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State of   CALIFORNIA -   (The Golden State)
      The 31st U.S. State to join the Union:   09-September-1850
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Assorted Groups  (Anthology, Cultural, Ethnic, & Religious):
    California Tribes - Federally recognized (interactive map/sites)
    Chinese in California - 1850-1925, source: Library of Congress.
    Jewish Presence in Los Angeles - Enter the world of 1850 in Los Angeles (History of the
         Jewish Community of Early Los Angeles).



Genealogical/Historical Commissions, Societies and Museums:
  Please click here - (Counties we have listed),   (To list a local society, please contact us.)

Historical interest Items, etc.:
    Angel Island Immigration Station - Experience the "Ellis Island" of the West.
    California Goldrush - Eyewitness to History
    California Goldrush - California's untold stories (Oakland Museum of California)
    California Maps - (downloadable)


Libraries & Newspapers:
    Bancroft Library - California Heritage Collection. An online archive of more than 30,000
         images illustrating California's history and culture, from the collections of the
         Bancroft Library.
    Bancroft Library - University of California at Berkeley (UCB)
    California Genealogical Society and Library - Whether you have Gold Rush ancestors or
         have no family connection to California, you will find extensive support for your
         genealogy research at the California Genealogical Society (CGS).
    California Newspaper Project - A Program of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and
         statewide newspaper preservation with public access, sponsored by the University
         of California, Riverside.
    Calisphere - Calisphere is a service of the UC Libraries and The Regents of The
         University of California.
    Golden Nuggett Library - Established to furnish California databases for genealogical
         research. A work in progress.
    Richard Nixon - Presidential Library and Museum
    Ronald Reagan - Presidential Foundation and Library
    Newspapers - A freely accessible repository of digitized California newspapers from
         1846 to the present. The California Digital Newspaper Collection is a project of the
         Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) at the University of
         California, Riverside.
    Newspapers - San Francisco Call database for 1869-1896
    Olden Times - Old newsworthy items from early California
    UCSC University Library - Oral History Primer


California Migrations:
    Migrations - California bigger cities, California smaller cities, California small cities and
         California detailed state guide


National Parks, Playgrounds, Recreational Areas etc.:
    Cabrillo National Monument - Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan
         Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is
         now the West Coast of the United States. Also see San Diego County.
    El Presidio de Santa Barbara - Surrounded by the bustle of the modern-day city of
         Santa Barbara, El Presidio de Santa BĚrbara State Historic Park preserves the site
         of the last of four military outposts built by the Spanish along the coast of
         Alta California. Also see Santa Barbara County.
    Fort Point National Historic Site - From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular
         Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate and
         foreign attack during and after the U.S. Civil War. Its beautifully arched casemates
         display the art of the master brick mason from the Civil War period. Also see
         San Francisco County.

Notaries Public - found in California Blue Books and Governmental Records (1836-1909)

  • State of California
  • State Capital City Sacramento   (Capital since 1854 - located in   Sacramento County)

    The State name:  It's thought that the name California comes from a sixteenth century novel, Las Sergas de Esplandian by Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo. Spanish explorers Hernando Cortez and Ortuno Ximenez were familiar with the work of Montalvo and probably named the territory after the gold laden island described in the novel.
    American History and Genealogy Proj.
    American Local History Network
    Colonial Currency
    Cemetery Listings
    County maps of California
    Daughters of the American Revolution
    General History
    Migration Patterns
    State Archives (Govt.)
    State Archives (USGenWeb.)
    State Genealogy Forum
    State Genealogical Society
    State Historical Society
    State USGenWeb Site
    California Symbols
    Timeline (Historic)

    U.S.A. - General Information links page
    U.S.A. - Possessions & Territories

    Vital Records:
        California - Federal Land Records (by county)
        California - Slave Era Insurance Records of slaves and slaveholders
        California Death Index - 1940-1995
        California Marriage Records - (several counties)
        California Unclaimed Persons - a list provided by Coroner's Office
        Death Records - 1940-1997
        Death Records - Overland Monthly And Out West Magazine 1872
        Foreign Born Voters - California, 1872 (a database of over 61,000 individuals)
        Marriage Records - on the Pacific Coast, 1872.
        Southern California Obituary Resource Project - This website is designed to teach you
             *how* to conduct a comprehensive search for an obituary. It gives you places to
             look and provides lists of newspapers so you can prepare your search from the
             comfort of your Internet connection.


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