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In 1979, Keith Lingenfelter, a family history researcher from Red Bluff California, donated a large group of family research records he had compiled to the Meriam Library Special Collections department. Among these papers were nearly 50,000 names of the early immigrants who lived in Tehama County, or nearby Butte, Colusa, Shasta, and Glenn Counties, gathered from records from 1850 through the mid Twentieth Century. Resulting in 34 boxes divided by research subject headings, this collection is open for researchers.  MSS 110 Guide to the Keith Lingenfelter Collection finding aid, on the Online Archive of California. 

Lingenfelter's records were gathered from official documents like maps, county and town histories, federal census records, courth records, property deeds, tax assessment rolls, voter registers, marriage records, newspaper obituaries, cemetery records, probate and death records; as well as master's theses, scrapbooks, family publications, public and private photograph files, and sometimes conversations and interviews of living descendents.  

In 1996, Meriam Library Special Collections utilized Deering Funds to publish three volumes of the Lingenfelter Tehama County Pioneers (volumes 1 & 2 are married pioneers, volume 3 is unmarried). These volumes are now included in Chico Digital Collections.
Users can request the print volumes of Tehama County Pioneers on the third floor of Meriam Library at Special Collections & University Archives.

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