Sonoma County Historical Links


Archives and Libraries
Cultural History
Current Research
Genealogical Societies and Resources
Historic Events
Historic People and Families

Historic Sites
Historical Societies and Associations
Preservation and Restoration
Commercial sites with
historical information
Entertainment and Recreation
Restaurants & Food

Archives and Libraries

California State Archives

California Genealogical Society and Library

California State Library Online Catalog

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum

Santa Rosa Jr. College Library

Sonoma County Wine Library

Sonoma County Library, Local History

Sonoma State University,
Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center
  Sonoma County Cemeteries
  Chanate Historic Cemetery
  Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery
  Spring Hill Cemetery
Cultural History

Native American

California's Native People

Jesse Peter Museum

Pomo History

Sacred Sonoma
  Marin Museum of the American Indian
  Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League
  California Japantowns - Petaluma & Sebastopol

Current Research


History Day in California
  Santa Rosa High School Foundation

Teaching American History (Mendocino, Lake, & Sonoma Counties)
  Ursuline High School (Ursuline College, Ursuline Academy)

Genealogical Societies and Resources

Sonoma County Genealogical Society

Sonoma County Early Land Records

Sonoma County (USGenWeb Project), USGenWeb

California Genealogical Society and Library

National Genealogical Society

Historic Events

Bear Flag Revolt

Running Fence  1976 - Christo and Jeanne-Claude
  Analy High School Centennial Celebration
  Petaluma Sesquicentennial

Historic People and Families important to Sonoma County
  Luther Burbank

Carrillo Family of Sonoma County California
  Maria Carrillo - Sonoma Country Day School project

Gregson Family
  Thomas Lake Harris

Brainerd Jones

Jack London Foundation

The World of Jack London

SSU - Jack London Online Collection

Kanaye Nagasawa
  Fred MacMurray

Song Wong Bourbeau  (need new link)

Notable North Bay People
  Ruth Asawa

Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Sonoma County - (California State Parks Office of Historic Preservation)

Laird 's List of Landmarks - Sonoma County

Barns of Sonoma County


Carrillo Adobe
  Carrillo Adobe - Historic American Buildings Survey

Fort Ross State Historic Park
  Jack London State Historic Park (updated 2007-Dec)

Lake Sonoma - Before Warm Springs Dam

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
  MacMurray Ranch, and From Hollywood to Healdsburg, with love

Mission San Francisco de Solano
  Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park (updated 2007-Dec)
  St. Rose Historic District, Santa Rosa

Sonoma State Historic Park

STURGEON'S MILL Restoration Project

Tolay Lake
  West End Neighborhood Historic District, Santa Rosa

Historical Societies and Associations

Cloverdale Historical Society

Cotati Historical Society

Forestville Historical Society
 Glen Ellen Historical Society

    Original site - Glen Ellen Historical Society

Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society

The Jack London Society

Northwest Pacific RR Historical Society

Petaluma History Museum

Redwood Empire Live Steamers

Rohnert Park Historical Society 

Russian River Historical Society

Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation

Sonoma County Historical Agencies

Sonoma County Historical and Cultural Resources

Sonoma Valley Historical Society

West County Historical Society

Neighbor Counties

Lake County Historical Society

Marin County Historical Society
       Tomales Regional History Center

Mendocino County Historical Society

Napa County Historical Society

     St. Helena Historical Society

Solano County Historical Society


American Association of State and Local History

California Historical Society

California Historical Societies and Museums
  California Mission Studies Association

Inventions from Sonoma County


How the Irish Invented Jazz... Possibly while on Sonoma County Soil

Locations (Geographic)



Fort Ross




Rohnert Park

Santa Rosa

    Bennett Valley

    Historic Railroad Square

    West End Historical District
      Mark West Area
      St. Rose Historic District
      Santa Rosa - Then and Now
  Sea Ranch


    Hallberg Butterfly Gardens

      Sonoma Walking Tour

Two Rock


  Service Clubs


Charles Schulz Museum

Depot Park Museum

Hand Fan Museum of Healdsburg

Healdsburg Museum

Jesse Peter Museum
  Missions Museum

Pacific Coast Air Museum
  Penngrove Power and Implement Museum

Petaluma Museum

Sonoma County Museum

West County Museum

  Western Railway Museum (Rio Vista)

The Bear Flag Museum



Paradise Ridge Winery - Kanaye Nagasawa


Online Archive of California (OAC) - Sonoma County

Geo-Images Project - Lantern Images of Sonoma County

Internet Archive - Wayback Machine


Preservation and Restoration

Carrillo Adobe
  Comstock House, Santa Rosa

Jack London Ranch Restoration Project
  Petaluma Trolley
  Eggcentric Petaluma
  Redwood Empire Live Steamers
  Spring Hill Cemetery
  Spring Hill Cemetary Restoration Pictures

Sonoma County Historical Records Commission

Sonoma County Land Trust

Sonoma League for Historic Preservation
  Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods

STURGEON'S MILL Restoration Project

California Office of Historic Preservation

California Preservation Foundation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Commercial sites with history information


Bodega Potatoes

Clo the Cow

Mark Furusho Farms


Exchange Bank

Entertainment and Recreation

Seabiscuit, Wine Country's most famous horse

Bohemian Grove

Peanuts Timeline


Press Democrat Online Local News Archives

  Drake's Bay

History of Sonoma County 1880

History of Sonoma County 1937

Watermelon Nights

Restaurants & Food

Costeaux French Bakery & Café

Jimtown Store

McNear's Saloon And Dining House

Michele's Restaurant


TeeVax Home Appliance

Western Farm Center


Beltane Ranch
  Flamingo Hotel

Hotel La Rose

Madrona Manor

Melitta Station Inn

Sonoma Mission Inn Spa & Country Club Travel description

Name Established

Gundlach Bundschu Wine 1850

D'Agostini Winery 1856

Buena Vista Winery 1857

Ledson Winery and Vineyards 1994 (1857 - Alicante vineyards, Cunningham ranch)
  Valley of the Moon Winery 1863 (1883 - 1941 Madrone Vineyards)

Stone Creek Wines 1869

Simi Winery 1876

Kunde Estate Winery & Vineyards 1904 (1879 - Wildwood Vineyard)

Geyser Peak Winery 1880

Martin Ray Winery 1943 (1881 - Twin Fir Winery, 1902 - Martini & Prati Winery)

Korbel 1882

Glen Ellen Winery 1883?

Martinelli Winery 1887
  Seghesio Family Vineyards 1895

Foppiano Vineyards 1896

Sebastiani Vineyards 1904

Lytton Springs Winery 1905

Trentadue Winery 1962

Kenwood Vineyards 1970 (1906 - Pagani Brothers Winery)

St. Francis Vineyards 1972 (1906 - Behler Vineyard)

A. Rafanelli Winery 1911

ZD Wines 1969

Chateau StJean 1973

Fava Brothers Vinyard - Marcucci Farms 1973

Joseph Swan Vineyards 1974

Landmark Vineyards 1974

DeLoach Vineyards 1976

Ravenswood 1976

Alexander Valley Vineyards 1975

Matanzas Creek Winery 1977

Roche 1977

Michel-Schlumberger 1979