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.
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
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.
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
- Genealogical resources in California counties and general California genealogical resources. (Part of the US GenWeb project.)
- The California Historical Society.
- The National Archives and Records Administration, San Francisco.
- The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society webpage has a list of genealogical resources in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- The California Home Page, official page of the California State Government with links to pages for different government agencies.