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California State Vital Records

California State Vital Records Office
Office of Vital Records
304 S. Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-1719
Records include birth, marriage, divorce, and death records since July 1905

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California, 1876

Letter to the Editor: Narratives of Early California

California and the Sierra Nevada Region, 1833-60

California and the Southwest, 1763-1802

Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) and Family Research Library Annual Writing Contest

Fort Miller (Fresno), California, 1872

NEHGS Comes to San Diego, California

Oregon and Upper California, 1848

California Native American Repatriation Bill

California and the Southwest, 1763-1802

California and the Sierra-Nevada Region, 1833-60

California, 1876

California State Records Access Hearing Set for 7 May

California & Sierra Nevada Region, 1833-1860

The French in Early California

The Mayflower of French Argonauts to California

Oregon and Upper California, 1848


California Narratives: Early Voyages to California

California Narratives: California for Health, Pleasure and Residence

California Pioneers, 1542-1848

California Cemetery Inscription Sources

California and Californians, Vol. 1

California and Californians, Vol. 2

California and Californians, Vol. 3

California and Californians, Vol. 4

Oakhill Cemetery Inscriptions, Oakhurst, California

California Census, 1790-1890

Edward S. Parkinson, California Summer, 1892

George Weeks, California Newspaperman

Lucius Fairchild, California Letters, 1849-55

Thaddeus Kenderdine, California Travels, 1858-59

Walter Colton, Three Years in California, 1846-49

Frank Marryat, California Mountains and Molehills, 1855

David A. Shaw, California As Seen by a Pioneer

Herman Scharmann, Journey to California

Felix Wierzbicki, California Guidebook, 1849

George W. Bryan, Recollections of a California Pioneer

Benjamin Avery, California Poetry and Prose, 1878

Harris Newmark, Sixty Years in California

William H. Davis, Seventy-Five Years in California

Judge Benjamin Hayes, California Diary

Albert S. Evans, Life in California

Clifford Allen, Rail Trip to California, early 1900s

Lloyd Briggs, Trips to California

Shasta County, California Register, 1898

Charles Holder, Life in California, early 1900s

David Leeper, Life in California, 1849-54

John Bidwell, Life in California

James Hamilton, Life in California

Hariet Harper, Six Months in California, 1888

Prentice Mulford, Life in California

Shasta County, California Marriages, 1852-1904

Benjamin D. Wilson, Report on California Indians, 1852

Charles Painter, Report on the Indian Territory and California

William Kelly, Excursion to California, Vol. 1, 1849

William Kelly, Excursion to California, Vol. 2, 1849-50

Peter Burnett, Life in California

Samuel H. Willey, Thirty Years in California

Henry Ellis, Trip from Maine to California, 1849

Oscar Fitzgerald, 20 Years in California

Oscar Fitzgerald, 20 Years in California, 2nd Edition

Jacob Harlan, Wagon Trip to California, 1846

William Taylor, Life in California, 1849-55

Lell Woolley, Sixty-four Years in California

D.B. Bates, Trip from Massachusetts to California, 1850

Edward G. Buffum, Three Years in California, 1847-49

Colusa, California Newspaper Records, 1876-84

Enos Christman, Life in California, 1849-52

Elisha Crosby, California Memoirs

Alonzo Delano, California Correspondence, 1849-52

Alexandre Dumas, Trip to California

Hinton Helper, Life in California, 1850s

Theodore Johnson, Life in California, 1849

John Letts, Life in California

Dr. William McCollum, Trips to California, 1849-50

Michael White, Life in Mexican California, early 1800s

Samuel McNeil, Trip to California, 1849

Ernest de Massey, Life in California's Gold Rush

Carl Meyer, Life in California

William Shaw, Trip from Australia to California, 1849

William Sherman, Recollections of California, 1846-61

Lee Whipple-Haslam, Life in California

Luzena Wilson, Life in California

John Ross Browne, The Debates of the Convention of California

Mina Deane Halsey, A Tenderfoot in Southern California

California Narratives: A Year of American Travel

California Narratives: The Expedition of the Donner Party

Helen H. Jackson, Glimpses of California and the Missions

Jacob Barzilla, Camping Out in California

Solomon Mead, Notes of Two Trips to California and Return

William Francis White, A Picture of Pioneer Times in California

William Hutton, Glances at California, 1847-53

Shasta county, California, Naturalization Records: 1852 - 1932

Sacramento California, Sacramento Bee Newspaper 1889 - 1890: vital records

California State Roster, 1899 Government and Military records

Sacramento California, Sacramento Beenewspaper 1859, Obituaries, Marriages, Births

Ojai Valley, California Directory, 1938

Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, Butte, and Tehama Counties, California Directory, 1885

Pomona, California Directory, 1896-97

Nevada County, California Directory, 1895

California Birth Index, 1905-10

California - State Fact Sheet

California State Roster, 1909 Government and Military records

California Narratives: Glimpses of Hungryland

California Narratives: Los Angeles in the Sunny Seventies

California Narratives: Men and Memories of San Francisco

California Deaths, 1940-97

Semi-Tropical California, Its Climate, Healthfulness, Productiveness and Scenery

California Narratives: Summer Saunterings

California Narratives: The Adventures of a Forty-Niner

California Narratives: Phoenixiana, or Sketches and Burlesques

Daniel Woods, Sixteen Months in California, 1849-50

Caroline Churchill, California Travel Letters, 1870-73

San Diego Union-Tribune (California) Obituaries, 1993-94

Caroline Churchill, California Travel Letters, 1874-80

Lilian Cross, Life in California

Walter Fisher, Life in California, 1870s

John Swan, Life in California, 1848

Jackson Graves, Seventy Years in California

Edward D. Holton, Rail Trip to California, 1879

Monterey, California Census, 1850-60

David Phillips, Life in California, 1876

J.G. Player-Frowd, Six Months in California, 1870s

Harvey Rice, Letters from California, 1870

Mary Wills, Winter in California, 1888

Emma Adams, Trips to California, 1880s

Frederick Rindge, Life in California, Late 1800s

Travel Guide to Southern California, 1893

William Manley, Life in Death Valley, California, 1849

William Taylor, Preaching in California, 1849-56

Joseph Heco, From Japan to California, 1850, Part 2

Joseph Heco, Life in California

Stephen Field, Practicing Law in California, 1850

Eliza and James Gregson, Life in California, 1840s

John Borthwick, Three Years in California, 1851-54

Edward McGowan, Life in California, 1856

William Ryan, Adventures in California, Vol. 1

William Ryan, Adventures in California, Vol. 2

Bayard Taylor, California Correspondence, 1849

Bayard Taylor, California Correspondence, 1850

James Tyson, California Physician, 1849

Henry Vizetelly, Four Months in the California Gold Fields

Mary Cone, Two Years in California, 1873-75

Constance Gordon-Cumming, Five Months in California

Frank Leach, Early California Newspaperman

Evelyn Hertslet, Ranch Life in California, 1885

Sarah Smith, Raised On a California Sheep Ranch, 1870s

Robert Louis Stevenson, Silverado, California, 1880s

Isaac Mylar, San Juan Bautista Mission, California, 1860s

Yuba County, California History, 1850-1900

Charles Murdock, California Printing and Politics, 1855-1910

Albert Williams, San Francisco, California Pastorate, 1849-54

Richard Dana, Two Years in California, 1834-36

Merced County, California Deaths, 1852-1999

Susie Clark, From Boston to California, 1890

John Bidwell, Living in California, 1841-89

Los Angeles, California City Directories, 1888-90

Henry Brewer, Surveying California, 1860-64

San Francisco, California Directories, 1889-91

J. W. Linkins, California Book Agent, 1868-74

James Steele, Sketch of California History, 1889

Louise Clappe, Letters from California, 1851-52

Henry Huntley, California Gold, 1856

Dow Stephens, Jayhawker in California, 1849

Samuel Upham, Voyage to California, 1848

James Carson, California Mining Life, 1848-52

Frederick Gay, Sketches of California, 1848

Luther Schaeffer, Sketches of California, 1860

Pringle Shaw, California Mining, 1857

Kimball Webster, Seeking Gold in California, 1849-54

James Woods, Church Work in California, 1850-60

Thomas Chard, California Sketches, 1888

Thaddeus Kenderdine, Return to California, 1898

Mary Vail, Southern California Settlement, 1888

Charles Warner, Southern California, 1890

Charles Dowsett, California Land Sales Agent, 1891

California Narratives: Fourth Thousand, Life on the Plains

Sim Moak,The Last of the Mill Creeks, and Early Life in Northern California

California Narratives: Recollections of a Long and Somewhat Uneventful Life

Search Aids

Arizona, California, Idaho, and Nevada, 1850-1951 Marriage Index California, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Utah, 1850 Census Records

Family History Centers

What is a Family History Center?
Family History Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Centers provide access to many of the microfilms and microfiche in the Family History Library to help you identify your ancestors.

Location and Hours
There are more than 3,400 centers worldwide. To find a Family History Center near you, see the list of addresses below.
Before you visit, you should contact the center to verify when it is open.

Staff members will show you around the center, answer some research questions (research expertise in each center varies), help you use center resources, and order microfilms and microfiche from the Family History Library.
Many centers offer classes on different genealogical research topics.

Most centers have a computer with FamilySearch, which helps you search for information about your ancestors. FamilySearch includes Family History Library Catalog, International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, Social Security Death Index, Scottish Church Records and the United States Military Index
Most also have Personal Ancestral File, a computer program that allows you to organize your family history information.
Most centers also have a variety of resource files, microfilms, microfiche and published material such as genealogies, histories, gazetteers, atlases and maps at your disposal.

Family History Centers Near You

Other Resources

Information about state archives and libraries:

Write to:
California State Archives
Division of the Secretary of State's Office
1020 "O" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 653-7715
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30-4:00, closed Saturday, Sunday, and all state holidays
Records include state and federal census records, military records from 1860 to 1945, county records from 1860 to 1987, and Supreme and Appellate court cases from 1850 to 1970.

Information about state genealogical societies:

Write to:
California Genealogical Society
1611 Telegraph Ave., Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94612-2152
Telephone: (510) 663-1358
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday 9:00-4:00, closed Sunday-Tuesday and Friday
Publications: CGS News, The Nugget (general genealogy)

California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 357-1848

Los Angeles Westside Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10447
Marina del Rey, CA 90295

Napa Valley Genealogical & Biographical Society
1701 Menlo
Napa, CA 94558
Telephone: (707) 252-2252

Orange County Genealogical Society
7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

San Diego Genealogical Society
1050 Pioneer Way, Suite E
El Cajon, CA 92020-1943
Telephone: (619) 588-0065

San Luis Obispo Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 4
Atascadero, CA 93423-0004

Southern California Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 4377
Burbank, CA 91503
Telephone: (818) 843-7247


See also: California Genealogy at Live Roots, and Original California Documents


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