A treasure of indigent records has been discovered in the archives in Sonoma County, California. These records cover the period from 1876 to 1926 and give the names of persons who asked for money from the county because they had no other means of financial support. For the most part, these are the people who have "fallen through the cracks" of genealogical research. Most of them owned no property and had fallen on hard times because their primary provider had become ill, died, deserted them, was in jail, or was just too old to be gainfully employed. This publication contains about 1,200 applications that give specific information as to residence; marital status; number of children; names, ages, and birth places of children; nativity of applicant; reason for application; any property owned by applicant; habits of sobriety; any source of income; amount of money per month being requested; and date of request.
Sonoma County Genealogical Society, Inc.
2006, 8½x11, paper, alpha., 202 pp.