Genealogical Research

California has a great many venues for genealogical research.  The following is a list of resources in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles-Pasadena-Santa Barbara areas and San Diego.

Bay Area Resources 

California State Library — The Sutro Library

1630 Holloway Ave., 5th floor, San Francisco, CA 94132  (Open Monday-Friday, 10:00AM-5:00PM)
(415) 469-6100

Books from this library may be borrowed on inter-library loan though local libraries.

California Genealogical Society and Library

2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612-3017 (also open by appointment)
(Open Thurs-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm, Sat 10:00am-4:00pm — 1st Sat each month is FREE)
(510) 663-1358

Non-members are welcome for a $5 use fee. 

The San Francisco Public Library

Main Library (Civic Center) 100 Larkin @ Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
(Open M, Sat 10am-6pm, T-Th 9am-8pm, F 12-6pm, Sun 12-5pm)
(415) 557-4400

This library has a good collection of genealogical material.

Federal Records Center of the National Archives

Leo J. Ryan Federal Building
1000 Commodore Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066-2350
(Open M-F 7:30am-4:00pm, W 4:00-5:30pm Microfilm only)
(650) 238-3500

Census records on microfilm up to 1910, plus indices.

Latter Day Saints Church

Family History Centers in Oakland, Santa Rosa, and the Peninsula
Many resources plus inter-library loans from Salt Lake City, Utah. 
See for excellent on-line resources and locations of local centers.

Los Angeles, Pasadena and Santa Barbara Resources


Los Angeles Public Library

630 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 612-3200 Department of Genealogy
Monday – Thursday 10:00A – 8:00 PM, Friday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Sons of the Revolution Library

600 South Central Ave
Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 240-1775
Monday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

LDS (Mormon) Genealogical Library

10777 Santa Monica Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
(213) 474-1549
Mon.Fri.Sat 9A-5P; Tues. Wed. Thu. 9AM-9PM
Inter-library loans from Salt Lake City

Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society & Library

316 Castillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 884-9909
Tuesday Thursday and Friday 10AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Sunday 1 PM – 4 PM

LDS (Mormon) Genealogical Library

2107 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 682-2092 Wed 1pm-9pm. Thu 1pm-9pm. Fri 9am-3pm, Sat 9am-12n
Inter-library loans from Salt Lake City

San Diego

The  Carlsbad City Library

1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad 92011
(760) 602-2049

Family Search Library

4195 Camino del Rio So.
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 584-7668