GENEALOGICAL and  HISTORICAL  SOCIETIES
also includes some COUNTY ARCHIVES
note: only sites currently updated and active are included

Hidden Treasures  for Genealogical or Historical Research are held at the state and local California Historical and Genealogical Societies.
This  is a listing of the active and updated California Historical and Genealogical Societies
in California.
I could not find any online societies for  some California Counties to include in this list.
If you know of one for Del Norte, Glenn, Kings, or Sierra Counties please let me know.


STATEWIDE RESOURCES


CALIFORNIA Genealogical  Society and Library
Located in Oakland

CALIFORNIA Historical Society
Located in San Francisco

CALIFORNIA State Archives
Located in Sacramento

CALIFORNIA History Center and Foundation

Located on the De Anza College Campus in Cupertino

THE SOCIETY OF CALIFORNIA PIONEERS

Located in San Francisco

COUNTY RESOURCES


ALAMEDA COUNTY:
Berkeley Historical Society
Hayward Area Historical Society
Livermore- Amador Genealogical Society
Livermore Heritage Guild


ALPINE COUNTY
Alpine County Museum- Alpine County Historical Society


AMADOR COUNTY
Amador County Historical Society
Amador County Archives


BUTTE COUNTY
Paradise Genealogical Society and Library


CALAVERAS COUNTY
Calaveras County Archives
Claveras Genealogical Society


COLUSA COUNTY
Colusa County Archives
Colusi County Historical Society


CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
Concord Historical Society
Contra Costa County Genealogical Society
Contra Costa Historical Society
East Contra Costa Historical Society and Museum
El Cerito Historical Society
Lafayette Historical Society
Martinez Historical Society
Moraga Historical Society
Point Richmond History Society
Richmond  Museum of History
San Ramon Valley Genealogy Society
Walnut Creek Historical Society


DEL NORTE COUNTY
No Resources Found*


EL DORADO COUNTY
El Dorado County Historical Museum



FRESNO COUNTY
Central Sierra Historical Society
Fresno City and County Historical Society



GLENN COUNTY
No Resources Found*- See Colusa County


HUMBOLDT COUNTY
Humboldt County Historical Society


IMPERIAL COUNTY
Pioneers Museum and Cultural Center of the Imperial Valley


INYO COUNTY
Pioneers of Inyo County


KERN  COUNTY

Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert
Ridge Route Communites Historical Societies and  Museum


KINGS COUNTY
No Resources Found*


KLAMATH COUNTY
Abolished County


LAKE  COUNTY
Lake County Genealogical Society


LASSEN COUNTY
Exploring Northeastern California History - by Lahonton Images


LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Chatsworth Historical Society
Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
Duarte Historical Society
Long Beach Historical Society
Manhattan Beach Historical Society and Museum
Mar Vista Historical Society
Redondo Beach Historical Society
San Fernando Valley Genealogical Society of Los Angeles County
Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society
Santa Monica Historical Society Museum
South Bay Cities Genealogical Society
Southern California Genealogical Society
Venice Historical Society
Whittier Area Genealogical Society
Wilmington Historical Society


MADERA COUNTY
Coarsegold Historical Society
Fresno Flats Historical Research Museum


MARIN COUNTY
Fairfax Historical Society
Marin County Genealogical  Society
Mill Valley Historical Society


MARIPOSA COUNTY
Mariposa Museum and History Center
Northern Mariposa County History Center


MENDOCINO COUNTY
Mendocino County Historical Society


MERCED COUNTY
Gustine Historical Society
Merced County Genealogical Society
Merced County Courthouse Museum- Merced County Historical Society

MODOC COUNTY
Modoc County Historical Museum


MONO COUNTY
Mono County Historical Society
Mono County Museum


MONTEREY COUNTY
Monterey County Genealogical Society
Monterey County Historical Society
Pacifc Grove Heritage Society


NAPA COUNTY
Napa County Historical Society
Napa Valley Genealogical and Biographical Society


NEVADA COUNTY
Nevada County Genealogical Society
Nevada County Historical Society
Searls Library (Archives of Nevada County)
Truckee-Donner Historical Society


ORANGE COUNTY
Brea Historical Society
Garden Grove Historical Society
Orange County Archives
Orange County Genealogical Society
Santa Ana Historical Society
South Orange County Genealogical Society



PLACER COUNTY
Colfax Area Historical Sociey
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
Placer County Archives
Placer County Genealogical Society
Roseville Genealogical Society


PLUMAS COUNTY
Plumas County Museum Archives


RIVERSIDE COUNTY
Palm Springs Historical Society
Temecula Valley Historical Society


SACRAMENTO COUNTY
Folsom Historical Society-Museum
Sacramento Genealogical Society
Sloughhouse Area Genealogical Society


SAN BENITO COUNTY
San Benito County Historical Society
San Juan Batista Historical Society


SAN BERNADINO COUNTY
Big Bear Lake History Museum
Big Bear Valley Historical Society
Twenty Nine Palms Historical Society


SAN DIEGO COUNTY
Carlsbad Historical Society
Chula Vista Genealogical Society
LaJolla Historical Society
Escondido Historical Society
San Diego Genealogical Society
San Diego Historical Society


SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY
San Francisco Jewish Genealogical Society
San Francisco Museum and Historical Society


SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY
San Joaquin Genealogical Society
San Joaquin Historical Society and Museum
Tracy Area Genealogical Society


SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
San Luis Obispo Genealogical Society
South County Historical Society


SAN MATEO COUNTY
Burlingame Historical Society
San Mateo Genealogical Society
San Mateo History Museum
Spanishtown Historical Society


SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society



SANTA CLARA COUNTY
California Pioneers of Santa Clara County
History San Jose
Los Altos History Museum
Milpitas Historical Society
Palo Alto Historical Society
Santa Clara County Archives
Santa Clara County and Historical Society
Silicon Valley History Online


SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Art and History Museum of Santa Cruz
Capitola Historical Museum
Soquel Pioneer and Historical Association


SHASTA COUNTY
Shasta Historical Society


SIERRA COUNTY
No Online Resources Found*


SISKIYOU COUNTY
Scott Valley Genealogical  Group


SOLANO COUNTY
Genealogy Society of  Vallejo - Benicia
Solano County Genealogical Society


SONOMA COUNTY
Cloverdale Historical Society
Forestville Historical Society
Petaluma Museum- Researching your Past
Sonoma County Genealogical Society
Sonoma County Historical Society


STANISLAUS COUNTY
Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County, Inc.
McHenry Museum and Historical Society
Patterson Township Historical Society


SUTTER  COUNTY
Sutter County Museum and Research Archives


TEHAMA COUNTY
Tehama County Genealogical and Historical Society

TRINITY COUNTY
Jake Jackson Museum and History Center- Trinity County Historical Society


TULARE COUNTY
Alta District Historical Society
Sequoia Genealogical Society
Tulare County Historical Society


TUOLUMNE COUNTY
Southern Tuolumne County Residents Genealogy-Groveland  Yosemite Gateway Museum
Tuolumne County Genealogical Society
Tuolumne County Historical Society


VENTURA COUNTY
Ventura County Genealogical Society
Ventura County Genealogical Society Archives


YOLO  COUNTY
Davis Historical Society
West Sacramento Historical Society


YUBA COUNTY
Yuba Roots-Genealogy and History Resource Organization


* No online, current, or active historic or genealogical society websites


  May 2, 2007
Carolyn Feroben
Santa Clara County History
Mariposa County History and Genealogy
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last update Feb 2009