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''This article is about the western state of the United States. For other uses, see [[California (disambiguation)]]''.  
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<div style="padding-left: 1px; width: 74%; float: left"><center>''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[California]]''</center><br>{{TitleStyle1}}Welcome to California, the Golden State{{/p}}[[Image:GoldenGateBridge.jpg|right|200px]]'''''Most unique genealogical features:'''''
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*Spanish mission ([[California Church Records|church records]]) list many of the earliest settlers
=== Welcome to California, The Golden State ===
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*CA took an [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1767 1852 state census]
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*About 14% of CA immigrants before the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad railroad] are in [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/California_Emigration_and_Immigration#California_Pioneer_Project CA Pioneer Project]
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*Starting 1866 most CA counties have [[California Voting Registers|Great Registers (voter lists)]]
  
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=== Counties ===
 
 
== Featured Content  ==
 
 
 
When the United States acquired California in 1848, it agreed to recognize earlier claims. A commission was established in 1852 to process the claims. The National Archives has these commission records, including petitions and translations of Spanish documents. These are indexed in J.N. Bowman, ''Index to the Spanish-Mexican Private Land Grant Records and Cases of California,'' 1958, Reprint (Berkeley, California: Bancroft Library, University of California, 1970; Family History Library film {{FHL|28503|title-id|disp=833343}}).
 
 
 
== Did You Know? ==
 
 
 
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*There are statewide California birth, marriage and death indexes online for free? Find links at [[California Vital Records|California Vital Records]]. <br>
 
*'''[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Gretna Greens]].''' When a southern California couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like [[Clark County, Nevada|Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada]], or [[Yuma County, Arizona|Yuma, Yuma, Arizona]]. A favorite alternative for northern California was [[Washoe County, Nevada|Reno, Washoe, Nevada]].<ref name="Eakle1">Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in ''Genealogy Blog'' at http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ (accessed 8 January 2011).</ref>
 
 
 
== Counties  ==
 
  
 
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'''Extinct or Renamed Counties:&nbsp;''' [[Branciforte County, California|Branciforte]]{{·}} [[Klamath County, California|Klamath]]{{·}} [[Lake County, Nevada|Lake&nbsp;(Nevada)]]{{·}} [[Pahute County, Nevada|Pahute]]{{·}} [[Roop County, Nevada|Roop]]{{·}} [[Nataqua Territory|Nataqua Territory]]  
[[Branciforte County, California|Branciforte]]{{·}} [[Klamath County, California|Klamath]]{{·}} [[Lake County, Nevada|Lake (Nevada)]]{{·}} [[Pahute County, Nevada|Pahute]]{{·}} [[Roop County, Nevada|Roop]]{{·}} [[Nataqua Territory|Nataqua Territory]]
 
  
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'''Click''' on the map below to go to a county page. '''Hover''' over a county to see its name. To see a '''larger''' version of the map, [[California Counties Map|click here]].
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=== Major Repositories ===
  
*The'''California State Genealogical Alliance's'''&nbsp;[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/CAResearchIntro.php Online Research Guide]&nbsp;is a collaborative effort between the Alliance and it's member societies to provide information and links to resources for the entire state.
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[[Image:California.png|right|180px]] [[California State Archives]]{{·}} [[California State Library]]{{·}} [[Sutro Library]]{{·}} [[California Historical Society]]{{·}} [[California Genealogical Society]]{{·}} [[UC Berkeley Bancroft Library]]{{·}} [[Los Angeles Public Library]]{{·}} [[Chinese Historical Society]]{{·}} [[National Archives Pacific Region (Riverside)]]{{·}} [[National Archives Pacific Region (San Francisco)]]{{·}} [[Family History Library]]  
*'''Finding Aids''' for the collections of university libraries, public libraries, state and county archives, historical societies, genealogical societies and other record repositories are collected together in the [http://www.oac.cdlib.org/ Online Archive of California]  
 
*Find which county a town is in, what town a cemetery is in, even where a postoffice or building is by using the '''United States Geological Survey's''' [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic Geographical Names Information System].
 
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/California/ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures. There is also a map of [http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/Southern_California/ Southern California].
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.org// The California GenWeb Project] has a wealth of information and is a part of the larger [[USGenWeb|USGenWeb Project]]. [http://www.usgenweb.org/ The USGenWeb Project] provides internet information on every county in every state in the United States.
 
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/California.pdf BYU Research Outline for California]&nbsp;
 
  
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=== Migration Routes  ===
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[[Image:California flag.png|right|150px]] [[Applegate Trail]]{{·}} [[Butterfield Overland Mail]]{{·}} [[California Trail]]{{·}} [[Camino Real de California]]{{·}} [[Central Overland Trail]]{{·}} [[Old Spanish Trail]]{{·}} [[Atlantic and Pacific Railroad]]{{·}} [[Central Pacific Railroad]]{{·}} [[Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway|Santa Fe Railway]]{{·}} [[Southern Pacific Railroad]]{{·}} [[Texas and Pacific Railway]]{{·}} [[Union Pacific Railroad]]{{·}} [[Ship Passenger Arrivals]]
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*The '''California State Genealogical Alliance's'''&nbsp;[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/CAResearchIntro.php Online Research Guide] briefly tells about early settlement, research facilities in the state.
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*'''Finding Aids''' for the collections of university libraries, public libraries, state and county archives, historical societies, genealogical societies and other record repositories are collected together in the [http://www.oac.cdlib.org/ Online Archive of California]<br>
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*[[California Introduction|'''Introduction''']]
 
*[[Indians of California|American Indians]]
 
*[[California Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
 
*[[California Bible Records|Bible Records]]
 
*[[California Biography|Biography]]
 
*[[California Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 
*[[California Census|Census]]
 
*[[California Church Records|Church Records]]
 
*[[California Court Records|Court Records]]
 
*[[California Directories|Directories]]
 
*[[California Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[[California Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
 
*[[California History|History]]
 
*[[California Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 
*[[California Maps|Maps]]
 
*[[California Military Records|Military Records]]
 
*[[California Minorities|Minorities]]
 
*[[California Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
 
*[[California Newspapers|Newspapers]]
 
*[[California Orphans and Orphanages|Orphans and Orphanages]]
 
*[[California Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
*[[California Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
*[[California Vital Records|Vital Records]]
 
*[[California Voting Registers|Voting Registers]]
 
*[[California For Further Reading|'''For Further Reading''']]
 
 
 
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This article is about a state of the United States. For other uses, see California (disambiguation).

California Wiki Topics
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Welcome to California, the Golden State

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Most unique genealogical features:

Counties

Extinct or Renamed Counties:  Branciforte · Klamath · Lake (Nevada) · Pahute · Roop · Nataqua Territory

Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.

Del NorteSiskiyou CountyModoc CountyHumboldt CountyTrinity CountyShasta CountyLassen County, CaliforniaMendocino CountyTehama CountyPlumas CountyGlenn CountyButte CountyLake CountySierra CountyColusa CountyYuba CountySutter CountyNevada CountySonoma CountyNapa CountyYolo CountyPlacer CountyEl Dorado CountySacramento CountySolano CountyMarin CountyContra Costa CountySan Joaquin CountyAmador CountyAlpine CountySan Francisco CountySan Mateo CountyAlameda CountyCalaveras CountyTuolumne CountyStanislaus CountySanta Clara CountyMono CountySanta Cruz CountyMerced CountyMariposa CountyMadera CountyFresno CountySan Benito CountyMonterey CountyKings CountyTulare CountyInyo CountySan Luis Obispo CountySanta Barbara CountyKern CountyVentura CountyLos Angeles CountySan Bernardino CountyOrange CountyRiverside CountySan Diego CountyImperial CountyCalifornia-county-map.gif

Major Repositories

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California State Archives · California State Library · Sutro Library · California Historical Society · California Genealogical Society · UC Berkeley Bancroft Library · Los Angeles Public Library · Chinese Historical Society · National Archives Pacific Region (Riverside) · National Archives Pacific Region (San Francisco) · Family History Library

Migration Routes

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Applegate Trail · Butterfield Overland Mail · California Trail · Camino Real de California · Central Overland Trail · Old Spanish Trail · Atlantic and Pacific Railroad · Central Pacific Railroad · Santa Fe Railway · Southern Pacific Railroad · Texas and Pacific Railway · Union Pacific Railroad · Ship Passenger Arrivals

Research Tools

  • The California State Genealogical Alliance's Online Research Guide briefly tells about early settlement, research facilities in the state.
  • Finding Aids for the collections of university libraries, public libraries, state and county archives, historical societies, genealogical societies and other record repositories are collected together in the Online Archive of California
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Things You Can Do

In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by: