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The California State Library and the Bancroft Library at the University of California-Berkeley have major collections of California biographies. Between 1929 and 1962 the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) prepared a 26-volume biographical collection, ''Records of the Families of California Pioneers''. It is found at the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., and at the Family History Library (films 844436-46). Each volume has an every-name index. An index to the principal persons in each biography is Robert L. Davignon, ''Pioneers of California Index'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Library, 1986; FHL book 979.4 D32pi 1986; film 1421606 item 7; fiche 6051447).
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Biography'''  
  
There are many published statewide, regional, and county biographical collections. A representative biographical encyclopedia is Alonzo Phelps, ''Contemporary Biography of California— Representative Men'', Two Volumes. (San Francisco, California: A.L. Bancroft and Co., 1881; FHL film 468754 item 2).
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{{Adoption_CA_State_Genealogical_Alliance}}&nbsp;<br><br>The [http://www.library.ca.gov/ California State Library] and the[http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ Bancroft Library] at the University of California-Berkeley have major collections of [[California|California]] biographies. &nbsp;Use the [http://www.oac.cdlib.org/ Online Archive of California] to search for materials in those libraries as well as other repositories throughout the state.<br>
  
An index of biographies published in 61 county histories from 1855 to 1898 is J. Carlyle Parker, ''An Index to the Biographies in the 19th Century California County Histories'', Gale Genealogy and Local History Series, Volume 7 (Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Company, 1979; FHL book 979.4 D32p).
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Between 1929 and 1962 the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) prepared a 26-volume biographical collection, ''Records of the Families of California Pioneers''. It is found at the [http://www.dar.org/library/ DAR Library] in Washington, D.C., and at the Family History Library on {{FHL|234615|title-id|disp=films 844436-46}}. Each volume has an every-name index.&nbsp;Indexes to the principal persons found in this collection can be found:
  
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*online at&nbsp;[http://cagenweb.com/cpl/dar1.htm DAR California Pioneers]
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*Robert L. Davignon, ''Pioneers of California Index'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Library, 1986; Family History Library book {{FHL|210373|title-id|disp=979.4 D32pi}} 1986; film {{FHL|210373|title-id|disp=1421606}} item 7; another copy on fiche {{FHL|210373|title-id|disp=6051447}}).
  
http://history.sloco.net/CABio/
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The [http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/ California Historical Society] has gathered biographical materials for the entire state throughout it's history. &nbsp;[http://www.oac.cdlib.org/institutions/California+Historical+Society Finding Aids] can be found on OAC.
  
http://www.californiagenealogy.org/bio.htm
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The [http://www.californiapioneers.org/ Society of California Pioneers]&nbsp;has a collection of biographies and reminiscenses of [http://cdn.calisphere.org/data/13030/km/kt8489q5km/files/kt8489q5km.pdf Early California Settlers.]
  
http://geneasearch.com/biography/states/california.htm
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There are many published statewide, regional, and county biographical collections. &nbsp;Many have been digitized and are available on Internet Archive. [http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=subject:%22California%20--%20Biography%22 &nbsp;(California Biography)]&nbsp;&nbsp;The Family History Library has volumes both in print and on microfilm. &nbsp;Search [http://www.worldcat.org/ WorldCat]&nbsp;using names, biography and places to uncover books, articles, manuscript collections and more. &nbsp;Be sure to read mateials by those who were in the same place at the same time as your ancestors for background information.  
  
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/bio/biographies.htm
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County Histories are a wonderful source of biographical information for those who settled in and remained in an area before they were printed. An index of biographies published in 61 county histories from 1855 to 1898 was compiled in 1979 by J. Carlyle Parker.<ref>An Index to the Biographies in the 19th Century California County Histories, Gale Genealogy and Local History Series, Volume 7 (Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Company, 1979. Family History Library book )</ref>&nbsp;&nbsp;
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[http://www.californiagenealogy.org/bio.htm California Biographies]
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[http://www.geneasearch.com/biography/states/california.htm GeneaSearch California Biographies]
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[http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/~ucalhist/general_history/overview/regents/biographies_f.html UC California Digital Archives - Biographies] - Regents of the University of California
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The California State Library and theBancroft Library at the University of California-Berkeley have major collections of California biographies.  Use the Online Archive of California to search for materials in those libraries as well as other repositories throughout the state.

Between 1929 and 1962 the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) prepared a 26-volume biographical collection, Records of the Families of California Pioneers. It is found at the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., and at the Family History Library on films 844436-46. Each volume has an every-name index. Indexes to the principal persons found in this collection can be found:

The California Historical Society has gathered biographical materials for the entire state throughout it's history.  Finding Aids can be found on OAC.

The Society of California Pioneers has a collection of biographies and reminiscenses of Early California Settlers.

There are many published statewide, regional, and county biographical collections.  Many have been digitized and are available on Internet Archive.  (California Biography)  The Family History Library has volumes both in print and on microfilm.  Search WorldCat using names, biography and places to uncover books, articles, manuscript collections and more.  Be sure to read mateials by those who were in the same place at the same time as your ancestors for background information.

County Histories are a wonderful source of biographical information for those who settled in and remained in an area before they were printed. An index of biographies published in 61 county histories from 1855 to 1898 was compiled in 1979 by J. Carlyle Parker.[1]  

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  1. An Index to the Biographies in the 19th Century California County Histories, Gale Genealogy and Local History Series, Volume 7 (Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Company, 1979. Family History Library book )