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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[California|California ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[California_Church_Records|Church Records]]''  
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'''''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[California, United States Genealogy|California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]''  Church Records'''{{CA-sidebar}}
  
{{Adoption_CA_State_Genealogical_Alliance}}<br>Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[California|California]] were the [[Roman Catholic Church in the United States|Catholic]], [[Methodist Church in the United States|Methodist]], [[Presbyterian Church in the United States|Presbyterian]], and [[Congregational Church in the United States|Congregational]] churches.<ref>Sydney E. Ahlstrom, ''A Religious History of the American People'' (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). {{FHL|282712|item|disp=FHL Book 973 K2ah}}.</ref>  
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{{Adoption_CA_State_Genealogical_Alliance}}<br>Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[California Genealogy|California]] were the [[Roman Catholic Church in the United States|Catholic]], [[Methodist Church in the United States|Methodist]], [[Presbyterian Church in the United States|Presbyterian]], and [[Congregational Church in the United States|Congregational]] churches.<ref>Sydney E. Ahlstrom, ''A Religious History of the American People'' (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). {{FHL|282712|item|disp=FHL Book 973 K2ah}}.</ref>  
  
<br>The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has several histories of the Catholic, Presbyterian, Latter-day Saint, and Methodist churches in [[California|California]].  
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<br>The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has several histories of the Catholic, Presbyterian, Latter-day Saint, and Methodist churches in [[California Genealogy|California]].  
  
=== Missions  ===
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== Missions  ==
  
 
Ausustine Mission, Cabazon Mission, Cahuilla Mission, Campo Mission,Inaja-Cosmit Mission, La Jolla Mission, La Posta Mission,&nbsp;La Purisima 1787, Los Coytes Mission, Manzanita Mission, Mesa Grande&nbsp;Mission, Morongo Mission,&nbsp;Pala Mission, Pauma and Yuma Mission, Pechanga Mission, Ramona Mission, Rincon Mission, &nbsp;San Antonio 1771, Santa Barbara 1786, San Buenaventura 1782,&nbsp;&nbsp;San Carlos 1770, Santa Clara 1777, Santa Cruz 1791, San Diego 1769, San Fernando 1797, San Francisco 1776, San Gabriel 1771, San Jose 1797, San Juan Bautista 1797, San Juan Capistrano 1776, San Louis Obispo, San Louis Rey 1798, San Miguel 1797, San Pasqual Mission, San Rafael 1817, Santa Rosa Mission, Santa Ynez 1804, Santa Ysabel Mission, Soboba Mission, Solano 1823, Soledad 1771, Sycuan Mission, Torres-Martinez Mission, Yuma Mission.  
 
Ausustine Mission, Cabazon Mission, Cahuilla Mission, Campo Mission,Inaja-Cosmit Mission, La Jolla Mission, La Posta Mission,&nbsp;La Purisima 1787, Los Coytes Mission, Manzanita Mission, Mesa Grande&nbsp;Mission, Morongo Mission,&nbsp;Pala Mission, Pauma and Yuma Mission, Pechanga Mission, Ramona Mission, Rincon Mission, &nbsp;San Antonio 1771, Santa Barbara 1786, San Buenaventura 1782,&nbsp;&nbsp;San Carlos 1770, Santa Clara 1777, Santa Cruz 1791, San Diego 1769, San Fernando 1797, San Francisco 1776, San Gabriel 1771, San Jose 1797, San Juan Bautista 1797, San Juan Capistrano 1776, San Louis Obispo, San Louis Rey 1798, San Miguel 1797, San Pasqual Mission, San Rafael 1817, Santa Rosa Mission, Santa Ynez 1804, Santa Ysabel Mission, Soboba Mission, Solano 1823, Soledad 1771, Sycuan Mission, Torres-Martinez Mission, Yuma Mission.  
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Additional resources are available for the following missions through the [http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens] through the Early California Population Project which is a database of the information contained in the mission records. The granting agencies that have supported this project are The John Randolph Haynes and Dorothy Haynes Foundation, the California State Library (Library Services and Technology Act), the Dan Murphy Foundation, the Giles W. &amp; Elise G. Mead Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The records date from 1769 to 1850. You do have register an agree to use this resource for research purposes only.  
 
Additional resources are available for the following missions through the [http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens] through the Early California Population Project which is a database of the information contained in the mission records. The granting agencies that have supported this project are The John Randolph Haynes and Dorothy Haynes Foundation, the California State Library (Library Services and Technology Act), the Dan Murphy Foundation, the Giles W. &amp; Elise G. Mead Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The records date from 1769 to 1850. You do have register an agree to use this resource for research purposes only.  
  
===== Baja California Missions =====
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=== Baja California Missions ===
  
 
*Santa Maria de los Angeles  
 
*Santa Maria de los Angeles  
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*Todos Santos
 
*Todos Santos
  
===== Alta California Missions  =====
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=== Alta California Missions  ===
  
 
*&nbsp;La Purisima Concepcion  
 
*&nbsp;La Purisima Concepcion  
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*San Rafael
 
*San Rafael
  
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===== Presidios  =====
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=== Presidios  ===
  
*Santa Barbara Presidio
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*Santa Barbara Presidio<br>
  
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=== Other  ===
 
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===== Other  =====
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*Los Angeles Plaza Church
 
*Los Angeles Plaza Church
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Boscana, Geronimo (1776-1831), A New Original Version of Boscana's Historyical Account of the San Juan Capistrano Indians of Southern California. Ann Arbor, Mich. 1974. {{FHL|301970|item|ref=disp film 989498 item 6}}
  
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
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[http://www.dioceseoffresno.org/?q=node/160 Diocese of Fresno Archives]<br>1550 North Fresno Street<br>Fresno, CA 93703-3788<br>Phone: (559) 488-3788  
 
[http://www.dioceseoffresno.org/?q=node/160 Diocese of Fresno Archives]<br>1550 North Fresno Street<br>Fresno, CA 93703-3788<br>Phone: (559) 488-3788  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Fresno County, California|Fresno]], [[Inyo County, California|Inyo]], [[Kern County, California|Kern]], [[Kings County, California|Kings]], [[Madera County, California|Madera]], [[Mariposa County, California|Mariposa]], [[Merced County, California|Merced]] and [[Tulare County, California|Tulare]].<ref name="rome">[http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/connections/dioceseusmap.htm Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America], Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.</ref>  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Fresno County, California Genealogy|Fresno]], [[Inyo County, California Genealogy|Inyo]], [[Kern County, California Genealogy|Kern]], [[Kings County, California Genealogy|Kings]], [[Madera County, California Genealogy|Madera]], [[Mariposa County, California Genealogy|Mariposa]], [[Merced County, California Genealogy|Merced]] and [[Tulare County, California Genealogy|Tulare]].<ref name="rome">[http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/connections/dioceseusmap.htm Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America], Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.</ref>  
  
 
[http://www.la-archdiocese.org/ Archdiocese of Los Angeles]<br>3424 Wilshire Boulevard<br>Los Angeles, CA 90010-2202<br>Phone: (213) 637-7000 <br>E-mail: [mailto:info@la-archdiocese.org info@la-archdiocese.org]  
 
[http://www.la-archdiocese.org/ Archdiocese of Los Angeles]<br>3424 Wilshire Boulevard<br>Los Angeles, CA 90010-2202<br>Phone: (213) 637-7000 <br>E-mail: [mailto:info@la-archdiocese.org info@la-archdiocese.org]  
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[http://www.archdiocese.la/about/archival/index.php Archival Center for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles]<br>15151 San Fernando Mission Boulevard<br>Mission Hills, CA 91345<br>Phone: (818) 365-1501<br>Fax: (818) 361-3276  
 
[http://www.archdiocese.la/about/archival/index.php Archival Center for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles]<br>15151 San Fernando Mission Boulevard<br>Mission Hills, CA 91345<br>Phone: (818) 365-1501<br>Fax: (818) 361-3276  
  
The Archdiocese includes the counties of: [[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles]], [[Santa Barbara County, California|Santa Barbara]] and [[Ventura County, California|Ventura]].<ref name="rome" />  
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The Archdiocese includes the counties of: [[Los Angeles County, California Genealogy|Los Angeles]], [[Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy|Santa Barbara]] and [[Ventura County, California Genealogy|Ventura]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://www.dioceseofmonterey.org/ Diocese of Monterey]<br>P.O. Box 2048<br>Monterey, CA 93942<br>Phone: (831) 373-4345  
 
[http://www.dioceseofmonterey.org/ Diocese of Monterey]<br>P.O. Box 2048<br>Monterey, CA 93942<br>Phone: (831) 373-4345  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Monterey County, California|Monterey]], [[Santa Cruz County, California|Santa Cruz]], [[San Benito County, California|San Benito]] and [[San Luis Obispo County, California|San Luis Obispo]].<ref name="rome" />  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Monterey County, California Genealogy|Monterey]], [[Santa Cruz County, California Genealogy|Santa Cruz]], [[San Benito County, California Genealogy|San Benito]] and [[San Luis Obispo County, California Genealogy|San Luis Obispo]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://www.oakdiocese.org/departments/div1d.htm Diocese of Oakland]<br>2121 Harrison St., Sutie 100<br>Oakland, CA 94612<br>Phone: (510) 893-4711  
 
[http://www.oakdiocese.org/departments/div1d.htm Diocese of Oakland]<br>2121 Harrison St., Sutie 100<br>Oakland, CA 94612<br>Phone: (510) 893-4711  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Alameda County, California|Alameda]] and [[Contra Costa County, California|Contra Costa]].<ref name="rome" />  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Alameda County, California Genealogy|Alameda]] and [[Contra Costa County, California Genealogy|Contra Costa]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://www.rcbo.org/ Diocese of Orange]<br>2811 East Villa Real Drive<br>Orange, CA 92867-1999<br>Phone: (714) 282-3000  
 
[http://www.rcbo.org/ Diocese of Orange]<br>2811 East Villa Real Drive<br>Orange, CA 92867-1999<br>Phone: (714) 282-3000  
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Mailing Address<br>P.O. Box 14195<br>Orange, CA 92863-1595  
 
Mailing Address<br>P.O. Box 14195<br>Orange, CA 92863-1595  
  
The diocese includes the county of: [[Orange County, California|Orange]].<ref name="rome" />  
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The diocese includes the county of: [[Orange County, California Genealogy|Orange]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://www.diocese-sacramento.org/diocese/archives.html Diocese of Sacramento Historical Archives]<br>2110 Broadway<br>Sacramento, CA 95818<br>Phone: (916) 733-0299  
 
[http://www.diocese-sacramento.org/diocese/archives.html Diocese of Sacramento Historical Archives]<br>2110 Broadway<br>Sacramento, CA 95818<br>Phone: (916) 733-0299  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Amador County, California|Amador]], [[Butte County, California|Butte]], [[Colusa County, California|Colusa]], [[El Dorado County, California|El Dorado]], [[Glenn County, California|Glenn]], [[Lassen County, California|Lassen]], [[Modoc County, California|Modoc]], [[Nevada County, California|Nevada]], [[Placer County, California|Placer]], [[Plumas County, California|Plumas]], [[Sacramento County, California|Sacramento]], [[Shasta County, California|Shasta]], [[Sierra County, California|Sierra]], [[Siskiyou County, California|Siskiyou]], [[Solano County, California|Solano]], [[Sutter County, California|Sutter]], [[Tehama County, California|Tehama]], [[Trinity County, California|Trinity]] and [[Yolo County, California|Yolo]].<ref name="rome" />  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Amador County, California Genealogy|Amador]], [[Butte County, California Genealogy|Butte]], [[Colusa County, California Genealogy|Colusa]], [[El Dorado County, California Genealogy|El Dorado]], [[Glenn County, California Genealogy|Glenn]], [[Lassen County, California Genealogy|Lassen]], [[Modoc County, California Genealogy|Modoc]], [[Nevada County, California Genealogy|Nevada]], [[Placer County, California Genealogy|Placer]], [[Plumas County, California Genealogy|Plumas]], [[Sacramento County, California Genealogy|Sacramento]], [[Shasta County, California Genealogy|Shasta]], [[Sierra County, California Genealogy|Sierra]], [[Siskiyou County, California Genealogy|Siskiyou]], [[Solano County, California Genealogy|Solano]], [[Sutter County, California Genealogy|Sutter]], [[Tehama County, California Genealogy|Tehama]], [[Trinity County, California Genealogy|Trinity]] and [[Yolo County, California Genealogy|Yolo]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://www.sbdiocese.org/ministries/MinistryInfo.cfm?id=1380055 Diocese of San Bernardino Archives Office]<br>1201 E. Highland Ave.<br>San Bernardino, CA 92404<br>Phone: (909) 475-5399  
 
[http://www.sbdiocese.org/ministries/MinistryInfo.cfm?id=1380055 Diocese of San Bernardino Archives Office]<br>1201 E. Highland Ave.<br>San Bernardino, CA 92404<br>Phone: (909) 475-5399  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Riverside County, California|Riverside]] and [[San Bernardino County, California|San Bernardino]].<ref name="rome" />  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Riverside County, California Genealogy|Riverside]] and [[San Bernardino County, California Genealogy|San Bernardino]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://www.diocese-sdiego.org/ Diocese of San Diego]<br>3888 Paducah Drive<br>San Diego, CA 92117  
 
[http://www.diocese-sdiego.org/ Diocese of San Diego]<br>3888 Paducah Drive<br>San Diego, CA 92117  
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Mailing Address''<br>''P.O. Box 85728<br>San Diego, CA 92186-5728<br>Phone: (858) 490-8200<br>Fax: (858) 490-8272  
 
Mailing Address''<br>''P.O. Box 85728<br>San Diego, CA 92186-5728<br>Phone: (858) 490-8200<br>Fax: (858) 490-8272  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Imperial County, California|Imperial]] and [[San Diego County, California|San Diego]].<ref name="rome" />  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Imperial County, California Genealogy|Imperial]] and [[San Diego County, California Genealogy|San Diego]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://www.sfarchdiocese.org/about-us/departments-and-offices/office-of-the-archives/?search=archives Archdiocese of San Francisco Archives]<br>St. Patrick Seminary<br>320 Middlefield Road<br>Menlo Park, CA 94025<br>Phone: (650) 328-6502  
 
[http://www.sfarchdiocese.org/about-us/departments-and-offices/office-of-the-archives/?search=archives Archdiocese of San Francisco Archives]<br>St. Patrick Seminary<br>320 Middlefield Road<br>Menlo Park, CA 94025<br>Phone: (650) 328-6502  
  
The Archdiocese includes the counties of: [[Marin County, California|Marin]], [[San Francisco County, California|San Francisco]] and [[San Mateo County, California|San Mateo]].<ref name="rome" />  
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The Archdiocese includes the counties of: [[Marin County, California Genealogy|Marin]], [[San Francisco County, California Genealogy|San Francisco]] and [[San Mateo County, California Genealogy|San Mateo]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://www.dsj.org/ Diocese of San Jose]<br>1150 North 1st Street, Suite 100<br>San Jose, CA 95112-4966<br>Phone: (408) 983-0295  
 
[http://www.dsj.org/ Diocese of San Jose]<br>1150 North 1st Street, Suite 100<br>San Jose, CA 95112-4966<br>Phone: (408) 983-0295  
  
The diocese includes the county of: [[Santa Clara County, California|Santa Clara]].<ref name="rome" />  
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The diocese includes the county of: [[Santa Clara County, California Genealogy|Santa Clara]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://www.santarosacatholic.org/ Diocese of Santa Rosa]<br>985 Airway Court<br>Santa Rosa, CA 95403<br>Phone: (707) 545-7610  
 
[http://www.santarosacatholic.org/ Diocese of Santa Rosa]<br>985 Airway Court<br>Santa Rosa, CA 95403<br>Phone: (707) 545-7610  
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Mailing Address<br>P.O. Box 1297<br>Santa Rosa, CA 95402  
 
Mailing Address<br>P.O. Box 1297<br>Santa Rosa, CA 95402  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Del Norte County, California|DelNorte]], [[Humboldt County, California|Humboldt]], [[Lake County, California|Lake]], [[Mendocino County, California|Mendocino]], [[Napa County, California|Napa]] and [[Sonoma County, California|Sonoma]].<ref name="rome" />  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Del Norte County, California Genealogy|DelNorte]], [[Humboldt County, California Genealogy|Humboldt]], [[Lake County, California Genealogy|Lake]], [[Mendocino County, California Genealogy|Mendocino]], [[Napa County, California Genealogy|Napa]] and [[Sonoma County, California Genealogy|Sonoma]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
[http://www.stocktondiocese.org/ Diocese of Stockton]<br>1105 North Lincoln Street<br>Stockton, CA 95203<br>Phone: (209) 466-0636  
 
[http://www.stocktondiocese.org/ Diocese of Stockton]<br>1105 North Lincoln Street<br>Stockton, CA 95203<br>Phone: (209) 466-0636  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Alpine County, California|Alpine]], [[Calaveras County, California|Calaveras]], [[Mono County, California|Mono]], [[San Joaquin County, California|San Joaquin]], [[Stanislaus County, California|Stanislaus]] and [[Tuolumne County, California|Tuolumne]].<ref name="rome" />  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Alpine County, California Genealogy|Alpine]], [[Calaveras County, California Genealogy|Calaveras]], [[Mono County, California Genealogy|Mono]], [[San Joaquin County, California Genealogy|San Joaquin]], [[Stanislaus County, California Genealogy|Stanislaus]] and [[Tuolumne County, California Genealogy|Tuolumne]].<ref name="rome" />  
  
 
=== Methodist  ===
 
=== Methodist  ===
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=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
 
=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
  
<br>'''Early, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church records for California '''Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog]. Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films
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<br>'''Early, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church records for California '''Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog FamilySearch Catalog]. Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films  
  
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
  
[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California_Births_and_Christenings_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California Births and Christenings (FamilySearch&nbsp;Historical Records). ]<br>
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[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California_Births_and_Christenings_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California Births and Christenings (FamilySearch&nbsp;Historical Records). ]<br>  
  
 
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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in California were the Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregational churches.[1]


The Family History Library has several histories of the Catholic, Presbyterian, Latter-day Saint, and Methodist churches in California.

Missions

Ausustine Mission, Cabazon Mission, Cahuilla Mission, Campo Mission,Inaja-Cosmit Mission, La Jolla Mission, La Posta Mission, La Purisima 1787, Los Coytes Mission, Manzanita Mission, Mesa Grande Mission, Morongo Mission, Pala Mission, Pauma and Yuma Mission, Pechanga Mission, Ramona Mission, Rincon Mission,  San Antonio 1771, Santa Barbara 1786, San Buenaventura 1782,  San Carlos 1770, Santa Clara 1777, Santa Cruz 1791, San Diego 1769, San Fernando 1797, San Francisco 1776, San Gabriel 1771, San Jose 1797, San Juan Bautista 1797, San Juan Capistrano 1776, San Louis Obispo, San Louis Rey 1798, San Miguel 1797, San Pasqual Mission, San Rafael 1817, Santa Rosa Mission, Santa Ynez 1804, Santa Ysabel Mission, Soboba Mission, Solano 1823, Soledad 1771, Sycuan Mission, Torres-Martinez Mission, Yuma Mission.

Additional resources are available for the following missions through the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens through the Early California Population Project which is a database of the information contained in the mission records. The granting agencies that have supported this project are The John Randolph Haynes and Dorothy Haynes Foundation, the California State Library (Library Services and Technology Act), the Dan Murphy Foundation, the Giles W. & Elise G. Mead Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The records date from 1769 to 1850. You do have register an agree to use this resource for research purposes only.

Baja California Missions

  • Santa Maria de los Angeles
  • Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
  • San Francisco de Borja
  • Santa Gertrudis
  •  San Miguel
  • Santo Tomas
  • San Ygnacio
  • San Vicente
  • Todos Santos

Alta California Missions

  •  La Purisima Concepcion
  •  San Antonio de Padua
  •  Santa Barbara
  • San Buenaventura
  • San Carlos Borromeo
  • San Diego
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Cruz
  • San Francisco de Asis Mission and Presidio
  • San Fernando
  • San Francisco Solano
  • San Gabriel Arcangel
  • Santa Ynes
  • San Juan Bautista
  • San Juan Capistrano
  • San Jose
  • Nuestra Señora de la Soledad
  • San Luis Obispo
  • San Luis Rey
  • San Miguel Arcangel
  • San Rafael


Presidios

  • Santa Barbara Presidio

Other

  • Los Angeles Plaza Church

Boscana, Geronimo (1776-1831), A New Original Version of Boscana's Historyical Account of the San Juan Capistrano Indians of Southern California. Ann Arbor, Mich. 1974. FHL Collection

Roman Catholic

The first Catholic missions were organized in 1769. Most of the mission records begin in 1770 and are on film. The Family History Library and the Bancroft Library have extensive collections of the early records. For the index to these records, see:

  • Temple, Thomas W. An Alphabetical Listing of the California Mission Vital Records. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1985. FHL Collection 1307621 item 4; fiche 6047009

The following sources may help you find Catholic mission records:

  • Weber, Francis J. A Select Guide to California Catholic History. Los Angeles, Calif.: Westernlore Press, 1966. FHL Collection 979.4 K21c
  • Bowman, J.N. "The Parochial Books of the California Missions, 1961," The Quarterly (Historical Society of Southern California)], Vol. 43, No. 3. FHL Collection 979.4 B2s
  • Barton, Noel R. "Genealogical Research in the Records of the California Missions," Genealogical Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1. FHL Collection 973 D25gj v. 3-4 (1974-1975)

Many original mission records and other Catholic records have been gathered into central repositories. These include:

Santa Barbara (Old Mission)

Old Mission Santa Barbara
2201 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone: (805) 682-4713
E-mail: research@sbmal.org

A guide to this extensive collection is:

  • Geiger, Maynard J. Calendar of Documents in the Santa Barbara Mission Archives. Washington: Academy of American Franciscan History, 1947. FHL Collection 979.491 A5. Contact the Santa Barbara Mission Archives to ask if a more recent list has been compiled.

Diocese of Fresno Archives
1550 North Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93703-3788
Phone: (559) 488-3788

The diocese includes the counties of: Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare.[2]

Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2202
Phone: (213) 637-7000
E-mail: info@la-archdiocese.org

Archival Center for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
15151 San Fernando Mission Boulevard
Mission Hills, CA 91345
Phone: (818) 365-1501
Fax: (818) 361-3276

The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura.[2]

Diocese of Monterey
P.O. Box 2048
Monterey, CA 93942
Phone: (831) 373-4345

The diocese includes the counties of: Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and San Luis Obispo.[2]

Diocese of Oakland
2121 Harrison St., Sutie 100
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 893-4711

The diocese includes the counties of: Alameda and Contra Costa.[2]

Diocese of Orange
2811 East Villa Real Drive
Orange, CA 92867-1999
Phone: (714) 282-3000

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 14195
Orange, CA 92863-1595

The diocese includes the county of: Orange.[2]

Diocese of Sacramento Historical Archives
2110 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
Phone: (916) 733-0299

The diocese includes the counties of: Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yolo.[2]

Diocese of San Bernardino Archives Office
1201 E. Highland Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92404
Phone: (909) 475-5399

The diocese includes the counties of: Riverside and San Bernardino.[2]

Diocese of San Diego
3888 Paducah Drive
San Diego, CA 92117

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 85728
San Diego, CA 92186-5728
Phone: (858) 490-8200
Fax: (858) 490-8272

The diocese includes the counties of: Imperial and San Diego.[2]

Archdiocese of San Francisco Archives
St. Patrick Seminary
320 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: (650) 328-6502

The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo.[2]

Diocese of San Jose
1150 North 1st Street, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95112-4966
Phone: (408) 983-0295

The diocese includes the county of: Santa Clara.[2]

Diocese of Santa Rosa
985 Airway Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: (707) 545-7610

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1297
Santa Rosa, CA 95402

The diocese includes the counties of: DelNorte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma.[2]

Diocese of Stockton
1105 North Lincoln Street
Stockton, CA 95203
Phone: (209) 466-0636

The diocese includes the counties of: Alpine, Calaveras, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne.[2]

Methodist

Holt-Atherton Church Archives
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
Phone: (209) 946-2404
Fax: (209) 946-2810

Presbyterian

San Francisco Theological Seminary Library
105 Seminary Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Phone: (415) 451-2845

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Region 2 Archives(Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming)
Carol Schmalenberger
ELCA Region 2 Archives
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
2770 Marin Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94708-1597
(510) 524-5264
E-mail: archives@plts.edu

 

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)


Early, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church records for California Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the FamilySearch Catalog. Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

California Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records).

References

  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL Book 973 K2ah.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.