El Dorado County Libraries, Associations, and Museums

This listing represents those El Dorado County research facilities that I could find. If you have updated information on any of these facilities or if you know of others that should be listed, please Marc Irish. Thanks! 

El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk
360 Fair Lane 
Placerville, CA 95667 

(530) 621-5490 


Resources Available: 

Birth index - 1903 to present
Marriage index - 1850 to present 

Death index - 1903 to present
Mining Claims index

El Dorado County Historical Society and Museum
104 Placerville Drive
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 621-5865


Resources Available:
Land Deed Index, 1850-1910 

Probate Index and Probates, 1850-1950
Cemetery Index, 1900-1950
Newspaper Index for Birth, Death, Marriages, 1900-1950 

Newspapers, 1900-1950

The Heritage Association of El Dorado County 
P.O. Box 62
Placerville, California 95667


Resources Available:
The Heritage Association is a non-profit corporation devoted to the research and preservation of the colorful history and folklore of El Dorado County.


Roots and Gold Dust Genealogical Society 
P. O. Box 1354
Diamond Springs, CA 95619 

Gold Discovery Park Association Cemetery Committee
P. O. Box 461
Coloma, CA 95613


Resources Available:
Publications: They are currently revising their 1993 booklet, Coloma Cemeteries. The new edition may be out later this year--price to be determined. Inquiries may be directed to the address above.

Research: They will research, at no charge, any Coloma related items. They can not research the whole county, but do have many census, probate and land records at their disposal. They also have an extensive list of records for cemeteries, churches, histories, journals, diaries, marriages, mining claims, etc., pertaining to the Coloma area. Write for details.


Library: Their records are kept at the Weller House in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park at Coloma. It is necessary to call ahead for access at (530) 622-6198. There is no charge for searching the records, but donations are accepted.

Family History Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
3275 Cedar Ravine Rd. 

Placerville, CA
(530) 621-1378 



Resources Available:
This is an e-mail list of genealogists researching northern California ancestors. Members submit queries, answers, articles, and other genealogical information via e-mail. This is a lively, helpful, no-fee group. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to: NORCAL-L-request with subscribe in the body and nothing else. Put nothing in the subject area and turn off your automatic signature.

California State Archives
1020 "O" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Reference Desk: (916) 653-2246
General Information: (916) 653-7715
FAX (916) 653-7363 

Resources Available:
The entrance to the Archives is located at the corner of 10th and "O" Streets in downtown Sacramento. Several parking garages are located nearby on both 10th and 11th Streets between "O" and "P"; metered parking is also available.


The Archives Research Room is open Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and is closed on state holidays. Materials are not retrieved or copied after 3:30 although the room remains open for other services during this time. 

Effective November 1, 1995, fees for services are as follows: photocopies - $0.25/page; microfilm duplicates - $25.00/16 or 35mm roll; audio recordings - $15.00/cassette tape; video recordings - $20.00/VHS cassette tape; photographic reproductions - $10.00/image service charge plus applicable reproduction costs; other outside duplication (e.g. maps, drawings, etc.) - $10.00/order preparation fee; FAX responses - $1.00/page. The California State Archives accepts checks, money orders and credit cards (VISA, MasterCard and American Express). 

Although available staff time is limited, there is currently no charge for research services.

El Dorado County Holdings:

Probate, 1850-1920 

Bonds, Letters and Wills, 1867-1920
Naturalization, 1850-1986
Deeds, 1851-1902
Homesteads, 1860-1937
Birth, 1878-1922 

Death, 1907-1928
Marriage, 1859-1932



These records have been microfilmed records by the Genealogical Society of Utah and are available at the California State Archives and through local LDS Family History Centers.

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