The El Dorado County Historical Museum Research Room is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers Tuesday through Saturday. You can drop in Tuesdays from 9am - 3pm for Open House Research Day. The Research Room is also open Wednesday through Saturday as volunteers are available. If you can't visit us in person, we will be happy to help you with your research. Just fill out the Research Request Form or call 530.621.5865.
How to use the County Museum's Research Room
The El Dorado County Historical Museum has extensive holdings relating to the history of El Dorado County . Most of these holdings must be viewed in person. Research Volunteers will help you by looking through the research collections and inform you of what we have relating to your question.
The public can conduct their research by filling out this Research Request Form, visiting the Research Room in person, sending an email, telephoning us at 530.621.5865 or sending a letter to the El Dorado County Historical Museum , 104 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667.
Types of Historical Resources
Photographs: We have over 23,000 historical images of places and people. Currently, the photographs are only view-able in person. Please contact us to see if there is a photograph of a place or person you are looking for.
Genealogical Information: We have thousands of index cards citing obituaries, notices of births and marriages, funeral notices, and family histories. Check the People Files for the surname you are looking for. This is not a comprehensive list, but is a good place to start.
County Records: There are county probate files (1850-1970), Civil and Criminal Court Cases (1880-1951), voting registers, census records, marriage applications (1910-1981, burial permits (1910-2011), school records, and Board of Supervisors minute books.
Historical Maps: There are unrecorded surveys, mining maps, water and transportation system maps, and historical county maps.
VOLUNTEER researchers, left to right, Carol
Damerval, Rodi Lee, and Ellen Osborn look at
historical records at the El Dorado County
Historical Museum recently. Democrat photo by
Other historical resources: Diaries, letters and journals, general subject files, local newspapers, cemetery indexes, telephone and business directories and mining information. Check out Special Events for the next scheduled Mining History Research Day. This is a great opportunity to find the history of mines in El Dorado County.
More Indexes will be added in the coming months. Please check back.
Research Room Charges and Fees
$.25 per photocopy
$3.00 shipping and handling
$12.96 (includes tax) starting price for digitized photos
There is no cost for doing research. However, we depend
on your donations and they are gratefully accepted.