Genealogy & History

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With the library currently closed, Ancestry is temporarily allowing remote access for patrons. To access this just log into your patron account here, then click the "Summary" button to the left and you will find the link for Ancestry towards the top of the page. 

The ever popular Ancestry is here for all your genealogical needs! Access to this database works best when used within the library, otherwise feel free to click on the Heritage Quest link below.

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This resource offers online access to primary source materials covering a vast array of topics important to U.S. and California history. With more than 290 archives and over 14 million pages available, this resource comes to us through the generosity of the California State Library.  

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CDNC is a freely accessible repository of digitized California newspapers from 1846 to the present. This collection includes 193,562 issues comprising 2,046,273 pages and 16,861,779 articles.

Family Search

This excellent and ever-expanding database provides family history information found in public birth, marriage, death, and census documents collected from around the world by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.


Like Ancestry, this wonderful tool is available to see who is in your family tree! While Ancestry is meant to be used within the library, this database is meant to help you fulfill your genealogical curiosity at any hour!

Online Archive of California Website

Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary source collections (artwork, manuscripts, papers, historic photographs, etc.) maintained by more than 150 libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California, including collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.