California

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Region: Western States
Border States: Oregon, Nevada, Arizona

Contents

Statewide Resources

History and Culture

Maps

Online Data and Resources


Offline Data and Resources

  • NORCAL Genealogy Resource Index-The Resource Center lists state-wide genealogical indexes that help genealogists and historians to locate source material for their research. The object of this Center is to provide researchers with a complete list of index references and a description of their use and content, so that the researcher can copy them off the web pages and prepare themselves for visits to research libraries around California.
  • Pathfinder- The UCBerkeley Catalog.
  • Genealogy Resources at the California State Library
  • California State Archives-Documents the broad scope of California government and its impact on the people of the state. Over 85,000 cubic feet of records of all types are represented including millions of documents and bound volumes, 20,000 maps and architectural drawings, 250,000 photographs, 7,500 video and audio tapes, as well as hundreds of artifacts.

Societies and Mailing Lists

California Regional Resources

Alameda County

  • Oakland Genealogy- Index, information and transcriptions covering Oakland history from 1854 through 1920.

Contra Costa County

  • Contra Costa County Databases- Cooperative effort from three Contra Costa County Genealogical Societies. Includes newspaper vital records index and voters lists.
  • Martinez Historical Society- Martinez, county seat of Contra Costa County. Site includes information on notable burials in Martinez cemetery.

El Dorado County

Marin County

Mendocino County

Napa County

Placer County

San Diego County

San Francisco County

  • The Maritime Hertiage Project- "Established by D.A. Levy in 1998 to preserve San Francisco's shipping history from the mid-1800s to the turn of the Century. The Project focus is on steamships plying the West Coast of the United States, their captains and passengers."

San Luis Obispo County

Santa Barbara County

Santa Clara County

  • County Probate Cases Collection-"The County Probate Cases Collection consists of approximately 2,100 cases heard by the Probate Court between May 1893 and September 1908."
  • County Coroner Inquests-"The Coroner Inquests Collection consists of 9,300 reports of corner inquests from 1891 to 1932."
  • County Wills Collection- "The wills date from the early twentieth century into the 1970s, with the bulk of the wills from the years after 1940."

Shasta County

Sonoma County

Stanislaus County

Tulare County

Yolo County

Yuba County

  • Yuba Roots- Extensive Yuba (and Sutter County) records and indices.
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