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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:

Volunteers are wanted  and appreciated!!
If you own or have access to records and books relating to San Francisco and are willing to do look-ups, please let us knowAny source relating to San Francisco history or families is wanted!  Look in the attic, the basement, in the corner of your closet.  Do you have:
  • Books on SF history or residents?
  • Old school yearbooks or class pictures with names?
  • An old family Bible with SF names and dates?
  • Old club membership rosters?
  • Back issues of old monthly neighborhood newsletters?
  • Diaries, letters, journals, scrapbooks?
  • Old phone books or directories?
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    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 San Francisco resource you'd like to share!
    (We'll be happy to list any type of limits to what you would be willing to do next to your name.
     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!

    "The Annals of San Francisco", by Soule, Gihon, and Nisbet, originally published by D. Appleton & Company, New York, 1855. "The Bay of San Francisco", Lewis Publishing Co., 1892 "A Cook's Tour of San Francisco", by Doris Muscatine, 1963 (contains history of some old restaurants) "The Earth Shook, The Sky Burned" by William Bronson, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1959
    Volunteer:  Bernadette Hoegerle-Ferriter
    "San Francisco's Excelsior District (Images of America), by Walter G. Jebe, Jr.
    Volunteer: Nicole Cardinale
    "History of the San Francisco Bay Region" (three volume set), Bailey Millard (American Historical Society, Inc., 1924).
    Volunteer: Ruth Skewis
    "The History of San Francisco, Biographical, Vol. II" (only); Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor, Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago-San Francisco, 1931). "The Immortal San Franciscans (for whom the streets were named)" by Eugene B. Block "More San Francisco Memoirs, 1852-1899, The Ripening Years" compiled by Malcolm E. Barker, Londonborn Publications, San Francisco, 1996. "1906 Remembered: Firsthand Accounts of the San Francisco Disaster", published by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, 1981, Patricia Turner, editor. "Problems Women Solved, the Womens Board of the PPIE"
    (Volunteer's Note:  This book has bios/photos of many SF women involved with the Fair.)
    Volunteer:  Zoe Heimdal
    "The San Francisco Bay Area, A Metropolis in Perspective", 1959 "San Francisco's Golden Era", by Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg, 1960 "San Francisco Street Secrets--The Stories Behind San Francisco Street Names", by David B. Eames, Gem Guides Book Co., Baldwin Park, CA, 1995 "Story of the Exposition" (1915 PPIE), by Frank Morton Todd
    Volunteer:  Zoe Heimdal
    "Streets of San Francisco-The Origins of Street and Place Names", by Louis K. Loewenstein, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1996 "This is San Francisco", by Robert O'Brien (pub.1948)

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