I have an ancestor that was born May 1, 1863 in California. I assume she was born in Contra Costa County because in the census her family lived in Contra Costa Precinct 3 for about 8 years before they moved on to Texas. Her father, Reuben BURENTT was not able to read or write so I was wondering what resources could I find that would prove where her and her siblings were born? I know they have birth records that go that far back however it's about a 29 dollar search fee and I'd hate to pay that if it's not there. I think the newspaper for that area doesn't go that far back. What resources are available for farmers in that time period in Contra Costa County, Precinct 3 area?