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Created 12 April 1998

12 July 2013

10 February 2019

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New Additions 3 July 2006


Index to DAR Records of the Families of the CA Pioneers 1-27

Gail Gardner

College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA Alumni Directories 1989 1994

Nan Wolf

Index to the Wills and Probate records of Colusa County 1850-1944 compiled by the Colusa County Genealogical Society.

Marilyn Ornbaun Williams

Descendants of Spanish Soldiers (and Sailors) of California, and Spanish Soldiers of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, 1779-1783 and Louisiana, West Indies, and Provincias Internas

Granville Hough

Mission Santa Inez; Baptism Marriage Deaths

Mission San Carolos; Births-Deaths Marriages

Mission San Gabriel; Birth-Marriage --Death

Mission San Juan Bautista; Baptism-Marriage & Death

Bettie Dall

Sacramento Bee Index M, B & D index 1857-1905.

Colleen Norby

Roster of California Pioneers (Native Daughters of the Golden West)  

Social Security Death Index (SSDI) (FTM) 1937 to 1996. (Provide the name, date of birth or birth (year if you do not have the whole DOB) and a state).

Kathy Moore

Margie Eib

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Index of Great Registers of CA, Dorothy Lazell Williams

Gail Gardner

Foreign Born Voters in the 1872 Great Registers

Jim Faulkinberry

Great Register of Modoc County 1890 (alphabetical)

Contributed by Stan Harris

Great Register of 1890 San Mateo Co.

Gail Gardner

Great Register of Voters CA 1890 from Heritage Quest Colleen Norby

Great Register of 1890 Shasta Co.

Janie Edwards

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The census districts were based on the voting/election districts.

Written Descriptions & Maps 1852, 1860, 1870 & 1880 San Francisco

Contributed by Ron Filion

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Edward A. Black, Sr.


San Mateo Co. Index of the 1870 Federal Census

Marilyn Heitz

Shasta Co. 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880

Janie Edwards

Sonoma Co. 1860

Compilation of 1890

Reconstructed 1890


Deneane Ashcraft

Marilyn Heitz

Deneane Ashcraft

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California Mortality Schedules 1850,1860,1870,1880

The California Locator , A Directory of Public Records for Locating People

Gail Gardner

Historical Atlas of California, by Warren A. Beck and Ynez D. Haase,University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publising Division of theUniversity, 1974

Pamela Storm Wolfskill

California Place Names 3rd Ed, 1969, Erwin G. Gudde, UC Press. (Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names. Helpful for locating mining camps, and to track name changes

Carolyn Feroben

Harriett Speegle

Yvonne Bowers

California Gold Camps, Erwin G. Gudde

Carolyn Feroben

Harriett Speegle

California Pioneer Register- 1542--1848 Including Inhabitants of California 1769-1800 Extracted from the History of California, By; Hubert Howe Bancroft.

Bettie Dall

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California County Clerk-Recorder's Information Page (Searchable)

Butte Co.

The Paradise Genealogical Library houses obituary card files which contain more than 84,000 records. We have approximately 75, 000 records from 1960-2007 and 9,000 from 1900-1959 all obtained from local Butte County newspapers. The majority are obituaries, but some are death notices only. The letters A, B, C, D and E have been indexed and can be searched online (F is completed and will be added soon). In addition we have 1,300 death notices, short obituaries and full obituaries from 1855-1956. We also have extensive mortuary records. We are constantly working on updating our records as we discover new sources. Our volunteer staff will gladly do free look-ups for those names not yet indexed. We ask a donation of $5 for copies of each obit we are able to find. If you do not find your surname in the online index be sure to ask for a free lookup because the obit may have been received after the index was completed. Go to the Index on line for e-mail or regular mail addresses. You can access the index at California GENWEB - Butte Co. or directly at Paradise Genealogical Society

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Butte County Obits

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Death/Obituary Index - Butte Democrat, Oroville, CA. - 1859 to 1862


Colusa Co.

Wills and Probate Records 1850-1944. Compiled and published by the Colusa County Genealogical Society, 1989

Margie Newton

Kern Co. Recorder's Office Site Marriage index from late 1800's to 1924 and from 1976 to present that is searchable. Click on the document # to get the book and page. When you actually go to the office, some images are available (from Sep. 1996 to present) for marriages. For these, it isn't necessary to ask to view records and wait for a turn behind the counter. To protect privacy, they won't put the images on the Internet. If you would like a transcription of the marriage document, you may request it from Sharon who does Kern County lookups.  

Contributed by Sharon

Lassen Co. (By Request) Various information ranging from coroner's inquests from 1864 to 1930; military rolls; poll tax rolls; justice court records of the early 1850s, etc. (Over 3,000 files catalogued)

Tim I. Purdy

Merced Co.

Deaths Vol. 1 1889-1910

Deaths Vol. 2 1911-1916

Deaths Vol. 3 1917-1921

Births Vol. 1 1873-1912

Births Vol. 3 1916-1919

Marriage Books A,B,C,1,2, 1855-1915

Early Naturalization Records 1861-1949

Coroner's Book 1883-1918

Memorial & Biographical Hist. of the Counties of Merced, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa, California. The Lewis Publishing Company - 1892

1869 - 1949 Merced County Naturalization Record

1855 - 1915 Merced County Marriage Index


San Francisco Co.

Probate 1880-1906 Kathleen C. Beals

Marilyn Heitz

Marriages 1850-1858

Marilyn Heitz

San Francisco County Biographies (Nancy Pratt Melton's Golden Nugget Library)


San Joaquin Co.

Marriage Records Nov 1884-Dec 1899 Vol III

Index for Probate Records 1850-1900

Gail Gardner

San Luis Obispo Co.

Pathway to Historic Places

Marcia Chauvin

San Mateo Co.

Marriages 1853-1899.

Index of Vital Records of the San Mateo Co. Times Gazette - 1859 to 1899

Marilyn Heitz

Shasta Co.

Shasta County Resources

Early Marriage Index

Probate Index 1850-1918

Coroner's Inquest Index 1851-1939

Janie Edwards

Sonoma Co.  

Marriages 1847-1902

Deaths 1873-1905

Delayed Births 1855-1971

Marilyn Heitz

Wills and Abstracts 1850-1900

Amended Index Homestead Declarations

Deneane Ashcraft
Yolo Co.  

Western Shore Gazetter a link to the Yolo County GenWeb Project (US GenWeb)

"Woodland, Yolo County" article from Out West: A Magazine of The Old Pacific and the New, Vol. XVII, No. 1, July, 1902, Outwest Company, Los Angeles, California, pp. 120-135

Peggy B. Perazzo

Merhoff, Ada. Capay Valley, 1846-1900. Appendices include the Great Register 1866 for the Capay Valley and a genealogy of all residents with a cut-off date of 1900.

Nancy Phillips

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Death/Obituary Index to the Modoc Independent - Alturas, CA. 1879-1890


Sacramento City Directories - 1853-1982

Sacramento City Phone Books- 1908-1998

Nancy Phillips


Vital Stats 1850-1855

Misc Records Vol III 1856-1862

Deaths Vol II 1856 - 1862 V

Births and Marriages Vol IV 1856-1862

Birth, Deaths and Marriages Vol V 1861-1866

(above 1-5 copied from Early Newspapers Stockton, CA)

Gail Gardner

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California Counties Maps 1914 contributed by Janie Edwards

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Library of Congress Railroad Maps 1828-1900

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"Death Notices 1860-1937" Contra Costa Historical Society, Compiled by Bernard Freedman. Basic information from obituaries of that period. By no means complete but if you are looking for a death notice, it might be there along with basic information. This is in book form as well. Both are on sale by the Society for $10. plus tax each. However, I would be happy to do lookups on the disc, if requested.Margie Newton

How to Obtain Obits in Southern California

A Few of Our Friends: In the Amador Co. Cemeteries. Cissna, Catherine A. and Madeline Church. Cissna-Luxembert Publishing. Sutter Creek. 1994. (87 pages, table of contents, index. Not a complete listing of the cemeteries, but a wonderful and entertaining collection of stories of some of the inhabitants, mostly from contemporary newspaper articles and background research by the authors.)

Beth Pany

Calaveras Co. Vol I Cemeteries

Gail Gardner

Milton Masonic Cemetery, Calaveras Co. (Names Listed) Web Page  

Cemetery Inscriptions of Colusa Co. Volume 1 (includes Arbuckle, College City, Grand Island,John's District) thru 1990 compiled by the Colusa County Genealogical Society.

Marilyn Ornbaun Williams

Cemetery Inscriptions of Colusa Co. Vols. 2 & 3, compiled and published by the Colusa Co. Genealogical Society, 1989

Margie Newton

Historic Consumnes and the Sloughhouse Pioneer Cemetery, Ricketts, Norma Baldwin. Contains listings for all buried in the Sloughhouse Cemetery including biographical information if known. Surnames include: Grimshaw, McCulloh, Rhoads, Sheldon. (Sacramento County)

Nancy Phillips

Debra Anderson

Contra Costa Co. Pioneer Cemetery Records, Vol. 1

Margie Newton

Old Cemeteries of San Joaquin Co., CA Vol l, II, III

Gail Gardner

Evergreen Cemetery, Yreka, Siskiyou Co., CA(alphabetical and location) pub. 1990.

Debra Anderson

Plainsburg Cemetery Book (Merced Co.) Alma

Shasta County Cemeteries

Janie Edwards

Siskiyou Cemeteries Central

Rhonda Hammer

Snelling Cemetery Book (Merced Co.) Alma
Sonoma Co. Cemetery Records 1846-1921

Deneane Ashcraft

Cemeteries of Sonoma County, A History & Guide by Jeremy Dwight Nichols pub. by Heritage Books ISBN 0-7884-2269-3

Yvonne Bowers

Winton Cemetery Book (Merced Co.) Alma

Yuba Co. Cemeteries: Lofton, Sacred Heart Catholic, Foss Private, Brownsville, Smartville, Peoria Memorial Park, Marysville, Sierra View, Masonic, St. Joseph's Catholic, Camptonville 1 & 2, Wheatland, Timbuctoo, Hanson, Dobbins (Keystone District)

Bea Barton

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Amador County High School (The Skip), Sutter Creek, CA -1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, Jacquelyn Mosher

Carlmont High School (Belmont & San Carlos), 1956, 57, 58, 59. (Can Scan) Dorothy Keefe

Castlemont High School, Oakland CA. 1938 Falconet (Photos and names appear to be only for 12th grade, but class pictures for L 10- H12 are available.) Also all Club and organization have both names and photo, as well as staff. Suzanne Phillips (Can Scan)

Chico High School "Caduceus" 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1946, 1947, 1948,1949.Margie Newton(Can Scan)

College of San Mateo 1960 & 1961. (Can Scan) Dorothy Keefe

Commerce High School, San Francisco, January 1937, December 1938, Spring1939, Fall 1939. Bill Roddy

Compton High School/Junior College 1950/51/53 "Dar-U-Gar" Roland Elliott

Fort Bragg High School, 1956-1961. Judy

Fort Bragg High School "Breath of Ocean" 1931 Sharon

Fresno High School 1950, 1956, 1959 Nancy Howard

Garfield Elementary School San Leandro, CA 1960 - 67 Elaine Sturdevant

Kingsburg High School Yearbook 1922. (Kingsburg is located in Fresno CO) Debra Anderson

Lindsay High School Yearbooks (Tulare County) - 1951,52,53 Diane Gladieux

Lodi Union High School & Lodi High School "Tokay" abt 1896-1972 Lodi High School "Embers" 1973-Present Karen L. Ashworth

Loomis Union Elementery 1953 Placer Union High School (Auburn) 1957 Walt Davies

Manteca High School 1957 Manteca, San Joaquin, CA Sandra Duncan

Marysville High School, Marysville, Yuba County: years 1963-66 Christine Phelan Helmick (Can scan)

C.K. McClatchy High School ( Sacramento) - 1938-1968. Nancy Phillips
John Muir Junior High School San Leandro, CA 1968 - 1969 Elaine Sturdevant

Oakdale High School 1959,1960,1961 Armendine Berry

Oakdale High School "Oracle" - 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960 and1961 Sharon

Oakland Technical High, Oakland Jan 1945, Jan 1946, June 1946, Jan 1947 and Jun 1947 Ralph Anderson

Orinda, Miramonte HS 1970,72, & 73; Acalances Alumni Directory ALL Years (pub 1997); Acalances HS; Campolindo HS; Del Valle HS; Las Lomas HS; Del Oro HS; Miramonte HS; Inland Valley Intermediate, Orinda, CA  1968 & 1969. Lynn Glocker

Oroville Union High School 1921 Marsha Moses

Pacific High School San Leandro, CA 1970-1972 Elaine Sturdevant

Placer Union High School (100 year aniversary) 1997 Walt Davies

Polytechnic High School, San Francisco - June 1931, Dec 1931 Jun 1932, Dec 1932 (Can Scan) Dorothy Keefe

Sacramento High School - 1898-1970 (Sacramento) Nancy Phillips

Sarah Dix Hamlin School San Francisco 1957 Armendine Berry

South San Francisco High School 1973-1975 Janna Hall

Tokay High School "Tokay" 1973-Present Karen L. Ashworth

Washington Union High School "Washingtonian" Centerville (Now Fremont) Alameda, CA 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957 Sandra Duncan

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RECOLLECTIONS OF A BUSY LIFE by Eli Ruggles 1904 (.pdf) Fernando C. Ruggles, his brother Lyman Ruggles and their families with a cousin (Joel Jackson) came west to Placerville, El Dorado County first in 1850 to mine for gold and then about a year later when they moved to Yolo Co. to buy land on which to farm.

Click Here for Photos of the Ruggles

Contributed by Peggy B. Perazzo

A History of the Descendants of David SHRUM, by Virginia Cooley Shrum, 1988

Christy Hartman

The LOVEJOY Family by CE Lovejoy The Historic Genealogy of the LOWELLS of America by DR Lowell.

Jeannette Harper

The Family of Henry The Elder, A History of the RHOADS, Du Bois, & Van Meter familes in Am from 1686. Also gives Rhoades, Rhodes, Rhods, Rodes, Rode, Rods, Rhodt, Rodez and related families.

Marcia Chauvin

TRUEBLOODS in America by Bula Mae Watson, published by the Trueblood Family in America, 1964 (possibly only copy on West Coast)

Christy Hartman

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Captain French's Company to California "The New Orleans Daily Picayune, on May 26, 1850 and again on June 2, 1850, lists "Capt. French's Company." They left New York on the SS Georgia, boarded the SS Falcon in Havana (for New Orleans), and boarded the SS Galveston in New Orleans bound for El Paso, TX, via Indianola and San Antonio. They intended to reach the "land of gold by the overland routethrough Texas." Anyone looking for this Company?" To see actual articles about Capt. French Click Here

John Ireland

San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists Vol. 1 - Introductory volume lightly touches the period of 1850 - 1875

John Ireland

Judie Cook

San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists Vol. II

San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists Vol. IV June 17, 1852-January 6, 1853

Cindy Lobuglio

Yvonne Bowers

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild  
San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists Vol. III (Look Ups Via Email ) Contributed by John

San Jose, CA. Main Library (California Room)

J. Porter Shaw Library, Fort Mason, CA.

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California Wagon Train Lists Volume 1 Apr. 5, 1849 - Oct. 20, 1852

Yvonne Bowers

Going West in the U.S. Contributed by an 11-Year Old Library Student

The Overland Trail

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

The Northern Great Plains 1880-1920

Pioneering in the Upper Midwest, 1820-1910, American Memory Project, LOC

Oregon-California Trails Associations

Oregon Trail
What is the Oregon Trail?

Trails West A map of Early Western Migration Trails

Links to Trails West

California Bound (sfgenealogy) formerly the works of John Ireland

The Way West - Sights & Sounds of the Trail

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Complete Tour of the Pacific Railroad from Omaha, NE. to San Francisco in 1879

This site has the complete tour of the Pacific Railroad from Omaha to San Francisco in 1879. It is the first guide book published of the route. There are descriptions of what to see in Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California with a more complete look at Virginia City and San Francisco.

Contributed by Bill Roddy


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A Tour Through The Western Marble Regions (of California) III

Stone Quarries and Beyond

Contributed by Peggy Perazzo

Quicksilver, The Complete History of Santa Clar County's New Almaden Mine by Jimmie Schneider (Zella Schneider 1992) ISBN 0-9634577-0-5 Indexed many names (primarily Cornish)

Yvonne Bowers


Peggy Perazzo's Stone Quarries & Beyond Site:

"The Missions of California" (pdf), by Eugene Leslie Smyth, Chicago: Alexander Belford & Co., 1899



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Sacramento Valley and Foothill Counties of California: An Illustrated Description of all the Counties Embraced in this Richly Productive Geographical Subdivision of the Golden State.

Compiled and edited by Emmett Phillips and John H. Miller. Published under the direction of teh Sacramento Valley Exposition, J.A. Filcher, Director-in-Chief, January 1915.

The following counties are included in this booklet: Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Solano, Sutter, Trinity, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba

transcribed and contributed by Peggy B. Perazzo


Cover Pages & Original Book


Amador County History published by the Amador County Federation of Women's Clubs April 1927 (indexed) Nan Wolf
History of Butte County 1918 by George C. Mansfield, a reproduction or re-edition (2 vol set). One book is the index and the second is biographies. The first has information about the county and places and events in the county history. The second is just biographies. Margie Newton

History of California By Hubert Howe Bancroft. (7 Volumes) and the Zamrano Club's Index to the History.

Harriett Speegle

Historic Spots in California, 3rd ed., Hoover, Mildred; Rensch, Hero; Rensch, Ethel 1966

Harriett Speegle

Los Fundadores, (lists "the first families of California and also all other persons with family names that were in California 1769-1785 except those who died at San Diego in 1769") Rowland, Leon, 1951

Harriett Speegle

History of Lake County, California 1881 Margie Hinton
Men of the California Bear Flag Revolt and their Heritage, Warner, Barbara, 1996 Harriett Speegle

Siskiyou County Italians: Cultural and Economic Contributions Books I and II by E. Mary Salanti Silva. A collection of documents, data and over 120 oral histories, covering the period between the late 1800s to 2007-- nearly 1,000 names appear in the book. It contains over 350 photos and provides an overview of life in the now disappearing lumber towns and industry in No. California. Can do lookups. Visit My Website

Mary Silva

Clarksburg Delta Community by Shipley Walters, Yolo County Historical Society, Woodland, California, 1988.

Davisville '68: The History and Heritage of the City of Davis, Yolo County, California
. Compiled by Joann Leach Larkey, published by The Davis Historical and Landmarks Commission, Davis, California, 1969.

Guide to the Yolo County Archives, Yolo County Archives, Woodland, California, October 1997.

History of Yolo County, California, with Biographical Sketches of the Leading Men and Women of the County History by Tom Gregory, et. al., Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, 1913, reprinted by Higginson Book Company, Salem, Massachusetts, 2000.

Knight's Landing: The River, the Land and the People by Shipley Walters with Tom Anderson, Yolo County Historical Society, Woodland, California, 1992.

Woodland City of Trees, A History by Shipley Walters, Yolo County Historical Society, Woodland, California, 1995.

Yolo County-Land of Changing Patterns (an illustrated history) by Joann L. Larkey and Shipley Walters, Windsor Publications, Inc., 1987.

Peggy B. Perazzo

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California Genealogical & Historical Societies Index contributed by Carolyn Feroben

California Genealogical Society & Library

California Cornish Cousins

Contra Costa County Genealogical Society

Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society - Housed at the Pleasanton Library

Paradise Genealogical Society (Butte County)

Solano County Genealogical Society, Solano County Historical Society, Solano County Archives & Vacaville Heritage Council

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LDS Family History Suite

Sean Hitchcock

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index 1538-1940 CD# 354

Compendium of American Genealogy 1600s-1800s CD# 200

Janna Hall

Family Tree Maker 1870 census index.

It includes these states AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MT, NC, ND, NM, NV, SD, TX, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY.

Kathy Moore

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History of the California Gold Rush contributed by Megan Potter, Drama Program Coordinators with "Enriching Kids" History of the California Gold Rush


California As I First Saw It (searchable)

First Person Narratives of California's Early Years 1849-1900 General Collections and Rare Book and Special Collections Division

NARA Online

PBS "The Goldrush"


State of California Historical Landmarks

Memoirs of the Gold Rush

Books We Own (Rootsweb)

State Highway Routes (Old & New)

Online Archive of California

Newspaper Abstracts

Marriages on the Pacific Coast 1872

Death Records on the Pacific Coast 1872

Notaries Public from the California Blue Books & Governmental Rosters

contributed by Nancy Pratt Melton

Golden Nugget Library by Nancy Pratt Melton

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