California Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




Project 9: U.S.—California

Explore research in California.

QUIKLinks:  FamilySearch   Ancestry   Findmypast   MyHeritage   LDS |  FS Wiki   Ancestry Wiki   Kindred Trails   US GenWeb   GenealogyLinks

(United States)    CA Counties



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Goal 1: Learn about California research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your California ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic California research strategies.
    FS—Basic California Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for California research on Ancestry.
    AC—California Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for California research.
    AC—California State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the California Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—California Record Selection Table
  5. For African American research, study the California state page on FamilySearch.
    FS—African American Resources for California


Goal 2: Learn about California archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about California archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about California archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: California Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: California Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the California state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for California.
  4. Explore the California State Archives site.
  5. Explore the Online Archive of California.
  6. Explore the Books We Own site for California genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  7. Search for free online books on California research on the FamilySearch site.
  8. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about California city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about California city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: California Directories
  2. Explore California city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore California city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore California historical directories by county.


Goal 3: Learn about California vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about California vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about California vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: California Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: California Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the California Public Health site.
  3. Search for online California vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore California birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore California birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Get help with adoption topics on the California Adoption Reunion Registry Facebook page.
  7. Explore additional links for California vital records on the Linkpendium site.
  8. Explore additional links for California birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore California marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Explore links for California marriage records.
  2. Explore the Western States Historical Marriage Records Index.
  3. Explore additional links for California marriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  4. Learn about California obituaries in this article.
    FS—Wiki: California Obituaries
  5. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for California death records.
  6. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for California obituaries.
  7. Find additional resources for California obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  8. Explore California death records, indexes, and obituaries.
  9. Explore additional links for California death records on the LDSGenealogy site.

C. Explore California census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of California censuses in this article.
    FS—California Census
  2. Learn about California census records.
    Census Records for California
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for California state and county census records.
  4. Explore additional links for California census records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore California census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  6. Learn about California voting registers in this article.
    FS—California Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about California church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about California church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of California church records in this article.
    FS—California Church Records
  2. Learn about California church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—California Church Records
  3. Explore additional links for California church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore California cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore California cemetery records in this article.
    FS—California Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for California cemetery records.
  3. Search for California cemetery records online.
  4. Explore California cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for California cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  7. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  8. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  9. See additional cemetery resources on the California Linkpendium site.



Goal 5: Learn about California emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about California emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about California emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: California Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about California migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: California Migration
  3. Explore additional links for California immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 6: Learn about California military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about California military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to California military records.
    California Military Records
  2. Learn about California military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: California Military Records
  3. Explore California military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore additional links for California military records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore California military records on the Linkpendium site.
  6. Explore California military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about California probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about California probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about California probate and land records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: California Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: California Probate Records
  2. Learn about California land and property records.
    FS—California Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about California land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—California Land Records
  4. Explore additional links for California probate records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for California land records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Learn about California court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about California court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: California Court Records
  2. Learn about California court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: California Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about California maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about California maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about California maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: California Maps
  2. Learn about California maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: California Maps
  3. Learn about California gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: California Gazetteers

B. Explore California maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of California maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of California.
  3. Explore historical California maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for California maps.
  5. Explore additional California maps on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).


Goal 9: Learn about California newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about California newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about California newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: California Newspapers
  2. Learn about researching historical California newspapers in this blog post from The Ancestor Hunt.
    Research Free Historical California Newspapers—7:15
  3. Learn about California newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: California Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore California newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for California historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search California newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search California newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search California newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore California newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional California newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for California newspapers and obituaries records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for California research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.


Goal 11: Search records from California.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or California County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for California.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the California Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your California research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the California Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the California Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the California Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. West Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for California.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for California research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about California research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for California research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the California research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about California research.

C. Learn about California genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in California in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: California Societies
  2. Learn about genealogy societies in California in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: California Societies
  3. Explore the California Genealogical Society and Library site.
  4. Explore the California Historical Society site.
  5. Explore California genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




California Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Alameda    A    L Alpine    A    L Amador    L Butte    A    L Calaveras    L Colusa    A    L
Contra Costa  A    L Del Norte    L El Dorado    A    L Fresno    A    L Glenn    L Humboldt    A    L
Imperial    A    L Inyo    L Kern    A    L Kings    A    L Lake    A    L Lassen    A    L
Los Angeles    A    L Madera    A    L Marin    A    L Mariposa    L Mendocino A    L Merced    A    L
Modoc    A    L Mono    L Monterey    A    L Napa    A    L Nevada    A    L Orange    A    L
Placer    A    L Plumas    A    L Riverside    A    L Sacramento    A    L San Benito  A    L San Bern.    A    L
San Diego    A    L San Fran.  A    L San Joaquin    A    L San Luis Obispo    A    L San Mateo    A    L Santa Barbara    A    L
Santa Clara    A    L Santa Cruz  A    L Shasta    A    L Sierra    A    L Siskiyou    L Solano    A    L
Sonoma    A    L Stanislaus  A    L Sutter    A    L Tehama    A    L Trinity    L Tulare    A    L
Tuolomne    A    L Ventura    A    L Yolo    A    L Yuba    A    L