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The collection consists of a card file located at the California State Library, Sacramento. Index to persons who were California pioneers or migrated to California from other states.
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Citation for This Collection
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- California, Pioneer Migration Index. California State Library, Sacramento, California.
Key genealogical facts found in this collection usually contains the following information:
- Place and date of birth
- Place and date married
- Date of arrival in California
- Whether came overland or by vessel
- Name of vessel
- States lived in before coming to California
- Places of residence in California
- Profession or occupation
- Public offices held
- Where educated
- Prinicipal events in history of California
- Place and date of death
- Miscellaneous notes
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the name of you ancestor and some other identifying information such as the approximate date they came to California or the death date.
Search the Collection
To search the collection follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Surname Range" which takes you to the images
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
- Use the names and places of residence to locate other records such as census, land and church records.
- Use the death date to search for a death record and probate records.
- Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same area. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- If you are unable to find your ancestor look for variant spellings of the surnames.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata.
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