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National Archives Pacific Region (Riverside)
23123 Cojaico Road
Perris, CA 92570
Telephone: 951-956-2000
Fax: 951-956-2029
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/pacific/riverside/

Has records of southern California, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada. California Indian enrollments, Asian immigrants, naturalizations, land records, Arizona taxes, sailors, all U.S. censuses, military post returns, Five Civilized Tribes, Revolutionary War, Civil War records, passenger arrival lists, Mexican and Canadian border crossings, passport applications.[1] [2]

National Archives Pacific Region (San Francisco)
1000 Commodore Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066-2350
Telephone: 650-238-3501
Fax: 650-238-3510
E-Mail: sanbruno.archives@nara.gov

Has records of California (north and central), Nevada (except Clark County), Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Caroline Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands, overseas Pacific naval bases, Asian-Pacific immigration, American Indians, and all U.S. censuses, Revolutionary War service records, bounty land warrants, and naturalizations, naturalization indexes for San Francisco, Honolulu, and Reno.[3] [4]

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Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Telephone: 510-642-6481 Reference desk
Fax: 510-642-7589
Website: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/

Premier Western Americana, and Latin Americana collections, including Native Americans, Spanish encounter and colonial settlement, exploration of western America, maps and atlases, the Mexican War, westward migration, the Gold Rush, mining, land surveys, religious and Utopian communities, and ethnic communities. This library has more about western North America than any other site.[5] [6]
Nearby Doe Library has a large collection of newspapers on microfilm.


California State Library
914 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
Mailing address:
P. O. Box 942837
Sacramento, CA 94237-0001
Telephone: 916-654-0261
Fax: 916-654-0241
E-Mail: cslsirc@library.ca.gov
Internet: http://www.library.ca.gov/

California historical newspapers, largest genealogical index, statewide births and deaths, death index 1905-1995, marriage index 1949-1986, censuses, great registers, city directories, genealogical periodicals.[6] A helpful guide to the California State Library is:

  • Gary E. Strong and Gary F. Kurutz, Editors, Local History and Genealogy Resources of the California State Library and Its Sutro Branch (Sacramento, Calif.: California State Library Foundation, 1983). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 979.4 H23c.

Sutro Library

The  place in northern California for genealogy research. Has an excellent collection of censuses, books, and periodicals for most states.[6]

California State Archives
1020 "O" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: 916-653-7715
Fax: 916-653-7363
E-Mail: ArchivesWeb@ss.ca.gov
Internet: http://www.ss.ca.gov/archives/archives_e.htm

California Historical Society
North Baker Research Library
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94105
Telephone: 415-357-1848
Fax: 415-357-1850
Website: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/

California state, county, and local histories, early California immigrants, ethnic histories, Gold Rush, Mexican War, rare books, and women.[6]

Society of California Pioneers Library
300 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107-1272
Telephone: 415-957-1849
Fax: 415-957-9858
E-Mail: info@californiapioneers.org
Internet: http://www.californiapioneers.org/

Local histories, directories, diaries, papers, and California history to 1900.[6]

State Land Commission

Land surveys, titles, property boundaries, school lands, maps and plats, Mexican land and rancho grants.[6]


California Genealogical Society and Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612-3031
Telephone: 510-663-1358
Fax: 510-663-1596
Website: http://californiaancestors.org/ 
Blog: http://blog.californiaancestors.org/

Genealogy collections for California and whole USA, including San Francisco and northern California manuscripts.[6]

Carlsbad City Library
1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Telephone: 760-434-2931
Internet: http://www.carlsbadlibrary.org

Fresno City and County Historical Society Archives

Central Valley early farmers index, and biographies by appointment.[6]

Huntington Beach Library

Books, periodicals, and microfilms of the Orange County Genealogical Society.[6]

Immigrant Genealogical Society Library

Largest genealogical collection for German immigrants except for Salt Lake City.[6]

Long Beach Public Library

California, rancho and Mexican era history, computer indexes to statewide records, Great Registers, miners, and early settlers.[6]

Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles Family History Center

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

County of Los Angeles Public Library

Napa Valley Genealogical and Historical Society Library

Oakland Family History Center

Sons of the Revolution Library

Southern California Genealogical Society Library

417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA. 91504
Telephone: (818) 843-7247 or (818) THE-SCGS
FAX: 818-843-7262
Blog: http://scgsgenealogy.blogspot.com/

Tuolumne County Genealogical Society Library

Online Records

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Online Records

Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

The Online Archives of California provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.  Many of the repositories listed below are included in the collections.

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from California in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. Currently the following sites are important gateways:

The USGenWeb Project

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, and state.

Cyndi's List - United States - California




A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.


http://www.familysearch.org The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.


Two helpful guides to California archives and repositories are:

Coy, Owen C. Guide to the County Archives of California. Sacramento, California: California Printing Office, 1919. (Family History Library film 962744.)

Directory of Archival and Manuscript Repositories in California. Redlands, California: Beacon Printery, 1975. (Family History Library book 979.4 J54d; film 1036038 item 3.)

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of California counties, use the 16 inventories of the county archives produced by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has 13 of these inventories.


  1. Welcome to the National Archives at Riverside in National Archives (accessed 30 October 2013).
  2. Genealogy Research in Riverside in National Archives (accessed 30 October 2013).
  3. The National Archives at San Francisco in National Archives (accessed 29 October 2013).
  4. Genealogy Research in National Archives (accessed 29 October 2013).
  5. Collections in The Bancroft Library Internet site (accessed 26 October 2013).
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 19-21. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.