Research Resources

Local History and Genealogy Collections

Carlsbad Historical Society
(760) 434-9189
258 Beech Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Escondido Pioneer Room
(760) 839-4315
247 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025

Fallbrook Historical Society
(760) 723-4125260
Rockycrest Ln, Fallbrook, 92028

Oceanside Historical Society
(760) 722-4786
305 North Nevada Street, Oceanside, CA 92054

Rancho Bernardo Historical Society
(858) 775-5788
13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128 (in Bernardo Winery)

Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society
(858) 756-9291
6036 La Flecha, #1, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 (physical address)
6036 La Flecha, P O Box 1, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 (mailing address)

San Dieguito Heritage Museum
(760) 632-9711
450 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024

San Marcos Historical Society
(760) 744-9025
1952 Sycamore Dr, San Marcos, CA 92069

Vista Historical Society
(760) 630-0444
2317 Foothill Dr, Vista CA 92085

San Diego Historical Society/History Center
(619) 232-6203
1649 El Prado, Suite 3, San Diego, CA   92101

California and National Collections

California History Room (Sacramento)

California State Archives (Sacramento)—Legislative history and public records

Online Archive of California (OAC)

Library of Congress

National Archives and Records Administration (Laguna Niguel/Riverside, CA, and Washington DC)

Helpful Websites

Family Records

"Family Papers: Preservation and Organization" from the Society of California Archivists

"Archiving Family History", 3 Parts (New York Times, 5/29, 6/05, 6/12/2013)             

Conservation and Preservation

Preserving your digital memories

Conserv O Grams (National Park Service, some are very technical)

Preserving Your Treasures—Caring and Storage Methods for Clothing and Textiles

"Preserving Family Photographs" from the Society of California Archivists


NARA Resources for Genealogists Family History and Genealogy

"Advice on How to Research Family History", 3 Parts (New York Times, 11/06, 11/13, 1/20/2013)

Oral History

Oral History Interviews

Handbook for Oral History (Baylor University)

Smithsonian Oral History Guide

"Doing Oral History" from Society of California Archivists


--Compiled March 31, 2015, by Judith A. Downie, last updated 20220503

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