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Contra Costa County Public Libraries

California State Library

NARA's Pacific Region
Guide to Archival Holdings at NARA's Pacific Region - Laguna Niguel, CA

Contra Costa County California Archives
USGenWeb Project

Family History Centers
LDS Genealogy
Mormon Genealogy
FamilySearch.org

California Research Outline

Antioch California
2350 Jeffrey Way
Antioch, CA 90049
Phone: 925-634-9004


Concord California
3700 Concord Blvd
Concord, CA 94519-1808
Phone: 925-686-1766


Danville California
2949 Stone Valley Road
Danville, CA 94507
Phone: 925-552-5920



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Historical & Genealogical
Societies

Historical & Genealogical Societies are a great resource for local genealogical records and history of the area.

Contra Costa County Genealogical Society
Concord/Walnut Creek Family History Center
3700 Concord Blvd
Concord, CA 94519-1808
Phone: 925-686-1766

Contra Costa :County Historical Society
610 Main Street
Martinez, California 94553
Phone: 925.229.1042
Fax : 925.229.1772

Martinez Historical Society
1005 Escobar Street
Martinez, California

Walnut Creek Historical Society
2660 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, California
Phone: (925) 935-7871



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Scottish Immigrants to North America, 1600s-1800s.
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Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE
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Contra Costa
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California Genealogy & Family History Resources

Cities, Towns, Villages & Communities:
Antioch, Brentwood, Byron, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek

Complete List of Cities & Townships

Established: February 18, 1850
Parent County: Original County
County Seat: Martinez

 
  Birth, Death, Marriage, & Divorce Records

  • California State Vital Records Office of Vital Records
    304 'S' Street
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Phone: (916) 445-1719
    Fax: (800) 858-5553

  • New Law Effective July 1, 2003, the California Health and Safety Code Section 103526 will permit only authorized individuals to receive certified copies of birth or death records. Those who are not authorized by law to receive a certified copy will receive a certified copy marked "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY."
  • VitalSearch-Ca.com
    California Birth Index
  • California Death Records
    9,366,786 records from 1940 thru 1997
  • Califrornia Marriage Indexes - For the years 1949-1959 there are two volumes for each year, one for Brides and one for Grooms. These volumes are fragile and may not be photocopied under any circumstances. The years 1960-69, 1970-79, 1980-85 and 1986 are published in microfiche, one set for Brides and one for Grooms. Does not circulate.
  • California Marriage Records Project
    USGenWeb Archives Marriage Records Project
  • Social Security Death Index
    The Social Security Administration Death Master File contains information on millions of deceased individuals with United States social security numbers whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration. This file now contains over 89 million death records.
  Census, Voter and Tax Records
  Cemeteries & Burial Records
  Obituary & Newspaper Articles
  • Obituary Collection
    This database is a compilation of obituaries published in U.S. newspapers, collected from various online sources. ~ Ancestry.com
  • Read Historic Newspapers Online
    Ancestry.com: Read history as it was happening in more than 16 million pages from over 1000 different newspapers across the US, U.K. and Canada dating back to the 1700's.
  Immigration & Naturalization Records
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
    Updated annually, this database is an index to passengers who arrived in United States and Canadian ports from the 1500s through the 1900s. It contains listings of approximately 4,588,000 individuals and references thousands of different records compiled from everything from original passenger lists to personal diaries. For each individual listed, you may find the following information: name, age, year and place of arrival, and the source of the record.
 Military Records
  Land Records & Maps
  Church & Bible Records

  Court, Wills & Probate Records

  City & Farm Directories
  • Search City & Farm Directories
    Searchable indexes; database results and some digitized images available with fee-based subscription
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  Genealogy & Family History Resources
  Biographies, Correspondence & Diaries
  Occupations, Education & Institutions
  • National FindFamily Registry For People With Disabilities
    Nationwide, there are thousands of people with disabilities in care settings with no connection with family. Many families seek contact, but do not know how to re-connect with their family member. The FindFamily Registry is open to people seeking each other even though just bits of information are available.
  Ethnic Genealogy Resources
  History & Culture
  Museums & Historical Places
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