KCGS Room Resources

The genealogy room of the Beale Memorial Library is staffed by volunteers of the Kern Genealogical Society.  The genealogical collection is a significant source of information on the history of Kern County and that of its citizens for researchers.

The Kern Genealogy Room is a non-circulating library of over 5000 historical reference books, genealogical records, and original documents of local interest.  There is no fee to use the collection.  Copies of documents are available for $.15 per page.  The genealogy room is located on the second floor of the Beale Memorial Library at 701 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA.

People using the Genealogy Room to do genealogical research find the following collections especially useful:

  • family histories

  • surname files

  • church records

  • cemetery records

  • miscellaneous land records

  • vital statistics

  • Kern County federal censuses

  • county histories

  • community histories

  • state resources

While the Genealogy Room has a significant collection related to Kern County and its citizens, it also provides resources for those researching in other states and countries.  

Below are links to some of the holdings in the Genealogy Room:

Alphabetical List of Donated Books
Periodicals and Newspapers