TreeThe posts found here are taken directly from A FORTY-NINER’S DIARY. Written from March 1849 to June 1851 by Isaac Sherwood Halsey, it was transcribed and edited by his grandson Frank Sherwood Halsey in 1978.  Every effort has been made to preserve the punctuation, grammar and spelling as found in the original text.

The original diary resides at the University of California, Berkeley in The Bancroft Library.  My grandfather Frank Sherwood Halsey made a gift of the diary in May of 1979 to the school.

Our family wanted to make the information found in these documents public, and agreed in 2016 to publish them on this website.

I hope you enjoy reading what Isaac wrote.


David Sherwood Halsey

Isaac Diary 3-16-1849