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INTRODUCTION

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, San Joaquin Valley Heritage and Genealogy Center. 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.


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FCGS PUBLICATIONS

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: $45.00

Above 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 San Joaquin Valley Heritage and Genealogy Center. Selected issues are also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, IN.
Price $5.00
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 San Joaquin Valley Heritage and Genealogy Center 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.
Unbound: $30.00
Comb-binding: $32.00


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.
Price $25.00


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 San Joaquin Valley Heritage and Genealogy Center. Price: Members: no cost; Non-members: $1.50


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BOOKS

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
Great Migration

"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.

Record Type

Years

Births: A-F 1892-1981
Births: G-L 1892-1975
Births: M-R 1893-1918
Births: S-Z 1873-1918
Marriages: A-Z 1900s
Deaths: A-Z 1900s


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PERIODICALS

The FCGS maintains a collection of genealogy-related periodicals which have now been added to the online catalog
Some Fresno-area periodicals are:

ASH TREE ECHO
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.

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MICRO MEDIA

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.

Record Type Years Details
Deaths 1940-1994 Lists decedent's spouse's initial, decedent's name, sex, social security number, death date, death city and county, and registration and California state file numbers.
Marriages 1960-1986 Lists groom's name and age, bride's name and age, date and county of marriage registration, and registration and California state file numbers.
Divorces 1966-1984  


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.

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COMPUTER FILES

The FCGS owns and operates a computer to access information on CD’s in the San Joaquin Valley Heritage and Genealogy Center. 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.

CD'S
The Society maintains over 500 CD's including:

  • Family History Collection, 200 Vols.
  • Everton's Family Roots
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI)
  • St. Augustine Catholic Church Records - Loredo, Texas
  • The Genealogist's Virtual Library
  • The Clans of Ireland
  • The Celle Family
  • English Parish Records, Irish Parish Records - Antrim, Down, Louth
  • Wurttemburg Emigration Index, Vols 1-7
  • Land Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Census Records
  • The Civil War
  • Roll of Honor - Civil War Union Soldiers, 27 Vols.
  • Pre-1790 Colonial  America Census Index
  • Mortality Records US Census 1850-1880
  • Connecticut Genealogies
  • Rhode Island Genealogies
  • New Jersey Genealogies
  • Vital Records of New Jersey
  • New York Births and Deaths 1800-1992
  • California, Nevada, Oregon Births and Deaths 1700-1988
  • Dictionnaire National des Canadins Francois 1608-1760
  • African Americans in the 1870 Census
  • The Hessian Collection, Vol. 1
  • 1831-1841 Ireland Census (2 counties)
  • Immigrants to New England 1620-1633
  • Complete Book of Emigrants (Mennonite Records)
  • Pennsylvania Genealogies
  • Virginia Genealogies
  • Pennsylvania German Church Records
  • Baltimore Irish Baptisms 1834-1883
  • World Family Tree Collection (Vols. 1-110)
  • Native American Canadian Census 1881
  • Ship Passenger lists / Miscellaneous Ports
  • Ship Passenger List and Index 1538-1940
  • Selected U.S. / International Marriage Records 1340-1980

MICROFICHE (selected)
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI)
  • California Bride & Groom Index 1960-1985
  • California Divorces 1961-1975
  • California Death Index 1940-1994
  • Sutro Library Surname, State & Local History
  • Illinois Military Civil War Records
  • Illinois Land Records
  • American Genealogical Lending Library (AGLL) Catalog; all states
  • Foreign Nations, Native Americans & Assorted information
  • Massachusetts; Plymouth - Abington births 1711-1718
  • Massachusetts Vital Records Goshen 1781-1898
  • Massachusetts Early Records 1871-1820, Vol. 1
  • Bibliography of Massachusetts Vital Records 1620-1905
  • Florida Census Index 1860-1905
  • Florida Census Index 1860-1870
  • Oregon Census Index 1860-1870
  • Delaware Census Index 1870
  • Veterans Census Index 1890 for:  Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; New York; Texas; Virginia; Nevada; and Wyoming
  • New York, Westchester Wills 1784-1830
  • New Zealand 1893 Women's Voter's Roll
  • Pennsylvania, Somerset County Church Records
  • Pennsylvania, Bedford & Somerset County History & Genealogical Personal History
  • Index to the Official Records of the Union Navy & Confederate Navy
  • Vermont Land Records & Grants
  • San Francisco Newspaper Index
  • Fresno Assessor's Records
  • Heraldic Register of America

MICROFILM (selected)
  • U.S. California Census Index by County 1850-1920
  • Soundex Index 1880
  • California City Directories Pre 1900
  • Fresno Genealogical Society Members Surnames
  • Historical Atlas of California
  • California State Directory 1880-1881
  • County Directories for Northern California 1893-1894
  • Fort Miller Garrison Rolls
  • Fresno County Assessor's Rolls 1860-1872
  • Fresno County 1881
  • Fresno County 1860-1872
  • Fresno Negro Directory 1936
  • Associate Collegiate Alumnae, Fresno 1916-1953
  • Fresno Business 1867-1988
  • Fresno Police Annual 1851-1989
  • Sheriff's Review 1958-1979
  • Quinn, California History 1905
  • Telephone Directories:  Fresno, Kings, Madera, mariposa, Merced, Tulare Counties 1909-1956
  • Fresno/Clovis Telephone Directories 1980-1992
  • Reedley Telephone directory July 1911
  • Fowler Telephone Directories 1934-1935
  • Early Sanborn Maps of Fresno, Clovis, Reedley, Parlier, Sanger, Selma, Laton, Kerman, and Kings Counties
  • Pacific States Almanacs 1864-1889
  • McKenney's directories (California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska) 1882-1883
  • McKenney's Seven County Directory (California)
  • Spencer Business Directory, Humboldt Co., California 1895-1885
  • Western Shore Gazateer, Yolo Co., California 1870
  • Chico City Directory 1904-1905
  • Coast County City Directory 1871-1872
  • Dalton's San Francisco Business Directory 1880
  • Great Register of Voters for Fresno County 1867-1944
  • Cohen's Legal and Commercial Guide 1881
  • Los Angeles City and County Directory 1872-1882
  • Holly wood City Directory 1906 & 1928
  • Milliken Ventura Homeseekers 1898
  • U.S. Post Office Site Locations
  • Early Fresno Area Newspapers 1865-1928
  • Other California Newspapers:  Mariposa County; Sacramento Bee; San Francisco; San Joaquin Valley Argus; Visalia; 1852-1994 (dates vary)
  • Area Telephone Directories 1909-1954
  • Fresno Bee Obituary files (Fresno, Madera, Clovis, Sanger)
  • U.S. California Census 1850-1920
  • Fresno City Directories 1871-1988
  • Fresno County Real Estate Records
  • New York Passenger Lists
  • Queries from the Hartford Times
  • Daws Rolls:  Five Civilized Tribes (American Indian Rolls)
  • Sherman Institute Yearbook of Indians Placed in Riverside County 1921-1997
  • Tax Collector Cash Book 1885-1909 (5 rolls)
  • Certificates of Tax Sales 1872-1883
  • Certificates of Tax Sales Misc. Index
  • Real Estate Check Book 1884-1901 (5 rolls)
  • Index to Real Estate Roll 1874/75- 1899
  • Farmer's Income Tax Records 1920-1922
  • Colony Block Book 1901
  • Librarian's Record Book for District School Libraries 1910-1914
  • Register for Public Schools Fresno County 1910-1920
  • Personal Property Roll 1884-1890
  • Delinquent Taxes 1881-1890
  • Delinquent Assessment Roll 1891-1898
  • Check Book of Colonies & Additions 1889, Vol. 1-3
  • Check Book of Colonies & Additions 1895-1897
  • Selma Kingsburg Additions 1898-1900
  • Additions 1898-1900
  • Register of Licenses 1899-1907
  • Index to Assessment Roll 1881-1887, 1899
  • Assessment Roll 1872-1886
  • Sacramento Union May-Sep 1862
  • Daily San Joaquin Republican (Stockton) Jan 1855-June 1857
  • Vida en el Valle (Fresno) Aug 1990-Dec 1998
  • Caruthers Gazette 1936-1961
  • Alta California (San Francisco) Sept 22, 1849

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OTHER RESOURCES

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 San Joaquin Valley Heritage and Genealogy Center.

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ASH TREE ECHO

ANNUAL SEMINAR

DNA PROJECT

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