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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[California|California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Sierra County''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[California Genealogy|California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Sierra County''  
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Guide to '''Sierra County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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[[Image:Sierra+Buttes+2011.jpg|left|645px|Sierra Buttes 2011]]<br>
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| width="645" bgcolor="#ccff66" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Dates for major county records'''
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Birth'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''Marriage'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Death'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Census'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Land'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Probate'''</center>
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April 16, 1852: Sierra County was created from the County of Yuba. In 1866 additional land was added from Yuba County and in 1863 and 1866 land was gained from Plumas County. Look for&nbsp; records in both Yuba County and Pumas County. <br>
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*Sierra&nbsp; County, California '''residents''' may also have records in<br>'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Lassen County, California Genealogy|Lassen]][[Orange County, California Genealogy|Orange County]] &#124; [[Plumas County, California Genealogy|Plumas]] &#124; [[Nevada County, California Genealogy|Nevada]] &#124; [[Yuba County, California Genealogy|Yuba]] &#124; [[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy|Washoe County, Nevada]]
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/sierra/ Sierra County, California GenWeb]
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*[http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm Early California Population Project]<br>
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Sierra County
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| county_map = California Sierra Map.png
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| state = California
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| founded year = 1852
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| founded date = April 16
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| seat = Downieville
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| building address =  Sierra County Courthouse<br>100 Courthouse Sq Ste 11<br>PO Box D Suite 11<br>Downieville, CA 95936<br>Phone 530.289.6295
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<br>[http://www.sierracounty.ws/ '''Sierra County Website'''] }}
  
[http://www.sierracounty.ws/ Sierra County Courthouse]<br>100 Courthouse Sq Ste 11<br>PO Box D Suite 11<br>Downieville, CA 95936<br>Phone 530.289.6295
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=== County Courthouse ===
  
 
County Recorder has birth records from 1857, <br>marriage and&nbsp;land records from 1852 and death <br>records from 1862,&nbsp; Superior Court has divorce <br>probate and court records and naturalization <br>records from 1852<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sierra County, California. Page 87{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>&nbsp;  
 
County Recorder has birth records from 1857, <br>marriage and&nbsp;land records from 1852 and death <br>records from 1862,&nbsp; Superior Court has divorce <br>probate and court records and naturalization <br>records from 1852<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sierra County, California. Page 87{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>&nbsp;  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''16 April 1852:''' Sierra County was created 16 April 1852 from [[Yuba County, California|Yuba]] County. '''County seat:''' Downieville <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''16 April 1852:''' Sierra County was created 16 April 1852 from [[Yuba County, California Genealogy|Yuba]] County. '''County seat:''' Downieville <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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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.
  
'''1947:''' Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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==== Records Loss  ====
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'''1947:''' Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. For a list of record loss in California counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-counties/#courthouse California Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:  
 
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Lassen County, California|Lassen]]  
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*[[Lassen County, California Genealogy|Lassen]]  
*[[Nevada County, California|Nevada]]  
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*[[Nevada County, California Genealogy|Nevada]]  
*[[Plumas County, California|Plumas]]  
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*[[Plumas County, California Genealogy|Plumas]]  
*[[Washoe County, Nevada|Washoe County, Nevada]]  
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*[[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy|Washoe County, Nevada]]  
*[[Yuba County, California|Yuba]]
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*[[Yuba County, California Genealogy|Yuba]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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{{Census|California}}  
 
{{Census|California}}  
  
=== Church History and Records ===
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=== Church History and Records ===
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{{CA Church Intro}}
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
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=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
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{{CA History Intro}}
  
 
=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
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[[Image:Casierra.png|center|400px]]
  
 
=== Migration  ===
 
=== Migration  ===
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:*'''''[[California Trail]]''''' 1844 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California  
 
:*'''''[[California Trail]]''''' 1844 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California  
 
::*'''''Truckee (River) Trail''''' 1844 crossed the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty_Mile_Desert#Forty_Mile_Desert Forty Mile Desert] to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truckee_River Truckee River] to follow it west past [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reno,_Nevada Reno, Nevada] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Pass Donner Pass] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emigrant_Gap Emigrant Gap] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutter%27s_Fort Sutter's Fort] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacramento,_California Sacramento, California]). The exact route varied over the years, the most used being the Nevada City Road and Auburn Emigrant Road combination.  
 
::*'''''Truckee (River) Trail''''' 1844 crossed the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty_Mile_Desert#Forty_Mile_Desert Forty Mile Desert] to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truckee_River Truckee River] to follow it west past [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reno,_Nevada Reno, Nevada] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Pass Donner Pass] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emigrant_Gap Emigrant Gap] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutter%27s_Fort Sutter's Fort] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacramento,_California Sacramento, California]). The exact route varied over the years, the most used being the Nevada City Road and Auburn Emigrant Road combination.  
::*'''''Henness Pass Road''''' 1850 branched off the Truckee Trail at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdi,_Nevada Verdi, Nevada] headed for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camptonville,_California Camptonville] and steamboat service at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marysville,_California Marysville, California]. In 1860 it became a major route to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comstock_Lode Comstock Lode silver mines] in [[Nevada|Nevada]].  
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::*'''''Henness Pass Road''''' 1850 branched off the Truckee Trail at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdi,_Nevada Verdi, Nevada] headed for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camptonville,_California Camptonville] and steamboat service at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marysville,_California Marysville, California]. In 1860 it became a major route to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comstock_Lode Comstock Lode silver mines] in [[Nevada Genealogy|Nevada]].  
 
::*'''''Beckwourth Trail''''' 1850 left the Truckee Trail near present-day [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparks,_Nevada Sparks, Nevada] going to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oroville,_California Oroville] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marysville,_California Marysville, California]
 
::*'''''Beckwourth Trail''''' 1850 left the Truckee Trail near present-day [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparks,_Nevada Sparks, Nevada] going to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oroville,_California Oroville] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marysville,_California Marysville, California]
  
=== Military History and Records ===
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==== Civil War ====
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:- [[8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company I
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Sierra}}
  
 
*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=63&ci=24394 Reno, Nevada newspapers] going back to 1870 that may include residents from Sierra County. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
 
*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=63&ci=24394 Reno, Nevada newspapers] going back to 1870 that may include residents from Sierra County. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
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=== Periodicals  ===
 
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{CA Probate Intro|Sierra}}
  
 
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
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=== Taxation ===
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=== Vital Records ===
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-vital-records/ How to order California Vital Records]
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Sierra County Historical Society<br>P.O. Box 260<br> 100 Kentucky Mine Road<br>Sierra City 96125<br>Phone:530-862-1310<br>[http://www.sierracountyhistory.org/ Sierra County Historical Society]<br><br>
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Sierra Madre Historical Society<br>P.O. Box 202<br>Sierra Madre 91024<br><br>
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=== Vital Records  ===
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-society-archive/ List of California Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
  
== Websites ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/sierra-county/ Sierra 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://www.cagenweb.com/sierra/ Sierra County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/sierra/ Sierra County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Sierra/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Sierra/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sierra/sierra.html USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sierra/sierra.html USGenWeb Archives]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ca/sierra/sierra.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sierra/sierra.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
*{{FHL|206958|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|206958|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
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== References  ==

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

Sierra Buttes 2011

Dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1857-present
1853-present 1873-present 1850-present 1852-present 1852-present
For earlier dates, try...

April 16, 1852: Sierra County was created from the County of Yuba. In 1866 additional land was added from Yuba County and in 1863 and 1866 land was gained from Plumas County. Look for  records in both Yuba County and Pumas County.

Remember these collections


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Sierra County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Sierra County
Location in the state of California
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Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 16, 1852
County Seat Downieville
Courthouse
Address Sierra County Courthouse
100 Courthouse Sq Ste 11
PO Box D Suite 11
Downieville, CA 95936
Phone 530.289.6295


Sierra County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

County Recorder has birth records from 1857,
marriage and land records from 1852 and death
records from 1862,  Superior Court has divorce
probate and court records and naturalization
records from 1852[1] 

Historical Facts

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Sierra County, California

Parent County

16 April 1852: Sierra County was created 16 April 1852 from Yuba County. County seat: Downieville [2]

Boundary Changes

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

1947: Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. For a list of record loss in California counties see: California Counties with Burned Courthouses

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Census

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


Church History and 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.

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Sierra 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

Casierra.png

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Sierra County, California Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:[3][4]

Military History and Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Sierra 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 Sierra County, California Genealogy:


- 8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company I

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized Reno, Nevada newspapers going back to 1870 that may include residents from Sierra County. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

Obituaries

Periodicals

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 - Sierra - Probate records.

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums

County Courthouse

Family History Centers

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.

Societies

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

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Sierra County Historical Society
P.O. Box 260
100 Kentucky Mine Road
Sierra City 96125
Phone:530-862-1310
Sierra County Historical Society

Sierra Madre Historical Society
P.O. Box 202
Sierra Madre 91024




Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sierra County, California. Page 87At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/upload/CALImap1-web.pdf (accessed 5 August 2011).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Trail (accessed 5 August 2012).

 

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