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Local History and Genealogy

Local History and Genealogy

Looking for genealogy information?  The Palo Alto Historical Association offers a large assortment of materials and local files - all free.

Online Resources: 
The Palo Alto Historical Association, or PAHA, maintains the historic archives for the City of Palo Alto. The archives include:
* Photographs (over 9,000)
* Obituaries - contact to get a copy of an obituary.  Obituaries are indexed inside our library catalog.  Narrow down your search results by limiting to "Collection: Local News & Obit Index" or "Location: Local News."

Online Resources from the Palo Alto Library:
* Library Edition (available in the library ONLY)
* Heritage Quest (available at home with a library card)
* Historic New York Times (1851-2012)
* Palo Alto newspapers

Also available through PAHA:

* Newspaper clippings
* Biographies, Letters, Diaries
* Oral histories
* Maps, Manuscripts
* Videotapes

Currently located at the Cubberley Center, Room K-7, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306. (Read the press release for more on the move from the Main Library).  Historian Steve Staiger is at the History Desk Tuesday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. Steve can help you research a history question or a specific topic or find a particular photograph. His phone number is (650) 329-2353. He can also be reached via e-mail at

( visit the library web site )

Last Updated: December 10, 2014