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Libraries, Archives
& Repositories

John Steinbeck Library
Salinas, CA

Monterey Public Library

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

USGenWeb Archives
Monterey County
California Archives

Family History Centers
LDS Genealogy
Mormon Genealogy


California Research Outline

Family History Center
1024 Noche Buena Street
Seaside, California

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Historical & Genealogical

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

Monterey County Genealogy Society
P. O. Box 8144
Salinas, CA 93912-8144

Monterey County Historical Society
P.O. Box 3576
Salinas, CA 93912
Phone: (831) 757-8085

The Pacific Grove Heritage Society
P.O. Box 1007
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone: (831) 372-2898

Seaside Historical Commission
1600 LaSalle Street
Seaside, CA 93955
Phone: (831) 394-4442

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DNA & Genealogy
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The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776
Peter Wilson Coldham
Scottish Immigrants to North America, 1600s-1800s.
The Collected Works of David Dobson
QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources Evidence! Style.
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Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace.
Elizabeth Shown Mills
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
John Grenham
Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE
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Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History
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Monterey County
California Genealogy & Family History Resources

Cities, Towns, Villages & Communities:
Big Sur, Carmel, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Gorda, King City, Lucia, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Salinas, Seaside, Soledad
Complete List of Cities & Townships

Established: February 18, 1850
Original County
County Seat: Salinas

  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."
  • Monterey County California Vital Records
    Monterey County Recorder-Clerk
    [Birth, Death, Marriage]
    Physical Address:
    Monterey County Court House
    240 Church Street [Corner of Alisal & Church Streets]
    West Wing, Third Floor, Room 305
    Salinas, CA 93902
    (831) 755-5041
    Fax: (831) 755-5064
    Mailing Address:
    P. O. Box 29
    Salinas CA 93902-0570

  • Order Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online!
  • 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
  • Salinas Californian
    123 West Alisal Street
    Salinas, California 93901
    Phone: (831) 424-2221
  • Pacific Grove, California Obituaries
    A site in which to post obituaries that mention the city of Pacific Grove, or it's funeral home, The Paul Mortuary, crematory, Little Chapel by-the-Sea, or cemetery, El Carmelo Cemetery, plus any obituary for a staff member or student of Pacific Grove High School, or PG Unified School District.
  • 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
  • Monterey County California Migrations Project
    We transcribe tombstone inscriptions and have that work archived for the future and made easily accessible to all.
  • 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
  • Accessgenealogy.com
    Monterey County, California World War II Casualties Army and Airforce
  • Search Military Records
    Discover the heroes in your family tree in the Ancestry.com U.S. Military Collection – Explore the largest collection of U.S. military records online — draft cards, service records, muster rolls, as well as global military records. ~ FREE 14 Day Trial!
    Revolutionary WarCivil WarWWIWWII
    Other Conflicts
  Land Records & Maps
  Church & Bible Records
  Court, Wills & Probate Records
  • The Sanchez File
    The Probate Proceedings on the drowning of José Maria Sánchez at the Pájaro River, Christmas Eve, 1852 and the Conspiracy to plunder the estate of his widow Encarnación Ortega.
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  Genealogy & Family History Resources
  Biographies, Correspondence & Diaries
  Occupations, Education & Institutions

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 History & Culture
  Museums & Historical Places
  Miscellaneous Resources

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