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=== California Research Strategies  ===
 
=== California Research Strategies  ===
  
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These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in California.  
 
These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in California.  
  
*'''Birth information:''' Birth records in California start on the county level in 1905 - although not all counties complied with the law. The best substitute record for locating birth information is [[How to Find United States Death Records|death records]] (the majority of death records will list the date of birth of the decedent, and since death certificates are considered a primary resource, they can provide you with the same documentation as a birth certificate). Or, try these other [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|substitute records]].  
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*'''Birth information:''' Birth records in California start on the county level in 1905 - although not all counties complied with the law. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|substitute records]] to improve accuracy.  
 
*'''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]]  
 
*'''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]].
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*'''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  ===
 
=== 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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This Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.  
  
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| Birth information  
 
| 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]]  
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| [[How to Find California Birth Records|Birth records]], [[How to Find California Death Records|Death records]], [[United States 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)
 
| [[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  
 
| Marriage information  
| [[How to Find California Marriage Records|Marriage records]], [[California Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[California Bible Records|Bible records]]  
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| [[How to Find California Marriage Records|Marriage records]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[California Bible Records|Bible records]]  
 
| [[California Church Records|Church records]], [[California Probate Records|Probate records]], [[California Military Records|Military records]]
 
| [[California Church Records|Church records]], [[California Probate Records|Probate records]], [[California Military Records|Military records]]
 
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| Death information  
 
| Death information  
| [[How to Find California Death Records|Death Records]], [[California Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[California Obituaries|Obituaries]]  
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| [[How to Find California Death Records|Death Records]], [[California Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]  
 
| [[California Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[California Church Records|Church Records]], [[California Bible Records|Bible Records]]
 
| [[California Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[California Church Records|Church Records]], [[California Bible Records|Bible Records]]
 
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| Parents  
 
| 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]]  
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| [[How to Find California Birth Records|Birth records]], [[How to Find California Death Records|Death records]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[California Census|Census]], [[California Church Records|Church records]]  
| [[California Biography|Biography]], [[California Genealogy|Genealogy]]
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| [[California Biography|Biography]], [[California, United States Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
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| Maiden name  
 
| Maiden name  
| [[How to Find California Marriage Records|Marriage Records]], [[California Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[California Probate Records|Probate records]]  
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| [[How to Find California Marriage Records|Marriage Records]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[California Probate Records|Probate records]]  
 
| [[California Church Records|Church Records]], [[California Military Records|Military Records]] (pension)
 
| [[California Church Records|Church Records]], [[California Military Records|Military Records]] (pension)
 
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| Immigration date  
 
| Immigration date  
 
| [[California Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[California Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[California Census|Census]]  
 
| [[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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| [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[California Biography|Biography]], [[California History|History]]
 
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To look for more California records, go here
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=== Further California Research  ===
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For more research on California, including research at the county level, visit the [[California, United States Genealogy|California]] page on the Research Wiki.
  
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Search all of the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/11?region=United%20States%20of%20America California record collections] at FamilySearch.<br>
  
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Revision as of 11:21, 30 March 2020

California Wiki Topics
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Moderator
The FamilySearch moderator for California is Jamie Mayhew

California Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in California:

California Online Genealogy Records
How to find California Birth Records
How to find California Marriage Records
How to find California Death Records

California Research Tips[edit | edit source]

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in California.

  • Birth information: Birth records in California start on the county level in 1905 - although not all counties complied with the law. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
  • Finding Parents: The State of California began recording deaths in 1905. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. 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. Search U.S. Censuses.

California Record Finder[edit | edit source]

This Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records
Birth information Birth records, Death records, Obituaries, Church records Cemeteries, Naturalization and Citizenship, Bible records, Military records (pension)
Marriage information Marriage records, Obituaries, Bible records Church records, Probate records, Military records
Death information Death Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries Probate Records, Church Records, Bible Records
Parents Birth recordsDeath records, Obituaries, Census, Church records Biography, Genealogy
Maiden name Marriage Records, Obituaries, Probate records Church Records, Military Records (pension)
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Obituaries, Biography, History
Naturalization Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records Voting Registers, Biography, Periodicals
Physical description Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship (after 1906) Biography, History

Further California Research[edit | edit source]

For more research on California, including research at the county level, visit the California page on the Research Wiki.

Search all of the California record collections at FamilySearch.