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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.
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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.
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:
Genealogical Sources on Early California Families (to 1850):
Monterey city and county histories.
Extensive newspaper and article clipping file, including biographical clippings.
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.
California Information File (bibliographic sources card index on microfiche).
Further Microfilm Resources:
California State census of 1852 (transcribed).
Monterey High School El Susurro Yearbooks:
Monterey Family History Center
The 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:
- 1024 Noche Buena Street, Seaside, CA 93955. Map it using Google
- 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.
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.