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Several helpful guides to California place names have been published. 

Descriptions and Bibliographic material on published books.

Gudde, Erwin Gustav. California Place Names. (There are many versions of Gudde's book)

Bright, William 1500 California Place Names

Online Digital Copies of Published Books

Sanchez, Nellie Van de Grift. Spanish and Indian Place Names of California. San Francisco, California: A.M. Robertson, 1930. (Family History Library film 1320727 item 2.)

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Index to California Places in the Schellens Collection - San Mateo County Genealogical Society

Humboldt State University - California Gazetteer

Digital Atlas of California Professor William Bowen: California State University Northridge

California Geological Survey Digital Database

California Hometown Locator 

USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)

US Census Bureau Gazetteer Files

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names