The Tina Brayton Collection

The Collection Contains:

1.     Family Group Binders (560 binders)

2.     Pedigree Charts (8 binders)

3.     Correspondence (1,890 Correspondence Files)

4.     Family Folders (169)


The Genealogy Clearing HouseŐs Brayton Collection was established by Tina Brayton (1910-1991), a charter member of the GSSCC (Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County) and owner/manager of The Genealogy Clearing House (1959-1981).


Purpose of Brayton Collection was Threefold:


1.     To help eliminate duplication of effort for genealogists researching the same families or geographic areas.

2.     To correct data errors: dates of family events, names, and omissions such as children who died in infancy, etc.

3.     To assist Ms. Brayton with her own family research.


As her ancestors had at one time resided in:


á      Kentucky

á      North Carolina

á      Tennessee

á      Virginia

á      West Virginia


Personal genealogical records that were collected by Ms. Brayton included at least one actual (or approximate) date of birth, marriage, death, or residency of ancestors in one of said states.


However, many records that have no references to any Southern states were accepted and included in the collection.


If a member of The Genealogy Clearing House, for the annual $2.00 membership fee (increased to $6.00 in 1975), would submit family group sheets in accordance with Ms. BraytonŐs format, he or she would receive information on file pertaining to those families of interest.


Addresses of members researching the same family were not included in the reply correspondence as Ms. Brayton did not want members writing to each other, thus potentially failing to keep The Genealogy Clearing House informed of new materials and proof of records.


The GSSCC Library became the repository of Ms. BraytonŐs collection upon her death in 1991. After Ms. BraytonŐs passing, no additional material has been added to the Brayton Collection.


The ONLY copy of this collection is the property of, and is housed in, the Genealogy/California room of Santa Cruz Public Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Please, contact the Genealogy and Local California History Library, part of the Santa Cruz Public LibraryŐs downtown branch, for more information.


Currently, Mary Parker, GSSCCŐs office manager: (831) 427-7707, ext. 5794, is the person to whom you should address your Tina Brayton Collection questions. She is the resident expert on the collection and would be happy to show any member (or non-member) how to navigate the genealogical treasures it holds.

Digitization Project


In 2015, the GSSCC began digitizing The Brayton Collection. The first part to be released is the pedigree charts. There are six binders containing 33,000.


After completion of Pedigree Charts digitization is planned for the Family Group Sheets for the collection.


Using Collection Online


Pedigree Charts receive a unique identification number.  In addition, within Pedigree Charts, there can also be reference to Correspondence Letters. A unique Correspondence number identifies each Correspondence File and Pedigree Charts may also have a written Correspondence Number. The GSSCC can research additional information per the request form.


Family Group Sheets are organized by surname of the primary person within the Group Sheet.


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