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RESOURCES FOR ADDITIONAL COUNTY INFORMATION

The following resources may be able to provide you with additional research information pertaining to Amador County. Please verify contact information as it may have changed since the writing of this document.

 

AMADOR COUNTY

Amador County Cemetery Board -- oversees and restores historic cemeteries ---assistance with locating in which cemetery an individual was buried, list of tombstone transcriptions for some cemeteries with database access.

 

Amador County Historical Society -- 1 Main Street, Jackson, P.O. Box 761, Jackson 95642; Friday to Sunday, 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m., e-mail achs1948@comcast.net --- offers historical research assistance, genealogy group assistance with research.

 

Amador County Library -- 530 Sutter, Jackson, 96542; Monday-Wednesday 10:00a.m. 6:00p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.; Sat. 12:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.; (209) 223-6400 --- microfilm of U.S. Census, historic Amador County newspapers, books on Amador County history, law library, mining collection including State Mineralogist Reports, microfiche bride and groom indexes, Ancestry.com in library only.

 

Amador County Recorder Clerk -- 810 Court Street, Jackson 95642, Monday-Thursday, call for hours; (209) 223-6468 --- birth, death records (beginning 1873), marriage records (beginning 1854), property records (beginning 1854), historic mining records (patented and unpatented).

 

Amador County Superior Court --500 Argonaut Lane, Jackson, 95642, 9:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.; (209) 257-2603 -- court records, including probate and divorce decrees.

 

Amador County Surveyor -- 810 Court Street, Jackson 95642, Monday –Thursday 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.; (209) 223-6371—all county recorded maps, including township, mineral survey plat maps, assessor’s parcel maps; drawer of historical Amador County maps.

 

Daneri Mortuary -- 415 Broadway, Jackson , 94542; (209) 223-0793 – burial information beginning 1902. Call for appointment to search by name and date of death.

 

Jackson Family History Center, Church of Latter Day Saints --12924 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek, 95685, open Tuesday-Thursday 9:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.; (209) 267-1139; by appointment Tuesday and Thursday 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. (209) 223-2724 or (209) 295-4348; in person genealogy assistance -- online access to Family Search, access to genealogical information from Family History Library, U.S. Census, genealogy book collection.

 

Kennedy Mine Foundation -- The Kennedy Mine, famous for being one of the deepest gold mines in the world (at 5912 feet), demonstrates how gold changed an entire way of life in California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALAVERAS COUNTY

 

Calaveras County Archives -- 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95649, open Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00p.m.; (209) 754-3918– deeds, mining claims, probate and other official records covering early 1850s-1854 when Amador County was a part of Calaveras County. Inquire by telephone or e-mail archives@goldrush.com.

 

EL DORADO COUNTY

El Dorado County Museum -- 104 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667, open Tuesday 9:00am-3:00p.m. or by appointment; (530) 621-5865 – early assessment, business and other records pertaining to Fiddletown, Yeomet, Bridgeport (River Pines) and areas south of the Cosumnes River that were part of El Dorado County until 1855. Inquire by phone or e-mail museum@edcgov.us.

 

CALIFORNIA

 

California Digital Newspaper Archive -- full text access to early California newspapers, including Alta California 1849-1891, the Sacramento Record Union 1859-1890, and the Amador Ledger 1900-1911.

California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records -- (916) 445-2684 -- certified and informational copies of birth, marriage and death certificates from 1905-present. See website for procedure for mail in applications and fees. These records can also be obtained from Amador County Recorder’s Office.

 

California Digital Library -- The CDL was founded by the University of California in 1997 to take advantage of emerging technologies that were transforming the way digital information was being published and accessed. Since then, in collaboration with the UC libraries and other partners, they have assembled one of the world’s largest digital research libraries.

 

California Geological Survey Library (formerly California Division of Mines & Geology Library)  -- 801 K Street, 14th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814-3532; Tuesdays, Thursdays - 8:00a.m. to Noon, 1:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.; reference questions (916) 327-1850; for appointment, (916) 445-1825; e-mail cgslib@consrv.ca.gov -- books, reports, maps, photographs pertaining to gold mining, mineral resources, geology, State Mineralogist Reports, U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Mines publications.

 

California Historical Society -- 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, 94105; North Baker Research Library, Wednesday-Friday 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.; (415) 357-1848, reference desk (415) 357-1848 x220; e-mail reference@calhist.org; -- books, pamphlets, manuscripts including diaries and family papers, photographs relating to all aspects of California history. Extensive ephemera collection pooled from several sources with online search access.

 

California Office of Historic Preservation -- 1725 23rd Street, Suite 100, Sacramento 95816; (916) 445-7000; e-mail calshpo@parks.ca.gov – identifies, evaluates, and registers historic properties, encourages and supports historic preservation of archaeological and historical resources; provides assistance, education and awareness of preservation incentives for historic properties; Click here for lists of state landmarks by county.

 

California State Archives -- Research Room, 1020 O Street, Sacramento 95814, open Monday – Friday 9:30-4:00 a.m.; Reference Desk (916) 653–2246; General information (916) 653–7715; e-mail California State Archives on website -- historical documents of state government records including early laws, land grants plus special collections including papers of prominent state politicians, maps, photographs. Click here for Online catalog.

 

California State Library -- California History Room, Library & Courts Building II, Rm. 200, 900 N Street, Sacramento, 95814, open Monday-Friday 9:30a.m. - 4:00p.m., (916) 654-8777; e-mail cslinfo@library.ca.gov– wealth of resources including extensive California newspaper collection, city and county directories, California Information File, diaries, letters, etc. Click here for Online catalog; additional online resources in reading rooms.

 

California State Railroad Museum Library -- 111 I Street, 2nd floor of the Big Four building adjacent to the Museum, open daily 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; (916) 323-8073, e-mail rrmuseumlibrary@parks.ca.gov -- books, periodicals, manuscripts, genealogies, maps, photographs relating to railroad history in California and its broader social impact. Click here for Online catalog.

 

Online Archives of California -- Provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 150 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.

 

 

University of California, Bancroft Library -- University of California, Berkeley, hours vary by semester; reference desk (510) 642-6481; e-mail bancref@library.berkeley.edu – special collections of manuscripts, letters, diaries, books, pamphlets pertaining to California history, including the Gold Rush. Click here for collection descriptions and access to digital photograph collections. Click here for Online catalog of all UC libraries.

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT

 

U.S. Bureau of Land Management, California State Office -- 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, 95825, Monday-Friday 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.; (916) 978-4400 -- original and modified township plat maps, historical summary of townships, maps showing public and private ownership; USGS topographical maps, mineral maps, original patented mining claims and some unpatented claims by township. Click here for Online search of records.

 

U.S. Library of Congress, American Memory Project -- digitally scanned photographs, maps, books, oral history, film, sound recordings from U.S. history. California; Click here for first person narratives during the Gold Rush; Click here for Chinese in California.

 

U.S. Library of Congress, Chronicling America Project -- scanned pages of historic newspapers, including the Amador Ledger and other newspapers from California. Ability to search individual issues.

 

 

 

 

U.S. National Archives ; Pacific Region -- 1000 Commodore Drive, San Bruno, California 94066-2350, Monday-Friday 7:30-4:00 (Wednesdays microfilm research 4:00-5:30); (650) 238-3501; e-mail sanbruno.archives@nara.gov -- military service records, immigration records, Chinese Exclusion and immigration documents, federal Pacific coast court records, census, naturalization, naval records; Click here for Online catalog.

 

OTHER

 

Latter Day Saints -- Free Family History, Family Tree, and Genealogy records and resources from Around the World.

 

 

LOCAL RESEARCHERS

Local researchers listed below should not be viewed as an endorsement of the quality of the researchers' work, and the County of Amador will not be responsible for any arrangement made with the local researchers. Such arrangements, including the character, extent, and cost of the work, are purely private, contractual matters between the local researcher and you. It also is up to you to determine whether or not the researcher's experience and qualifications meet your needs.  

 

Deborah Cook thetimedetective@amadorca.net (209) 274-6651; P.O. Box 760 Sutter Creek, CA 95685; Genealogy, historic archeology, property research, historical biography, Amador County history, all aspects and towns; regional, statewide and national history. Fee based.

 

Carolyn Fregulia fregulia@hotmail.com (209) 223-4201; P.O. Box 703, Jackson, CA 95642; Genealogy, places, immigrant studies, historical information; research of county documents, cemetery records, newspapers and other publications. Fee based.

 

Barbara McMahon bmcmahon@volcano.net. Genealogy and county cemetery look up, obituaries, county record checking, cemetery tombstone photographs. No charge.