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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]][[California Genealogy|California]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles County]]''  
  
Guide to '''Los Angeles County California genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Los Angeles County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
[[Image:LosAngeles-Plaza-1869.jpg|left|645px|Los Angeles Plaza 1869]]<br> Los Angeles Plaza 1869  
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18 February 1850: Los Angeles County was created as one of 30 original counties in the new state of California. Prior to the creation of the county, the records were either at city or Franciscan mission places. <br>  
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18 February 1850: Los Angeles County was created as one of 27 original counties<ref>[http://www.csac.counties.org/pod/original-27-counties California State Association of Counties] (accessed 1 July 2014)</ref> in the new state of California. Prior to the creation of the county, the records were either at city or Franciscan mission places. <br>  
  
*Los Angeles&nbsp; County, California '''residents''' may also have records in<br>'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Orange County, California|Orange]] &#124; [[San Bernardino County, California|San Bernardino]] &#124; [[Riverside County, California|Riverside]] &#124; [[Kern County, California|Kern]]
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*Los Angeles&nbsp; County, California '''residents''' may also have records in<br>'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Orange County, California Genealogy|Orange]] &#124; [[San Bernardino County, California Genealogy|San Bernardino]] &#124; [[Riverside County, California Genealogy|Riverside]] &#124; [[Kern County, California Genealogy|Kern]]
  
 
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*[http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library]<br>
 
*[http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library]<br>
  
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*[http://theusgenweb.org/ca/losangeles/ Los Angeles County, California GenWeb]<br>  
 
*[http://theusgenweb.org/ca/losangeles/ Los Angeles County, California GenWeb]<br>  
 
*[http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm Early California Population Project]<br>
 
*[http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm Early California Population Project]<br>
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{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
| county = Los Angeles County  
 
| county = Los Angeles County  
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| state = California
 
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| seat = Los Angeles
 
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| building address = Los Angeles County Courthouse<br>12400 E Imperial Hwy<br>PO Box 1024<br>Norwalk, Ca 90650<br>Phone: 562.462.2137; [http://www.courts.ca.gov/facilities-la-mentalhealth.htm'''Los Angeles Website'''] }}  
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| building address = Los Angeles County Courthouse<br>12400 E Imperial Hwy<br>PO Box 1024<br>Norwalk, Ca 90650<br>Phone: 562.462.2137; [http://www.courts.ca.gov/facilities-la-mentalhealth.htm'''Los Angeles Website'''] }}  
  
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
  
County Clerk&nbsp;has divorce records from&nbsp;1880, probate and court records<br>from 1850 County Recorder has birth,&nbsp;marriage, death and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Los Angeles County, California. Page 85 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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The County Clerk&nbsp;has divorce records from&nbsp;1880 and probate and court records<br>from 1850. The County Recorder has birth,&nbsp;marriage, death and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Los Angeles County, California. Page 85 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
 
{{Wikipedia|Los Angeles, California}}
 
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''18 February 1850:''' Los Angeles County was created as one of 30 original counties&nbsp;in the new state of California. Prior to the creation of the county, the records were either at city or Franciscan mission places.  
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'''18 February 1850:''' Los Angeles County was created as one of 27 original counties&nbsp;in the new state of California. Prior to the creation of the county, the records were either at city or Franciscan mission places.  
  
'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Los Angeles&nbsp;<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>&nbsp;  
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'''County seat: '''[[Los Angeles, California|Los Angeles]]<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>&nbsp;  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes&nbsp;  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes&nbsp;  ====
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The original County of Los Angeles covered a large part of Southern California including parts of what is now Kern County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Orange County. These areas split off to form San Bernardino County in 1853, Kern County in 1866, and Orange County in 1889. In 1893 part of San Bernardino County that had originally been part of Los Angeles County became part of Riverside County.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Los Angeles County, California" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_County,_California (accessed 15 February 2013).</ref>  
 
The original County of Los Angeles covered a large part of Southern California including parts of what is now Kern County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Orange County. These areas split off to form San Bernardino County in 1853, Kern County in 1866, and Orange County in 1889. In 1893 part of San Bernardino County that had originally been part of Los Angeles County became part of Riverside County.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Los Angeles County, California" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_County,_California (accessed 15 February 2013).</ref>  
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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<br>For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/california/ "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps"] (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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==== Records Loss  ====
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For a list of record loss in California counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-counties/#courthouse California Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
=== Places/Localities  ===
 
=== Places/Localities  ===
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Los Angeles County contains 88 incorporated cities (2010) and many more named places. Los Angeles City also contains a large number of named areas many of which had their origins before they were annexed into Los Angeles.  
 
Los Angeles County contains 88 incorporated cities (2010) and many more named places. Los Angeles City also contains a large number of named areas many of which had their origins before they were annexed into Los Angeles.  
  
'''Cities: '''Beverly Hills, Burbank, Compton, Los Angeles, Whittier, [[Los Angeles County, California Cities|more cities...]]  
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'''Cities: '''Beverly Hills, Burbank, Compton, [[Los Angeles, California|Los Angeles]], [[Whittier, California|Whittier]], San Marino, [[Los Angeles County, California Cities|more cities...]]  
  
 
'''Communities: '''Hacienda Heights, South Whittier, Topanga, Universal City, East Los Angeles, [[Los Angeles County, California Communities|more...]]  
 
'''Communities: '''Hacienda Heights, South Whittier, Topanga, Universal City, East Los Angeles, [[Los Angeles County, California Communities|more...]]  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Kern County, California|Kern]] *[[Orange County, California|Orange]] *[[San Bernardino County, California|San Bernardino]] *[[Ventura County, California|Ventura]]
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*[[Kern County, California Genealogy|Kern]] *[[Orange County, California Genealogy|Orange]] *[[San Bernardino County, California Genealogy|San Bernardino]] *[[Ventura County, California Genealogy|Ventura]]
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
  
 
==== Biography  ====
 
==== Biography  ====
  
[http://encore.lbpl.org/iii/cpro/CollectionViewPage.external;jsessionid=56A362358E4E707E6DE3E349A24D785B?lang=eng&sp=1000003&suite=def Long Beach Photos]: Focus is on the history of Long Beach: Courtesy of the Long Beach Public Library
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Local histories and biographies of the Los Angeles area are numerous. The Calfornia GenWeb project has created name indexes for some of these books. To see those, click [http://www.cagenweb.com/cpl/cpl_bio.htm#19 here]. <br><br>Courtesy of the Long Beach Public Library, historic photos of Long Beach are available to see here. [http://encore.lbpl.org/iii/cpro/CollectionViewPage.external;jsessionid=56A362358E4E707E6DE3E349A24D785B?lang=eng&sp=1000003&suite=def Long Beach Photos].<br> <br> [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] ($) has an online searchable copy of ''Greater Los Angeles &amp; Southern California&nbsp;: portraits &amp; personal memoranda.'' Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1910. The use of Ancestry is free at many libraries. Also available [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11875922 at some libraries (WorldCat)].
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
[[Cemeteries in california|Cemeteries in California]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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For a list with cemetery names, contact information, and some lists of names of deceased, see [[Cemeteries in the City of Los Angeles]]. It shows the numerous cemeteries in Los Angeles and Hollywood, which is part of the city.
  
<br>[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=124712 Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Palmdale] BillionGraves
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[[Cemeteries in the County of Los Angeles]] lists the cemeteries in the county, but not in the city itself. This includes San Pedro and Wilmington.  
  
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=11976 Evergreen Cemetery, La Verne] BillionGraves
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A book was made with cemetery inscriptions from Sunnyside Cemetery, Long Beach; Long Beach Municipal Cemetery; and Wilmington Cemetery, Wilmington:
  
[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=11985 Glen Haven Memorial Park, Sylmar] BillionGraves
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*''Some Early Southern California Burials''. Questing Heirs Genealogical Society, Long Beach, California, 1974. Available [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/6727355 at various libraries (WorldCat)]. The online version is [http://www.qhgs.info/pdfs/qhgs_sescb.pdf here].
  
[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=11989 Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes] BillionGraves
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[http://www.FindaGrave.com FindaGrave] is also an excellent source for burial information.
  
Long Beach Municipal Cemetery (Long Beach)
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To see the US GenWeb '''Tombstone Transcription''' project, click [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/california/losangeles.html here].
  
Mt Olive Memorial Park (Commerce)
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==== Census  ====
  
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12043 Mountain View Cemetery (Pasadena/Altadena)] BillionGraves
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{{Census|California}}
  
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12068 Pomona Cemetry, Pomona] BillionGraves
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For information about Los Angeles city census records, see the [[Los Angeles, California#Census|Los Angeles]] wiki page.
  
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=120134 Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier] BillionGraves
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==== Church Records  ====
 
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Russian Molokan Cemetery (Commerce)
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159189 San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Los Angeles] BillionGraves
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=124693 San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel] BillionGraves
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{{CA Church Intro}}
  
Sunnyside Cemetery (Long Beach)
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===== Baptist  =====
  
[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12106 Valhalla Memorial Park, Burbank] BillionGraves
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*Records of the First Baptist Church in Glendale, California as of June 1. 1929 can be searched [http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/GlenBaptSearch_Soundex.html here]. Courtesy of the church and of the Southern California Genealogical Society.<ref>''[http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/free/search-free-data.html Free Databases]'' at Southern California Genealogical Society (accessed 27 June 2014).</ref>
  
Wilmington Cemetery (Wilmington)
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===== Lutheran  =====
  
Woodlawn Memorial Park, 1715 Greenleaf Boulevard, Compton, CA 90220 Phone; 310/637-1766.&nbsp; The original records have been destroyed over the years. The [http://www.cfb.ca.gov/ California State Cemetery and Funeral Bureau] revoked the cemetery's Certificate of Authority in 1994, and ultimately suspended it in 2000. The Genealogical Society of Utah microfilmed existing records in 1956. That film has the most correct information. More than 700 interments have been recorded for Woodlawn Cemtery at [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=8457&CScn=woodlawn+memorial+park&CScntry=4&CSst=6& FindAGrave.com].
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*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Los Angeles County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
 
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*''Some Early Southern California Burials''. Questing Heirs Genealogical Society, Long Beach, California, 1974. Available at central Los Angeles Public Library (2011). LAFHL (2011), Long Beach Public Library (2011).
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Also try [http://www.FindaGrave.com FindaGrave].com for Los Angeles burials.
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{{Census|California}}
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==== Church Records  ====
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==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
  
==== Crime and Criminals  ====
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For the years from 1854 to 1938, the [[Family History Library]] has a microfilm series of circuit court records for Los Angeles County and other areas. These include common rule books, equity, equity decree registers, Judgement registers, common law and other items. These can be ordered and viewed at any [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center]]. To order, check the Catalog at www.familysearch.org under the Search tab.
  
 
==== Directories  ====
 
==== Directories  ====
  
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*[http://theusgenweb.org/ca/losangeles/bluebookdata.htm Southwest Blue Book] for 1923-1924 lists online the names and addresses and maiden names of society members, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Los Angeles Athletic Club members, and Pacific Fleet Officers as well as marriages of members in 1923: courtesy of CA Gen Web.
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] ($) has Los Angeles City Directories for 1888-1890.
 
*[http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] ($) has [http://www.fold3.com/title_87/city_directories_los_angeles/ Los Angeles City Directories] 1873, 1875, 1878-1924 (5 yrs. missing) available online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.  
 
*[http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] ($) has [http://www.fold3.com/title_87/city_directories_los_angeles/ Los Angeles City Directories] 1873, 1875, 1878-1924 (5 yrs. missing) available online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.  
*[http://encore.lbpl.org/iii/cpro/CollectionViewPage.external?lang=eng&sp=1000005&sp=0&sp=1&suite=def Long Beach City Directories: 1899-1966]: courtesy of the Long Beach Public Library
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*[http://encore.lbpl.org/iii/cpro/CollectionViewPage.external?lang=eng&sp=1000005&sp=0&sp=1&suite=def Long Beach City Directories: 1899-1966]: courtesy of the Long Beach Public Library  
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*'''The first Los Angeles city and county directory, 1872''', reprint edition is available [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1972965 at various libraries (World Cat)]
  
 
==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
 
==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
  
===== Germans =====
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Spanish missionaries founded California and thus Hispanics were and continue to be a significant part of the population. <ref>[http://www.debbiesthemes.com/calhistory/ California History] (accessed 25 July 2014)</ref> Some Italian and German settlers came early to this area as well. <ref> [http://www.germanamericanpioneers.org/GermansinCalifornia.htm Germans in California] at German American Pioneers (accessed 25 July 2014) </ref> <ref> [http://www.socalhistory.org/articles/southern-california-people-italians-in-los-angeles.html Italians in Los Angeles] at Southern California Historical Society (accessed 25 July 2014) </ref>
  
'''Archives, Libraries, and Museums<br>Biographies<br>Church Records<br>Cemetery Records<br>Court Records<br>Histories<br>Immigration/emigration/migration<br>Maps<br>Newspapers<br>Societies<br>'''<br>  
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Los Angeles County also has a significant Asian American history. <ref>[http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/commentary/transpacific-routes/la-county-is-the-capital-of-asian-america.html LA County is the Capital of Asian America] at Social Focus on KCET (accessed 25 July 2014)</ref>  
  
==== Gazetteers  ====
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For more information about religious and minority groups, see the wiki page for [[Los Angeles, California|the city of Los Angeles]].
  
 
==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
  
==== History  ====
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The American History and Genealogy Project has a webpage with links to much helpful information; biographies of early Glendale and El Monte residents and more, histories, and newspapers, and photos of early Southern California. Find that [http://www.lagenealogy.com/ here].<br>
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{{CA History Intro}}
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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{{CA Land Intro}}
  
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
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[[Image:Calosangeles.png|center|400px|Calosangeles.png]]
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
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==== Military History and Records  ====
 
==== Military History and Records  ====
  
Fort Drum (Wilmington)
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===== '''Historical Forts'''  =====
  
Fort McArthur (San Pedro)  
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Fort Drum 1862-1871 (Wilmington) <ref>[http://www.militarymuseum.org/DrumBks.html The California State Military Museum] (accessed 1 July 2014)</ref>
  
Fort Tejon (Tejon Pass near Grapevine)  
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Fort McArthur 1914-1974 (San Pedro) <ref>[http://www.ftmac.org/ Fort McArthur Museum] (accessed 1 July 2014)</ref>
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Fort Tejon 1854-1864 (Tejon Pass near Grapevine) <ref>[http://www.forttejon.org/history.html Fort Tejon Historical Association] (accessed 1 July 2014)</ref>
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:- [[1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company B
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:- [[1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)|1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)]], Company C
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:- [[1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)|1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)]], Company D
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'''''Second to None''''' has a short review of the WW I activities of this division of Marines, and detailed history of the Second Division Association of Los Angeles, and a some brief biographies of its members.
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*Jackson, S. Melvin. 1933. ''Second to none''. Los Angeles [California]: Sam Babcock, Sixth Marines. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/865867807 At various libraries (WorldCat)].
  
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
*The Los Angeles Public Library has made available on its website an [http://www.lapl.org/resources/en/california_index.html index to newspaper and periodical articles containing] obituary information on renowned actors, authors, journalists, and librarians. You can search the database by name, occupation, date of death, and cause of death. The data fields in the results returned may include full name, including married name, maiden name, and nickname; sex, occupation, death date, age, place of death, and information source.  
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*The Los Angeles Public Library has made available on its website an [http://www.lapl.org/resources/en/california_index.html index to newspaper and periodical articles containing] obituary information on renowned actors, authors, journalists, and librarians. You can search the database by name, occupation, date of death, and cause of death. The data fields in the results returned may include full name, including married name, maiden name, and nickname; sex, occupation, death date, age, place of death, and information source.
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=JE23Nz_pzJ0C Arcadia Bulletin] - full-text digital issues in Google News Archive; covers 1940
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=4givWmz5LegC Arcadia Daily Tribune] - Google News Archive; 1930-1936
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=boGf3zyra0UC Arcadia Journal] - Google News Archive; 1917-1931
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=TAkmkrPVePIC Arcadia Tribune] - Google News Archive; 1923-1936
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*[http://www.torranceca.gov/libraryarchive/ Torrance Public Library: Historical Newspaper Archives (1913-1969)]&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.torranceca.gov/libraryarchive/ Torrance Public Library: Historical Newspaper Archives (1913-1969)]&nbsp;  
*[http://www.torranceca.gov/libraryarchive/ Torrance Public Library: Historic City and Phone Directories (1922-1975)]
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*[http://www.torranceca.gov/libraryarchive/ Torrance Public Library: Historic City and Phone Directories (1922-1975)]<br>
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*[http://digi.whittierlibrary.org/wpl/index.html Whittier Daily News, Whittier Register, Whittier News: 1888-2007]
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*[http://digi.whittierlibrary.org/wpl/index.html Historical Photograph Collection: Images of the establishment of Whittier-late 1800s to mid-20th century]<br>
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<br> {{CA Newspaper abstracts|Los_Angeles}}
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
The Southern California Genealogical Society has created [http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/obit-search.htm The Los Angeles Times Obituary Index ]database searchable by either first name, last name or a combination of the two. If the name is found, the index provides the year of the obituary. If a copy of the obituary is desired, then it is necessary to purchase it from the Society.&nbsp; Currently the Index covers the period 1988 to 2004.  
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The Southern California Genealogical Society has created [http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/obit-search.html The Los Angeles Times Obituary Index ]database searchable by either first name, last name or a combination of the two. If the name is found, the index provides the year of the obituary. If a copy of the obituary is desired, then it is necessary to purchase it from the Society.&nbsp; Currently the Index covers the period 1988 to 2004.  
  
==== Periodicals  ====
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Rose Hills Memorial Park has a searchable database with some online obituaries. [http://www.rosehills.com/dm20/en_US/main/rh/search/index.page? Burials:1914-present, Some Obituaries: 2011- present]
  
 
==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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{{CA Probate Intro|Los Angeles}}
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
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===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
 
===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
  
*[http://www.larfhc.org/ Los Angeles Family History Library]
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[[Los Angeles FamilySearch Library|Los Angeles FamilySearch Library]]<br> 10741 Santa Monica Blvd<br> West Los Angeles, CA 90025<br> Telephone: 310-474-9990<br> Hours: T-W-Th 9 am-9 pm; Mon-Fri-Sat 9 am-5 pm; Closed Sun<br>
  
:10741 Santa Monica Blvd<br>  
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[http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library]<br>417 Irving Dr.<br> Burbank, CA ~ 91504 818-843-7247<br>  
:West Los Angeles, CA 90025<br>  
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:Telephone: 310-474-9990<br>
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:Hours: T-W-Th 9 am-9 pm; Mon-Fri-Sat 9 am-5 pm; Closed Sun<br><br>
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*[http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library]<br>
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[[Sons of the Revolution Library]] <br>600 South Central Avenue <br> Glendale, California 91204-2009 Telephone: (818) 240-1775 <br> Library and Museum Hours: Wednesdays Noon to 6:00 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sunday through Tuesday, Saturdays before a Monday holiday, Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the entire month of December.
  
:417 Irving Dr.<br>
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[[County of Los Angeles Public Libraries]] is a system of local libraries with some microfilmed newspapers and city directories and biographies. They will search for obituaries (Click the link above for their search policy.) This system has four ethnic centers: [[County of Los Angeles Public Libraries#African_American_Resources|The Black Resource Center]], the [[County of Los Angeles Public Libraries#Asian_Pacific_Resources|Asian Pacific Resource Center]], the [[County of Los Angeles Public Libraries#Hispanic_Resources|Chicano Resource Center]], and the [[County of Los Angeles Public Libraries#Native_American_Resources|American Indian Resource Center]].  
:Burbank, CA ~ 91504 <br>818-843-7247<br><br>
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*[http://www.srcalifornia.com Sons of the Revolution Library and Museum] <br>
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:600 South Central Avenue <br>
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:Glendale, California 91204-2009
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:Telephone: (818)240-1775 <br>
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:Library and Museum Hours: Wednesdays Noon to 6:00 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sunday through Tuesday, Saturdays before a Monday holiday, Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the entire month of December.
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===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
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[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|FamilySearch Centers]] are branches of the [[Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research. <br>
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
 
*[[Agua Dulce California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Agua Dulce California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Burbank California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Burbank California Family History Center]]  
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*[[Los Angeles California East Family History Center]]&nbsp; (Monterey Park)  
 
*[[Los Angeles California East Family History Center]]&nbsp; (Monterey Park)  
 
*[[Los Angeles California Large Multi-stake Family History Library]]  
 
*[[Los Angeles California Large Multi-stake Family History Library]]  
*[[Los Angeles Family History Library]]  
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*[[Los Angeles FamilySearch Library|Los Angeles FamilySearch Library]]  
 
*[[Palmdale California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Palmdale California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Palos Verdes California Family History Center]] (Rancho Palos Verdes)  
 
*[[Palos Verdes California Family History Center]] (Rancho Palos Verdes)  
*[[Valencia California Family History Center]]
 
 
*[[Pasadena California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Pasadena California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[San Fernando California Family History Center]] (Van Nuys)  
 
*[[San Fernando California Family History Center]] (Van Nuys)  
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==== Societies  ====
 
==== Societies  ====
  
*[http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library]<br>
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*[http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library]
  
:417 Irving Dr.<br>
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:417 Irving Dr.  
:Burbank, CA ~ 91504 <br>818-843-7247<br><br>
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:Burbank, CA 91504 <br>818.843.7247<br>
  
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/questing/ Questing Heirs Genealogical Society]<br>
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/questing/ Questing Heirs Genealogical Society]
  
:P.O. Box 15102<br>
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:P.O. Box 15102  
 
:Long Beach, CA 90815-0102<br><br>
 
:Long Beach, CA 90815-0102<br><br>
  
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/kr/wags/ Whittier Area Genealogical Society]<br>
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/kr/wags/ Whittier Area Genealogical Society]
  
:P.O. Box 4367<br>
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:P.O. Box 4367  
:Whittier, California 90607-4367 <br>
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:Whittier, California 90607-4367  
 
::Meetings at Masonic Lodge  
 
::Meetings at Masonic Lodge  
 
::7604 Greenleaf Ave.  
 
::7604 Greenleaf Ave.  
 
::Whittier, CA<br>
 
::Whittier, CA<br>
  
*[http://immigrantgensoc.org/library_page.html Immigrant Genealogical Society]<br>
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*[http://immigrantgensoc.org/library_page.html Immigrant Genealogical Society]
  
:1310-B West Magnolia Boulevard<br>
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:1310-B West Magnolia Boulevard  
:Burbank, California<br>
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:Burbank, California  
:P. O. Box 7369<br>
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:P. O. Box 7369  
:Burbank, California 91510-7369<br>
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:Burbank, California 91510-7369  
:Telephone: (818) 848-3122 <br><br>
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:Telephone: 818.848.3122 <br>
  
*[http://nordicgenealogy.org/ Nordic Genealogical Society of Southern California]<br>
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*[http://nordicgenealogy.org/ Nordic Genealogical Society of Southern California]
  
:Meetings: 2nd Saturday Jan Mar May Jul Sep Nov at 3 pm<br>
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:Meetings: 2nd Saturday Jan Mar May Jul Sep Nov at 3 pm  
 
:Los Angeles Family History Library<br>
 
:Los Angeles Family History Library<br>
  
*[http://www.pgsca.org/ Polish Genealogical Society of California]<br>
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*[http://www.pgsca.org/ Polish Genealogical Society of California]
  
:P.O. Box 307<br>
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:P.O. Box 307  
:Buena Park, CA 90621-0307<br>
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:Buena Park, CA 90621-0307  
::Meetings: Los Angeles Family History Library<br>
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::Meetings: Los Angeles Family History Library  
::10471 Santa Monica Boulevard<br>
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::10471 Santa Monica Boulevard  
::Los Angeles, CA<br>
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::Los Angeles, CA  
::Telephone: 310-474-9990 <br><br>
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::Telephone: 310.474.9990 <br>
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{CA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
For early marriages see [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]. <br>&nbsp;[http://www.lavote.net/recorder/bdm_records.cfm <span style="font-weight: bold;">Los Angeles County </span>'''Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk''']<br>(for Birth, Marriage and Death records going back at least to 1852) Norwalk RR/CC Building<br>12400 Imperial Highway<br>Norwalk, CA. 90650 <br>Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of every month) *Note: There are several other sites to get birth, marriage and death records in Los Angeles County but Norwalk is the only facility that you can view records personally. '''Viewing Vital Records:''' The following will provide you with the procedure for viewing vital records. Certificates and indexes of birth, death and marriage records not exempt from public inspections may be examined at the Office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday, except holidays. In addition to certificates on file, there are indexes of birth, death and marriages available for public inspection as follows: Births prior to 1905 and from 1964 to the present; Deaths from 1877 to the present; and Marriages from 1852 to the present. Records of confidential marriages performed pursuant to Family Code Section 500 are not available for public review. Certificates and indexes may be examined at no charge unless a deputy is requested search and/or retrieve more than five records. Random searches of the indexes or the certificates are not allowed. An application is required for each record searched. Information sufficient to identify the requested record must be provided. <br>  
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{{CA Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-vital-records/ How to order California Vital Records]
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For early marriages see the [http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/mir Matrimonial Investigation Records] of the San Gabriel Mission, which span 1788–1861. These are notarized interviews with couples wanting to marry in the Roman Catholic Church, performed to establish the couples’ freedom to marry. The collection includes 165 investigations, with 173 men and 170 women, primarily from the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel. William McPherson donated the original documents to the Claremont Colleges. Click [http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/mir here] to see those images.
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Some marriages are also on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]. <br>  
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[http://www.lavote.net/recorder/bdm_records.cfm <span style="font-weight: bold">Los Angeles County </span>'''Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk''']<br>(for Birth, Marriage and Death records going back at least to 1852) Norwalk RR/CC Building<br>12400 Imperial Highway<br>Norwalk, CA. 90650 <br>Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of every month) <br>
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*Note: There are several other sites to get birth, marriage and death records in Los Angeles County but Norwalk is the only facility that you can view records personally. <br>
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'''Viewing Vital Records:''' The following will provide you with the procedure for viewing vital records. Certificates and indexes of birth, death and marriage records not exempt from public inspections may be examined at the Office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday, except holidays. In addition to certificates on file, there are indexes of birth, death and marriages available for public inspection as follows: Births prior to 1905 and from 1964 to the present; Deaths from 1877 to the present; and Marriages from 1852 to the present. Records of confidential marriages performed pursuant to Family Code Section 500 are not available for public review. Certificates and indexes may be examined at no charge unless a deputy is requested search and/or retrieve more than five records. Random searches of the indexes or the certificates are not allowed. An application is required for each record searched. Information sufficient to identify the requested record must be provided. <br>  
  
 
'''Los Angeles County Death Records at the Family History Library:'''<br>{{FHL|1131994|title-id|disp=Los Angeles County Death Records}} are available through the Family History Library System.&nbsp; First, search the index film for the year the person died.&nbsp; Note that in 1958-1960, there are separate film sets for different cities in Los Angeles County, including Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Long Beach. <br>Note that entries in the county wide index with certificate numbers preceded by an "L" pertain to the {{FHL|1137333|title-id|disp=Long Beach set of death certificates}}.&nbsp;  
 
'''Los Angeles County Death Records at the Family History Library:'''<br>{{FHL|1131994|title-id|disp=Los Angeles County Death Records}} are available through the Family History Library System.&nbsp; First, search the index film for the year the person died.&nbsp; Note that in 1958-1960, there are separate film sets for different cities in Los Angeles County, including Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Long Beach. <br>Note that entries in the county wide index with certificate numbers preceded by an "L" pertain to the {{FHL|1137333|title-id|disp=Long Beach set of death certificates}}.&nbsp;  
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<br>The California Death Records 1940-1997 can be searched for free on Rootsweb. [http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ca/death/search.cgi?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978 California Death Records]  
 
<br>The California Death Records 1940-1997 can be searched for free on Rootsweb. [http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ca/death/search.cgi?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978 California Death Records]  
  
=== Websites ===
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=== Voting Records ===
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California county clerks were to keep voting registers every other year from 1866 and well into the 20th century. These large books, called Great Registers, listed the men who registered to vote in that county. Besides name and age, the record may show place of birth, address, occupation, naturalization date and sometimes even a physical description.<br>
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These records are at the [[California State Library]] (1866-1944), and microfilmed copies are available through [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (1866-1910). Ancestry ($) has a searchable database of Los Angeles Great Registers from 1873-1896.<br>
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== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries  ==
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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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== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/los-angeles-county/ Los Angeles County, CA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104090835347610280512 California Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/120538224699188/ California Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://theusgenweb.org/ca/losangeles/ Los Angeles County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://theusgenweb.org/ca/losangeles/ Los Angeles County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Los_Angeles/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Los_Angeles/ Linkpendium]  

Latest revision as of 17:09, 1 April 2015

United States go toCaliforniago to Los Angeles County

Guide to Los Angeles County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Los Angeles Plaza 1869

Los Angeles Plaza 1869
Dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1849-present
1850-present 1874-present 1850-present 1850-present 1850-present
For earlier dates, try...

18 February 1850: Los Angeles County was created as one of 27 original counties[1] in the new state of California. Prior to the creation of the county, the records were either at city or Franciscan mission places.

Remember these collections


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Los Angeles County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Los Angeles County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 18, 1850
County Seat Los Angeles
Courthouse
Address Los Angeles County Courthouse
12400 E Imperial Hwy
PO Box 1024
Norwalk, Ca 90650
Phone: 562.462.2137; Los Angeles Website

Contents

County Courthouse

The County Clerk has divorce records from 1880 and probate and court records
from 1850. The County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records[2]

Historical Facts

Parent County

18 February 1850: Los Angeles County was created as one of 27 original counties in the new state of California. Prior to the creation of the county, the records were either at city or Franciscan mission places.

County seat: Los Angeles[3] 

Boundary Changes 

The original County of Los Angeles covered a large part of Southern California including parts of what is now Kern County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Orange County. These areas split off to form San Bernardino County in 1853, Kern County in 1866, and Orange County in 1889. In 1893 part of San Bernardino County that had originally been part of Los Angeles County became part of Riverside County.[4]


For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps" (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Records Loss

For a list of record loss in California counties see: California Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Los Angeles County contains 88 incorporated cities (2010) and many more named places. Los Angeles City also contains a large number of named areas many of which had their origins before they were annexed into Los Angeles.

Cities: Beverly Hills, Burbank, Compton, Los Angeles, Whittier, San Marino, more cities...

Communities: Hacienda Heights, South Whittier, Topanga, Universal City, East Los Angeles, more...

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Biography

Local histories and biographies of the Los Angeles area are numerous. The Calfornia GenWeb project has created name indexes for some of these books. To see those, click here.

Courtesy of the Long Beach Public Library, historic photos of Long Beach are available to see here. Long Beach Photos.

Ancestry.com ($) has an online searchable copy of Greater Los Angeles & Southern California : portraits & personal memoranda. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1910. The use of Ancestry is free at many libraries. Also available at some libraries (WorldCat).

Cemeteries

For a list with cemetery names, contact information, and some lists of names of deceased, see Cemeteries in the City of Los Angeles. It shows the numerous cemeteries in Los Angeles and Hollywood, which is part of the city.

Cemeteries in the County of Los Angeles lists the cemeteries in the county, but not in the city itself. This includes San Pedro and Wilmington.

A book was made with cemetery inscriptions from Sunnyside Cemetery, Long Beach; Long Beach Municipal Cemetery; and Wilmington Cemetery, Wilmington:

  • Some Early Southern California Burials. Questing Heirs Genealogical Society, Long Beach, California, 1974. Available at various libraries (WorldCat). The online version is here.

FindaGrave is also an excellent source for burial information.

To see the US GenWeb Tombstone Transcription project, click here.

Census

For tips on accessing Los Angeles County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.


For information about Los Angeles city census records, see the Los Angeles wiki page.

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about California denominations, view the California Church Records wiki page.

Baptist
  • Records of the First Baptist Church in Glendale, California as of June 1. 1929 can be searched here. Courtesy of the church and of the Southern California Genealogical Society.[5]
Lutheran
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Los Angeles County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records

For the years from 1854 to 1938, the Family History Library has a microfilm series of circuit court records for Los Angeles County and other areas. These include common rule books, equity, equity decree registers, Judgement registers, common law and other items. These can be ordered and viewed at any Family History Center. To order, check the Catalog at www.familysearch.org under the Search tab.

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Spanish missionaries founded California and thus Hispanics were and continue to be a significant part of the population. [6] Some Italian and German settlers came early to this area as well. [7] [8]

Los Angeles County also has a significant Asian American history. [9]

For more information about religious and minority groups, see the wiki page for the city of Los Angeles.

Genealogy

The American History and Genealogy Project has a webpage with links to much helpful information; biographies of early Glendale and El Monte residents and more, histories, and newspapers, and photos of early Southern California. Find that here.

History

Local histories are available for Los Angeles County, California Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section California Local Histories.

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See California Land and Property for additional information about early California land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Maps

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Migration

Early migration routes to and from Los Angeles County, California Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:

Military History and Records

Historical Forts

Fort Drum 1862-1871 (Wilmington) [21]

Fort McArthur 1914-1974 (San Pedro) [22]

Fort Tejon 1854-1864 (Tejon Pass near Grapevine) [23]

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Los Angeles County, California Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Los Angeles County, California Genealogy:



- 1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company B
- 1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union), Company C
- 1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union), Company D


World War I

Second to None has a short review of the WW I activities of this division of Marines, and detailed history of the Second Division Association of Los Angeles, and a some brief biographies of its members.

Naturalization and Citizenship

The Los Angeles County Archives has records of Los Angeles County for the years 1856 to 1886:
Los Angeles County Archives
225 North Broadway
Los Angeles, California 90012
Telephone: 562-462-2137

Newspapers

  • The Los Angeles Public Library has made available on its website an index to newspaper and periodical articles containing obituary information on renowned actors, authors, journalists, and librarians. You can search the database by name, occupation, date of death, and cause of death. The data fields in the results returned may include full name, including married name, maiden name, and nickname; sex, occupation, death date, age, place of death, and information source.

Courtesy of the Whittier Public Library:


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Los Angeles County, California Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

The Southern California Genealogical Society has created The Los Angeles Times Obituary Index database searchable by either first name, last name or a combination of the two. If the name is found, the index provides the year of the obituary. If a copy of the obituary is desired, then it is necessary to purchase it from the Society.  Currently the Index covers the period 1988 to 2004.

Rose Hills Memorial Park has a searchable database with some online obituaries. Burials:1914-present, Some Obituaries: 2011- present

Probate Records

The county clerk is usually the custodian of probate records. The records include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

You can obtain copies of the original probate records (such as wills and estate files) by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - Los Angeles - Probate records.

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums

Los Angeles FamilySearch Library
10741 Santa Monica Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Telephone: 310-474-9990
Hours: T-W-Th 9 am-9 pm; Mon-Fri-Sat 9 am-5 pm; Closed Sun

Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library
417 Irving Dr.
Burbank, CA ~ 91504 818-843-7247

Sons of the Revolution Library
600 South Central Avenue
Glendale, California 91204-2009 Telephone: (818) 240-1775
Library and Museum Hours: Wednesdays Noon to 6:00 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sunday through Tuesday, Saturdays before a Monday holiday, Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the entire month of December.

County of Los Angeles Public Libraries is a system of local libraries with some microfilmed newspapers and city directories and biographies. They will search for obituaries (Click the link above for their search policy.) This system has four ethnic centers: The Black Resource Center, the Asian Pacific Resource Center, the Chicano Resource Center, and the American Indian Resource Center.

County Courthouse

 County Courthouse Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012 (county seat)

Family History Centers

FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.
Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Schools

Long Beach High School Yearbooks: 1900s-1950s: courtesy of the Long Beach Public Library

Societies

417 Irving Dr.
Burbank, CA 91504
818.843.7247
P.O. Box 15102
Long Beach, CA 90815-0102

P.O. Box 4367
Whittier, California 90607-4367
Meetings at Masonic Lodge
7604 Greenleaf Ave.
Whittier, CA
1310-B West Magnolia Boulevard
Burbank, California
P. O. Box 7369
Burbank, California 91510-7369
Telephone: 818.848.3122
Meetings: 2nd Saturday Jan Mar May Jul Sep Nov at 3 pm
Los Angeles Family History Library
P.O. Box 307
Buena Park, CA 90621-0307
Meetings: Los Angeles Family History Library
10471 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: 310.474.9990

Taxation

California tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page California Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records. The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder. See also How to order California Vital Records

For early marriages see the Matrimonial Investigation Records of the San Gabriel Mission, which span 1788–1861. These are notarized interviews with couples wanting to marry in the Roman Catholic Church, performed to establish the couples’ freedom to marry. The collection includes 165 investigations, with 173 men and 170 women, primarily from the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel. William McPherson donated the original documents to the Claremont Colleges. Click here to see those images.

Some marriages are also on the Western States Marriage Index.

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
(for Birth, Marriage and Death records going back at least to 1852) Norwalk RR/CC Building
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA. 90650
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of every month)

  • Note: There are several other sites to get birth, marriage and death records in Los Angeles County but Norwalk is the only facility that you can view records personally.

Viewing Vital Records: The following will provide you with the procedure for viewing vital records. Certificates and indexes of birth, death and marriage records not exempt from public inspections may be examined at the Office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday, except holidays. In addition to certificates on file, there are indexes of birth, death and marriages available for public inspection as follows: Births prior to 1905 and from 1964 to the present; Deaths from 1877 to the present; and Marriages from 1852 to the present. Records of confidential marriages performed pursuant to Family Code Section 500 are not available for public review. Certificates and indexes may be examined at no charge unless a deputy is requested search and/or retrieve more than five records. Random searches of the indexes or the certificates are not allowed. An application is required for each record searched. Information sufficient to identify the requested record must be provided.

Los Angeles County Death Records at the Family History Library:
Los Angeles County Death Records are available through the Family History Library System.  First, search the index film for the year the person died.  Note that in 1958-1960, there are separate film sets for different cities in Los Angeles County, including Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Long Beach.
Note that entries in the county wide index with certificate numbers preceded by an "L" pertain to the Long Beach set of death certificates


The California Death Records 1940-1997 can be searched for free on Rootsweb. California Death Records

Voting Records

California county clerks were to keep voting registers every other year from 1866 and well into the 20th century. These large books, called Great Registers, listed the men who registered to vote in that county. Besides name and age, the record may show place of birth, address, occupation, naturalization date and sometimes even a physical description.

These records are at the California State Library (1866-1944), and microfilmed copies are available through Family History Centers (1866-1910). Ancestry ($) has a searchable database of Los Angeles Great Registers from 1873-1896.

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Web Sites

References

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