California, Pre-Statehood Census Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
California, 
United States
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Location of California
Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1796-1798
FamilySearch Resources
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California State Archives, Sacramento


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes census records for California from 1796-1798 for the following missions and presidios:

  • Branciforte
  • Los Angeles
  • Monterey
  • San Antonio

  • San Carlos
  • San Francisco
  • San Luis Obispo
  • San Jose

  • San Diego
  • Santa Barbara
  • Soledad

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Census records may include:

  • The names, ages and relations of all household members
  • The date of the event
  • The residence at the time of the event

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person
  • The birth date or age at the time of the event
  • The name of a family member

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

You will be able to view the images in this collection when it is published.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the ages listed to determine approximate birth dates and find the family in additional census records
  • Search for vital records such as birth, marriage, and death on the state and county level
  • Use the information found in the record to find probate records
  • Use the information found in the record to find land and property

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of California.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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Image Citation:
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