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California History & Family Research Room

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Our mission is to preserve Madera County historical documents for future generations while making our records accessible to patrons and researchers. 


The California History and Family Research Room, located on the Second Floor of the Madera County Library, is a repository of early Madera County records and historical information that document the social, political, economic and cultural development of the Madera County area from the mid 1800's to present day. This Collection has a variety of formats including; photographs, primary and secondary printed sources, digitized records and oral histories. Our Room also has a reference collection of published secondary sources and serials. Publications include histories of Madera County and its component institutions; area histories that give context to the community, historical maps as well as area periodicals that describe Madera County area history.

 The California History and Family Research Room cooperates with other repositories collecting Madera County History to minimize duplication and competition and to maximize the completeness and relevance of the collections.

Collection Focus

Collections within the California History and Family Research Room consist of local history related records representing daily life of our community and illustrating events and developments from the 19th Century forward. Our Room focuses its collections on the following:

  • Madera County Government and Departmental Records

  • Photographs, Family Information and Records pertaining to all ethnicity within Madera County including, but not limited to; Native Americans, Japanese-American, Chinese, Hispanic, Portuguese, Basque, African American, Italian, Armenian and Caucasian descents.

  • Madera County Family Genealogies

  • Madera County Land Owners and their Families

  • Historic School Records

  • Hospital Information, including the Ahwahnee Sanitarium.

  • Sierra Grazing Records and Information

  • Sierra Pack Stations; Records, Photographs, etc.

  • Oral Histories

  • Local Businesses

  • Historic Maps

Click here to access our Digital Collections

(The collection is being continually updated, so check back often.)

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Research Assistance

 Whether it's your interest in Family History or the History of Madera County, our Collections Specialist has over 20 years experience to assist you with your research needs. We are a Family Search Affiliate Library which means our Patrons have access to over a half-million rolls of microfilm and microfiche from the Family Search Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Patrons can request assistance in learning how to navigate genealogy websites such as Ancestry and Family Search.

We also offer state of the art technology with our ScanPro3000 Digital Microfilm Reader which makes viewing microfilm and microfiche easier to read and enhances images.

What do you want to know more about?  Call for an appointment at 559-675-7871 or click a photo to explore links to our resources.

 Madera County and City Government Archives  Libraries & Institutions  Historic Newspaper Collection    
 Native American Collection  Madera County Grazers  Civil War Collection