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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
== Record Description  ==
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This collection includes records from 1700 to 1942. The digital images may only be used by registered users of FamilySearch.
 
 
This Collection will include records from 1700 to 1942.<br>
 
  
 
The records consist of genealogical collections located at the California Genealogical Society in Oakland. They include:  
 
The records consist of genealogical collections located at the California Genealogical Society in Oakland. They include:  
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The collection is arranged by sub-collection and then date.  
 
The collection is arranged by sub-collection and then date.  
 
Note: Digital images may only be used by registered users of FamilySearch.
 
 
For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1385527/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
 
  
 
The California Genealogical Society (CGS) was the first genealogical society formed in California, organized in San Francisco on February 12, 1898. One of the premier genealogical resources in Northern California, the society maintains a library in downtown Oakland in the historic Breuner Building.  
 
The California Genealogical Society (CGS) was the first genealogical society formed in California, organized in San Francisco on February 12, 1898. One of the premier genealogical resources in Northern California, the society maintains a library in downtown Oakland in the historic Breuner Building.  
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The CGS Library is rich in genealogy reference materials, both standard and unique. California is the major focus with special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area; however, the library is also particularly strong in other geographical areas such as New England, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The library has titles representing all fifty states.  
 
The CGS Library is rich in genealogy reference materials, both standard and unique. California is the major focus with special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area; however, the library is also particularly strong in other geographical areas such as New England, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The library has titles representing all fifty states.  
  
Each type of record was created for a different purpose. Cemetery records are kept as a permanent record of who was buried and usually who purchased the burial plot. Indexes were created as a rapid&nbsp;access to specific records or pieces of information.&nbsp;
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Each type of record was created for a different purpose. Cemetery records are kept as a permanent record of who was buried and usually who purchased the burial plot. Indexes were created as a rapid access to specific records or pieces of information.
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The records are usually reliable.&nbsp;
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information for collections published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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[[California, Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
  
== Record Content  ==
 
  
The key genealogical facts found in this collection may include the following information:  
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== Collection Content  ==
 
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===Coverage Map===
[[Image:California,Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society DGS 4158788 9.jpg|thumb|right|California,Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society DGS 4158788 9.jpg]]
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California marriages, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/CA_FRM.html here].
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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'''This collection''' may include the following information:
 
*Names  
 
*Names  
 
*Birth, marriage, or death dates  
 
*Birth, marriage, or death dates  
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*Burial information
 
*Burial information
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒ Select the ''"Browse"'' link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the ''“County”'' category<br>⇒ Select the ''“Town”'' category<br>⇒ Select the ''“Record Type, Date Range and Volume”'' category which takes you to the images.  
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To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:  
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate birth date of your ancestor.
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*The birth place of your ancestor.
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*The names of relatives and other known associates.
  
Indexes are available on some of these groups of images. If indexes are available, check these for the name first. Indexes are usually located at the beginning of a group of images or at the end. They may also be found in individual folders. Find your ancestors name and look for the locator information next to the name (such as page, entry, or certificate number). This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.  
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Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor.  Many of these volumes have indexes at the beginning or end. You should search these first. If your ancestor is in the index download a copy or write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor. You can then quickly turn to those pages.  
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1385527/waypoints Browse Page]then:'''<br> ⇒ Select the appropriate "County"<br>⇒ Select the appropriate "Town"<br>⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range and Volume"
  
This collection is considered a secondary source, but the information on the cards can lead you to other primary records. Compare the information in the records to what you already know to make sure that you have the correct family or individual. Add any new information to existing records about your family. You may find the following suggestions helpful:
 
  
*Use the names, dates, and places as the basis for family groups or to build a family pedigree.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
*Use the dates along with places or residences to help you locate the family in other records such as census, church, and land records.
 
*Burial information&nbsp;may lead you to mortuary or funeral records, which could include names and addresses of family members. Be aware that many mortuary and funeral records did not survive the earthquake and fire in 1906.
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname.
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
  
Note: Digital images may only be used by registered users of FamilySearch.  
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:{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1385527 California, Collections of the California Genealogical Society, 1700-1942]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
== Related Websites ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.  
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===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?===
  
[http://www.californiaancestors.org California Genealogical Society and Library]  
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*Use the locator information in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to find the event record you are looking for in the collection.
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*Use the names, dates, and places to locate other records such as census, church, and land records.
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*Use the information in each record to find additional family members. Burial information may lead you to mortuary or funeral records, which could include names and addresses of family members. Be aware that many mortuary and funeral records did not survive the earthquake and fire in 1906.
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*Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family.
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*[[California Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search. 
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[California, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[California Archives and Libraries]].
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image. 
  
*[[San Francisco County, California|San Francisco County, California]]
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "California, Collections of the California Genealogical Society, 1700-1942." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. California Genealogical Society, Oakland.}}<br><br>
*[[Alameda County, California|Alameda County, California]]
 
*[[Contra Costa County, California|Contra Costa County, California]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
 
 
"California Collections of the California Genealogical Society, 1700-1942," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 23 April 2012), Alameda &gt; Oakland &gt; Phillips Family Tombstone Index: Harlan, Bonney-Z, 1700-1900 &gt; Image 12 of 974, Florence Mildred and Harold Moore Phillips, 15 May 1918; citing Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society,1700-1942. Oakland, California.
 
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
California, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Genealogical Society
Collection years 1700-1942
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1700 to 1942. The digital images may only be used by registered users of FamilySearch.

The records consist of genealogical collections located at the California Genealogical Society in Oakland. They include:

  • Original ledger listing burials in the San Francisco Odd Fellows (IOOF) cemetery, 1866-1905. The cemetery no longer exists.
  • Records of the San Francisco IOOF crematory and columbarium, 1865-1932. Includes records for individual cremations and inurnments as well as papers pertaining to the organization.
  • San Francisco Probate Register of Actions, 1906-1942. Ledgers listing all actions pertaining to each probate case in the period covered.
  • Surname index to vital records appearing in the Alta California and other Northern California newspapers, 1860-1861.
  • Records of the Phillips family in America, compiled by Henry Byron Phillips, former President of the California Genealogical Society. Each index card contains information on a specific individual related to the Phillips family.
  • Papers and index cards pertaining to the descendants and ancestors of Humphrey Griffin of Ipswich, Massachusetts, covering the period from 1600 to 1943.Compiled by Charles Frances Griffin, MD, former President of the California Genealogical Society.

The collection is arranged by sub-collection and then date.

The California Genealogical Society (CGS) was the first genealogical society formed in California, organized in San Francisco on February 12, 1898. One of the premier genealogical resources in Northern California, the society maintains a library in downtown Oakland in the historic Breuner Building.

The CGS Library is rich in genealogy reference materials, both standard and unique. California is the major focus with special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area; however, the library is also particularly strong in other geographical areas such as New England, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The library has titles representing all fifty states.

Each type of record was created for a different purpose. Cemetery records are kept as a permanent record of who was buried and usually who purchased the burial plot. Indexes were created as a rapid access to specific records or pieces of information.


To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, Collections of the California Genealogical Society, 1700-1942.


Collection Content

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California marriages, click here.

Sample Image

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

This collection may include the following information:

  • Names
  • Birth, marriage, or death dates
  • Relationships
  • Residencies
  • Family groupings
  • Burial information

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate birth date of your ancestor.
  • The birth place of your ancestor.
  • The names of relatives and other known associates.

Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor. Many of these volumes have indexes at the beginning or end. You should search these first. If your ancestor is in the index download a copy or write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor. You can then quickly turn to those pages.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Pagethen:
⇒ Select the appropriate "County"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Town"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range and Volume"


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the locator information in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to find the event record you are looking for in the collection.
  • Use the names, dates, and places to locate other records such as census, church, and land records.
  • Use the information in each record to find additional family members. Burial information may lead you to mortuary or funeral records, which could include names and addresses of family members. Be aware that many mortuary and funeral records did not survive the earthquake and fire in 1906.
  • Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of California, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the California Archives and Libraries.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"California, Collections of the California Genealogical Society, 1700-1942." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. California Genealogical Society, Oakland.

Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, Collections of the California Genealogical Society, 1700-1942.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.