Mendocino County Genealogical Resources
Museums & Historical Organizations
Cemeteries Ghost Towns
1895 Map
Mendocino State Hospital Staff - 1899 Mendocino County History Texts Mendocino County Family Histories

I have listed many of the Mendocino County resources that are available, although certainly not all. If you own any Mendocino County books, whether listed or not, and will do look-ups, please let me know. As you can see, volunteers are needed.

Feel free to request a look-up from the following books. Please limit your request to one name per request. Please put MENDOCINO COUNTY LOOKUP in the subject line of your request to insure the message is not overlooked or accidentally deleted. In the first line of the message please put the name of the book you are requesting the lookup in. If you request a lookup, don't forget to thank your volunteer for their time.

Mendocino County Libraries 

Ukiah Library 105 N. Main St., Ukiah, CA 95482
Coast Community Library, 280 Main St., Point Arena, CA 95468
Held-Poage Research Library, 603 W. Perkins St., Ukiah, CA 95482
707-462-6969  Email address: Website:
Mendocino Library, 10591 William St., Mendocino, CA 95460
Mendocino County Library, Fort Bragg Branch, 499 Laurel St., Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Round Valley Public Library, 23925 Howard St., Covelo, CA 95428
Willits Library, 390 E. Commercial St., Willits, CA 95490


Mendocino County Historical Agencies, Societies & Museums 
Anderson Valley Historical Society

P.O. Box 676
Boonville, CA 95415

We are a historical society and house museum with artifacts.

Number of members: 300 Activities: 1 yearly letter; 10-12 books of area for sale; displays at Mendocino Co. Fair. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11-4 Summer, 12-4 Winter Contact: Beth Tuttle, Secretary 

Grace Hudson Museum and The Sun House
431 South Main Street
Ukiah, CA 95482

We are an art, history, and anthropology museum, and historic home, dedicated to preserving the legacy of painter Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865-1937) and her talented family. 

Number of members: approx. 450 Activities: Temporary and long term exhibits, Craftsman-era home (1911), docent tours, educational programs, lectures, symposia. Published A Sense of Place. California North Coast Ethnographic Photography by Scott M. Patterson. Circles of Life:  Katsina Imagery on Hopi Wicker Basketry. Aurelius O. Carpenter: Photographer of the Mendocino Frontier. Hours: 10-4:30, Wed-Sat; 12-4:30, Sun Contact: Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Director

Guest House Museum
416 N. Franklin Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

We are a house museum.

Activities: Logging and lumber museum in 1892 C.R. Johnson House. Artifacts and photos. Temporary and permanent exhibits. Hours: Apr-Oct: 10-4, Wed-Sat and 1-4, Sun; Nov-Mar: 10-4, Sat; adults $1 Contact: Alder Thurman, Director 

Held-Poage Memorial Home and Research Library
603 W. Perkins Street
Ukiah, CA 95482-4726
707-462-6969  This is the best source of genealogy and history for those with Mendocino County connections.

If you use the services of this historical library please make a contribution. They are a non-profit organization with an all volunteer staff and your contribution is needed for their continued operation.  Your contribution is tax deductible.

Hours: Wed - Fri, 1 - 4 pm

We are an archives and/or manuscript repository and house museum operated by the Mendocino County Historical Society.

Activities: 1903 Queen Anne Victorian home of William D.L. Held. Native American and local historical artifacts for exhibit and research. Kitchen and parlor furniture. 5,100 volume library, county records, and newspapers. Guided tours. Bi-monthly newsletter.

See list of publications for sale HERE

Mendocino County  Pioneer Families Project

Held Poage Research Library is seeking descendants of the Pioneer
Families of Mendocino County to contribute to the growing collection
The library staff and volunteers have compiled a number of files, but
need assistance with documentation and clarification of the family
connections.  Those who can contribute information or additional
material are invited to visit Wed - Fri, 1 - 4 p.m. or by appointment, 
or  to contact  Held Poage Historical
Library,  603 W. Perkins Street, 
Ukiah, CA 95482-4726,  telephone (707)

Held Poage Research Library has been open to the public since April

Little River Museum
Little River Improvement Club
8185 Hwy One
Little River. CA  95456

Located in the historical
International Order of Good Templars Building
The building was constructed in 1885 and was used as the community center, school, poling place, 
and first phone switchboard. It was originally owned by the
International Order of Good Templars, 
then taken over in the early 1920s
by the Improvement Club, a nonprofit community organization. 
It was
restored by the Improvement club and converted to a museum in 2009. It currently houses 
numerous exhibits based on the history of Little
River's pioneering families, including Pomo trail 
and basket exhibits.

Open weekends, 12-4 p.m. during the summer months. 
Contact Ronnie
James, 707-937-2545

Mendocino County Historical Society, Inc.,
603 West Perkins Street
Ukiah, CA 95482-4726

We are a historical society.

Memberships: Life $300, Life Couple $500, Patron $100, Contributing $25, Couple (one address) $40, Individual $30


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