional licensing records.

Other Genealogical Resources in Northern California