for Monterey area researchers

The #1 "must know about" resource is The Family History Center in Seaside. (Click for info)

Of special interest for Revolutionary War research in this library are two series of volumes by Virgil D. White:
Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files
Index to Revolutionary War Service Records

Associate with like-minded genealogy researchers in the Monterey County Genealogy Society. MoCoGenSo meets at 7pm on the First Thursday of the month except July at the Family History Center (above). For more information visit the web site at Expert assistance is available from members.

National Archives and Records Administration, Pacific Region, 1000 Commodore Drive, San Bruno, California 94066-2350. All U.S. Census records are available as well as military service records for most wars, and more. For detailed information, hours, and directions visit the web site at or call (949) 448-4922.

California State Library - Sutro, 480 Winston Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132. Hours Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Sutro Library has one of the largest genealogical collections west of Salt Lake City with extensive resources for states other than California and basic resources for California. For more details see or call (415) 469-6100.

The California State Library has its own online library catalog, but its holdings are also listed, along with those of the University of California libraries, on the MELVYL Union Catalog. The Web site of the California State Library, Sacramento, at has links to both online catalogs. You can also go directly to MELVYL at telnet:// or . Limit your search on MELVYL to holdings of both the Sacramento and Sutro branches of the California State Library by selecting Calif. State Libraries in the "Location box". You cannot limit the search to just one branch.

Other area libraries also have genealogical resources such as the California Room at the Monterey Public Library or local history at the Santa Cruz Public Library

There is one highly recommended FREE genealogy program available for the download. Check out Legacy Family Tree at

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