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Rates – $50.00 per hour billed in half hour increments plus expenses such as photocopy and vital record fees. One hour minimum. Time billed includes problem analysis, research and report preparation. Travel beyond 30 miles is also billed at the hourly rate.
I perform research in Sacramento using the facilities of the California State Library, the California State Archives, the Sacramento County Recorder's and Clerk's Offices, the California Department of Health Services (Vital Statistics Branch), the Sacramento Family History Center branch library, and the genealogical collections of various Sacramento area libraries. The major records available in Sacramento include (but are not limited to):
Mexican census of California for 1790 (the Presidios), 1836 (Los Angeles), and 1844 (Los Angeles)
Federal census all states 1790 through 1930
California State Census of 1852
Great Registers of Voters 1866-1944 - These registers are partially alphabetized by county prior to 1886 and by voter precinct after 1886. Many of the pre-1900 registers contain age, birthplace, date, place and court of naturalization (for naturalized citizens), occupation, date of registration, and in some cases, the physical characteristics such as height, color of hair and eyes, and any distinguishing marks, etc. Post 1898 registers contain only the name, address, date of registration, and party affiliation.
California Death Index July 1905-Dec. 2000 - This is a complete index to all deaths registered with the State Department of Health Services since the State began keeping vital records. The information in the indices varies slightly for different years. All indices contain the name, spouse's initials (if available), date and county of death. The indices for 1905-1939 contain the age at death. Those for 1940-1997 contain the birth date and state or country of birth and the mother's maiden name.
California Marriage Index 1949-1985 - Complete groom and bride indices to all non-confidential marriages filed with the Department of Health Services during this period. The information in these indexes includes the names of the bride and groom, their ages, the date and county of marriage, and the State File Number.
California Births 1905-1995 – an index to births providing the given name, date of birth, county of birth, and mother’s maiden name.
California Newspaper collection - This extensive collection includes at least one newspaper for each county from its creation. A few gaps exist.
California County History collection - Includes most printed California county histories and local genealogy society compilations.
The California DAR collection - A collection of over 180 volumes including cemetery records, early vital records for various counties, pioneer family records, early vital records from Sacramento and San Francisco newspapers, etc.
Pioneer manuscript collection -This is a collection of family data for California pioneers as provided by themselves or their immediate families. The collection is indexed in the California Information Card File.
California Information Card File - This is a card file, maintained by the State Library, containing 1.4 million references to biographic, as well as historical information, found in county histories, newspapers, the various manuscript collections, etc. The period covered is the 1840s to 1986.
Index to prison records - These are indices to the prisoner records for Folsom and San Quentin prison through 1940. The State Archives also has approximately a 10 percent sampling of the actual prisoner files; the rest were destroyed. The Archives also has the prison photo "mug" books.
1997, 1994, 1991, 1989, 1988 & 1984 Property Owners Index - These are statewide, alphabetized indexes of all owners of real estate in California as of July 1st of each year indexed. The index provides the name(s) of the owner and the mailing, as well as the property address. Since these are statewide indices, they are very useful in locating living individuals who are California property owners (not renters).
Immigrant Passengers Arriving at San Francisco 1893-1934 - This set consists of original passenger manifests and an alphabetized index.