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Guide to the Keith Lingenfelter Collection
MS 110  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Keith Lingenfelter Collection
    Collection number: MS 110
    Creator: Lingenfelter, Keith
    Extent: 35 Boxes
    Repository: Meriam Library

    California State University, Chico
    Chico, California 95929-0295
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    [Name of Item], Keith Lingenfelter Collection, MS 110, Special Collections, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.


    In 1979, Keith Lingenfelter, a family history researcher from Red Bluff, California, gave Special Collections Department, Meriam Library, a large group of family records he had compiled. Among these records were nearly 50,000 names of the early immigrant families and individuals who lived in or near Tehama County (including some from Butte, Colusa, Shasta and Glenn) from before 1850 well into the mid twentieth century.
    This compilation was begun as a class project at Shasta College in 1962. Keith continued to work on it until his death in 1984. Besides the genealogy of married and unmarried persons in Tehama County the collection contains source materials used in his research, such as cemetery records, probate records, newspaper clippings, a listing of marriages, death certificates, census records and other miscellaneous research.
    Just before his death the collection was given to Special Collections, Meriam Library. Through a series of donations from Tehama County friends and family the genealogy sections (Boxes 1- 19) have been published in book form. They can also be found on the web at www.csuchico.edu/lbib/spc/lingenfelter 

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of 34 boxes divided by headings: Genealogy: Married (Boxes 1-16). Genealogy: Unmarried (Boxes 17-19), Marriages, Death Certificates, Cemetery Records (Boxes 22-23), Tehama County Probate Files (Boxes 24-25), Census Records (1852-1880), Miscellaneous Research (Boxes 27- 30) and Newspaper Articles ( Boxes 31-33 ). Box 34 contains articles written by Keith for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.
    Miscellaneous Research boxes contain material on many subjects. Research information can be found on the Bear Flag Revolt, Deeds, Peter Lasses, Mexican Land Grants, Northern California Bounty Land Grantees, Naturalizations, Nome Lackee Indian Reservation, Paskenta, Probates by name, Early Red Bluff, Tehama County Births, Tehama County History, Military Veterans of Tehama County, Usual and Unusual Weather, Veteran's Land Patents, and Wagon Trains. There is also additional biographical material about some Tehama County pioneer families.
    Photographs from this collection have been added to the Northeastern California Historical Photograph Collection