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Vital Records:

    Los Angeles County

      Los Angeles County Clerk-Recorder
      Birth, Death and Marriage Records Section
      P.O. Box 53120
      Los Angeles, CA 90053-0120

      Certificate Information (562) 462-2137
      Marriage License Information (562) 462-2137

      http://www.lavote.net/RECORDER/BDM_Records.cfm

Libraries:

    Agoura Hills

      County of Los Angeles
      Agoura Hills Library (Holocaust Studies)
      29901 Ladyface Court
      Agoura Hills, CA 91301

      (818) 889-2278

      http://www.colapublib.org/libs/agourahills/

      (JGSCV Permanent Library is  maintained here)

      County of Los Angeles Public Library (COLA) has a subscription to Heritage Quest which includes the US census from 1790-1930 (the most recently released census to the public). This  is accessible from both the library and remotely from your home computer. You must have an LA County Library Card to access this research site remotely.

      COLA also has the ProQuest Historical LA Times since 1985, Los Angeles Sentinel 1934-2005 and National Newspapers (42) from 1990s forward.  These newspapers can be accessed remotely with a LA County Library Card.

      http://www.colapublib.org

      (LA County Library website)

    Calabasas

      Calabasas Library
      200 Civic Center Way
      Calabasas, CA 91302
      (818) 225-7616

      http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/library.html

      Has subscriptions to Newsbank from 1977 back, Newsstand and Reference USA. You need a library card to access the database remotely. You do not have to be a resident of Calabasas to obtain a library card.

     

    The City of Camarillo Public Library

      The Camarillo Library left the Ventura County Library System effective January 1, 2011 and is independently run through the City of Camarillo.

      Camarillo Public Library
      4101 Las Posas Road
      Camarillo, CA 93010
      (805) 388-5222

      http://www.camarillolibrary.org/

      The City of Camarillo Public Library has a subscription to Ancestry.com library-edition.  This subscription is only accessible for research at the library.

      The City of Camarillo Public Library also has a subscription to HeritageQuest and America’s Newspapers.

      The Ventura County Genealogical Society houses its genealogy reference library at the City of Camarillo Public Library.

      A library card is obtainable to anyone with appropriate photographic ID which includes current address


    The City of Moorpark Public Library

      Moorpark City Library
      699 Moorpark Avenue
      Moorpark, California 93021
      (805) 517-6370

      http://moorparkca.gov/355/Library

      A Moorpark City library card is obtainable all California residents at no fee.


    Simi Valley

      Simi Valley Library
      2969 Tapo Canyon
      Simi Valley, CA 93063
      (805) 526-1735

      http://simivalleylibrary.org/

      The Simi Valley Library has a subscription to Ancestry.com Library Edition, which is only accessible at the library. Any California resident with California ID may obtain a Simi Valley Library card.


    Thousand Oaks

      Grant R. Brimhall Library
      1401 East Janss Road
      Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

      (805) 449-2660

      http://www.toaks.org/library

      (Genealogy-Conejo Valley Genealogical Society maintains its library here)

      The Grant R. Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library (TO Library) has a subscription to Ancestry.com Library Edition. This subscription is only accessible for research at the library.

      The TO Library also has subscription to the ProQuest Historical LA Times and Heritage Quest for US Census 1790-1940 (the most recently released census to the public). Both of these sources are available remotely with a Thousand Oaks Library Card.

      A Thousand Oaks Library card is obtainable to all California residents at no fee.

       

    Westlake Village

      A branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library.
      See under Agoura Hills Library for the details of what is available


    Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL)

      630 West Fifth Street (between Grand and Flower, downtown)

      Los Angeles, California 90071-2097

       

      History & Genealogy Department

      Tom Bradley Wing

      Lower Level 4

       

      Telephone: Information, Main Number (213) 228-7000


      Woodland Hills

      The closest LAPL to the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is the Woodland Hills branch (818) 226-0017. There is no charge for a library card.

      ProQuest access to the Los Angeles Times Historical Database (1881-1990) is available on site or with a library card-holder password. The LAPL also has a subscription to ProQuest Newspapers which includes the more recent LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor. The LAPL also has ProQuest Newsstand available and includes hundreds of newspapers from the 1990's- to current date.


    Ventura County Library System

      There are 12 libraries comprising the Ventura County Library System. They are all sharing the same computer system for databases and resources.  You need a Ventura County Library Card to access the databases from your home computer. You do not need to live in one of the Ventura County communities to obtain a free library card.

      The Ventura County Library System has subscriptions to the ProQuest Historical Newspapers-Los Angeles Times from 1881; New York Times from 1851, Christian Science Monitor from 1908, Wall Street Journal from 1889; the Washington Post from 1877 and the Chicago Tribune. They also have the Ventura County Star. They are accessible remotely by using your Ventura County Library card.

      A new subscription is to World Crunch, which has global foreign newspapers with English Translations. Some of the newspapers are from: China, Colombia, Iran, France and the Ukraine -- there are additional countries newspapers included.

      The VCLS also has subscriptions to:

      • Ancestry.com Library Edition (which may only be used in the library) a database includes over 4 billion names and 500,000 family trees.  It provides extensive coverage of the U.S., including census data, birth, marriage, and death records, World War I draft registration cards, Social Security death records, and immigration lists.
      • Heritage Quest on-line ( which can be access remotely from your home). This collection includes: U.S. federal census data (1790-1940), over 20,000 family and local history books and over 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, and probate records.

      http://www.vencolibrary.org

      The 12 branches of the County Library are:

      Avenue Library in Ventura
      Fillmore Library
      E. P. Foster Library (Ventura)
      Historical Museum Library (Ventura County Museum-Ventura)
      Meiners Oaks Library (Ojai)
      Oak Park Library
      Oak View Library
      Ojai Library
      Piru Library
      Ray D. Preuter Library (Port Hueneme)
      Saticoy Library
      Albert H. Soliz Library (Saticoy)


Specialty Libraries:

    American Jewish University Library

    Ostrow Library, Burton Sperber Memorial Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and Phoebe and Werner Frank Family Learning Center (Genealogy)
    Familian Campus
    15600 Mulholland Dr.
    Bel-Air, California 90077
    1-888-853-6763 or (310) 476-9777
    http://library.aju.edu/



Museums:

    Ventura County

      The Ventura County Museum of History and Art 
      100 East Main Street
      Ventura, CA  93001
      (805) 653-0323

      http://www.venturamuseum.org

      (houses the A. Levy Collection)


Cemeteries:

    Mt. Sinai Parks - Simi Valley
    6150 Mt. Sinai Drive
    Simi Valley, CA 93063

    (800) 600-0076

    http://www.mountsinaiparks.org

    (Look for link to Simi)

    Beth Olam Cemetery
    5600 Lindero Canyon Road
    Westlake Village, CA 91361

    (818) 889-0902

    http://www.piercebrothersvalleyoaks.com 

    (Within Valley Oaks - Griffin Memorial Park and Mortuary formerly Pierce Brothers - Valley Oaks Westlake Village)

    Ivy Lawn Memorial Park
    5400 Valentine Road
    Ventura, CA 93003

    (805) 642-1055

    http://www.ivylawn.org 

    (They have a consecrated part of the cemetery known as Temple Beth Torah and another distinct part within Ivy Lawn Memorial Park for Jewish burials, in a non-consecrated area.)

    Cemetery Park
    Main Street
    Ventura, California

    http://www.restorestmarys.org

    (Previously known as St. Mary's Cemetery then sold to the Presbyterian Church then deeded to an unnamed Jewish organization.  In 1964 the city removed all gravestone markers, of the Catholic, Presbyterian, Jewish and Chinese interred there. A movement is to restore the cemetery markers many of which are stored in city hall. A private website includes the names of the people buried there. This cemetery includes Jewish pioneers of Ventura County with a Jewish presence since 1886. No burials have been in the park since 1941. It became a park in 1964 when the City of Ventura decided to remove the headstones, very old with no upkeep and maintain the area as a memorial park. There are small metal markers flush with the ground that can be keyed to the larger memorial bearing the names of all those buried in the cemetery.)

    Conejo Mountain Memorial Park
    2052 Howard Road
    Camarillo, CA 93012

    (805) 482-1959

    http://conejomountainmemorialpark.com

    (Non-sectarian Park with Jewish Section known as Beth Shalom)

 

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Holocaust:


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Israel:


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Maps:


Military Records:


Miscellaneous:


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