Monthly Meeting – November 2 “Searching For California Courthouse Records” by Junel Davidsen

Junel Davidsen will tell us about the many changes that have occurred over the years in the County courthouses involving record keeping, indexing, and storage, as well as, access limitations. Courthouse records are maintained by each of the 58 counties in California, and are not found at the State Archives (with a few exceptions). Procedures for accessing the records vary county by county. We will discuss these changes, historical background about California records, and give examples for searching onsite. Suggestions for preliminary work and where to find some digitized information online will also be discussed.

Junel Davidsen, is a Certified Genealogist, and former Assistant County Clerk/Recorder. She has worked in the San Benito County Courthouse for 18 yrs, and the Monterey County Elections for 10 yrs, She obtained an AA in Family Research Studies, and specializes in forensic genealogy and courthouse research. She Assists Estate Administrators in finding missing heirs and helping clients locate missing relatives. Recently she helped a person find her true identity using genealogy methods and DNA tools. Junel has assisted in documenting members of an American Indian Tribe, plus coordinated the descendant search for the Washington Territorial Sesquicentennial (150 Year) Celebration. She researched locally for a TV series “Faces of America.”

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.


” Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” – Mark Twain


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