Every Friday morning for over three years the extraction team lead by Marilyn Ulbricht assembled at the Center for Sacramento History where the records are held. Each volunteer had a coroner's record book from which entries were extracted. The books were fragile and cumbersome to manage, some measuring nearly 18 inches square. Great care was taken to protect crumbling spines and delicate pages. Pat Johnson, Senior Archivist at the Center, welcomed the volunteers and the extraction project because it will increase public access to the records via published indexes and promote preservation of the actual books by reducing or eliminating handling.
Dae Powell, the Shoestring Genealogist, wrote about the types of coroner's records, how to locate them, and online resources. The article, written in 2007, remains relevant today except for need to add the Sacramento County Coroner's Records Collection to her list of resources!
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posted by Denise H. Richmond