Cesar Chavez Central Library
605 North El Dorado Street
Stockton, CA 95202
SJGS volunteers are on hand at the Cesar Chavez Central Library on the first and last Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Let them help you with your family history research, free of charge!
SJGS volunteers can guide you to all the genealogical resources available at the Library. Several special collections are available:
Local History Collection
This is a closed stack collection consisting of significant works of local importance, including books, maps, and more. It is housed at the Cesar Chavez Central Library on the second floor. The emphasis of the collection is on Stockton and San Joaquin County. Access to the collection is through the main library catalog and various special indices. You must speak with a librarian at the second floor Reference Desk if you're interested in viewing materials in this collection.
Local Newspaper Collection
Newspapers have been printed in Stockton since 1850 and the Library has a subject index that covers many (but not all) years of local newspapers. Nearly all of these newspapers are on microfilm, and the Library's microfilm readers allow patrons to view, print, and email images or save images to a USB or "flash" drive.
The SJGS Genealogy Collection
This collection at the Cesar Chavez Central Library consists of:
- Over 1,500 genealogy reference books. The primary emphasis of the collection is on United States research, although there are some general guides for doing genealogy in other (mostly European) countries. Additional items include publications from various hereditary societies; U.S. military and land records; San Joaquin County vital records and cemetery records; and books published by the San Joaquin Genealogical Society and other local authors.
- Approximately 200 family histories from across the United States.
- Approximately 175 periodicals from genealogical and historical societies. The SJGS currently subscribes to a dozen genealogy magazines.
Materials in the Genealogy Collection are non-circulating and are for library use only; however, the library also owns many other circulating genealogy books that can be checked out and used at home.
The Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library subscribes to Ancestry Library Edition (an institutional version of Ancestry.com), and it's available on most public computers at Cesar Chavez Central Library and at other branch libraries in San Joaquin County:
- Margaret K. Troke Branch Library, 502 W. Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton, CA 95207
- Maya Angelou Branch Library, 2324 Pock Lane, Stockton, CA 95205
- Fair Oaks Branch Library, 2370 E. Main Street, Stockton, CA 95205
- Weston Ranch Branch Library, 1453 W. French Camp Road, Stockton, CA 95206
- Escalon Branch Library, 1540 Second Street, Escalon, CA 95320
- Lathrop Branch Library, 450 Spartan Way, Lathrop, CA 95330
- Linden Branch Library, 19059 E. Main Street (Highway 26), Linden, CA 95236
- Manteca Branch Library, 320 W. Center Street, Manteca, CA 95336
- Mountain House Branch Library, 250 E. Main Street, Mountain House, CA 95391
- Ripon Branch Library, 333 W. Main Street, Ripon, CA 95366
- Thornton Branch Library, 26341 N. Thornton Road, Thornton, CA 95686
- Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Avenue, Tracy, CA 95376
Your library card gives you free access to Ancestry when you log on with your card number and personal identification number (PIN) at one of the library locations. Free library card access does NOT work from home or other locations.