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California Research Tips and Strategies

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*'''Finding Parents:''' The State of California began recording deaths in 1905. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. [[How to Find United States Death Records|Search California death records]]
*'''Look in all censuses:''' Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. [[United States Census Online|Search U.S. Censuses]].
 
=== California Record Finder ===
 
This Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for they type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.
 
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| '''1. What you are looking for:'''
| '''2. Try these records first:'''
| '''3. Other useful records'''
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| Birth information
| [[How to Find California Birth Records|Birth records]], [[How to Find California Death Records|Death records]], [[California Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[California Church Records|Church records]]
| [[California Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[California Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[California Bible Records|Bible records]], [[California Military Records|Military records]] (pension)
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| Marriage information
| [[How to Find California Marriage Records|Marriage records]], [[California Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[California Bible Records|Bible records]]
| [[California Church Records|Church records]], [[California Probate Records|Probate records]], [[California Military Records|Military records]]
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| Death information
| [[How to Find California Death Records|Death Records]], [[California Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[California Obituaries|Obituaries]]
| [[California Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[California Church Records|Church Records]], [[California Bible Records|Bible Records]]
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| Parents
| [[How to Find California Birth Records|Birth records]][[How to Find California Death Records|Death records]], [[California Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[California Census|Census]], [[California Church Records|Church records]]
| [[California Biography|Biography]], [[California Genealogy|Genealogy]]
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| Maiden name
| [[How to Find California Marriage Records|Marriage Records]], [[California Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[California Probate Records|Probate records]]
| [[California Church Records|Church Records]], [[California Military Records|Military Records]] (pension)
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| Immigration date
| [[California Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[California Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[California Census|Census]]
| [[California Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[California Biography|Biography]], [[California History|History]]
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| Naturalization
| [[California Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[California Census|Census]], [[California Court Records|Court Records]]
| [[California Voting Registers|Voting Registers]], [[California Biography|Biography]], [[California Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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| Physical description
| [[California Military Records|Military Records]], [[California Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]] (after 1906)
| [[California Biography|Biography]], [[California History|History]]
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