Volunteers from the San Joaquin Genealogical Society are available to help with your family history questions.  The volunteers are at the Chavez Central Library on the first and last Tuesday of each month, 10 am til 1 pm.  You can find them in the Genealogy Section on the top floor of the Library.  As an additional service, Society researchers can look up obituaries and other material for a fee.  Use this form to request this service.


The Genealogy Volunteers will be taking a break through the holiday season. Their last day for 2019 will be November 5. They will be back and ready to help you starting January 28, 2020.




Licensed Databases
Paid for by the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library

Ancestry Library Edition **
** available only if you are in the library
Genealogical records from around the world.
Biography Resource Center
Brief biographies from reference works by the Gale Group.


Library Collection

The Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library has a large, non-circulating genealogy collection on the upper level of the Cesar Chavez Central Library. The collection includes the following materials.


  • 200 Family Histories from across the country
  • 1500+ Genealogy books with records for nearly all 50 states, European countries, hereditary societies, and U.S. military and land records
  • San Joaquin County vital records, cemetery records, and more in books published by the San Joaquin Genealogical Society and other local authors
  • 125 periodicals from genealogical and historical societies


The Library also owns many circulating books on how to do genealogy that you can read at home.


The San Joaquin Genealogical Society has donated the majority of the material in the Genealogy Reference Collection and continues to do so each year. The Society gives periodic workshops in the Library. The Society also publishes books of San Joaquin County records.


Genealogical Society Volunteers are available to assist you


Genealogy research request