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Several helpful guides to [[California, United States Genealogy|California]] place names have been published.   
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== Online Gazetteers ==
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?focusedId=327&reqParents=327&reqParentsLabel=California%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=362 FamilySearch Places]
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*[https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=dzlIAAAAIAAJ&rdid=book-dzlIAAAAIAAJ&rdot=1 Spanish and Indian Place Names in California] Nellie Van De Grift Sanchez, Spanish and Indian Place Names in California, A.M. Robertson - San Francisco CA 1914
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*[https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B9SKzQy6EHYAZjhlNGFkYTEtODk3Ni00OWIyLWE1MDEtNzAwOTVlMTc4ZjY1&hl=en Index to California Places in the Schellens Collection]&nbsp;- San Mateo County Genealogical Society<br>
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*[http://library.humboldt.edu/~rls/geospatial/calmaps.htm#gazetteers Humboldt State University - California Gazetteer]
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*[http://california.hometownlocator.com/ California Hometown Locator]&nbsp;  
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*[http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabularies/tgn/index.html Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names]
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*[https://archive.org/details/californiastateg1888rlpo/page/n33/mode/2up California State Gazetteer and Business Directory] California State Gazetteer and Business Directory, San Francisco : R.L. Polk & Co. 1888
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*[https://archive.org/details/centennialyearbo00hall/page/n15/mode/2up The Centennial Year Book of Alameda County, California] William Halley, The Centennial Year Book of Alameda County, California : containing a summary of the discovery and settlement of California, a description of the Contra Costa under Spanish, Mexican, and American rule, an account of the organization and settlement of Alameda County ... also, a gazetteer of each township, useful local and general statistical information, appropriate for the present time, to which are added biographical sketches of prominent pioneers and public men, Oakland, Cal[if.] : W. Halley 1876
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*[https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000055619 California history nugget] California History Nugget, Berkeley : University of California, California State Historical Association, 1924-1940
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*[https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=loc.ark:/13960/t5bc5786b&view=1up&seq=3 The Negro Trail Blazers of California] Delilah Leontium Beasley, The Negro Trail Blazers of California, Los Angeles, Cal. [Times mirror printing and binding house] 1919
  
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== Print Only Gazetteers ==
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/651494?availability=Family%20History%20Library California Gazetteer] California Gazetteer, Wilmington, Delaware : American Historical Publications, c1985
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/449992?availability=Family%20History%20Library California geographic names information system alphabetical list] United States, Office of Geographic Research, Branch of Geographic Names. California geographic names information system alphabetical list, Reston, Virginia : U.S. Geological Survey, 1988
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/2337704?availability=Las%20Vegas%20Nevada%20FamilySearch%20Library California place names : a geographical dictionary] Erwin G. Gudde, California place names : a geographical dictionary, Los Angeles, California : University of California Press, c1949
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/697461?availability=Family%20History%20Library History of California post offices, 1849-1990 / H. E. Salley] H. E. Salley, E. L. Patera, History of California post offices, 1849-1990 / H. E. Salley : includes branches and stations, rural free delivery routes, Navy numbered brances, highway and railway post offices, edited by Edward L. Patera, [Lake Grove, Oregon] : Depot, The, c1991
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/2513657?availability=Oakland%20California%20FamilySearch%20Library Northern California atlas & gazetteer] DeLorme Mapping Company, Northern California atlas & gazetteer, Freeport, Maine : DeLorme Mapping, ©1995
  
'''Descriptions and Bibliographic material on published books.'''
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== Why Use Gazetteers ==
  
Gudde, Erwin Gustav. ''[http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520266193 California Place Names]''. (There are many versions of Gudde's book)
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A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.  
  
Bright, William [http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520212718 1500 California Place Names]
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There are many places within a state with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.
  
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=== Gazetteer Contents ===
  
'''Online&nbsp;Digital Copies of Published Books'''
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Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:
  
Sanchez, Nellie Van de Grift. ''[http://books.google.com/books?id=dzlIAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=california+place+names&hl=en&ei=aiOyTarVHZOisAOxlL3oCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Spanish and Indian Place Names of California]''. San Francisco, California: A.M. Robertson, 1930. ({{FHL|116521|title-id|disp=Family History Library film 1320727 item 2}}.)  
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*Different religious denominations
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*Schools, colleges, and universities
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*Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
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*The population size.
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*Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
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*Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
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*Longitude and latitude.
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*Distances and direction from other from cities.
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*Schools, colleges, and universities.
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*Denominations and number of churches.
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*Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)
  
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[https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B9SKzQy6EHYAZjhlNGFkYTEtODk3Ni00OWIyLWE1MDEtNzAwOTVlMTc4ZjY1&hl=en Index to California Places in the Schellens Collection]&nbsp;- San Mateo County Genealogical Society<br>
 
 
 
[http://library.humboldt.edu/~rls/geospatial/calmaps.htm#gazetteers Humboldt State University - California Gazetteer]
 
 
 
[http://130.166.124.2/CApage1.html Digital Atlas of California]&nbsp;Professor William Bowen: California State University Northridge
 
 
 
[http://geogdata.csun.edu/ California Geological Survey Digital Database]
 
 
 
[http://california.hometownlocator.com/ California Hometown Locator]&nbsp;
 
 
 
[https://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=138:1:0::::: USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)]
 
 
 
[http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html US Census Bureau Gazetteer Files]
 
 
 
[http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabularies/tgn/index.html Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names]
 
 
 
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Online Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Print Only Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Why Use Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.

There are many places within a state with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.

Gazetteer Contents[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:

  • Different religious denominations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
  • The population size.
  • Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
  • Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
  • Longitude and latitude.
  • Distances and direction from other from cities.
  • Schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Denominations and number of churches.
  • Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)