Monday, July 23, 2012

Exhibitor Profile: Doris Foley Library for Historical Research

Please welcome The Doris Foley Library for Historical Research as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Library.

The Doris Foley Library for Historical Research is part of the Nevada County Library system. Housed in a 1907 Carnegie building of Romanesque Revival architectural style, the library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally the Nevada City Library,today the building is still owned by the city.

The Foley Library is a complex collection, part library and part archive. The holdings comprise non-circulating published and catalogued works on mining, local and regional history,as well as a constantly growing collection of archival and donated primary records. Patrons enjoy research in Gold Rush and later family history, house history, general and technical mining information, public records, Cornish and Chinese local heritage, and much more, with assistance from knowledgeable staff.
Resources available at the Foley Library date from the early 1850s and include:
  • (access available at the library)
  • Census Data=Directories and phone books
  • Genealogy Information=Indexes(cemeteries; naturalizations; marriage, birth and death records)
  • Maps
  • Mining Collection
  • Mortuary Records
  • Newspapers
  • Cornish Collection
  • Probate and Tax records
  • Indexes of Vital Records (actual records are at the County Recorder's office)
  • Voter Registries
  • A large collection of books about the people and history of Nevada County
For more information, please come by our exhibit table at Family History Day. You may also call the library at 530-265-4606 or visit the library’s website.

Posted by Lois Shumaker.

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