Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday's Tip - Look for Local Genealogical Society Publications of Local Records

This week's Tuesday's Tip is to:  Seek publications of local historical and genealogical societies with record indexes or transcriptions.

When I visited the San Diego Central Library two weeks ago, I intentionally searched for and found several publications created by local organizations over the past 100 years.

Here are a few of the "genealogy jewels" I found:

1)  San Diego County Birth Records, 1860-1889 (compiled by San Diego Genealogical Society):

The first page:

2)  San Diego County Death Certificate Information (compiled by Oceanside Historical Society): 

A page from this work:

3)  Presbyterian Church Records (compiled by San Diego Genealogical Society):

The first page with a short church history and one entry:

There are many more compiled books available at this library with records either indexed or transcribed.  There are archived record books for San Diego City and County in the Restricted Collections area also.

In our Reasonably Exhaustive Search, we cannot overlook manuscript or published material that may reside at local public and private libraries, local, regional and national genealogical societies and historical societies, or in state or national archives.  Many of these items may be in a restricted collection at the repository, or filed amongst many papers in file cabinets or boxes.

Check out the websites of the repository before you visit them - they may offer some of their published material for sale.  For instance, the San Diego Genealogical society has a list of publications for sale - see http://casdgs.org/forsale.php.  Membership in SDGS enables members to access some of these publications behind the society Members' Only wall.

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1 comment:

J. Paul Hawthorne said...

Very helpful tips indeed Randy. I'm helping a friend try and find a death record from 1927. I looked through the index at the San Diego County Recorder/Clerk Office to no avail. I even used alternate spellings. It was mentioned in the local paper, that is why we know he died here, but his body was shipped back to the mid-west for burial. Do you know if there are Coroner's records or any where else I can check?