SAN BENITO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY copyright. All rights reserved.

Funded in part by grants provided by the

Community Foundation for SBC and the

Monterey Peninsula Foundation

Research by Volunteers
If you cannot visit us, research is available by volunteers at $12 per hour payable by check or online in advance. Our backlog on research requests is four to five months. We apologize for any inconvenience. We are all volunteers with other jobs. 

Research Request Options
Research requests can be made via email or regular mail. Please select from one of the following three options when making a request:

  • Obituary with verified date of death                                         $3
  • Obituary (1905 – 2002) without verified date of death     $4 General Research (one-hour minimum)                                 $12

If you select the General Research option, please be as specific as possible in describing what you would like us to research. Please include all pertinent information including names, dates, relationships, and sources already searched. Indicate in your email that you have made your payment online. 

Pay by Credit Card or Debit Card

Click here and choose your Research Request option and payment amount.

Pay By Check
Research requests can be made by sending a letter with a check payable to the San Benito County Historical Society:

  • Attn: Research Room
  • San Benito County Historical Society
  • 498 Fifth Street
  • Hollister, CA 95023

Please be sure to specify that your letter is for the Research Center, to ensure that we receive it in a timely manner. In your letter, please indicate which Research Request Option you are paying for, and don't forget your check!