Local Genealogy

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Corona GenealogyThe Library & Heritage Room support local genealogical research through our collection of over 300 circulating and non-circulating titles as well as electronic and online resources. To view a list of our books, magazines, and CD-ROMs  please use the Library's online catalog

For more information about the reference materials located in the Heritage Room please call 951.279.3593.



   Family Histories 

     The family histories of a few local families are available including two of Corona’s founding families
     – the Taylors & Joys.

Taylor Family

Taylor Family
An ancestral chart for the Taylor-Songer Family. Robert B. Taylor was one of Corona's founding fathers.  

 Joy Family

Joy Family
A more extensive family tree for the descendents of George L. Joy. Other Corona families included in the chart are the Jamesons and Todds.

 Gould Wedding
Janet Williams Gould was a historian who stirred interest in marking and preserving local landmarks. Her second husband, Chester accompanied Janet on her excursions through Temescal Canyon. The family history chart includes information related to Walter Dean, Janet's first husband, as well as the Williams Family.


   Heritage Room Genealogy Resources 


Sunnyslope Cemetery Records
Headstone inscriptions, dates of birth & death, cause of death and location of burial for those buried is Sunnyslope Cemetery between 1895 and 1984 (Heritage Room only).

California Indexes
Available on microfilm or fiche: the California Death Index, 1905-1939 and California Marriage Index, 1960-1985 (Heritage Room only).

Newspaper Clippings & Obituaries
Articles from the Corona Daily Independent and Press-Enterprise newspapers (Heritage Room only).

City Directories
Hardcover Corona City Directories for select years, as well as the Riverside City & County Directories 1889-1966 on microfiche (Heritage Room only).

Microfilm copies of local newspapers
The microfilmed copies of the newspaper are available during normal Library hours. Ask at the Adult Information Desk for a reel and staff will be able to assist you. Below is a list of our collection of newspaper microfilm:

  • South Riverside Bee, June 2, 1887 - June 20, 1896;
  • Corona Courier, January 6, 1900 - April 29, 1938;
  • Corona Daily Independent, August 24, 1906 - April 30, 1983;
  • Corona-Norco Independent, May 1983 - December 19, 2003;
  • Riverside Press-Enterprise, July 15, 1979 - April 30, 1990, 2000, January 1, 2007 - June 30, 2009.

U.S. Census
Microfilm copies of the 1850 & 1860 U.S. Census for 12 California Counties (Heritage Room only).



   Online Resources


Ancestry Library Edition (available on the 1st floor of the Library only) - U.S. Census, military records, birth & death records for various U.S. States.

Corona Newspaper Archive (available on the 1st floor of the Library only) - full-text searchable collection of Corona area newspapers. Includes the South Riverside BeeCorona CourierCorona Daily IndependentNorco Beacon and Corona-Norco Independent newspapers from 1887 to 1977.

Access to Archival Databases (AAD) - This National Archives online resource provides access to records in a small selection of historic databases preserved permanently in NARA. AAD provides access to over 85 million historic electronic records created by more than 30 agencies of the U.S. federal government and from collections of donated historical materials.

Archival Research Catalog (ARC) - The online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries. ARC contains a great deal of information about World War II including the Casualties: Navy, Marines & Coast GuardHonor List of Dead & Missing: Army & Air Force, and Selective Service Registration Cards. 

City of Corona Veterans Memorial
The City of Corona Veterans Memorial database is dedicated in honor and remembrance of all past, present, and future veterans of the United States military.
The veterans database allows users to create an on-line profile detailing a veteran’s military service. 

Early California Population Project  - the Huntington Library's ECPP database includes the baptismal, marriage, and burial records of each of the California missions. This unique collection contains information on the Indians, soldiers and settlers of Alta California from 1769 - 1850.

Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery - Evergreen Cemetery lies at the foot of Mount Rubidoux in Riverside, California. The cemetery was founded in 1872 and has more than 27,000 beings interred on this site, many of regional and national significance. The website features a searchable "Who's Here" database, artistic photographs of the grounds & headstones and brief biographies of Riverside founders.

Family Search - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a collection of material that covers a wide range of continents and time periods. Much of the material is searchable or available to 'browse'. In addition to the U.S. Census, users will find everything from Argentinian Marriages to Zimbabwe Death Notices available on the site.
Immigration History Research Center - The University of Minnesota's Immigration History Research Center promotes interdisciplinary research on international migration, develops archives documenting immigrant and refugee life, especially in the U.S., and makes specialized scholarship accessible to students, teachers, and the public.

Local History & Genealogy Reading Room - The Library of Congress has one of the world's premier collections of U.S. and foreign genealogical and local historical publications.

   Corona Genealogical Society


The Corona Genealogical Society meets the first Monday of each month in the Library's Community Rooms (1st floor near the entrance). An informal gathering begins at 6:30 p.m. and guest speakers begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.

Genealogy Classes are held Tuesdays in the Library's Computer Learning Center (1st floor) from 12:30- 1:45 p.m. Topics vary and instructors are provided by the Corona Genealogical Society.

All Meetings and Classes are FREE & open to the public. For more information please visit the Corona Genealogical Society's website or call 951-739-4860.

Available on microfilm or fiche: the California Death Index, 1905-1939 and California Marriage Index, 1960-1985 (Heritage Room only).
Available on microfilm or fiche: the California Death Index, 1905-1939 and California Marriage Index, 1960-1985 (Heritage Room only).
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