The Yolo County Archives in Woodland, California, are open to the public two days per week or by appointment. Researchers are welcome 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Up to four researchers are able to use the facilities at a time. Reservations are recommended. To make an appointment, call 530-666-8010
According to new archivist Analu Josephides, the top four accessed records are obituaries, newspapers, Board of Supervisor minutes and land records. Coroner's reports are also popular, according to Josephides. Other documents available to the public are marriages, probates, assessor documents, war veteran records, criminal and civil cases, tax assessments, yearbooks, land deeds, farm bureau records, hospital records and more.
Within the archives, primary records date back to 1850. Secondary records, such as photocopies, can pre-date 1850.
"The archives are evolving with the times," Josephides said. "With greater access (to the records), the community can discover that much more about who they are." Going paper-less is encouraged at the archives, and researchers are welcome to bring in a flash drive on which to have documents scanned.
You can read more in an article by Elizabeth Kalfsbeek in the Daily Democrat at http://goo.gl/5Q64A.
The Yolo County Archives is also looking for volunteers to assist in the following areas:
- General Research
- Transcribing documents using Excel or/and Word
- Genealogy Research
Details about the volunteer positions may be found at http://www.yolocounty.org/index.aspx?page=1272.
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