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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[California_Genealogy|California]]''
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Guide to '''California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records
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<div style="padding-left: 1px; width: 74%; float: left"><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  
 
*Spanish mission ([[California Church Records|church records]]) list many of the earliest settlers  
 
*CA took an [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1767 1852 state census]  
 
*CA took an [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1767 1852 state census]  
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*Starting 1866 most CA counties have [[California Voting Registers|Great Registers (voter lists)]]
 
*Starting 1866 most CA counties have [[California Voting Registers|Great Registers (voter lists)]]
  
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'''1. [[How to Find California Birth Records|Birth Information]]<br>2. [[How to Find California Marriage Records|Marriage Information]]<br>3. [[How to Find California Death Records|Death Information]]'''
  
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==[[Step-by-Step California Research, 1905-Present|'''Step-by-Step California Research, 1905-Present''', click here]]==
 
=== Counties  ===
 
=== Counties  ===
  
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*[[Alameda County, California|Alameda]]  
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*[[Alameda County, California Genealogy|Alameda]]  
*[[Alpine County, California|Alpine]]  
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*[[Alpine County, California Genealogy|Alpine]]  
*[[Amador County, California|Amador]]  
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*[[Amador County, California Genealogy|Amador]]  
*[[Butte County, California|Butte]]  
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*[[Butte County, California Genealogy|Butte]]  
*[[Calaveras County, California|Calaveras]]  
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*[[Calaveras County, California Genealogy|Calaveras]]  
*[[Colusa County, California|Colusa]]  
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*[[Colusa County, California Genealogy|Colusa]]  
*[[Contra Costa County, California|Contra Costa]]  
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*[[Contra Costa County, California Genealogy|Contra Costa]]  
*[[Del Norte County, California|Del Norte]]  
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*[[Del Norte County, California Genealogy|Del Norte]]  
*[[El Dorado County, California|El Dorado]]  
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*[[El Dorado County, California Genealogy|El Dorado]]  
*[[Fresno County, California|Fresno]]  
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*[[Fresno County, California Genealogy|Fresno]]  
*[[Glenn County, California|Glenn]]  
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*[[Glenn County, California Genealogy|Glenn]]  
*[[Humboldt County, California|Humboldt]]  
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*[[Humboldt County, California Genealogy|Humboldt]]  
*[[Imperial County, California|Imperial]]  
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*[[Imperial County, California Genealogy|Imperial]]  
*[[Inyo County, California|Inyo]]  
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*[[Inyo County, California Genealogy|Inyo]]  
*[[Kern County, California|Kern]]
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*[[Kern County, California Genealogy|Kern]]
  
 
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*[[Kings County, California|Kings]]  
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*[[Kings County, California Genealogy|Kings]]  
*[[Lake County, California|Lake]]  
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*[[Lake County, California Genealogy|Lake]]  
*[[Lassen County, California|Lassen]]  
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*[[Lassen County, California Genealogy|Lassen]]  
*[[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles]]  
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*[[Los Angeles County, California Genealogy|Los Angeles]]  
*[[Madera County, California|Madera]]  
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*[[Madera County, California Genealogy|Madera]]  
*[[Marin County, California|Marin]]  
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*[[Marin County, California Genealogy|Marin]]  
*[[Mariposa County, California|Mariposa]]  
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*[[Mariposa County, California Genealogy|Mariposa]]  
*[[Mendocino County, California|Mendocino]]  
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*[[Mendocino County, California Genealogy|Mendocino]]  
*[[Merced County, California|Merced]]  
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*[[Merced County, California Genealogy|Merced]]  
*[[Modoc County, California|Modoc]]  
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*[[Modoc County, California Genealogy|Modoc]]  
*[[Mono County, California|Mono]]  
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*[[Mono County, California Genealogy|Mono]]  
*[[Monterey County, California|Monterey]]  
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*[[Monterey County, California Genealogy|Monterey]]  
*[[Napa County, California|Napa]]  
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*[[Napa County, California Genealogy|Napa]]  
*[[Nevada County, California|Nevada]]  
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*[[Nevada County, California Genealogy|Nevada]]  
*[[Orange County, California|Orange]]
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*[[Orange County, California Genealogy|Orange]]
  
 
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*[[Placer County, California|Placer]]  
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*[[Placer County, California Genealogy|Placer]]  
*[[Plumas County, California|Plumas]]  
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*[[Plumas County, California Genealogy|Plumas]]  
*[[Riverside County, California|Riverside]]  
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*[[Riverside County, California Genealogy|Riverside]]  
*[[Sacramento County, California|Sacramento]]  
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*[[Sacramento County, California Genealogy|Sacramento]]  
*[[San Benito County, California|San Benito]]  
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*[[San Benito County, California Genealogy|San Benito]]  
*[[San Bernardino County, California|San Bernardino]]  
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*[[San Bernardino County, California Genealogy|San Bernardino]]  
*[[San Diego County, California|San Diego]]  
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*[[San Diego County, California Genealogy|San Diego]]  
*[[San Francisco County, California|San Francisco]]  
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*[[San Francisco County, California Genealogy|San Francisco]]  
*[[San Joaquin County, California|San Joaquin]]  
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*[[San Joaquin County, California Genealogy|San Joaquin]]  
*[[San Luis Obispo County, California|San Luis Obispo]]  
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*[[San Luis Obispo County, California Genealogy|San Luis Obispo]]  
*[[San Mateo County, California|San Mateo]]  
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*[[San Mateo County, California Genealogy|San Mateo]]  
*[[Santa Barbara County, California|Santa Barbara]]  
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*[[Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy|Santa Barbara]]  
*[[Santa Clara County, California|Santa Clara]]  
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*[[Santa Clara County, California Genealogy|Santa Clara]]  
*[[Santa Cruz County, California|Santa Cruz]]  
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*[[Santa Cruz County, California Genealogy|Santa Cruz]]  
*[[Shasta County, California|Shasta]]
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*[[Shasta County, California Genealogy|Shasta]]
  
 
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*[[Sierra County, California|Sierra]]  
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*[[Siskiyou County, California|Siskiyou]]  
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*[[Siskiyou County, California Genealogy|Siskiyou]]  
*[[Solano County, California|Solano]]  
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*[[Solano County, California Genealogy|Solano]]  
*[[Sonoma County, California|Sonoma]]  
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*[[Sonoma County, California Genealogy|Sonoma]]  
*[[Stanislaus County, California|Stanislaus]]  
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*[[Stanislaus County, California Genealogy|Stanislaus]]  
*[[Sutter County, California|Sutter]]  
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*[[Sutter County, California Genealogy|Sutter]]  
*[[Tehama County, California|Tehama]]  
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*[[Tehama County, California Genealogy|Tehama]]  
*[[Trinity County, California|Trinity]]  
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*[[Trinity County, California Genealogy|Trinity]]  
*[[Tulare County, California|Tulare]]  
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*[[Tulare County, California Genealogy|Tulare]]  
*[[Tuolumne County, California|Tuolumne]]  
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*[[Tuolumne County, California Genealogy|Tuolumne]]  
*[[Ventura County, California|Ventura]]  
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*[[Ventura County, California Genealogy|Ventura]]  
*[[Yolo County, California|Yolo]]  
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*[[Yolo County, California Genealogy|Yolo]]  
*[[Yuba County, California|Yuba]]
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*[[Yuba County, California Genealogy|Yuba]]
  
 
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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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'''Extinct or Renamed Counties:&nbsp;''' [[Branciforte County, California Genealogy|Branciforte]]{{·}} [[Klamath County, California Genealogy|Klamath]]{{·}} [[Lake County, Nevada Genealogy|Lake&nbsp;(Nevada)]]{{·}} [[Pahute County, Nevada Genealogy|Pahute]]{{·}} [[Roop County, Nevada Genealogy|Roop]]{{·}} [[Nataqua Territory|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, [[California Counties Map|click here]].  
 
'''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]].  
  
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=== Major Repositories  ===
 
=== Major Repositories  ===
  
[[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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[[Image:California.png|right|180px|California.png]] [[Bancroft Library]]{{·}} [[California State Library]]{{·}} [[Sutro Library]]{{·}} [[California State Archives]]{{·}} [[California Historical Society]]{{·}} [[Society of California Pioneers Library]]{{·}} [[State Lands Commission]]{{·}} [[California Genealogical Society and Library]]{{·}} [[Carlsbad City Library]]{{·}} [[Chinese Historical Society]]{{·}} [[Fresno City and County Historical Society Archives]]{{·}} [[Huntington Beach Central Library]]{{·}} [[Immigrant Genealogical Society Library]]{{·}} [[Long Beach Public Library]]{{·}} [[Los Angeles Public Library]]{{·}} [[Los Angeles FamilySearch Library]]{{·}} [[Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County]]{{·}} [[County of Los Angeles Public Libraries]]{{·}} [[Napa Valley Genealogical Society Library]]{{·}} [[Oakland California FamilySearch Library|Oakland FamilySearch Library]]{{·}} [[Sons of the Revolution Library]]{{·}} [[Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library]]{{·}} [[Tuolumne County Genealogical Society Library]]{{·}} [[National Archives at Riverside]]{{·}} [[National Archives at 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]]  
 
[[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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*'''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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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
 
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*[[California Great Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Great Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[California Great Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Great Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California Marriages (FamilySearch Historical 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, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index &nbsp;FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[California, San Diego Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Diego Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[California, San Diego Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Diego Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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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, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
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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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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104090835347610280512 California Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-vital-records/ How to order California Vital Records]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-census-records/ Researching California Census Records]
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*[http://www.courts.ca.gov/courts.htm State of California County &amp; City Government Court links]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps and Atlases]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/120538224699188/ California Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-society-archive/ List of California Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-counties/ History &amp; Facts of California Counties]
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*[http://www.revolutionarywar101.com/ American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)]
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*[http://www.americancivilwar101.com/ The American Civil War]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/encyclopedia/ Family Tree Encyclopedia] - Terminology &amp; Meanings of Genealogical Terms
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/forms.html Printable Genealogy Forms used in Research]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-military-records/ Research in California Military Records]
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*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/view/search;JSESSIONID=bb14d3cc-34f3-4070-8a4d-59c6e39b7869?QuickSearchA=QuickSearchA&q=California&sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&search=Search David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.<br>
  
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Guide to California ancestry, family history, and genealogy, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records

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Welcome to California, the Golden State

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Most unique genealogical features:


   How to Find Information about California Ancestors

1. Birth Information
2. Marriage Information
3. Death Information


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Step-by-Step California Research, 1905-Present, click here

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.


Del NorteSiskiyou CountyModoc CountyHumboldt CountyTrinity CountyShasta CountyLassen County, CaliforniaMendocino CountyTehama CountyPlumas CountyGlenn CountyButte CountyLake CountySierra CountyColusa CountyYuba CountySutter CountyNevada CountySonoma CountyNapa CountyYolo CountyPlacer CountyEl Dorado CountySacramento CountySolano CountyMarin CountyContra Costa CountySan Joaquin CountyAmador CountyAlpine CountySan Francisco CountySan Mateo CountyAlameda CountyCalaveras CountyTuolumne CountyStanislaus CountySanta Clara CountyMono CountySanta Cruz CountyMerced CountyMariposa CountyMadera CountyFresno CountySan Benito CountyMonterey CountyKings CountyTulare CountyInyo CountySan Luis Obispo CountySanta Barbara CountyKern CountyVentura CountyLos Angeles CountySan Bernardino CountyOrange CountyRiverside CountySan Diego CountyImperial CountyCalifornia-county-map.gif

Major Repositories

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Bancroft Library · California State Library · Sutro Library · California State Archives · California Historical Society · Society of California Pioneers Library · State Lands Commission · California Genealogical Society and Library · Carlsbad City Library · Chinese Historical Society · Fresno City and County Historical Society Archives · Huntington Beach Central Library · Immigrant Genealogical Society Library · Long Beach Public Library · Los Angeles Public Library · Los Angeles FamilySearch Library · Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County · County of Los Angeles Public Libraries · Napa Valley Genealogical Society Library · Oakland FamilySearch Library · Sons of the Revolution Library · Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library · Tuolumne County Genealogical Society Library · National Archives at Riverside · National Archives at 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

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