Start Your Search

Begin your research by delving into the Society’s database and exploring other local resources helpful in genealogical searches.

In addition to our database and other records (not yet digitized) found on this page, don’t forget to check the online Sahyun Genealogical Library card catalog and other library resources.

Search Our Database

Our volunteers have digitized and indexed more than 200,000 primary-source records and indexes which are searchable in the Society’s main database. 

Find and purchase birth, death, burial, marriage, naturalization, court, tax, and land records, among others. (Don’t forget to check the Society’s Sahyun Library card catalog.) 

Collections not yet digitized are also found here as PDF documents, including some historic marriage, death, burial indexes, an annotated 1850 Census transcription, and more.

Santa Barbara County Cemetery Research

The Society’s database includes records for cemeteries in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria, and Carpinteria. For links to other Santa Barbara County cemeteries, visit Santa Barbara County Cemeteries.

Society Digital Collections

Search through PDF documents of materials not in the database, including historic marriage, death, burial indexes, city directories, an annotated 1850 Census transcription, and more.

Research and Translation Assistance

Can’t make it to the Sahyun Library? Our volunteers perform focused research in our physical collection. Translation services are also offered for German and Dutch

Help Save Our Past

Records of our ancestors provide a link to our past, and we have historical records still to be digitized and indexed for our online database. Consider becoming a volunteer to help – much of the work can be done at home.

Helpful Local Resources

Find links to other local organizations that may aid in your search, including historical societies, libraries, museums, colleges, newspaper obituaries, and the county cemeteries not in our database, among others.  

General Genealogy Resources

National and regional resources to help you with your search including lineage societies, online archives, tools for ethnic research, nearby genealogical societies, and more.

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