History & Genealogy

Alameda Oral Histories

Links to Alameda of the Past and Bridges of Honor oral histories on Calisphere.

Alameda Library Local History Resources

The Alameda Collection provides a broad range of local historical reference materials, including books, articles, documents, pamphlets, maps, and microfilm.  All items in this collection are for in-library use only. Please ask reference staff for assistance in locating items.


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Coverage of the US and UK, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia, and other areas of the world. 

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.
Begun in 1996 to archive the Internet itself, the Internet Archive now has 20+ years of web history accessible through the Wayback Machine. As the web archive grew, so did the commitment to providing digital versions of other published works.

Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. Access is available 24/7.

Obituary and Local History Requests

Looking for a copy of a local obituary or death, marriage or birth notice? The Alameda Free Library provides a free obituary and genealogy search service. Please limit obituary and genealogy requests to persons who resided in the city of Alameda.

Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) 

Directory of U.S. businesses, company leaders, parent companies, and subsidiaries. Includes U.S. healthcare listings, job and internship listings, and white page listings. Find contact information, sales, and employee figures. Create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds, and locate people.