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A collection of free California genealogy searches to help you locate lost ancestors in California.  We have gleaned the web to bring you some of the largest and best places to find genealogy data online.  One of the best ways to increase your genealogy data is to locate cousins who share a common ancestor and compare notes.  In this fashion, you will find the missing pieces to your genealogy puzzles while at the same time, connecting with distant family members. 


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Search the California RootsWeb Surname List

This database contains over a million surnames submitted by genealogy researchers from around the world.  We have set the location of the search for California but it can be changed to search in other states.  More about the RSL

RootWeb Surname List -- Interactive Search
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Mormon Church Records (LDS)

Ellis Island Records Search

More Ship Passenger Lists

Bible Record Transcriptions

Search for Old Family Bibles

Surname Search Portal

Obituary Search Portal & Newspaper Obituaries

Obituary Indexes & Search Engines

Vital Records Search

Historic Newspapers Online

Social Security Death Index

Today's Famous People Obits

Genealogy of Famous Folks

UK Genealogy Search Engines

US Genealogy Search Engines

Family Coat of Arms

Family Historian News

State Genealogy Records

Census Records

Marriage Records

RootsWeb Search Engines

Prison Inmate Records Search

Genealogical Prison Records

Past Sheriffs of the United States

Sex Offender Search

Most Wanted Criminals and Fugitives

Background Check

National Phone Directory Search

Genealogy Poems

Genealogy Links


California Genealogy Research

California Census Records

California Genealogy Databases at Ancestry $

California Genealogy GenWeb

California Genealogy Mailing Lists

California Genealogy Societies

California History Museums

California Marriage Records

California Newspaper List

California Newspaper Obituaries

California Obituary Indexes

California Public Records

California Vital Records

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Search California Cemetery Records Database

Cemetery database contains over 800,000 records contributed by users.

Cemetery Records Database

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Find A Grave

Search California Message Boards

Read and post queries for your surnames on the California genealogy message boards at Ancestry.  This utility is free to search and use.  It provides a great opportunity to make connections with distant cousins.  Be sure to use a valid e-mail address, so people reading your queries will be able to contact you.  I have received answers to my genealogy queries many years later and am so glad they were able to contact me.

California Genealogy Message Boards at Ancestry

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California - Family History & Genealogy Message Boards

Other Message Boards and Surname Searches

California Genealogy Forum

Surname Community Search

Search 400 Million Names at World Tree

Search Names in Family Trees at WorldConnect

Search USGenWeb California Archives

Use this search to locate records submitted by other genealogy researchers like yourself.  Records in this database include family Bibles, biographies, cemeteries, census records, church, court records, land records, old maps, deeds, local histories, military records, newspapers, obituaries, photos, vitals, wills and other genealogy records.  If you have records, take some time to submit them to help others.
The USGenWeb California Archives Project

          Go to the California Archives Search Page

               File Submission Guidelines

               Record Submission Forms


Search California GenWeb for California Acestors

The California GenWeb project is one of the largest free sites online for the pursuit of California genealogy.  This search engine will search all California genealogy records contained on the California GenWeb server.

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Search the California Family Group Sheet Project

Read and post family group sheets of California ancestors.  This project involves the sharing of family group sheets.  A great idea for connecting with other genealogists and finding lost ancestors.

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