African American Resources for California

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Resources for researching African American ancestors who lived in California.

William Alexander Leidesdorff, Jr. (October 23, 1810 – May 18, 1848), one of the earliest mixed-race U.S. citizens in California



African American in California at ArchivesDigital Collection - Genealogy related information for various States and Provinces is available from a variety of servers which may be official government services, genealogy society efforts, or maintained by interested individuals. A digital archive of materials related to African American in the Canada. .

A Research Strategy

Archives and Libraries

Click here to learn about African American Resources in Los Angeles.

Vital Records

Birth Records

Marriage Records

Death Records


Census Records

Church Records

Los Angeles

First African Methodisy Episcopal A.M.E. Churtch,(1872- ) History


St Andrews A.M.E. Church, (1850-) History

San Jose

Antioch Baptist Church, (1868-) History

Funeral Homes



African Americans in California is a helpful historical timeline that highlights people and events from the Spanish Era until 2003.


Military Records

Probate Records

School Records

Voting Registers

Other Sources

Online Resources

The California Underground Railroad, California State University, Sacramento

The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers Project

The Martin Luther King Project, Stanford University


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