California Research Tips and Strategies

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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 your 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 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.
  • 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.