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Placer County Archives Oral Histories (XLS)

Searchable Database of the Placer Herald, Births, Marriages, Deaths, and Misc. Notes (1863-1915) (PDF)

The Placer County Archives has embarked on a new journey to make digitized archival material accessible to the public using our online database.

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About the Center

Due to COVID-19, our public hours have been suspended until further notice. However, we are still taking distance requests by phone or email.  Please contact Curator of Archives, Kelsey Monahan, at (530) 889-7789 or 

[email protected] to submit your request for records.

In addition to the thousands of photos and objects on display in our museums, we are also in charge of keeping tens of thousands more safe and organized. The Archives and Research Center is in charge of photos, records, and oral histories while Collections takes care of three dimensional artifacts.

The Placer County Archives and Research Center is a repository for records generated by the county and a local history and genealogy research center. The collection of county records includes records dating from the beginning of the county in 1851. This includes over 30,000 photographs, as well as original bound copies of Placer County's first newspaper, the Placer Herald.


Contents of the Archives and Research Center Include:
  • Assessment Rolls and Maps: 1851 to 1961
  • Board of Supervisor's Minutes: 1852 to 1980
  • Court Case Files: 1851 to 1925
  • Deed Books: 1851 to 1960
  • Department of Education Records: 1895 to 1997
  • Great Register of Voters: 1867 to 1974
  • Mining Records: 1856 to 1947
  • Naturalization Papers: 1852 to 1939
  • Probate: 1851 to 1960
  • Record of Wills: 1874 to 1963

On-Site Research

A large portion of the Placer County Genealogical Society book collection is now available for on-site research at the Placer County Archives. Please see our online inventory of these sources (PDF).

Museum Collections
Learn more about Placer County collections.