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The Fresno County Genealogical Society (FCGS) offers a variety of resources to the public, consisting largely of printed, microfilmed, or computerized information, and limited research services. Many of these resources are briefly summarized below. You may send your questions concerning the items listed here or for a list of researchers write to the Correspondence Secretary of FCGS at PO Box 1429, Fresno, CA 93716.
The FCGS's Library collection is in the Fresno County Library's, California History and Genealogy Room. However, the FCGS is an independent organization and not affiliated in any way with the Fresno County Friends of the Library.
A member or non-member may make a donation of books or contributions to our FCGS fund. Also, for those who want a special book, the FCGS will order the book and the member or non-member will pay half the cost and the FCGS will pay the other half and the book is then added to the FCGS collection. Members or non-members may send us a donation in memory of a loved one or friend and we will purchase a book and put in a special book label in memory of their loved one or friend with their name as donator.
The following are FCGS publications which the society sells to help fund its activities. You may mail your orders to the FCGS at PO Box 1429, Fresno, CA 93716. FCGS members receive a 10% discount. Please make your check or money order payable to the Fresno County Genealogical Society, and be sure to legibly include your complete mailing address in your message. All orders shipping & handling charges: $3.50 for first book, $1.00 for each additional book. California orders only add appropriate sales tax. Foreign orders inquire for shipping & handling costs. Prices as of November 2002.
LEAVES FROM THE PAST, 1967-1982 Author: June English
Contents: Early history of Fresno County, prominent pioneers of the San Joaquin Valley, earliest courthouses, old newspaper articles, pioneer cemeteries, Fresno County's Black pioneers, Fresno County wills, and more. Published 2001, Comb-bound. Approximately 1618 surnames; 403 pages, Index. Price: Members: $35.00; Non-members: $43.00
THE EARLY HISTORY OF FRESNO COUNTY, 1966-1987 Author: Muriel Emery Wardlaw
Contents: Early History of Fresno County, profiles of county pioneers, diaries, abstracts, of Fresno County wills, early church records, real estate rolls, street names, deaths, short stories, and more. Published 2001, Comb-bound. Approximately 2800 surnames; 353 pages, index. Price Members: $31.00; Non-members: $42.00
FRESNO COUNTY HISTORICAL ARTICLES AND RESOURCES FROM THE ASH TREE ECHO, 1966-2000, VOL I. Edited by Jessica A. Crisp and William B. Secrest, Jr.
Contents: Cemetery records, vital statistics, church registers, newspaper extracts, voter rolls, biographies, business directories, 1852 special census of Mariposa County, Fresno Great Registers of 1896 and 1898, Armenians, and more. Published 2001,Comb-bound. Approximately 4,867 surnames; 453 pages. Price: Members: $39.00; Non-members: $53.00
FRESNO COUNTY HISTORICAL ARTICLES AND RESOURCES FROM THE ASH TREE ECHO, 1966-2000, VOL II. Edited by Jessica A. Crisp and William B. Secrest, Jr.
Contents: Same type as in Volume I plus articles on veterans and pensioners of the Civil War, 1892-1894, list of colonies in Fresno County, court records, Fresno fraternal societies and officers, personal name index to the Fresno Times, early Fresno newspapers, Germans from Russia, Great Register of Fresno, and more. Published 2001,Comb-bound. Approximately 4,892 surnames; 444 pages. Price: Members: $38.00; Non-members: $52.00
FRESNO COUNTY HISTORICAL ARTICLES AND RESOURCES FROM THE ASH TREE ECHO, 1966-2000, VOL III. Edited by Jessica A. Crisp and William B. Secrest, Jr.
Contents: Same type as Vols. I & II plus family histories, early land records of Fresno County, marriage records, pioneer doctors, outlaws, place names of the valley cities,people, places and landmarks 1899-1900, school directories of Fresno County, 1889 teachers of Fresno County, vital records, and more. Published 2001,Comb-bound. Approximately 4,992 surnames; 383 pages, Index to Vols I, II & III. Price: Members: $34.00; Non-members: $45.00Above 3 books:
FRESNO COUNTY HISTORICAL ARTICLES AND RESOURCES FROM THE ASH TREE ECHO, 1966-2000", VOLS. I, II, & III. 1,280 pages, Index to Vols I, II, & III. Price: Members: $110.00; Non-members: $149.00
ARMENIAN CEMETERIES, ARARAT AND MASIS ARARAT TO 1995 Soft cover, 180 pp., indexed. Price: Members: $18.00; Non-members: $25.00
ASH TREE ECHO
An FCGS booklet published semiannual. Includes feature articles, genealogy hints and resources, research queries, a list of FCGS publications for sale, and much more. The cost of two issues is included in an FCGS annual membership fee. Click here to use our membership application form. Back issues from July 1966-present are kept in the periodicals section of the California History and Genealogy Room. Selected issues are also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, IN.
Back issues $5.00
COLLECTION OF ARTICLES FROM FRESNO NEWSPAPERS
Covers most of 1968. Includes items of genealogical importance abstracted from local newspapers by Rebecca Greer. Also includes any marriages, divorces, and annulments which occurred in Nevada, if the parties were from the San Joaquin Valley. Indexed. Comb-bound, 418 pp.
Price: Members: $36.00; Non-members: $49.00
FRESNO GENEALOGICAL BOOK LIST AND OTHER MATERIALS IN THE FRESNO COUNTY LIBRARY: 1996,
Lists books by subject or call number and alphabetically by title. Also includes genealogical material held by the Fresno County Genealogical Society and the Fresno County Main Library in the California History and Genealogy Room such as periodicals, CD's, microfilms, and microfiche. When ordering, please specify the type of binding you wish to have; if no binding specification is given, comb-binding will be used. Soft cover, 365 pp.
FRESNO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY COOK BOOK
An assortment of favorite recipes submitted by Society members. Comb-binding.
Price: Members: $6.00; Non-members: $8.00
FRESNO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL LIBRARY PERIODICAL INVENTORY LIST - 2002 Soft cover, 236 pp, comb-binding.
GREAT REGISTER OF THE COUNTY OF FRESNO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA 1890
An alphabetical listing of voters in Fresno County, California, as of 6 October 1890, giving name, age, state or country of birth, residence, registration date, occupation, and date and place of naturalization (if applicable). Soft cover, 127 pp., maps.
Price: Members: $14.00; Non-members: $19.00
GREAT REGISTER OF MARIPOSA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA 1890,
An alphabetical listing of voters in Mariposa County, California, giving name, age, state or country of birth, residence, registration date, occupation, and date and place of naturalization (if applicable). Soft cover, 28 pp., brief history, maps.
Price: Members: $7.00; Non-members: $9.00
THE JOTTED LINE A monthly newsletter published by the FCGS. The cost of 12 issues is included in an FCGS annual membership fee. Click here to use our membership application form. Back issues from April 1975-present are kept in the periodicals section of the California History and Genealogy Room. Price: Members: no cost; Non-members: $1.50
The book collection is growing each month and currently contains over 19,000 books and periodicals on every state in the U.S. and many countries around the world. The following are a few selected titles from the genealogy collection. Check the library’s catalog for all of our titles.Pennsylvania Archives Series 1-9
The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital records
Vital Records of Massachusetts to 1850 (over 100 volumes)
New Jersey Archives
"WAR OF THE REBELLION" 125 Vols. United States War Department, ed. Washington, Govt. Print. Off., 1880-1901. A compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. Published under the direction of the ... Secretary of War ...
"GERMANS TO AMERICA" 67 Vols
"ITALIANS TO AMERICA" 22 Vols.
"MAYFLOWER FAMILIES" 22 Vols.
"CHEROKEE BY BLOOD" 9 Vols. Jordan, Jerry Wright, ed. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1987 - <1988>.
"ANGLO-AMERICANS IN SPANISH ARCHIVES: LIST OF ANGLO-AMERICAN SETTLERS IN THE SPANISH COLONIES OF AMERICA -- A FINDING AID" Feldman, Lawrence H. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1991. 349 pp., indexed.
"INDEXED LIST OF GERMANS FROM RUSSIA" Fresno Genealogical Society. Fresno, 1996. Taken from the Fresno County Hall of Records.
The FCGS maintains a collection of genealogy-related periodicals which have now been added to the online catalog
An FCGS booklet published quarterly from July 1966-1989 and semiannually thereafter. Includes a list of upcoming FCGS activities, feature articles, genealogy hints and resources, research queries, a list of FCGS publications for sale, and more. Selected issues are also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, IN. Back issues from July 1966-present are available for review or sale.
FRESNO, PAST & PRESENT
A publication of the Fresno County Historical Society, issued monthly from Januray 1959-March - 1975 and seasonally thereafter.
Fresno County Historical Society http://www.valleyhistory.org
THE JOTTED LINE
A monthly newsletter published by the FCGS. Back issues from April 1975-present are available for review or sale.
The FCGS Library has 2 microfilm reader/printers, 2 microfilm readers, and 2 microfiche readers for use in the California and History Room. Listed below are a few of the resources available.
CALIFORNIA VITAL RECORDS INDEXES
State of California: Department of Health. Microfiche.
SACRAMENTO BEE INDEXES
Microfiche. Birth, marriage, and death notices in the Sacramento Bee from 1857-1905.
U.S. FEDERAL POPULATION CENSUS: CALIFORNIA
U.S. Census Bureau. Washington, D.C.: 1850-1920. Microfilm.
U.S. FEDERAL POPULATION MORTALITY SCHEDULE: CALIFORNIA
U.S. Census Bureau. Washington, D.C.: 1850-1880. Microfilm.
The FCGS owns and operates a computer to access information on CD’s in the California History and Genealogy Room. Two internet computers are also in the Room to search the library catalog and Ancestry Library Edition as well as other online resources.
For our patrons' convenience, computers can be reserved one hour at a time by calling the staff at (559) 488-3195, ext. 3 then 5. Copies of search results can be printed for 10˘ each.
The Society maintains over 500 CD's including:
OBITUARY CARD FILE
The FCGS has a standing card file of Fresno area obituaries clipped from local newspapers and alphabetized by surname. Begun in 1983 and continued to the present. Earlier obituaries may be obtained from the Newspaper microfilm located in the California History and Genealogy Room.
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