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Mission Viejo Library
100 Civic Center
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 830-7100 X4008

Orange County Public Library
1501 E. St. Andrew Place
Santa Ana, CA. 92705
Phone: (714) 566-3000

Branch Libraries

USGenWeb Archives
Orange County California Archives

California Archives

Family History Centers
LDS Genealogy
Mormon Genealogy


California Research Outline

Anaheim California
440 North Loara
Anaheim, CA 92801-5525
Phone: 714-533-2772

Cypress California
4000 Orange Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92804
Phone: 714-821-5382

Garden Grove California
10332 Bolsa Avenue
Westminster, CA 92683
Phone: 714-554-0592

Huntington Beach CA North
5402 Heil Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Phone: 714-846-6628

Huntington Beach California
8702 Atlanta Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Phone: 714-536-4736

Laguna Niguel California
22851 Aliso Creek
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Phone: 949-580-1908

Long Beach California East
4142 Cerritos Avenue
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Phone: 714-821-6914

Mission Viejo California
27976 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Phone: 949-364-2742

Orange California
674 S Yorba Street
Orange, CA 92869
Phone: 714-997-7710

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Historical & Genealogical

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

Garden Grove Historical Society
Physical Address:
12174 Euclid Street
Garden Grove, CA. 92840
Phone: (714) 530-8871

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 4297
Garden Grove, CA. 92842

Orange County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1587
Orange, Ca. 92856-1587

South Orange County Genealogical Society
Family History Center Institute Building
27976 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA

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Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE
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Orange County
California Genealogy & Family History Resources
Complete List of Cities & Townships

Established: March 11, 1889
Parent: Los Angeles
County Seat: Santa Ana

  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."
  • VitalSearch-Ca.com
    California Birth Index
  • California Death Records
    9,366,786 records from 1940 thru 1997
  • Califrornia Marriage Indexes
    For the years 1949-1959 there are two volumes for each year, one for Brides and one for Grooms. These volumes are fragile and may not be photocopied under any circumstances. The years 1960-69, 1970-79, 1980-85 and 1986 are published in microfiche, one set for Brides and one for Grooms. Does not circulate.
  • California Marriage Records Project
    USGenWeb Archives Marriage Records Project
  • Social Security Death Index
    The Social Security Administration Death Master File contains information on millions of deceased individuals with United States social security numbers whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration. This file now contains over 89 million death records.
  Census, Voter and Tax Records
  Cemeteries & Burial Records
  Obituary & Newspaper Articles
  • Obituary Collection
    This database is a compilation of obituaries published in U.S. newspapers, collected from various online sources. ~ Ancestry.com
  • Read Historic Newspapers Online
    Ancestry.com: Read history as it was happening in more than 16 million pages from over 1000 different newspapers across the US, U.K. and Canada dating back to the 1700's.
  Immigration & Naturalization Records
  • 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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