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

La Porte Cemetery, Plumas County, California

The cemetery is located in the small town of La Porte, California. The town was originally called Rabbit Creek and was part of Yuba County; then part of Sierra County. Finally in 1854 it became part of Plumas County. In addition, there are nearby cemeteries/grave sites of Secret Diggings, Gibsonville, …
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Meadow Valley Cemetery, Plumas County, California

Meadow Valley is a very small mountain community located between Quincy and Buck’s Lake. Many Plumas County pioneers are buried in this cemetery. There are 379 monuments with the earliest date of birth 1810, and the earliest date of death 1858.Name DOB DODAbbett, Ernest 1904 1974Alberts, Paul J. 1907 1984Allen, …
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Quincy Cemetery District Database

Located on a hill between Quincy and East Quincy, lies the Quincy Cemetery. This database was assembled from cemetery notes, not by inspection of the markers. Note that the Reference Number (Ref) is the approximate chronological order in which remains were placed in the cemetery. The date of death (DOD) …
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Biography of Frank Bruno of Monterey California

Frank Bruno, who during the past eleven years has been accorded a profitable patronage as a dealer in cigars, and soft drinks in Monterey, has been honored with the presidency of the Americanization Society of the city and is indeed a loyal son of his adopted land. A native of …
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Biography of Ralph Thomsen of Salinas California

A contractor whose success is the clearest evidence of his ability and worth is Ralph Thomsen, of 330 California street, Salinas, in which city, as well as in other parts of Monterey county, he has established for himself a reputation for dependability. He makes a specialty of interior and exterior …
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Biography of Charles O. Goold of Carmel California

Among the most progressive leaders in the city council of Carmel-by-the-Sea and always interesting as a pioneer of the sort who contributed something definite in assisting California to emerge from her pioneer state, is Charles O. Goold, well-known banker, who was born on a farm in Henry county, Illinois, November …
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Biography of Ed. J. Torres of Watsonville California

Many of the most important positions in business circles of Watsonville are filled by young men, and their enterprise, sagacity and loyalty promise well for the futur of the city. In this classification belongs Ed. J. Torres, who is manager of the Union Ice Company, and his success has resulted …
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Biography of Peter Ferrante of Monterey California

Peter Ferrante, wholesale dealer in fish, at 325 Van Buren street, Monterey, meeting with well deserved success, is a native of sunny Italy. He was born August 4, 1867, the son of Arisimo and Susan Ferrante, the former also a dealer in fish. Both parents are now deceased.Because of financial …
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