GUIDELINES FOR REQUESTING LOOKUPS
Feel free to request a look-up from the generous volunteers listed in
These wonderful helpers provide their time and effort for free.
However, they can reasonably expect that you reimburse them for costs
they incur for such things as photocopying or postage.
Please use the following guidelines when making your request:
Please DON'T ask the volunteer to do more than they have offered to
Limit your request to one or two items or names. Be considerate
of the volunteer's time.
Put the words "ALAMEDA LOOKUP" in the subject line of
your request to insure the message is not overlooked.
In the first line of the message please put the name of the
book or type of record from which you are requesting the lookup.
If you have a spam filter, either turn it off
or add the volunteer's email address to accept your email!
Be sure to thank the volunteer for their time!
Please DON'T ask the volunteer for a lookup that would violate copyright
Volunteers are wanted and appreciated!!
If you own or have access to records and books relating
to Alameda County and are willing to do look-ups, please let
us know. Any source relating to Alameda County history or
families is wanted! Look in the attic, the basement, in the corner
of your closet. Do you have:
Books on Alameda County history or residents?
Old school yearbooks or class pictures with names?
An old family Bible with Alameda County names and dates?
Old club membership rosters?
Back issues of old monthly neighborhood newsletters?
Diaries, letters, journals, scrapbooks?
Old phone books or directories?
? ? ? ? ?
Dust them off!
Please share them with us by offering to look up a name
for someone. Just imagine the interesting
records we would all have "access" to if we each volunteered to do lookups
in just one item we may have laying around the house! Tell
us about the Alameda County resource you'd like to share!
(We will be happy to list any type of limits to what
you would be willing to do next to your name. For example, if you only
want to do lookups on the third Tuesday of every other month, that's fine!
We wouldn't want to have any volunteer feel overburdened.)
Please join this growing list of wonderful volunteers!
Thank you to every one of you!
Index of Alameda County Lookup Offers
City and Telephone Directories
County History & Genealogy Related Books
Vital Records Indices
The local library is always an excellent place for research. Now you
can contact librarians through the internet:
For other possible help with lookups, consider "trading" lookup offers
with other researchers looking for help in YOUR geographic area or in books/records
YOU own. If you are willing to help other genealogists, in exchange for
the help you receive, consider some of these wonderful resources:
There are also specific mailing lists that have volunteers for that
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
is another group of lookup volunteers who provide help all over the country.
In return for this help, you are asked to do one lookup per month in your
own area for another researcher.
Books We Own
is a list of resources owned or accessible by people willing to look up
genealogical information for others.
Library has many lookup offers for numerous Northern California
resources, all offered by generous volunteers.
Before you take advantage of any volunteer resources, please be willing
to return the favor. Remember that every one of these wonderful
volunteers are taking time from their OWN research to do YOU a favor. We
will all benefit if we're all willing to pass those favors along to somone
for researchers with a specific interest in Alameda County.
for researchers who will look up census records for California.
for researchers who will lookup dates of death in the California Death
Index (CADI) as well as obits and certificate transcriptions.
I have been doing the history of Alvarado and Decoto (today's Union
City) for about 12 years. I have the complete census for Alvarado and Decoto
on Excel spread sheets that cover the years 1860 through 1940 (less 1890).
I also have the same period covered for the rest of towns in Washington
Township (Centerville, Newark, Niles, Irvington, Mission San Jose, and
Warm Springs), today they are know as Fremont and Newark.
I also have over 1,500 pages of historical data of people in the Alvarado
area from 1850 to January 1959. I also have about 1,200 pages of historical
data on the people of Decoto from 1870 to January 1959. These data are
in the form of newspaper articles, selected pages from books and magazines,
telephone directories, business directories, and obituary indices.
All are indexed for easy location and retrieval. If I can be of occasional
use to answer questions about Washington Township (especially Alvarado
& Decoto) please feel free to call on me.
1987, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2000 Mission San Jose High School (Fremont)
1995-1996 UC Berekely
2001 - 2004 Irvington High School (Fremont)
2006, 2007 Washington High School (Fremont)
California Vital Records Indices
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