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=== Welcome to California, The Golden State  ===
 
  
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When the United States acquired California in 1848, it agreed to recognize earlier claims. A commission was established in 1852 to process the claims. The National Archives has these commission records, including petitions and translations of Spanish documents. These are indexed in J.N. Bowman, ''Index to the Spanish-Mexican Private Land Grant Records and Cases of California,'' 1958, Reprint (Berkeley, California: Bancroft Library, University of California, 1970; Family History Library film {{FHL|28503|title-id|disp=833343}}).
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<div style="padding-left: 1px; width: 74%; float: right"><center>''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[California]]''</center><br>{{TitleStyle1}}Welcome to California, the Golden State{{/p}}[[Image:GoldenGateBridge.jpg|right|200px|GoldenGateBridge.jpg]]'''''Most unique genealogical features:'''''
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*Spanish mission ([[California Church Records|church records]]) list many of the earliest settlers
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*CA took an [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1767 1852 state census]
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*About 14% of CA immigrants before the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad railroad] are in [[California Emigration and Immigration#California_Pioneer_Project|CA Pioneer Project]]
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*Starting 1866 most CA counties have [[California Voting Registers|Great Registers (voter lists)]]
  
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*There are statewide California birth, marriage and death indexes online for free? Find links at [[California Vital Records|California Vital Records]]. <br>
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*'''[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Gretna Greens]].''' When an southern California couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like [[Clark County, Nevada|Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada]], or [[Yuma County, Arizona|Yuma, Yuma, Arizona]]. A favorite alternative for northern California was [[Washoe County, Nevada|Reno, Washoe, Nevada]].<ref name="Eakle1">Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in ''Genealogy Blog'' at http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ (accessed 8 January 2011).</ref>
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== Counties  ==
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Extinct or Renamed Counties: <br>[[Branciforte County, California|Branciforte]] | [[Klamath County, California|Klamath]]  
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'''Extinct or Renamed Counties:&nbsp;''' [[Branciforte County, California|Branciforte]]{{·}} [[Klamath County, California|Klamath]]{{·}} [[Lake County, Nevada|Lake&nbsp;(Nevada)]]{{·}} [[Pahute County, Nevada|Pahute]]{{·}} [[Roop County, Nevada|Roop]]{{·}} [[Nataqua Territory|Nataqua Territory]]  
  
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'''Click''' on the map below to go to a county page. '''Hover''' over a county to see its name. To see a '''larger''' version of the map, [[California Counties Map|click here]].
  
*The California State Genealogical Alliance's&nbsp;[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/CAResearchIntro.php Online Research Guide]&nbsp;is a collaborative effort between the Alliance and it's member societies to provide information and links to resources for the entire state.
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*Find which county a town is in, what town a cemetery is in, even where a postoffice or building is by using the United States Geographical Survey's [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic Geographical Names Information System].
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*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/California/ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures. There is also a map of [http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/Southern_California/ Southern California].
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=== Major Repositories  ===
*[http://www.cagenweb.org// The California GenWeb Project] has a wealth of information and is a part of the larger [[USGenWeb|USGenWeb Project]]. [http://www.usgenweb.org/ The USGenWeb Project] provides internet information on every county in every state in the United States.
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*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/California.pdf BYU Research Outline for California]
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[[Image:California.png|right|180px|California.png]] [[California State Archives]]{{·}} [[California State Library]]{{·}} [[Sutro Library]]{{·}} [[California Historical Society]]{{·}} [[California Genealogical Society]]{{·}} [[UC Berkeley Bancroft Library]]{{·}} [[Los Angeles Public Library]]{{·}} [[Chinese Historical Society]]{{·}} [[National Archives Pacific Region (Riverside)]]{{·}} [[National Archives Pacific Region (San Francisco)]]{{·}} [[Family History Library]]
  
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=== Migration Routes  ===
  
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[[Image:California flag.png|right|150px|California flag.png]] [[Applegate Trail]]{{·}} [[Butterfield Overland Mail]]{{·}} [[California Trail]]{{·}} [[Camino Real de California]]{{·}} [[Central Overland Trail]]{{·}} [[Mormon Trail to Southern California]]{{·}} [[Old Spanish Trail]]{{·}} [[Atlantic and Pacific Railroad]]{{·}} [[Central Pacific Railroad]]{{·}} [[Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway|Santa Fe Railway]]{{·}} [[Southern Pacific Railroad]]{{·}} [[Texas and Pacific Railway]]{{·}} [[Union Pacific Railroad]]{{·}} [[Ship Passenger Arrivals]]
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*The '''California State Genealogical Alliance's'''&nbsp;[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/CAResearchIntro.php Online Research Guide] briefly tells about early settlement, research facilities in the state.
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*'''Finding Aids''' for the collections of university libraries, public libraries, state and county archives, historical societies, genealogical societies and other record repositories are collected together in the [http://www.oac.cdlib.org/ Online Archive of California]<br>
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*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/californiagenealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - California]
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*[[California 1852 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California 1852 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[California Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[California Great Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Great Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Indians of California|American Indians]]  
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*[[California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]  
*[[California Bible Records|Bible Records]]  
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*[[California, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index &nbsp;FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[California Biography|Biography]]
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*[[California, San Diego Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Diego Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[California Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]  
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*[[San Francisco California Area Funeral Home Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|San Francisco California Area Funeral Home Records &nbsp;(FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[California Census|Census]]
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*[[California, San Francisco Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Francisco Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[California Church Records|Church Records]]  
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*[[California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
*[[California Court Records|Court Records]]  
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*[[California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[California Directories|Directories]]  
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*[[California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetary Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Califormia, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian, Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[California Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[[California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[California Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]  
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*[[California History|History]]
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*[[California Land and Property|Land and Property]]  
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*[[California Maps|Maps]]
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*[[California Military Records|Military Records]]  
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*[[California Minorities|Minorities]]
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*[[California Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]  
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*[[California Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[California Orphans and Orphanages|Orphans and Orphanages]]  
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*[[California Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[California Probate Records|Probate Records]]  
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*[[California Vital Records|Vital Records]]  
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*[[California Voting Registers|Voting Registers]]
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*[[California For Further Reading|'''For Further Reading''']]
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Welcome to California, the Golden State

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Most unique genealogical features:





Counties

Extinct or Renamed Counties:  Branciforte · Klamath · Lake (Nevada) · Pahute · Roop · Nataqua Territory

Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.

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Major Repositories

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California State Archives · California State Library · Sutro Library · California Historical Society · California Genealogical Society · UC Berkeley Bancroft Library · Los Angeles Public Library · Chinese Historical Society · National Archives Pacific Region (Riverside) · National Archives Pacific Region (San Francisco) · Family History Library

Migration Routes

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Applegate Trail · Butterfield Overland Mail · California Trail · Camino Real de California · Central Overland Trail · Mormon Trail to Southern California · Old Spanish Trail · Atlantic and Pacific Railroad · Central Pacific Railroad · Santa Fe Railway · Southern Pacific Railroad · Texas and Pacific Railway · Union Pacific Railroad · Ship Passenger Arrivals

Research Tools





Things You Can Do

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In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:


Wiki Volunteers Wanted

To add your knowledge and help expand the wiki click here:

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