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      The 31st U.S. State to join the Union:   09-September-1850
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Extinct California Counties:: (not linked unless noted, ):
    (If you know of more to be added, please contact us.)
County Name

Klamath -

Pautah -
Factual information

Created in 1851 from the northern half of Trinity County, but in 1874 it was
         divided between Humboldt and Siskiyou counties.
Created by the California legislature out of territory the state believed would be
         ceded to it north of Lake Tahoe, but which was given to Nevada. The
         county was never officially organized.


Genealogical/Historical Commissions, Societies and Museums:
  Please click on graphic below, " " (if present)  for the entire GHLL county "package"

(To list a local society, please contact us.)

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Society Name and Location



Alameda County Historical Society (Oakland, CA)
Berkeley Historical Society & Museum Archives (Berkeley, CA)
East Bay Genealogical Society (Oakland, CA)
Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (Livermore, CA)
Alpine County Historical Museum (Markleeville, CA)
Alpine County Historical Society (Markleeville, CA)
Amador County Historical Society (Jackson, CA)



Butte County Historical Society (Oroville, CA)
Paradise Genealogical Society (Paradise, CA)



Colusa County Genealogical Society (Williams, CA)
Colusi County Historical Society (Willows, CA)
Contra Costa Genealogical Society (Concord, CA)
Contra Costa Historical Society (Martinez, CA)



Central Sierra Historical Society (Shaver Lake, CA)
Clovis-Big Dry Creek Historical Society & Museum (Clovis, CA)
Eastern Fresno County Historical Society & Museum (Auberry, CA)
Fresno County Genealogical Society (Fresno, CA)
Fresno County Historical Society (Fresno, CA)



Humboldt County Family History Society (Eureka, CA)
Humboldt County Historical Society (Eureka, CA)



Imperial Valley College Desert Museum Society, Desert Museum (Ocotillo, CA)
Imperial County Historical Society (Imperial, CA)



Kern County Historical Society (Bakersfield, CA)
Taft Genealogical Society (Taft, CA)



Lassen County Historical Society (Susanville, CA)
Antelope Valley Genealogical Society (Lancaster, CA)
Chatsworth Historical Society (Chatsworth, CA)
Little Landers Historical Society (Tujunga, CA)
Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks, CA)
Los Angeles City Historical Society (Los Angeles, CA)
Los Angeles Westside Genealogical Society (Los Angeles, CA)
Los Angeles County, 151 listings (multiple townships LA County, CA)
San Fernando Valley Genealogical Society (Winnetka, CA)
Whittier Area Genealogical Society (Whittier, CA)



Madera County Genealogical Society (now defunct but with some listings)
Marin County Genealogical Society (Novato, CA)
Marin County Historical Society & Museum (San Rafael, CA)
Monterey County Historical Society & Museum (Salinas, CA)



Napa County Historical Society (Napa, CA)
Napa Valley Genealogical & Biographical Society (Napa, CA)
Nevada County Genealogical Society (Nevada City, CA)
Nevada County Historical Society (Nevada City, CA)



Costa Mesa Historical Society & Museum (Costa Mesa, CA)
Genealogical Society of North Orange County (Yorba Linda, CA)
Irvine Historical Society & Museum (Irvine, CA)
Mission San Juan Capistrano & Museum (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
Orange County Genealogical Society (Huntington Beach, CA)
Orange County Historical Society (Santa Ana, CA)
Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society (Santa Ana, CA)
Tustin Area Historical Society (Tustin, CA)



Placer County Cenealogical Society (Auburn, CA)
Placer County Historical Society (Auburn, CA)



Genealogical Society of Riverside (Riverside, CA)
Temecula Valley Genealogical Society (Temecula, CA)
Coachella Valley Historical Society and Museum (Indio, CA)
Riverside Historical Society (Riverside, CA)



Genealogical Association of Sacramento (Sacramento, CA)
Jewish Genealogy Society of Sacramento (Sacramento, CA)
Root Cellar, Sacramento Genealogical Society (Citrus Heights, CA)
Sacramento County Historical Society (Sacramento, CA)
Sacramento German Genealogy Society (Sacramento, CA)
Hi-Desert Genealogical Society (Victorville, CA)
San Bernardino Valley Genealogical Society (San Bernardino, CA)
San Bernardino County Historical Societies (multiple listings, CA)
Chula Vista Genealogical Society (Chula Vista, CA)
Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
Escondido Genealogical Society (Escondido, CA)
Pursuing Our Italian Names Together, POINTers in Person (San Diego, CA)
San Diego African-American Genealogy Research Group (San Diego, CA)
San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society (La Jolla, CA)
San Diego County Genealogical Society (San Diego, CA)
San Diego County History Center & Historical Society (San Diego, CA)
San Diego County Historical Societies (multiple listings, CA)
San Francisco Genealogy a branch of the CGS (San Francisco, CA)
San Francisco Historical Society (San Francisco, CA)
Virtual Museum of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
San Mateo County Genealogical Society (Redwood City, CA)
San Mateo County Historical Association & Museum (Redwood City, CA)
San Joaquin County Genealogical Society (Stockton, CA)
San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum (Lodi, CA)
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society (Paso Robles, CA)
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society (Facebook) (Atascadero, CA)
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society (Twitter) (Atascadero, CA)
History Center of San Luis Obispo County (San Luis Obispo, CA)
South County Historical Society (Arroyo Grande, CA)
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society (Goleta, CA)
Santa Barbara Historical Society & Museum (Santa Barbara, CA)
Lompoc Valley Genealogical Society (Lompoc, CA)
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (Santa Barbara, CA)
Portuguese Heritage Society of California & Museum (San Jose, CA)
Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society (San Jose, CA)
Santa Clara County Historical Societies & Museums (multiple listings, CA)
Santa Cruz County Genealogical Society (Santa Cruz, CA)
Scotts Valley Historical Society (Scotts Valley, CA)
Millville Historical Society (Millville, CA)
Shasta Genealogical Society (Redding, CA)
Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia (Vallejo, CA)
Solano County Genealogical Society (Fairfield, CA)
Sonoma County Genealogical Society (Santa Rosa, CA)
Sonoma County Historical Society (Santa Rosa, CA)
Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County (Modesto, CA)
McHenry Museum and Historical Society (Newman, CA)
Newman Historical Society and Museum (Modesto, CA)
Patterson Township Historical Society (Patterson, CA)
Sutter County Historical Society (Yuba City, CA)
Sutter-Yuba Genealogical Society (Marysville, CA)
Yuba Historical Society (Marysville, CA)



Tehama County Genealogical & Historical Society (Red Bluff, CA)
Colusi County Historical Society (Willows, CA)
Trinity County Historical Society & Museum (Weaverville, CA)
Tulare County Historical Society (Visalia, CA)
Tuolumne County Genealogical Society (Sonora, CA)
Tuolumne County Historical Society (Sonora, CA)



Ventura County Genealogical Society (Ventura, CA)



Yolo County Historical Society (Woodland, CA)
Yuba Historical Society (Marysville, CA)

— Serving multiple areas —
California Spanish Genealogy - This site is for the genealogical research of the California
         Spanish families who were here before 1849. It was created to fill a gap left
         by previous sites. (http://www.sfgenealogy.com/spanish/)
Colusi County Historical Society - The Colusi County Historical Society is a non-profit
         organization dedicated to the preservation, documentation and dissemination of the
         history of Colusa, Glenn, and Tehama counties. At one time, all these counties were
         part of Colusi County - one of twenty-seven original counties of California.
Czech & Slovak Club of California - The purpose of the club is the recognition and
         preservation of Czech, Slovak, Moravian, Ruthenian, and Silesian history, language,
         culture, heritage and customs, and to promote the study of family history.
Portuguese Heritage Society of California - Museum; preserving the history of the
         Portuguese immigrants to California (also see Gen USA listing)
Society of California Pioneers - Established in 1850, The Society of California Pioneers is a
         lively year-round venue for the study and enjoyment of California art, history, and
         culture. It was founded by individuals arriving in California before 1850 and has
         continued to thrive under the leadership of several generations who are their direct
         descendants. Located in downtown San Francisco.

* When you tell us about your Surname(s) quest, by posting your Surnames on our Message Board, we will gladly set out to find as many listings, within time, for your particular SURNAME(S). If you wish, we will also be happy to provide you with your own Ancestors listing.
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