Research Assistance

While the History Room is currently closed, we still conduct research for a small fee. Please complete and return the Research Request Form (PDF*) to the following address:

Santa Ana History Room c/o
Santa Ana Public Library
26 Civic Center Plaza M-75
P.O. Box 1988
Santa Ana, Ca 92702

Only requests that have completed forms will be accepted. Requests will take a minimum of 2 months to process.

If you have any questions please contact us.

Reliable and Helpful Web Resources:

Santa Ana Facts & Figures

Online Periodical Databases

Online Archives of California (OAC): provides historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies, and archives.

Repositories of Primary Sources: A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources.

Documenting the History of Your House: this site suggests several general approaches and tools that can be used to learn more about the history of a house.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States: published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

The Library of Congress: The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress.

The National Archives Genealogy and Family History Page: provides information on accessing federal records for genealogical information.

The USGenWeb Project: free genealogy websites organized by county and state. a service sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, includes guides, indexes, and resources.

Ellis Island Passenger Search: allows users to search ship passenger records and manifests by passenger name.  Images of the ships during the passenger search are also available.

Deciphering Old Handwriting: online tutorial on how to read handwriting from a genealogy course taught by Sabina J. Murray.

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