Local Resources

University of California, Santa Barbara
The UCSB Library's collections contain many resources of value to family history researchers. Several Unique Collections in the UCSB Library May Be Of Interest to Genealogists:
Special Collections (3rd Floor) The William Wyles collection is a major Civil War collection that also includes books about the development of the West. Consult the Civil War subject guide for more information. Some other collections (Pearl Chase, Santa Barbara) may be of interest.
Map and Imagery Collection (1st Floor North). Collection of historical US maps (especially for colonial US) may be useful in identifying historic sites.
Santa Barbara County Courthouse (information on how to obtain birth, marriage, death records)
 
Carpinteria Valley Museum of History
956 Maple Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013. [805] 684-3112. David W. Griggs, Director/Curator.
http://carpinteriahistoricalmuseum.org/
 
Goleta Valley Historical Society
304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117. [805]-681-7216. The Goleta Valley Historical Society is the steward of the Stow House, the gardens, the ranch area, and other historic structures of Rancho La Patera. It maintains a library of local history of the Goleta Valley.
http://www.stowhouse.com/museumshistory.php
 
Old Mission Santa Ynez
1760 Mission Drive, P.O. Box 408, Solvang, CA 93464. [805] 688-4815. Sheila Benedict, Archivist. Monday - Thursday.http://missionsantaines.org
 
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Gledhill Library, 136 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Phone: 805.966.1601
Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10 am to 4 pm
First Sat. 10 am to 1 pm
http://www.santabarbaramuseum.com/Gledhill_Library.html
 
Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library
The Archive-Library is a secular, non-profit educational and historical research institution which acquires, maintains and preserves books, maps, photographs, and other documents relating to the history of the California missions, Franciscan history, and the history of native peoples in the Southwest, up to roughly 1846. 2201 Laguna St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105, 805.682.4713 ext 152, email for appointment to director@sbmal.org Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 10-4.
http://sbmal.org
 
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
Offers a description of the park, information on archaeology, research, educational program and news for the historic Santa Barbara Presidio. By appointment only during the following public service hours:
Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00AM to 12:30PM
Wednesday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Contact the Presidio Research Center Librarian, (805) 965-2004.
 
Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum and Carriage House
3596 Sagunto St., P.O. Box 181, Santa Ynez, CA 93460. [805]688-7889. Chris Bashforth, Executive Director, syvm@verizon.net.
http://www.missionsantaines.org/home.html
 
Santa Ynez  Band of Chumash Indians
By bestowing cultural wisdom through generations, we are able to teach our youth the early ways of the Chumash, learn the traditional language of our people, and educate the public about who we are as a tribe and as individuals. We honor our ancestors by reaching out to our neighbors and caring for our community.  There is a term our ancestors used to represent “generosity” – it is ‘amuyich.
http://www.santaynezchumash.org/
 
Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara
Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center
524 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 805. 957.1115
http://JewishSantaBarbara.org