About the Project

The Sonoma County Baby project was "born" out of love for our rich local history. The work is a collaboration between native historians, independent editors, neighborhood associations, the Sonoma County Historical Society and local healthcare providers.

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 (above) 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.

Credits & Gratitude

Thanks to the Sonoma County natives who registered at sonomacountybaby.com to voluntarily submit their stories, share family photos and join our local legacy project. We never expected such an overwhelming response, but we shouldn’t be surprised. Sonoma County is a rich place to live – in culture, beauty, climate, diversity and legacy. While we couldn’t include every story and photo, we believe the ones published represent the fruitfulness of Sonoma County.  Also, special thanks to our story interviewers, editors and contributors Gaye LeBaron, Chris Coursey, Marge & Lee Torliatt and Shaun Ralston. Others who helped us get the word out, seeking local natives include Petaluma’s Jennifer Jones Lee (KGO Radio), Windsor’s Debbie Abrams (KZST Radio), Santa Rosa’s Meg McConahey (The Press Democrat) and all the health caregivers in Sonoma County. The print edition was beautifully designed by Bev Snyder at JB Communications. We’re grateful for the photos courtesy of the Sonoma County Public Library, Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Old Oregon Historic Photos, and additional archived images courtesy of The Press Democrat.