California Family History Societies (L-O)

This section lists county associations from Lake Elsinore to Orange giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County Societies

Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society

Their site includes indexes to Lake Elsinore Cemetery and Lake Elsinore Obituaries.  There is also a list of books available at Wildomar Library, which do not just cover California, but the entire United States of America.  

Topics covered include:

  • Ancestors of American Presidents
  • Bibles
  • Census Returns
  • Mayflower Records
  • Naturalisations
  • Vital Records

They also have books giving information about:

  • Germans to America
  • How to Trace your Ancestors to Europe
  • Immigrants to America appearing in English Records
  • In Search of British and Irish Roots
  • Irish Americans

Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1977.  There are numerous archives on the site, including an index of tombstone inscriptions in four cemeteries in Livermore and also Pleasanton and Dublin Cemeteries. 

There is also a list of:

  • Church Registers
  • Local Genealogies
  • Memory Gardens Burials (1940-2000)
  • Mortuary Records
  • Obituaries
  • Roselawn Cemetery Burials (1920-1999)
  • St Michael Cemetery Burials (1881-2000)

Marin County Genealogical Society

The association is a non-profit making association established in May 1977. Their aims are to preserve documents and materials and other historical collections, to encourage and promote publication of family histories, to provide access to these materials and to provide a forum where people can exchange genealogical information

Their Library is located at Marin Family History Center and holds numerous books, CDs and periodicals.  There is an index to their publication The Kin Tracer on the site.

Many publications are sold by the society, which include:

  • 1890 and 1892 Great Register of Marin County
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Coroner's Inquests
  • Deaths
  • Marriages from St Rafael's Church
  • Newspaper Abstracts
  • Stephen Eden Funeral Register
  • Undertaker's Registers
  • Will Abstracts

Napa Valley Genealogical and Biographical Society

The association was established in 1975 and houses an extensive collection of materials in their Library, not just from California but from the entire United States of America and Worldwide, including England and Wales.  There is also an on-line catalogue to these materials.


Orange County Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1963 and now has approximately 400 members.  Their collection, containing numerous archives, is accessible at HB Central Library.  

Materials include:

  • Biographies
  • Census Returns
  • Directories
  • Immigration Records
  • Military Records
  • Passenger Lists

They also have other items relating to Europe and Asia, American Indians, Mexico and Central America and Canada.  It is possible to search this collection of resources on the Library's site.


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