Tuolumne County Genealogical Society was formed in Nov 1979 and in
Jan 1980 a newsletter was started. In Feb 1980 the library was
opened in a room in a realty office. By Jan 1981 there were 72
members and the first quarterly publication called Mother Lode-Ore was produced. In
1982 the name of the quarterly was changed to Golden Roots of the Mother Lode.
An agreement with the Tuolumne County Historical Society allowed
the Genealogical Society to move its library to their archive
building and share their space. In Oct 1983 the library was moved
into its present location in the museum building. The Genealogical
Society operates the museum three days a week in return for library
space. The society currently has 126 members. Library volunteers aid
researchers and collect and index county records, including
cemetery, courthouse, church and newspaper records.
County Genealogical Society's Library is located in the County
Museum at 158 West Bradford Avenue, Sonora, CA. The library is
open to the public Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 4 PM &
Saturday from 10 am to 3:30 P.M..
telephone number is 209-532-1317.
Library Contacts are: Lori East, Library Director; and Kristine
Childress & Betty Sparagna,
Assistant Library Directors.
One of these is on hand every day we are
The library contains local and Gold Rush county
vital records and voter registrations, censuses, over 1000 books on
all states, some foreign books, miscellaneous microfiche, family
histories, school yearbooks and a collection of exchange and donated
periodicals from most states and some foreign countries. Research
aides and forms are available. Individual help is also
Free Access is available to
June 8, 2015
the Carlo De Ferrari Archives located next to the library building.
Charlie Dyer, the curator of the Archives and archive volunteers, will take us
through a wonderful collection of Tuolumne County History. It is a trip not to
480 Greenley Rd.