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Local Genealogy Online

  • California History Room Genealogy Links
    Visit our California History Room online for links to land grants, mission registers, local family names, and where else to look for records from Monterey County
  • CA Gen Web
    Collections of links for records, research tools, and information locally and at the state level. Tools include digitized books on early California history, locations to continue your research, and where to go with questions.
  • Monterey County Genealogy Society, Inc.
    Get in touch with local genealogical experts. Join their meetings, read their newsletter, or hire their members to help with your research.
  • Kindred Trails - Monterey County
    Identifies where to search for records from state agencies, churches, cemeteries, Immigration & Naturalization, military, courts, and more.

California Genealogy

General Genealogy Websites

  • Cyndi's List
    A subject guide to thousands of genealogy web sites.
  • Family Search
    A simple search box finds you records from around the world, including immigration records, birth records, and census information.
  • Library of Congress Digital Collections
    Access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services.

Templates & Guides for Your Information

Family Tree

Ancestry Download Charts
Download charts and forms

Family Tree Magazine - Free Forms
Free worksheets and templates from Family Tree Magazine to help you keep track of all you find in your research.

Gizmo's Best Free Genealogy Software - Reviewed
Reviews of free all-in-one software to record, track, and display your family history.


Latest Genealogy Articles From Our Database

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Genealogy Search Basics

So you're going to research your family? Where do you start? What do you look for? Who do you talk to? We can help. Start with a short video on search engine tips. Then find out what's in your Library's collection, read the latest articles, and get in touch with researchers and their tools online. Monterey Public Library is here to get you started on the road to your family history.


Kathy Nielsen: Searching for Your Roots


Genealogy Databases

Heritage Quest Online

Search U.S. Federal Censuses (1790 - 1940), Freedman's Bank records, unique primary sources, family histories, local histories, research guides, interactive maps, and more. Access from home with your Monterey Public Library card.

Ancestory Library Edition

Search billions of records from censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.  Covers the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries. In Library use only.




Resources for Genealogists in person at Monterey Public Library

In the California History Room:

Monterey County voting registers, 1867, 1879, 1890.

Genealogical Sources on Early California Families (to 1850):

Spanish-Mexican Families of Early California, 1769-1850

Some Alta California Pioneers and Descendants

Monterey city and county histories.

Extensive newspaper and article clipping file, including biographical clippings.

Early business directories for California and Monterey County, 1875, 1877, 1882-83, 1889.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Monterey. Large format maps, indicating city blocks and buildings, 1885-1926, with updates to 1962.  On microfilm; also originals available by appt. in California History Room Archives.

Microfilm Reader/PrintersCalifornia Information File (bibliographic sources card index on microfiche).

Monterey City Directories, 1905-1987.

Monterey and San Benito Counties telephone directories , 1906; 1943-current.

Haines directories (criss-cross), 1970-current.

Further Microfilm Resources:

Sanborn maps.

Monterey Newspapers.

Monterey County censuses, 1850-1930.

California State census of 1852 (transcribed).

Monterey High School El Susurro Yearbooks:

Monterey Public Library

Colton Hall

1913, 1929

Mayo Hayes O’Donnell Library

1919-1920; 1925


Monterey Family History Center

rearch toolsThe Monterey California Family History Center serves the people of the Central Coast of California.  The center is open to the public, and there is no charge to use the facilities. Nominal fees are charged for film rental, computer printing and copy services.  

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  1. 1024 Noche Buena Street, Seaside, CA 93955.  Map it using Google 
  2. The center is located at the corner of Noche Buena and Plumas Streets in Seaside. Please notice the signs on the outside of the left side of the building. Good parking is available near the back fence. Follow the sidewalk around the building to the first door. First-time visitors should call 831-394-1124 to reserve a computer, ask questions, or to check current hours.

Phone: 831-394-1124 (please call during open hours as given below)

Open Hours:  Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday (by appointment)

Holiday Schedule:  Closed over Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Please call in advance of other holidays to determine hours of operation

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Obituary Searching

Try these tools for starting your obituary search. If you are unable to visit the Library in person to use our resources, contact us and we may be able to help you start your search by phone or e-mail.


How To Guides

Cover Art
Genealogy Online - Elizabeth Powell Crowe
Call Number: 025.06/CRO
ISBN: 9780071499316
Publication Date: 2008-01-25

Cover Art
Genealogy for the First Time - Laura Best
Call Number: 929.1/BES
ISBN: 1402701098
Publication Date: 2003-10-01

Cover Art
Trace Your Roots with DNA - Megan Smolenyak; Ann Turner
Call Number: 929.1072/SMO
ISBN: 1594860068
Publication Date: 2004-10-27

Cover Art
Genealogy Online - Matthew L. Helm; April Leigh Helm
Call Number: 025.06/HEL
ISBN: 9780470240571
Publication Date: 2008-03-17

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