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Treasures in Our Stacks

Our library has more than 9,000 holdings, which means our librarians often discover forgotten treasures! Highlighted below are some of their recent finds, with info about how these resources can help YOU with your research.

Many of our books are unique and cannot be found online, making libraries like ours even more important to genealogists and historians. In our 50th year, help us continue to provide this valuable service — donate today.

Plan your visit to our library to view these treasures, and find others in our online catalog. We'll add more to the list below, so visit this page again.

  • 21 Mar 2024 1:47 PM | Librarian (Administrator)

    by P. Force, 1837 to 1853, 35 volumes

    What Is It? A documentary history of the American Revolution, from 1774 to 1783. Volumes include congressional correspondence, land records, commerce, foreign relations, military affairs, public lands, and more.

    How Can It Support My Research? Gives historical context — the records and letters in these volumes help us understand our ancestors who lived just before and during the Revolution.

    Visit our Library to explore this book set. Call Number = 328 AMER

  • 16 Mar 2024 1:53 PM | Librarian (Administrator)

    by H.H. Bancroft, 1964

    What Is It? Each entry in this index includes a brief biographical sketch and history of the inhabitant's time in California. This book is comprised of extracts from Bancroft’s seven-volume History of California.

    How Can It Support My Research? Useful tool for finding information about your California pioneer ancestors, including the earliest Mexican and Spanish pioneers.

    Note: Our Library also has Bancroft’s 39-volume History of the Pacific States and Native Races of the Pacific States.

    Visit our Library to explore this book. Call Number = 920 D38b

  • 13 Mar 2024 1:38 PM | Librarian (Administrator)

    1920s to 1970s, multiple volumes

    What Is It? These volumes contain the original records from the F. W. Mercier & Parmelee (St. Helena, 1923-1930) and Simic (Calistoga, 1929-1971) funeral homes. The records have also been indexed by our library.

    How Can It Support My Research? Each record often includes quite a bit of vital information about the deceased person(s), such as birth date and place, parent’s names and birth places, and burial information.

    Visit our Library to explore these books: Call Number = Special Collections

  • 11 Mar 2024 1:49 PM | Librarian (Administrator)

    by Glazier and Tepper, 1983-1986, 7 volumes

    What Is It? These volumes list Irish immigrants who arrived at the Port of New York between 1846 and 1851.

    How Can It Support My Research? If your ancestor(s) immigrated through New York around 1850, you may be able to find a record of them in this book series.

    Visit our Library to explore this book set. Call Number = 325.2 FAMI

  • 7 Mar 2024 11:40 AM | Librarian (Administrator)

    by J. Newman, 1985

    What Is It? Describes changes to American immigration procedures throughout the years; includes an extensive bibliography, a list of procedures and dates, and samples of documents. Long thought lost, this publication was recently re-discovered at the Indiana Historical Society and made available to the public.

    How Can It Support My Research? This book can help you understand the rules in place at the time your ancestors came to America. It may also help you gain insight into the conditions, obstacles, and struggles they endured.

    Visit our Library to explore this book: Call Number = 323.62 P49n

  • 1 Mar 2024 1:51 PM | Librarian (Administrator)

    by J. Munsell, 1900

    What Is It? This book and its 1908 supplement identify published American family genealogies, as well as information that may be contained in other sources, such as local histories, biographies, historical publications, and more.

    How Can It Support My Research? Helps identify potential sources of genealogical information for particular family names. Worth a look to see if families you are researching are included. Our library has many of the publications identified in this index!

    Visit our Library to explore this book. Call Number = 929.1 D29m

    Preview this book at Archive.org

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