California Genealogy

California Genealogy is being developed as a genealogical and historical resource for your personal use. It contains information and records for California ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Specifically, it provides sources for birth records, death records, marriage records, census records, tax records, court records, and military records. It also provides some historical details about different times and people in California history.

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Please take some time and read books we have put on line for you research:

  • 1876-1878 Pacific Coast Business Directory
    The triennial business directory, containing the name of each merchant, manufacturer, and professional in the States of California, Oregon, Nevada, the Territories of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Arizona, and Alaska, and the Colony of British Columbia.
  • Membership Roll of the Pioneers of Los Angeles County
    Provides pioneers name, birthplace, occupation, year arrived in Los Angeles county,  town of residence,  and when arrived in state.
  • Register of Officers of the National Guard and Naval Militia of California
    This book provides some insight into the National Guard and Naval Militia in California in 1917. We have listed only the people who served and not the structure of the military. In some cases there were blank lines where it was thought there should be another officer, they were removed. The book does not provide information as to the dates after the names, we can only guess it is the date of the start of their service.
  • Cemeteries of California
    A list of all cemeteries in California, first by name, county and location.  A great tool to help with cemeteries that have the same name within the state.
  • 1922 Householders’ Guide of the City of Watsonville
    Alphabetical listing of names, including address
  • 1948 Directory, Alturas, Modoc County
    A listing as of June 1948 of the citizens of Alturas
  • Death Valley In ’49
    Autobiography Of A Pioneer, Detailing His Life From A Humble Home In The Green Mountains To The Gold Mines Of California; And Particularly Reciting The Sufferings Of The Band Of Men, Women And Children Who Gave “Death Valley” Its Name.
  • The Adventures of a Forty-niner
    An Historic Description of California, with Events and Ideas of San Francisco and Its People in Those Early Days, By Daniel Knower. Daniel went to California in 1849 during the start of the gold-rush days. This manuscript provides sketches on events and ideas that he saw, as well as detailing his trek to the gold rush town of Coloma.
  • Old Mission Stories of California
    In these quiet, unpretending stories the writer has attempted to give a faithful picture of life among the Indians and Spaniards in Nueva California during the early days of the past century.
  • La Baja California
    Very soon after the conquest of Mexico the attention of Cortez was attracted by certain stories told by some of the conquered tribes regarding a mysterious but wonderful country, lying far to the northwestward. This land they called Ciguatan, or The Realm of Women; and they declared that it abounded in gold, in pearls, rubies, garnets, turquoises, and many other products, rich and precious.

We are also the hosts of California Gold Rush Most Wanted, if you have a ancestor lost in California during the time of the Goldrush, 1840s-1880s, you will want to make a “brick-wall” post here.

Surrounding States

California has borders with Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Mexico.

Other California Genealogy Websites

Biography of George B. Katzenstein of Sacramento

George B. Katzenstein, born on November 28, 1848, in New Orleans, Louisiana, significantly contributed to California’s business and agricultural development. His family relocated to California in 1853, where his father ran a hotel in Marysville. Educated in Marysville, George later moved to Sacramento, working in insurance and fraternal organizations. He…
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Biography of Julius Kahn of San Francisco

Julius Kahn, born on February 28, 1861, in Germany, was a notable figure in San Francisco, excelling in law, politics, and public service. He immigrated to America at age five with his mother, Jeanette, to join his father, Herman, in California. Educated in public schools, Kahn initially pursued a theatrical…
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Biography of Albert Hutchinson Jarman of San Jose

Albert Hutchinson Jarman, born April 27, 1875, in San Jose, California, was a prominent lawyer known for his significant contributions to the local legal community. The son of John Plasket Jarman, an English immigrant and successful businessman, and Jane Hutchinson Jarman, Albert pursued his education at Stanford University and the…
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Biography of Behrend Joost of San Francisco

Behrend Joost, born in Amt Lehe, Hanover, Germany, became a prominent business figure in San Francisco, significantly contributing to the city’s economic development. Emigrating to the U.S. at fifteen, he joined his brother in San Francisco in 1857 and initially worked as a salesman. By 1859, he opened a grocery…
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Biography of Alfred J. Johnston of Sacramento

Alfred J. Johnston, born in Nevada County in 1857, was a prominent businessman in Sacramento. He headed the A. J. Johnston Company, the largest stationery and printing firm in the city, and managed a successful cannery on his foothill ranch in Eldorado County. His parents, David and Nancy S. (Glass)…
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Biography of James William Jesse, M. D. of Santa Rosa

James William Jesse, M.D., born in Mexico, Missouri, in 1857, was a leading physician and surgeon in Santa Rosa, California. Educated at Columbia College in Missouri and the College of the City of New York, he earned his M.D. and began practicing in Santa Rosa in 1890. Dr. Jesse served…
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Biography of Grove Lawrence Johnson of Sacramento

Hon. Grove Lawrence Johnson, born March 27, 1841, in Syracuse, New York, was a distinguished lawyer and Republican leader in California. Educated in public schools and admitted to the bar at twenty-one, he moved to California in 1863. Johnson served as a state legislator, state senator, and congressman. Known for…
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Biography of Joseph William James, M. D. of Sacramento

Dr. Joseph William James, a physician in Sacramento, was born on January 1, 1876, in Cornwall, England. His father, Thomas James, a former miner, moved the family to America in 1880, eventually settling in Sacramento. Dr. James received his medical degree from Cooper Medical College in 1900. He initially worked…
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Biography of William Irelan, Jr.

William Irelan, Jr., born on August 7, 1842, in Wilmington, Delaware, is a notable mining and consulting engineer. Son of William Irelan, a sea captain and inventor, and Elizabeth Hancock Clark, Irelan pursued extensive education in Delaware, London, and Leipzig. Moving to California in 1870, he contributed significantly to the…
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Biography of Ferdinand Hurst of Redding

Ferdinand Hurst, born on February 18, 1862, in Renchen, Baden, Germany, is a prominent mining entrepreneur in Redding, Shasta County, California. Arriving in America at seventeen, he moved to Redding in 1880. After years of perseverance, he achieved success with the development of several mining properties, including the Midas mine….
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