Local Records, Museums, and Libraries
Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library
Must be a member of this nonprofit organization located in Old Mission Santa Barbara to have access to copies of baptism, marriage, and burial records recorded at the California Missions, copies of “Padrones” (censuses), and more.
2201 Laguna Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 682-4713 Ext. 152
Santa Barbara Historical Museum & Gledhill Library
Focus on Santa Barbara County history. Library has books and pamphlets, photographs, maps, oral histories, newspaper files, clipping and ephemera files, manuscripts and government records. Online resources available.
Chris Ervin, Archivist
136 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
Stewards of the past and present of the Presidio Neighborhood, they restore and manage historic properties including El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, Casa de la Guerra, Santa Ines Mission Mills, and Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens. Operates Presidio Research Center (see below).
123 East Canon Perdido Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Research Center
Books, pamphlets, documents, journals, photographs, oral histories, and manuscript collections related to Trust’s research and programs. Records from Spanish California era, pedigree charts, published family histories and more.
215 East Canon Perdido Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Library at University of California, Santa Barbara
Due to COVID-19, the UCSB Library building is only accessible to current UCSB students, faculty, and staff with valid UCSB ID. Users with community borrower cards and other walk-in users are not being admitted at this time.
UCSB Library collections of interest to genealogists:
Special Collections (3rd Floor): William Wyles Collection contains nearly 40,000 volumes related to the Civil War and the western expansion, plus manuscript collections, diaries, correspondence, records of military units, maps, and more.
Other collections, such as those about Pearl Chase and 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.
Check website for directions, parking, and hours.
Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara
Emphasis on Jewish tradition and culture available for in-library use and circulation. Genealogy section with binder of helpful resources. Also see Jewish History & Genealogy Resources
Lila & Joseph Scher Library - 524 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum and Carriage House
Ellen Gleason Memorial Library specializes in Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, and California history. Almost 1,000 books plus county legal papers, oral histories, old newspapers, photographs, and more.
3596 Sagunto St.
Santa Ynez, CA 93460