The Redding Library has a whole area devoted to genealogy with bound volumes, online resources, periodicals, newspapers, and microfilm. Two computers are devoted to genealogy and devoted volunteers are available to assist you with genealogy and family history research.

Need more information? Call the reference desk at (530) 245-7252.

Resources in the Library

  • 1500+ Genealogy Collection (view in Catalog)
  • 2000+ Local History Boggs Collection (view in Catalog)
  • Periodicals, including Covered Wagon (local history; yearly 1943 – current)
  • Family Search  All three Shasta Public Libraries are affilliate libraries with Family Search. This means all copyrighted online resources are available at the library.
  • Shasta County Newspapers (microfilm: from 1852-present)
  • Ancestry Library Edition (accessible in library only)
  • Find census, birth, marriage, death records, and more in this extensive online database.
  • Genealogy Computers: Two dedicated computers to use while searching genealogy.


Online Resources

Old Shasta County Newspapers

We have a comprehensive collection of Shasta County’s major newspapers starting from 1852 on microfilm. From that time, newspapers have merged three times to bring us to the current Redding Record Searchlight.

  • See when our major newspapers existed, and how they have merged over time: Shasta Newspapers


Genealogy Help

Shasta Genealogical SocietyMembers of the Shasta Genealogical Society are available to assist you with your family history questions and research. This is a drop-in session, no reservations required.

Boggs/Genealogy section of the Redding Library on the 2nd floor.

Wednesdays: 1pm – 3pm

Call the reference desk at (530) 245-7252, with your name, number, email, and area of genealogical research.
The Shasta Genealogical Society will get back with you to set up an appointment.

Placing an Obituary Request

Other Genealogical Resources

California Office of Vital Records

The California Office of Vital Records has birth, marriage, and death records. They also offer certificates of record for divorces. There may be charges for services.

California Department of Health Services
Office of Vital Records – MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410


County Clerk or Recorder

You may find the same information by contacting the County Clerk or Recorder in the county where the event occurred. There may be charges for services.

Shasta County Recorder’s Office
1450 Court St., Ste. 208
Redding, CA 96001-1670

  • Toll Free: 1 800 479-8009
  • Phone: (530) 225-5671
  • Vital Records: (530) 225-5678
  • Fax: (530) 225-5152


(Application forms for births, deaths, and marriages are available from the website.)

Shasta Historical Society

1449 Market Street
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 243-3720


Shasta Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 493431
Redding, CA 96049-3431


Social Security Death Index
California Death Index
The Sutro Library

The Sutro Library (Genealogy and Family History)
480 Winston Drive
San Francisco, CA 94132

  • Tel: (415) 731-4477
  • Fax: (415) 557-9325

Email: sutro@library.ca.gov

California History Room

California State Library
900 N St. Room 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 654-0176

Email: cslcal@library.ca.gov

Family History Library

The Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, has microfilmed many of the original and published vital records of California. They have microfiche copies of the statewide marriage indexes from 1961 to 1981 and statewide death indexes from 1903 to 1988.

Family History Library
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3400

  • Tel: (801) 240-2331
  • Fax: (801) 240-1584

Email: fhl@ldschurch.org

LDS Family History Center
6410 Churn Creek Road
Redding, CA 96002
Tel: (530) 222-4949

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