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''[[United_States|United States]] [[File:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''[[California, United States Genealogy|California]]'''{{CA-sidebar}}Guide to '''California ancestry, family history, and genealogy '''birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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==California Information==
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California became the thirty-first state admitted to the Union in September 9, 1850. California was created from part of unorganized territory called Mexican Cession (Mexico ceded the land to the U. S. in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago in 1848) and is located in the southwest region of the United States.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "California" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California (accessed 15 March 2016).</ref> Sacramento is the capital and there are 58 counties in California. <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "List of US States by Date of Admission," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_date_of_admission_to_the_Union, accessed 1 Nov 2016.</ref>
  
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== Getting Started ==
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=== Getting Started with California Research ===
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Links to articles on getting started with California research.
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*[[Step-by-Step California Research, 1905-Present|Step-by-Step California Research, 1905-Present]]
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*[[Step-by-Step California Research, 1850-1905|Step-by-Step California Research, 1850-1905]]
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*[[How to Find California Birth Records|How to Find Birth Records]]
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*[[How to Find California Marriage Records|How to Find Marriage Records]]
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*[[How to Find California Death Records|How to Find Death Records]]
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*[[California Research Tips and Strategies|Research Strategies]]
  
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=== California Research Tools ===
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Links to articles and websites that assist in California research.
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Boundary Changes for California Counties]
 
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*[[California Archives and Libraries|California Archives and Libraries]]
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*[http://cagenweb.com/ CAGenWeb]
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*[http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic Geographical Names Information System] - U.S. gazetteer of places, cemeteries and post offices in California.
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<div style="padding-left: 1px; width: 74%; float: left"><center>''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[California]]''</center><br>{{TitleStyle1}}Welcome to California, the Golden State{{/p}}[[Image:GoldenGateBridge.jpg|right|200px|GoldenGateBridge.jpg]]'''''Most unique genealogical features:'''''
 
*Spanish mission ([[California Church Records|church records]]) list many of the earliest settlers
 
*CA took an [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1767 1852 state census]
 
*About 14% of CA immigrants before the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad railroad] are in [[California Emigration and Immigration#California_Pioneer_Project|CA Pioneer Project]]
 
*Starting 1866 most CA counties have [[California Voting Registers|Great Registers (voter lists)]]
 
  
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=== Counties  ===
 
 
 
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*[[Alameda County, California|Alameda]]
 
*[[Alpine County, California|Alpine]]
 
*[[Amador County, California|Amador]]
 
*[[Butte County, California|Butte]]
 
*[[Calaveras County, California|Calaveras]]
 
*[[Colusa County, California|Colusa]]
 
*[[Contra Costa County, California|Contra Costa]]
 
*[[Del Norte County, California|Del Norte]]
 
*[[El Dorado County, California|El Dorado]]
 
*[[Fresno County, California|Fresno]]
 
*[[Glenn County, California|Glenn]]
 
*[[Humboldt County, California|Humboldt]]
 
*[[Imperial County, California|Imperial]]
 
*[[Inyo County, California|Inyo]]
 
*[[Kern County, California|Kern]]
 
 
 
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*[[Kings County, California|Kings]]
 
*[[Lake County, California|Lake]]
 
*[[Lassen County, California|Lassen]]
 
*[[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles]]
 
*[[Madera County, California|Madera]]
 
*[[Marin County, California|Marin]]
 
*[[Mariposa County, California|Mariposa]]
 
*[[Mendocino County, California|Mendocino]]
 
*[[Merced County, California|Merced]]
 
*[[Modoc County, California|Modoc]]
 
*[[Mono County, California|Mono]]
 
*[[Monterey County, California|Monterey]]
 
*[[Napa County, California|Napa]]
 
*[[Nevada County, California|Nevada]]
 
*[[Orange County, California|Orange]]
 
 
 
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*[[Placer County, California|Placer]]
 
*[[Plumas County, California|Plumas]]
 
*[[Riverside County, California|Riverside]]
 
*[[Sacramento County, California|Sacramento]]
 
*[[San Benito County, California|San Benito]]
 
*[[San Bernardino County, California|San Bernardino]]
 
*[[San Diego County, California|San Diego]]
 
*[[San Francisco County, California|San Francisco]]
 
*[[San Joaquin County, California|San Joaquin]]
 
*[[San Luis Obispo County, California|San Luis Obispo]]
 
*[[San Mateo County, California|San Mateo]]
 
*[[Santa Barbara County, California|Santa Barbara]]
 
*[[Santa Clara County, California|Santa Clara]]
 
*[[Santa Cruz County, California|Santa Cruz]]
 
*[[Shasta County, California|Shasta]]
 
 
 
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*[[Sierra County, California|Sierra]]
 
*[[Siskiyou County, California|Siskiyou]]
 
*[[Solano County, California|Solano]]
 
*[[Sonoma County, California|Sonoma]]
 
*[[Stanislaus County, California|Stanislaus]]
 
*[[Sutter County, California|Sutter]]
 
*[[Tehama County, California|Tehama]]
 
*[[Trinity County, California|Trinity]]
 
*[[Tulare County, California|Tulare]]
 
*[[Tuolumne County, California|Tuolumne]]
 
*[[Ventura County, California|Ventura]]
 
*[[Yolo County, California|Yolo]]
 
*[[Yuba County, California|Yuba]]
 
  
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*[[Alameda County, California Genealogy|Alameda]]
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*[[Alpine County, California Genealogy|Alpine]]
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*[[Amador County, California Genealogy|Amador]]
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*[[Butte County, California Genealogy|Butte]]
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*[[Calaveras County, California Genealogy|Calaveras]]
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*[[Colusa County, California Genealogy|Colusa]]
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*[[Contra Costa County, California Genealogy|Contra Costa]]
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*[[Del Norte County, California Genealogy|Del Norte]]
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*[[El Dorado County, California Genealogy|El Dorado]]
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*[[Fresno County, California Genealogy|Fresno]]
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*[[Glenn County, California Genealogy|Glenn]]
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*[[Humboldt County, California Genealogy|Humboldt]]
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*[[Imperial County, California Genealogy|Imperial]]
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*[[Inyo County, California Genealogy|Inyo]]
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*[[Kern County, California Genealogy|Kern]]
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*[[Kings County, California Genealogy|Kings]]
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*[[Lake County, California Genealogy|Lake]]
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*[[Lassen County, California Genealogy|Lassen]]
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*[[Los Angeles County, California Genealogy|Los Angeles]]
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*[[Madera County, California Genealogy|Madera]]
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*[[Marin County, California Genealogy|Marin]]
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*[[Mariposa County, California Genealogy|Mariposa]]
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*[[Mendocino County, California Genealogy|Mendocino]]
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*[[Merced County, California Genealogy|Merced]]
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*[[Modoc County, California Genealogy|Modoc]]
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*[[Mono County, California Genealogy|Mono]]
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*[[Monterey County, California Genealogy|Monterey]]
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*[[Napa County, California Genealogy|Napa]]
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*[[Nevada County, California Genealogy|Nevada]]
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*[[Orange County, California Genealogy|Orange]]
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*[[Placer County, California Genealogy|Placer]]
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*[[Plumas County, California Genealogy|Plumas]]
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*[[Riverside County, California Genealogy|Riverside]]
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*[[Sacramento County, California Genealogy|Sacramento]]
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*[[San Benito County, California Genealogy|San Benito]]
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*[[San Bernardino County, California Genealogy|San Bernardino]]
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*[[San Diego County, California Genealogy|San Diego]]
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*[[San Francisco County, California Genealogy|San Francisco]]
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*[[San Joaquin County, California Genealogy|San Joaquin]]
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*[[San Luis Obispo County, California Genealogy|San Luis Obispo]]
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*[[San Mateo County, California Genealogy|San Mateo]]
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*[[Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy|Santa Barbara]]
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*[[Santa Clara County, California Genealogy|Santa Clara]]
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*[[Santa Cruz County, California Genealogy|Santa Cruz]]
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*[[Shasta County, California Genealogy|Shasta]]
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*[[Sierra County, California Genealogy|Sierra]]
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*[[Siskiyou County, California Genealogy|Siskiyou]]
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*[[Solano County, California Genealogy|Solano]]
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*[[Sonoma County, California Genealogy|Sonoma]]
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*[[Stanislaus County, California Genealogy|Stanislaus]]
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*[[Sutter County, California Genealogy|Sutter]]
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*[[Tehama County, California Genealogy|Tehama]]
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*[[Trinity County, California Genealogy|Trinity]]
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*[[Tulare County, California Genealogy|Tulare]]
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*[[Tuolumne County, California Genealogy|Tuolumne]]
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*[[Ventura County, California Genealogy|Ventura]]
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*[[Yolo County, California Genealogy|Yolo]]
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*[[Yuba County, California Genealogy|Yuba]]
 
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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]]  
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'''Extinct or Renamed Counties:&nbsp;''' [[Branciforte County, California Genealogy|Branciforte]]{{·}} [[Klamath County, California Genealogy|Klamath]]{{·}} [[Lake County, Nevada Genealogy|Lake&nbsp;(Nevada)]]{{·}} [[Pautah County, California Genealogy|Pautah]]{{·}} [[Roop County, Nevada Genealogy|Roop]]{{·}} [[Nataqua Territory|Nataqua Territory]]<br>
  
'''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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== California Migration Routes  ==
 
 
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=== Major Repositories  ===
 
 
 
[[Image:California.png|right|180px|California.png]] [[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  ===
 
 
 
[[Image:California flag.png|right|150px|California flag.png]] [[Applegate Trail]]{{·}} [[Butterfield Overland Mail]]{{·}} [[California Trail]]{{·}} [[Camino Real de California]]{{·}} [[Central Overland Trail]]{{·}} [[Mormon Trail to Southern California]]{{·}} [[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]]
 
 
 
=== &nbsp;Research Tools  ===
 
 
 
*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.
 
*'''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>
 
*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/californiagenealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - California]
 
 
 
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=== Things You Can Do  ===
 
 
 
[[Image:California 07 048.jpg|right|195px|California 07 048.jpg]] In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:
 
 
 
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*[[Applegate Trail]]
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*[[Butterfield Overland Mail]]
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*[[California Trail]]
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*[[Camino Real de California]]
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*[[Central Overland Trail]]
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*[[Mormon Trail to Southern California]]
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*[[Old Spanish Trail]]
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*[[Atlantic and Pacific Railroad]]
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*[[Central Pacific Railroad]]
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*[[Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway|Santa Fe Railway]]
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*[[Southern Pacific Railroad]]
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*[[Texas and Pacific Railway]]
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*[[Union Pacific Railroad]]
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*[[Ship Passenger Arrivals]]
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==FamilySearch Resources==
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[[Image:California 07 048.jpg|right|195px|California 07 048.jpg]]Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.<br>
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/11?region=United+States+of+America&englishRegion=United+States+of+America Historical Records] - databases and record images on FamilySearch
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=California  Family History Center locator map]
  
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
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== Additional Resources ==
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*'''2001-2014''' - {{RecordSearch|2311973|Currentobituary.com index, 2001-2014}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ca/ Cyndi's List] - California genealogy sites on the internet
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*[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/CAResearchIntro.php California State Genealogical Alliance's Online Research Guide] - tells about early settlement research facilities in California.
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/ California Genealogy Trails] - collection of transcribed data for the state of California
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/california-genealogy Access Genealogy] – Genealogy guide for California
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*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/california-genealogy.htm Ancestorhunt.com] - resources for California genealogy research
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*[http://www.raogk.org/california-genealogy/ Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] - Guide to Ancestry and Family Tree Records for California
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*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/US/California.pdf California Research Outline] – Original Family History Library research outline; contains many out of date links
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*[http://www.everynameindex.com/index.html Every Name Index]
  
*[[California, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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=== References ===
*[[California 1852 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California 1852 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[California County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[California Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[California Great Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Great Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]
 
*[[California, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index &nbsp;FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[California, San Diego Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Diego Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[San Francisco California Area Funeral Home Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|San Francisco California Area Funeral Home Records &nbsp;(FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[California, San Francisco Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Francisco Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetary Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Califormia, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian, Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
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Guide to California ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

California Information

California became the thirty-first state admitted to the Union in September 9, 1850. California was created from part of unorganized territory called Mexican Cession (Mexico ceded the land to the U. S. in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago in 1848) and is located in the southwest region of the United States.[1] Sacramento is the capital and there are 58 counties in California. [2]

Getting Started

Getting Started with California Research

Links to articles on getting started with California research.

California Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in California research.

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California Clickable Map

Many genealogy records are kept on the county level in the United States. Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.

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

Counties

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

California Migration Routes

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FamilySearch Resources

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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.

Additional Resources

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "California" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California (accessed 15 March 2016).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "List of US States by Date of Admission," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_date_of_admission_to_the_Union, accessed 1 Nov 2016.