Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown

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Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown
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Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  E-mail reference service form


224 Church Street  (PO Box 72)
Santa Cruz, California 95063-0072

Telephone:[1]  831-427-7707 ext. 5794


Sunday 1p.m.-5:00p.m.
Monday-Thursday 10:00a.m.-7:00p.m.
Friday-Saturday 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

  • GSSCC's volunteer hours vary: a genealogy volunteer is generally on duty late in the morning and early in the afternoon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; and in the evening on Mondays.

Map and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

  • Santa Cruz Public Library site includes downlaod books, books and more, Internet resources, local information, kids, teens, 50Plus, services, locations, and featured events.
  • Santa Cruz Genealogical Society Library contact info, hours, resources, obtaining obituaries.
  • SCPL Catalog online: search by keyword, title, author, subject, series, or call number.
  • Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County library, getting started, research assistance, county history, past events, calendar, links, membership, publications, Tina Brayton Collection, online documents, lecture notes and handouts.

Collection Description

Holds the Genealogial Society of Santa Cruz County's library, including the Tina Brayton Collection which is equivalent to the Draper Collection but larger and with a better index, and many compiled genealogies of Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia  families.[2] [3]


Obituary research help is available by mail if you cannot visit the library. Send a SASE and $15 check payable to GSSCC to: Research Coordinator, GSSCC, PO Box 72, Santa Cruz, CA 95063.[1]


Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives Pacific Region (Riverside) holding records of southern California, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada. CA Indian enrollments, Asian immigrants, naturalizations, land records, AZ taxes, sailors, censuses, military post returns, Five Civilized Tribes, Revolutionary War, Civil War records, passenger arrival lists, Mexican and Canadian border crossings, passport applications.[4]
  • National Archives Pacific Region (San Francisco) holding records of California (north & central), Nevada (except Clark County), Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Marshall, Caroline, and Northern Mariana Islands, overseas Pacific naval bases, Asian-Pacific immigration, American Indians.[5]
  • California State Library (Sacramento) censuses, great registers, city directories, CA historical newspapers, genealogical periodicals, death index 1905-1995, marriage index 1949-1986.[6]
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.

Neighboring Collections


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Locations and Hours - SC Genealogical Society Library in Santa Cruz Public Libraries (accessed 16 February 2014).
  2. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 113. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  3. The Tina Brayton Collection in Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (accessed 3 January 2014).
  4. Genealogy Research in Riverside in National Archives (accessed 30 October 2013).
  5. Genealogy Research in National Archives (accessed 29 October 2013).
  6. Collections in California Secretary of State Debra Bowen (accessed 18 February 2014).
  7. Recorder in Santa Cruz County, California (accessed 18 February 2014).
  8. County of Santa Cruz: The Superior Court of California (accessed 18 February 2014).
  9. California in Where to Write for Vital Records (accessed 17 February 2014).