California History Section

The California History Section provides specialized California genealogy resources such as:

Sutro Library

The Sutro Library houses the majority of our non-California genealogy resources including:

  • 18,000 telephone and city directories
  • 4,000 family histories
  • Tax, voting, and property records
  • Military and business registries
  • Genealogy, historical, and lineage society publications
  • City & County Histories

All of our branches provide in-house access to a number of databases including genealogy databases.

The California State Library is happy to offer advice on researching family history but we lack the staff resources to provide private family research services. If you are working remotely, we would be delighted to help you access materials through inter-library loan or provide a list of private researchers. Please feel free to ask us a question or visit the library.