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Los Angeles Public Library
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Index of Los Angeles Area Libraries

History & Genealogy Dept.
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Phone: (213) 228-7400
Fax: (213) 228-7409

Branch Locations

Genealogy Specialist
Phone: (213) 228-7413

Map Specialist
Phone: (213) 228-7414

California History Specialist
Phone: (213) 228-7420

Photographic Collection
Phone: (213) 228-7403

California State Library

California State Archives
California Secreatary of State Website

NARA's Pacific Region
Guide to Archival Holdings at NARA's Pacific Region - Laguna Niguel, CA

Los Angeles County

Family History Centers
LDS Genealogy
Mormon Genealogy


California Research Outline

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Historical & Genealogical

Historical & Genealogical Societies are a great resource for local genealogical records and history of the area.

Antelope Valley Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1049
Lancaster, CA

Jewish Genealogical Society Los Angeles

Los Angeles Westside Genealogical Society
Post Office Box 10447
Marina del Rey, CA 90295-6447

Pomona Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 286
Pomona, CA 91769

Questing Heirs Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 15102, Long Beach, California 90815

Redondo Beach Historical Society
P.O. Box 978, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

San Fernando Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 3486 Winnetka, CA 91396-3486

Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society
P.O. Box 221925 Newhall, CA 91322-1925 Phone: (661) 254-1275

South Bay Cities Genealogical Society
Post Office Box 11069 Torrance, California 90510-1069

The Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society

Index of Historical & Genealogical Societies
in Southern California

Genealogy Books and CDs
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DNA & Genealogy
by Colleen Fitzpatrick
Forensic Genealogy
by Colleen Fitzpatrick
The Dead Horse Investigation:
Forensic Photo Analysis
by Colleen Fitzpatrick

The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776
Peter Wilson Coldham
Scottish Immigrants to North America, 1600s-1800s.
The Collected Works of David Dobson
QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources Evidence! Style.
First Revised Edition
Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace.
Elizabeth Shown Mills
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
John Grenham
Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE
William Dollarhide
Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History
Mark D. Herber with a Foreword by John Titford
The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants
to the American Colonies or the United States Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History. With a 2008 Addendum, Coda, and Final Addition.
Jamestowne Ancestors 1607-1699 Commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the Landing at James Towne 1607-2007

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Los Angeles County
California Genealogy & Family History Resources

Complete List of Cities & Townships

Established: February 18, 1850
Parent County: Original County
County Seat: Los Angeles

Adjacent Counties: Ventura, Kern, San Bernardino,
Orange, Riverside

*Bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean

  Birth, Death, Marriage, & Divorce Records

  • California State Vital Records Office of Vital Records
    304 'S' Street
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Phone: (916) 445-1719
    Fax: (800) 858-5553

  • New Law Effective July 1, 2003, the California Health and Safety Code Section 103526 will permit only authorized individuals to receive certified copies of birth or death records. Those who are not authorized by law to receive a certified copy will receive a certified copy marked "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY."
  • Los Angeles County California Vital Records
    Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
    P.O. Box 1024
    Norwalk, CA 90651-1024
    Phone: (800) 815-2666
  • Birth, Death & Marriage Records Section
    P.O. Box 53120
    Los Angeles, CA 90053-0120
    Certificate Information (562) 462-2137
    Marriage License Informatio (562) 462-2137
  • Branch Office Locations
    1. Department Headquarters
      12400 Imperial Highway
      Norwalk, California 90650
    2. Beverly Hills
      9355 Burton Way, First Floor
      Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    3. East Los Angeles
      4716 East Cesar Avenue
      Los Angeles, CA 90022
    4. Florence/Firestone
      7807 S. Compton Avenue, Room 215
      Los Angeles, CA 90001
    5. Lancaster
      335 A East Avenue K-6
      Lancaster, CA 93535
    6. LAX Courthouse
      11701 S. La Cienega Blvd., 6th Floor
      Los Angeles, CA 90045
    7. Van Nuys
      14340 West Sylvan Street
      Van Nuys, CA

  • Order Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online!
  Census, Voter and Tax Records
  Cemeteries & Burial Records
  Obituary & Newspaper Articles
  Immigration & Naturalization Records
  • Los Angeles County California Migrations
    They came for a season, they left and went where? Why did they go and who went with them? So many questions about the migrations of our ancestors.

  • Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
    Updated annually, this database is an index to passengers who arrived in United States and Canadian ports from the 1500s through the 1900s. It contains listings of approximately 4,588,000 individuals and references thousands of different records compiled from everything from original passenger lists to personal diaries. For each individual listed, you may find the following information: name, age, year and place of arrival, and the source of the record.
 Military Records
  Land Records & Maps
  Church & Bible Records
  Court, Wills & Probate Records

 City & Farm Directories
  Genealogy & Family History Resources
  Biographies, Correspondence & Diaries
  Occupations, Education & Institutions
  Ethnic Genealogy Resources
 History & Culture
  Museums & Historical Places
  Miscellaneous Resources

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