Lingenfelter Archives
Monday, January 9, 2012 at 9:46AM
Jo Giessner

Keith Lingenfelter began his quest for the information on Tehama County pioneers in 1962 as a project to hand in to a class instructor at Shasta College. When the class was over, he kept compiling family records and saving source material until 22 years later in 1984 when he passed away from a lengthy illness.

However, in 1979 he donated his materials to the Special Collections Department of the Meriam Library at CSU, Chico. There were nearly 50,000 names beginning before 1850 and well into the mid twentieth century covering not only Tehama County, but Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Shasta (especially Shasta) as well.

The complete paper collection:  Manuscript number 110, Keith Lingenfelter Genealogy and Research Collection in the Special Collections Department, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.

The Tehama County Library has the hardcover books in the Depository.

You can access the Volumes 1&2 Married and Volume 3 Unmarried online at: or by Google.

I have printed out my own and store in 4 binders. One or more of the binders is open on my desk almost daily. An excellent source for clues! Of course, there are errors and updates needed. At this point I just make notes on the pages in my binders and enter the corrected items in my records.

For Keith's work I am very thankful!

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