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Genealogical Society

 

P.O. Box 1354, Diamond Springs, CA 95619

 

Serving Genealogical Needs in El Dorado County Since 1979

 

 

“A Family Tree Can Wither If Nobody Tends Its Roots.”

 

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RESEARCH AND RESOURCES

 

El Dorado County, the birth place of the California Gold Rush, drew thousands of people during the mid-1800’s.  Most came in hopes of making the big strike and going back home rich.  Some made that strike, some didn’t.  Some went home, some stayed.  Some found an early grave and some stayed on as farmers, ranchers and trades people building the area as we know it today.  Whatever they did, they have a story.  Some stories are widely known, some not so much, and some stories were taken to the grave. 

 

This page will take you to various resources available to help you in your research. 

 

Government Agencies:

 

EDC Assessor’s Office has plat maps, property descriptions, and land ownership records.  Located at 360 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667.  Phone (530) 621-5719.

EDC Recorder-Clerk has all highway (CalTrans) maps, official deeds, patents, mining locations, birth, death, marriage, probate records, original geological survey maps.  Located at 380 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667.  Phone (530) 621-5490.

El Dorado County Library has mining bureau bulletins, rare books, historical file, Mountain Democrat (1854 – Present).  The library is located at 345 Fair Lane, Placerville.  Phone number is (530) 621-5540.  Hours are 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Closed Sunday and Monday.

El Dorado County Museum, newspapers, probate records (1850 – 1989), mining and naturalization records, maps, diaries, burial records, obituaries (1866 – current), Great Register (of voters), photographs.  The museum is located just to the north side of the entrance to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 104 Placerville Dr., Placerville, Ca.  Phone is (530) 621-5865.  Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.  The Research Room is also open on Tuesday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

El Dorado County Cemetery Administration department oversees 16 cemeteries in El Dorado County as well as working with private groups to protect the counties cemeteries.  Located at El Dorado County Offices, Bldg. C, Fairlane Ct. Placerville, CA 95667.  Phone is (530) 621-7594. 

Marshall Gold Discovery State Park information on the Coloma Cemetery, genealogical and census records, some information on the people and cemetery in Lotus.  Located at 310 Black Street (off Hwy 49), Coloma.  Mailing address P.O. Box 265, Coloma, CA 95613.  Phone (530) 622-3470.

State of California, Dept of Public Health can supply copies of Birth, Death, Fetal Death, Still Birth and Marriage Certificates.  Please note that there is usually quite a processing period so please check with them to determine that the processing time is acceptable to you.

 

 

Libraries and Museums:

 

El Dorado County Library has mining bureau bulletins, rare books, historical file, Mountain Democrat (1854 – Present).  The library is located at 345 Fair Lane, Placerville.  Phone number is (530) 621-5540.  Hours are 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Closed Sunday and Monday.

El Dorado County Museum, has not only a wonderful museum, but a well stocked research room with newspapers, probate records (1850 – 1989), mining and naturalization records, maps, diaries, cemetery listings, burial records, obituaries (1866 – current), Great Register (of voters), photographs.  The museum is located just to the north side of the entrance to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 104 Placerville Dr., Placerville, Ca.  Phone is (530) 621-5865.  Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.  The Research Room is also open on Tuesday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Fountain and Tallman Museum, operated by the El Dorado County Historical Society is a great source of information on the history of El Dorado county.  Located in the historic Fountain and Tallman building at 524 Main Street in downtown Placerville, you can visit them Wednesday through Saturday.

Placerville Family History Center has a vast collection of materials both for the El Dorado County area and also national and world wide.  The library has access to microfilm from the main library in Salt Lake and has a number of computers available for the researchers to work via the internet.  The Center is always staffed with people to help you with your research.  Located at the LDS Church, 3275 Cedar Ravine, Placerville, CA.  Phone (530) 621-1378.  Hours are 11:00 am to 8:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Sacramento Regional LDS Family History Center   A larger version of the Placerville Family History Center.  Check their website for upcoming classes, programs and special presentations.  Location: 2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento

 

 

Historical and Genealogical Societies:

Genealogical and Historical Council of Sacramento Valley   Formed in the fall of 1988, the Council is comprised of individuals and organizations working together to exchange information, coordinate calendar events, avoid duplication of group projects, and encourage the preservation and accessibility of records of genealogical and historical value.  Roots and Gold Dust Genealogical Society as well as a number of other societies, clubs and organizations is a member of this Council.  The Council’s site has links to many of the genealogical and historical organizations in our area.

Neighboring Genealogical and Historical groups:

Genealogical Association of Sacramento (GAS) (Sacramento Area)

Grass Roots Genealogical Society (Nevada City)

Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento (Sacramento County Area)

Nevada County Genealogical Society (Nevada County)

Old Sacramento School House Museum (Sacramento)

Placer County Genealogical Society (Placer County)

Roseville Genealogical Society (Placer County)

Root Cellar (Sacramento Area Genealogical Society)

Sacramento German Genealogy SocietyS (Northern California)

Sloughhouse Area Genealogical Society (Sacramento County)

Slovenian Genealogy Society International, California Chapter (El Dorado County)

Sun City Roseville Genealogy Club (Sun City)

 

 

Miscellaneous Other Internet Links:

The following are some useful internet sites for doing genealogical research in El Dorado County and surrounding areas.

 

El Dorado County Area (Non-Government):

El Dorado County GenWeb Site

Mountain Democrat, the local El Dorado County Newspaper since 1854.  (Not that we would brag, or anything like that, but the Mountain Democrat just happens to be the longest continuously published newspaper west of the Mississippi !)

 

Neighboring County Websites:

Alpine County GenWeb

Amador County GenWeb

Placer County GenWeb

 

California Genealogical and History Links:

California GenWeb

 

Miscellaneous Links:

Cyndi’s List, has lots of links to lots of genealogical and historical websites.

Rev: 01-28-2014