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Meriam Library / Local Genealogy Research Assistance [pdf]
Current Newspapers in Meriam Library
California Newspapers in the Meriam Library

Genealogy Site

Access Genealogy
Ancestors (PBS / BYU Broadcasting)
Census Online
Ellis Island Passenger Arrivals
Family Search (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)
Genealogists/Family Historians (National Archives and Records Admin.)
Local History and Genealogy Reading Room (Library of Congress)
Roots Web
USGenWeb Project

Multi-List Genealogy Sites

Barrel of Genealogy Links
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

The Genealogy Home Page
Guide to Sources for Genealogy in the California History Room (Calif. State Library)
Yahoo search: Arts: Humanities: History: Genealogy

Newsletters / Columns / Articles / etc.

Ancestry Daily News (
Cyndi's List : Magazines, Journal, Columns & Newsletters
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
Family Tree Magazine : Free E-mail Newsletter
Genealogy Help - GenHelp blog

Beginner's guides

Beginners Guide to Genealogy Research on the Internet
Cindi's List : Beginners
Family History Made Easy : Step by Step ( : Genealogy classes
How to Start Your Family History
RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Family Tree Indexes
Searching Your Family Tree By Richard A. Pence (beginners guide to genealogy)

more guides

Cemeteries / Tombstone Transcription Project

Tombstone Transcription Project : contains state cemetery registry, foreign cemeteries, and military cemeteries
Cemeteries of the United States (
Cemeteries -- Burial and Memorials (Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
National Cemeteries (Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
U.S. Cemeteries

California Genealogical Research

California Genealogical Society and Library
California GenWeb Project
California Pioneer Project
Cemeteries of California (
Index to Cemeteries in California (
Online California Death Records & Indexes

Butte County [Calif.] Genealogy Research

Butte County California (from California GenWeb)
Butte County California (from
Butte County California Cemeteries
Butte County Census Indexes 1860, 1870
Cemeteries of Butte County California (
Paradise Genealogical Society
Tombstone Transcription Project - Butte County Cemeteries (USGenWeb & RootsWeb)

see Meriam Library Special Collections for:

Index to Butte County Coroner's Inquests, 1852-1963
Index to Butte County Probate Records, 1850-1917

Paradise [Calif.] Genealogical Society publications are held in N.E. Cal.

Census Records & Forms

free - census records - online:
Census Online : Links to Online Census Records ( State/county
U.S.GenWeb Census Project ( transcribed Census data
Census Project (U.S.GenWeb and RootsWeb)

census questionnaires and forms:
Census Records 1790-1930 (
Census Records Abstracts 1790-1930 lists questions for each census
Enumeration Forms (1850 Census Questions - 2005 American Community Survey) Enumeration form and census questions


Soundex Indexing System (National Archives and Records Administration)
Soundex: What it is and how to use it (
Surname to Soundex Code (enter surname for soundex code)

Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce

Death Indexes

Social Security Death Index (from
Social Security Death Index (from

Where to Write for Vital Record
Vital Records Information for U.S.


Newspaper Archives: [some may charge for articles]

Chronicling America : Historical American Newspapers (Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities)
Google News Archive

Meriam Library -- News Sources
Meriam Library -- Current Newspapers in Meriam Library
Meriam Library -- California Newspaper in Meriam Library [by county]

Census Population Schedules in Meriam Library

Meriam Library Microform Section houses California Census Population Schedules on microfilm. Paper indexes for 1850 and 1860 are in the Reference collection. Available on the 2nd floor:

Popularion Schedules (CA only): 1850, 1852, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1990, 1910, 1920, & 1930 (Butte County only)

Soundex Index (CA only): 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920

Reference Collection:

Index to the 1850 Census of State of California (ref F860 B6)

1860 California census index : (ref F860 D54 1984)


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