To request editing rights on the Wiki, click here.

California Colonial Records

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
California Wiki Topics
California flag.png
Beginning Research
Record Types
California Background
Ethnicity
Local Research Resources
Moderator
The FamilySearch moderator for California is Jamie Mayhew

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Church or Mission Name Years Covered Record Type Language
Catholic Church. Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, California)-images only 1771-1908 Baptisms, marriages, confirmations, burials, and official reports Spanish
San Gabriel Mission and Plaza Church (Los Angeles), California- images only San Gabriel Mission (1771-1864) and Plaza Church, Los Angeles (1826-1873) Baptismal records of San Gabriel Mission (1771-1864) and Plaza Church, Los Angeles (1826-1873) Spanish and English
Catholic Church. Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo (Carmel, California)- images only 1770-1899 Extracts of church records English
Parish Records (San Diego, California)- images only 1771-1966 Baptism, confirmation, marriages, deaths Spanish, English, Latin
Misión de San Francisco Solano California : bautismos 1828-1839, matrimonios 1834-1838, (5 defunciones)-images only 1828-1839 Baptisms and marriages English transcriptions
Registros parroquiales, 1774-1868. Iglesia Católica. Misión Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario (El Rosario, Baja California), College of Saint Albert (Oakland, California)- images only 1774-1868 Baptisms, marriages, and burials Spanish
Church records. Catholic Church. Mission San Antonio de Pádua (Jolon, California)- images only 1771-1882 Baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials, confirmations, church records, inventory of patents, and deed and land patents. Spanish and English
Church records. Catholic Church. Mission Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)- images only 1783-1847 Baptisms and marriages Spanish
Church records.Catholic Church. Santa Inis Mission (Santa Barbara, California)- images only 1806-1917 Baptisms, marriages, and burials English
Los Angeles County, California, Baptismal records- images only 1771-1873 Baptisms English
Mission registers. Catholic Church. Mission Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)- images only 1776-1912 Baptisms, marriages, burials, church records, church statistics Spanish and English
Book of baptisms, San Diego Mission- images only 1769-1822 Baptisms English transcriptions
Church records. Catholic Church. Our Lady Queen of the Angels (Los Angeles, California)- images only+++ 1826-1920 Baptisms, marriages, burials Spanish
Church records. Catholic Church. Mission San Rafael Arcangel (San Rafael, California)- images only+++ 1817-1907 Baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials Spanish and Latin
Church records. Catholic Church. Mission San Juan Capistrano (San Juan Capistrano, California)- images only+++ 1777-1954 Baptisms, marriages, burials, and confirmations Spanish, Latin, English
Church records. Catholic Church. Mission San Luis Rey de Francia (San Luis Rey, California)- images only+++ 1811-1828 Church censuses, Biographical sketches of clergy (1820), and baptisms Spanish
Mission registers. Catholic Church. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (San Luis Obispo, California)- images only+++ 1772-1906 Baptisms 1772-1869, Marriages 1772-1902, Deaths and burials 1772-1838, Confirmations 1778-1906, Church records (padrones) 1833-1835, Grants, patents and inventory 1806-1840 (includes list of martyrs of all California missions), and Church records (padrones) 1797-1798 Spanish and English

History[edit | edit source]

From 1542 to the beginning of the 19th c., Spain, Mexico, England, and Russia all tried to claim California. The Spanish established several settlements over the course of the 18th c.:

  • 1769 - San Diego de Alcalá Mission
  • 1770 - Monterrey Mission
  • 1771 - San Antonio de Padua mission and presidio
  • 1771 - San Gabriel mission
  • 1772 - San Luis Obispo mission
  • 1776 - San Francisco mission and presidio
  • 1777 - San José mission
  • 1781 - Los Angeles
  • 1782 - Santa Barbara mission and presidio

California became a part of Mexico in 1822 and was annexed by the United States in 1850.[1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

The Diseños Collection at the California State Archives. This is a collection of early hand drawn maps of Spanish and Mexican California lands.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical encyclopedia of the colonial Americas : a complete digest of the records of all the countries of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, c1998), 567. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 929.11812 D26 1998
  2. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical encyclopedia of the colonial Americas : a complete digest of the records of all the countries of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, c1998), 567-569. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 929.11812 D26 1998