Marcy is one of our newest members. She's jumped right in and has
made this offer, in time to help Sunny with her trip. I'm forwarding it in
case it can help others in our group. I'm a native Californian, too, but
my ancestors didn't get here until World War I, so I don't have a lot of
reasons to know much about California records.
Due to my job, I am in and out of the county recorder's office
every once in a while, though never doing research. I want to warn you
that if you go into a fairly populated county recorder's office on a Monday
morning or Friday afternoon, you may get run over by yelling land
developers who feel that they have first dibs on any clerk's attention, and
their needs are greater than anyone else's. They can make everyone else
there very uncomfortable, and the clerks very bad-tempered. For this
reason, if you can do it, it's better to wait until the middle days of the
Most counties in California have microfiche machines now that you can go
through files and look at the records you want. Some even let you look at the
original documents (like Los Angeles County). I have been to several counties
in California and this really works great.
Here's the one Sunny wants:
PO Box 11187
Santa Rosa, California 95406-1187
Give them a call and they can tell you before you get there. I am a native
Californian and if I can help let me know.
I will be more than happy to look up information in Riverside and San
Bernardino Counties and even Los Angeles and Orange as they are in the general
area and my mother-in-law is in San Diego County.