San Joaquin Genealogical Society
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The Bank of Stockton holds an extensive collection of historic photographs (more than 31,000), including the Covello Collection (over 21,000 historical photos from the Central Valley, the Mother Lode, and surrounding communities, dating back to 1850). The archives are open by appointment only, Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; contact archivist William "Bill" Maxwell at wmaxwell@bankofstockton.com, (209) 929-1575.
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Although this site does not yet have any digital copies of newspapers from San Joaquin County communities, it has newspapers from several neighboring counties (Sacramento, Alameda, Contra Costa, Amador). It also has the San Francisco Call, which regularly carried sections entitled "Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys" and "San Joaquin Valley Farms."
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The City of Lodi has one of the largest remaining collections of historic Japantown structures in California, other than the large and still active Japantowns in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose. It's discussed in detail in a 2008 issue of the San Joaquin Historian: http://www.sanjoaquinhistory.org/documents/HistorianFall2008Spring2009.pdf
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An interactive bilingual library with over 10,000 pieces of historical literature and fiction, located at 2182 E. Main Street in Stockton. Founded in 2015, the center includes includes a museum and an oral history project specific to Mexican-American Chicano history. For hours and help with research, contact the center at (209) 822-5646.
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Established in 1924, the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) of Stockton originally served as the administrative head for local family clans and tong associations. It also operated the Chinese language school and maintained the Chinese Cemetery. Its home in the Confucius Church at 212 E. Lafayette Street was an important gathering spot for the Chinese residents of Stockton. After a long period of gradual decline, the church and cemetery are now wonderfully restored.
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Membership is open to females 8 years of age or older who are linear descendants of those who served honorably in the Union from 1861 to 1865. Eligibility for membership is based on that formerly required for membership in the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).
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This is a fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the heritage of the American West, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area. The City of Stockton played a major role in the California gold rush.
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This society was formed in 1989 to preserve and protect the history of the City of Escalon and the surrounding rural area. Meetings are held at the Escalon Historical Museum at 1630 Main Street.
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This is a detailed and invaluable guide to San Joaquin County ancestry, family history, and genealogy. It contains a detailed list of list of research resources for records of all kinds: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, military records, and more.
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The Stockton chapter of FANHS was chartered in 1992 to preserve the history and culture of Filipino Americans in San Joaquin County. In late 2016, its members celebrated the grand opening of a dedicated museum site in the historic Newberry Building at 337 E. Weber Avenue in Stockton.
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This collection of San Joaquin County genealogy databases, hosted on RootsWeb, includes city directories, cemetery records, high school yearbooks, school class photos, governmental records, civic and fraternal organization directories, and much more.
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The Haggin Museum, which opened in 1931, is a beautiful brick building located in Victory Park in central Stockton. Its archive houses thousands of books, historic photographs, maps, and other items relating to Stockton and California history. Access to the collections is by appointment only, and research fees apply.
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The Lockeford Historical Society supports research of the cultural and natural heritage of Lockeford and the surrounding area, marks historic sites, and helps provide for the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Lockeford's history. The society maintains a small museum with limited hours in the Old Lockeford School at 19456 N. Jack Tone Road.
[Located in Category: Local Resources]
Located at 731 North Ham Lane, this center is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is open free of charge to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. Available resources include Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3, FindMyPast, and much more.
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This non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving, protecting and maintaining the history of the City of Lodi; they do not provide research services. Monthly meetings are held at the Hill House Museum in Lodi.
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Located at 6060 E Northland Road, this center is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is open free of charge to anyone with an interest in genealogical research.
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Chartered in 1990, this museum is located at 600 W. Yosemite Blvd., Manteca, (209) 825-3021. Its collection includes artifacts, documents, and photographs related to Manteca history, and there is a separate building for farming and dairy equipment. Admission is free.
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Membership is open to women 18 year of age or older who can prove lineal descent from a Revolutionary War patriot. The organization promotes historic preservation, education and patriotism.
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Membership is open to men 18 year of age or older who can prove lineal descent from a Revolutionary War patriot. There is also a Youth Registration program for those under 18. The organization focuses on history, education, and patriotism.
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The OAC provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.
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Located in Micke Grove Regional Park between Stockton and Lodi. The Society's Gerald K. Kennedy Reference Library collection includes historic records from the County and the Cities of Lodi and Stockton, as well as books, manuscripts, business and legal records, maps, photographs, and ephemera pertaining to the history of the County. The Research section of their website includes a long list of valuable links to other research sites. Librarian/Archivist Ignacio Sanchez-Alonso can be reached at ignacio@sanjoaquinhistory.org.
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Membership in this society, based in San Francisco, is open to direct descendants of pioneers who arrived in California prior to 01 January 1850. The San Joaquin Society of California Pioneers, organized in 1868 and no longer active, was an independently operated organization related to this one. See the "Local Bibliography" page of this website for several publications related to the San Joaquin Society of California Pioneers, or visit the website of the Haggin Museum archives (above).
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This organization is the legal heir to and representative of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a fraternal organization of Union veterans. It is dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of Union veterans. Membership is open to males 14 years of age or older whose ancestors served honorably in the Union from 1861 to 1865.
[Located in Category: Local Resources]
Located at 800 W Brookside Road, this center is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is open free of charge to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. Resources include Ancestry.com and much more.
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This museum is located at 7432 C.E. Dixon Street on the property of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport. It is dedicated to preserving local aviation history, with an emphasis on WWII-era military aviation. The museum houses four collections and other memorabilia.
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This society was formed in 2014 to preserve the history and culture of the Stockton Fire Department and to identify the department's place in the history of the National Fire Service. A newsletter and museum are currently in the planning stages.
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This museum was established to preserve the rich history of the maritime industry of Stockton. It recently acquired the USS Lucid (MSO-458), the only remaining salvageable minesweeper out of 101 built for the U.S. Navy. The Lucid is a sister ship to 3 built at the Colberg Boat Works in Stockton. The Lucid and the Minesweeper Museum are currently located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta on Bradford Island, and the ship is open to the public as the restoration progresses.
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The Cesar Chavez Central Library in downtown Stockton houses the Genealogy Collection of the San Joaquin Genealogy Society, and it has several other collections and resources of interest to genealogical researchers.
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The Tracy Area Genealogical Society meets at the Tracy Historical Museum. It has a First Families certificate program for those with early ties to Tulare Township in San Joaquin County.
[Located in Category: Local Resources]
Located at 1981 Chester Drive, this center is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is open free of charge to anyone with an interest in genealogical research.
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This museum, operated by the West Side Pioneer Association, preserves and highlights the history of the City of Tracy and Tulare Township in northwestern San Joaquin County.
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An organization with a five-fold focus: historical, educational, benevolent, memorial, and patriotic. Membership is open to women 16 years of age and older whose ancestors served honorably in or gave material aid to the Confederate military.
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Located in the UOP Library, this invaluable resource includes several noteworthy collections: Digital Collections (including historic Stockton photographs), the John Muir Papers, the Japanese-American Internment Collections, the (Dave) Brubeck Papers, and the University Archives.
[Located in Category: Library]
The "Stockton's History" page of this website gives a good overview of major historical events. The "Lincoln Highway" page gives a brief history of this transnational road corridor. The "Fun Facts" page has a list of famous Stocktonians.
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A commercial business site with many un-official pages on Stockton and San Joaquin County history. The site is somewhat difficult to explore, but has some good resources. On the home page, click on the "Historic Stockton" and "Stockton Pages" to access various photos and information, or click on "Site Menu" to see links to San Joaquin County information (schools, communities, facts, photos, famous Stocktonians, and more).
[Located in Category: Websites]
The purpose of this organization is to make friendly contacts among Yee Family clansmen, to work for their well-being, to advance clan affairs, and to support public welfare.
[Located in Category: Local Resources]