It started as a modest idea to collect a few stories about people born in Sonoma County. But Sonoma County Baby became something much bigger.

Thousands of locals responded to our call for native babies, flooding this website with stories that ranged from ancestors who traveled with the Donner Party to newcomers who are just beginning to sink their roots in Sonoma County’s soil. It appears that people born in Sonoma County are quite proud of that fact. We wanted a fun, interactive way to memorialize the history of Sonoma County to our next generation of babies. Most of the thousands of responses were brief. Our team of writers and editors selected a few dozen for further research. Through interviews with the principals and with the help of the archives of the Sonoma County Historical Society, we produced the Sonoma County Baby book and living history project.