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California State Library
Library & Courts II Bldg
900 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
CA History Room 200
Phone: (916) 654-0176
FAX: (916) 654-8777
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 942837
Sacramento, California
History & Genealogy
The University of California Libraries
Online Digital Resources
California Digital Library
Campus Libraries
IrvineLos Angeles
San Diego
San Francisco
Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz

California Genealogy Archives
USGenWeb Archives

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

Family History Centers
LDS Genealogy
Mormon Genealogy

California Research Outline

Shop for Genealogy Books

Historical & Genealogical

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

California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94105
Phone: (415) 357-1848
FAX: (415) 357-1850

California Genealogical
Society & Library

2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612-3031
Phone: (510) 663-1358
FAX: (510) 663-1596

Southern California Genealogical Society & Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504
Phone: (818) 843-7247

African American Genealogical
Society of N. California

Oakland Public Library Dimond Branch
3565 Fruitvale Ave
Oakland, CA 94602-2398

California State Genealogical Alliance
The California State Genealogical Alliance servces as a statewide association of independent genealogical societies, individuals & non-profit organizations.

French-Canadian Heritage Society of California
Phone: (818) 843-7247

California Daughters of
the American Revolution

Organized in 1891, the California State Society has 115 chapters and more than 8,700 members
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California Mayflower Society
In 1620 a small group of Pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, set sail from England with the hope of establishing a colony in, what was known at the time as, the northern part
of Virginia territory. They chartered a tiny ship named the Mayflower for the journey. This vessel was not much larger than a tennis court, yet some 102 passengers squeezed on board.

California Spanish Genealogy Societies

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California Genealogy & Family History Resources
Capital: Sacramento      Statehood: 1850

  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."

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  • VitalSearch-Ca.com
    California Birth Index
  • California Death Records
    9,366,786 records from 1940 thru 1997
  • Free California Marriage Records
    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
  • Cemeteries of California
    Interment.net is a publisher of cemetery transcriptions for use by genealogists and local historians. Search and browse cemetery burial records from thousands of cemeteries across the world.
  • California Tombstone Transcription Project
    USGenWeb: Volunteers transcribe tombstone inscriptions and have that work archived for the future and made easily accessible to all.
  • Find A Grave By State - California
    FindAGrave.com: Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc. See the graves of thousands of famous people from around the world.
  • California Cemeteries
    Cemetry Records Guide: A Guide to Finding Cemetery Records and Databases on the Internet
  • California Political Graveyard
    PoliticalGraveyard.com: The website that tells where the dead politicians are buried
  Obituary & Newspaper Articles
  • California Newspapers
    California State Library: California newspapers from 1846 to the present, including long runs of at least one title from each county. A large portion of the collection is available on microfilm and may be borrowed through interlibrary loan.
  • California Newspaper Articles
    Chronicling America is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages.
  • California Newspaper Project
    The Regents of the University of California
  • California Obituary Search
    ObituaryDatabase.com: This guide to South Dakota obituary records was created to provide genealogists with access to the best South Dakota obituary databases from a single web page.
  • Old California News and History
    OldenTimes.com: Old newspaper articles from or about California and California families.
  • California Newspaper Abstracts
    NewspaperAbstracts.com is your resource for family history research using newspapers. Our site continues to grow with over 1,100 new pages added each month and currently contains 83857 pages of abstracts and extracts from historical newspapers.
  • Southern California Obituary Project
    These pages are designed to teach you how to conduct a comprehensive search for an obituary in Southern California. It gives you places to look and provides lists of newspapers so you can prepare your search using the Internet.
  • Search Obituary Collection
    Ancestry.com: This database is a compilation of obituaries published in U.S. newspapers, collected from various online sources. ~ Free Trial
  • 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. ~ Free Trial
  Immigration & Naturalization Records
  Military Records
  Land Records & Maps
  Church & Bible Records
  Court, Wills & Probate Records
  • City and County Directories
    California State Library: Numerous California city and county directories, some dating from the 1850's; includes long files of San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Oakland directories
  • California City Directories
    USCityDirectories.com: The goal of this project is to identify all city directories in all repositories.
  • Search City & Farm Directories
    Ancestry.com: Searchable indexes; database results and some digitized images available with fee-based subscription ~ Free Trial Available
  Genealogy & Family History Resources
  Biographies, Correspondence & Diaries
  • The Colemans of California
    A Family History Focusing on the Lives of John Crisp Coleman, Edward Coleman and Persis Sibley Coleman
    Genealogical Publishing Company
  • UCLA Center for Oral History Research
    UCLA’s Center for Oral History Research collects oral history interviews related primarily to the history of Southern California and the Los Angeles metropolitan region.
  • UCSC Library Regional Oral History Collection
    The Regional History Project has been documenting the history of the Central Coast of California and the institutional history of UC Santa Cruz since 1963, through oral history.
  Occupations, Education & Institutions
  Ethnic Genealogy Resources
  History & Culture
  Museums & Historical Places
  Miscellaneous Resources

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