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Our goal is to provide free California genealogical data  for researchers. We understand how the difficulties in the genealogy world can impact your search for ancestors. We are a dedicated group of volunteers committed to keep genealogy free. It's your history, so why pay for it? All data is here on this site. No click here...get sent archives to search. It is all right here. Join us in our efforts by either being a host of one of our county sites or by joining our transcription team. You can also submit your own data.

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African-American California History
-The Negro Trailblazers
Biographies Books Burial Index
California Insignias Census Data County List County Map
-1906 Earthquake
Divorce Index - Statewide Extinct Counties
Government Military Data Miscellaneous CA News Obituaries for General California
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Pioneer Project Post Offices & Postmasters in 1850 Prison Records
Research Help
State Institutions Vital Records Voter Lists/Registrations


California is a state spanning the southern half of the United States west coast.

The area was inhabited by Native Americans before European explorers started to make sporadic visitations during the 16th Century.
Starting in 1769 Spain colonized the coastal areas of the territory, before it temporarily became part of Mexico after the Mexican War of Independence (1810-21).
The California Republic, was an independent state which was short-lived, during 1846, and was effectively ended by the Mexican-American War. 
At the outset of the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), the state was captured by 500 American soldiers and sailors.
Following the war, the area was bought by the United States in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
The California Gold Rush of 1848-49 brought about 90,000 additional American immigrants into the state.
California became the 31st state of the United States in 1850.

California borders the Pacific Ocean, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico.
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