California Archives and Libraries
The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful for genealogical research.
California State Archives
National Archives—Pacific Region (Riverside)
23123 Cojaico Road
Perris, CA 92570
National Archives—Pacific Region (San Bruno)
1000 Commodore Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066-2350
California Genealogical Society and Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612-3031
California State Library
914 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
A helpful guide to the California State Library is Gary E. Strong and Gary F. Kurutz, Editors, Local History and Genealogical Resources of the California State Library and Its Sutro Branch. Sacramento, California: California State Library Foundation, 1983. (Family History Library book 979.4 H23c)
Carlsbad City Library
1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Society of California Pioneers
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.
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.)
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:
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.
A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.
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.