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The following books would make welcome addition to the bookshelf of any researcher who is concerned with Sierra County.

The "Surname Index" link following some of the book descriptions displays a list of surnames mentioned in the book along with page numbers. Each surname index was created by a volunteer going through all the pages in the book. Some of the books already have an index that incudes names.

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A series of books on the history of Sierra County was written by James J. Sinnott, a local historian and author, and a lifetime resident of the county.  Sinnott's books include:

Volume I.  Downieville, Gold Town on the Yuba
Volume II.  History of Sierra City and Goodyears Bar
Volume III.  Alleghany and Forest City, Treasure Towns
Volume IV.  Sierra Valley, Jewel of the Sierras
Volume V.  Over North in Sierra County
Volume VI.  A General History of Sierra County

The books were completed in the 1970s and 80s. No surname index (at least not in volumes 1 and 5). All were self-published. You will likely find these volumes on the shelves of libraries, museums and book resellers.

Surname Index (Volume I – Downieville)

Surname Index (Volume V – Over North)

Lookup volunteer: Richard Hanson



La Porte Scrapbook by Helen Weaver Gould. Self-published 1972.

A collection of newspaper and magazine printed articles documenting the town of La Porte's history (1850 - 1960s). The town of La Porte was originally in Yuba County, but was included in the newly-created Sierra County in 1852. In 1866, Sierra County's northern boundary was moved and La Porte became part of Plumas County. Softcover, 166 pages. No index.

You will most likely find this book on the shelves of libraries and book resellers.

Surname Index

Lookup volunteer: Richard Hanson



Roar of the Monitors by Jann E. Garvis. Published 2004.

Contains extensive town histories and maps for the towns of northern Sierra County - La Porte, Warren Hill, Little Grass Valley, Secret Diggings, Spanish Flat, Queen City, Port Wine, Mt. Pleasant Ranch, Poverty Hill, Wahoo, Grass Flat, Cedar Grove, St. Louis, Chandlerville, Pine Grove, Howland Flat, Potosi, Poker Flat, Hopkins Creek, Poorman's Creek, Whiskey Diggings, Mount Pleasant, Gibsonville, Onion Valley, Richmond Hill, and Sawpit Flat. An extensive chronological history is presented for each town, and each chapter includes firsthand accounts drawn from diaries, mining company records, letters, stock certificates, ledgers, maps, claims, historical newspapers, government reports, deeds, receipts and photographs. The town histories include a considerable amount of biographical news that is of interest to genealogists. Hardcover, 750 pages, Bibliography, General Index, Mines Index (more than 850 entries), Glossary, Maps, Graphs and Genealogies of 260 families.

You can purchase it from the author: Jann E. Garvis, P.O. Box 2583, Nevada City, CA 95959. Write to this address for a brochure/order form.

Lookup volunteer (index only): Richard Hanson



Like a Leaf Upon the Current Cast, An Intimate History of Shady Flat, Neighboring Gold Rush Landmarks & Pioneer Families Along the North Fork of the Yuba River Between Downieville & Sierra City, Calfornia.

Written by local Sierra County author Katie Willmarth Green. The third edition was completed in 2004. It chronicles the pioneer happenings along the river corridor. Self-published, 323 pages.

For more information on the book (including ordering information), you can visit Katie's web site at: