Library resources available for public browsing include
- reference books
- an extensive periodical section
- binders containing photographs, family histories, and vintage scenes of Cloverdale
- a vital statistics collection of birth, death, funeral and local cemetery records.
The Research Center collection includes
- archived maps
- a number of audio and video tapes on various topics of historical interest.
Visitors are encouraged to make an appointment to ensure access to library resources.
All research requests must be made using the Research Request Form.
If you would like a museum volunteer to research an inquiry for you, there is a charge of $15 per hour with a two-hour maximum per request.
The museum is available for research on your own by prior appointment with museum staff during regular museum hours Thursday-Sunday. There is a charge of $15.00 per hour for this service. A museum staff person will assist you as you conduct your own research in the library or archives.
Research Request Form
You may fill out and pay online with the form below, or download the Research Request Form (PDF) and send to the email address, or street address on the form.
Please call (707) 894-2067 for more information.
Great free sources for family history, public figures and places research:
- National Archives ~ NARA, the nation’s record keeper
- Ellis Island ~ Research Ellis Island/Port of New York Records
- Rootsweb ~ Research individuals and locate public family trees
- USGenWeb Project ~ A multifaceted project aimed at free genealogy information
- Cloverdale Library (with subscriptions to Ancestry and HeritageQuest databases)
- Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library
Riverside Cemetery is located on the west side of the Russian River. From Cloverdale, take First Street east. It becomes Crocker Road just outside of town. Make a left into the parking lot (just before the bridge that crosses the river).
The earliest markers date to the 1860s, predating our 1872 incorporation as a town. A quiet walk through the hillside cemetery takes visitors past the ancestors of our community. (The History Center also provides guided tours.)
In recent years, the Cloverdale Historical Society, collaborating with the city and other groups, has made great progress in repairing damage and tending this valuable landmark. Fallen and broken stones have been reset, vegetation cleared, and paths maintained. A CHC caretaker now oversees the cemetery’s maintenance.
The History Center also has a map of the marker locations to assist researchers and visitors.
Known as a walkable and bikable city, Cloverdale has grown in a charming way. Older more established neighborhoods have a mix of bungalow, craftsman and contemporary style homes, many dating from the early part of the last century. Newer subdivisions are located within city limits, making them an integral part of the community. Commercial properties exist throughout the city.
One of the goals of the Historical Society has been to create a Street Index, to document the locations of each and every structure, providing built dates and notations from our research and archives. The Street Index is largely completed, due to the work of Beverley McChesney. New residents as well as researchers find this a great starting place to find out more about the city and its past.