Sonoma County, California Genealogy

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Guide to Sonoma County California genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Sonoma County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Sonoma County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 18, 1850
County Seat Santa Rosa
Courthouse
Address Sonoma County Courthouse
2300 County Center Drive
laPlaza Building B177
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: 707.565.3800
Sonoma County Website



County Courthouse

County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1850[1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

18 February 1850: Sonoma County was created as an original county.  County seat: Santa Rosa [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1906: Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

BillionGraves:

Census

For tips on accessing Sonoma County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.

Church History and Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Santa Rosa

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

History

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See California Land and Property for additional information about early California land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Maps

Migration

Military History and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Probate Records

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums

Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library

County Courthouse

Family History Centers

Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records. The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder.

Birth

Marriage

Divorce

Death

Voting Registers

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sonoma County, California. Page 87At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).