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Quick Facts

Vital Records

  • Vital records have been kept by the sate registrar of vital statistics in Califonria since 1 July 1905.
  • Earlier vital records are entered in the county where the evvvent took place. Pre-1905 records in the counties may be quite slim. In Sacramento County, for example, only three births were entered for the period between 1858 and 1874, and only forty-three deaths between 1858 and 1864.

Census Records

Federal Population Schedules

  • Indexed—1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
  • Soundex—1880, 1900, 1910 (Miracode), 1920 ((You can find definition of Soundex at wiki at
  • Missing from the 1850 federal census are the population schedules for Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Santa Clara counties, making the 1852 state census  even more useful.

Industry and Agriculture Schedules 

  • 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880

Mortality Schedules

  • 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880

Mission and State

Censuses were taken for the following missions. They have been reprinted in Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly, volumes 41-43:

  • San Carlos (1796)
  • San Luis Obispo (1797, 1798)
  • San Antonio (1798)
  • Soledad (1798)

Although the California Constitution of 1849 provided for a census of the state population in the years 1852 and 1855 and every ten years after, the census of 1852 wass the only one taken.

California County Map

California Counties Map Attribute: By House1090 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

California Resource Links – California Online Genealogy

California State Library

California Secretary of State

The Ancestor Hunt

California Genealogy and History Research Guide

Genealoger – California Genealogy Resources – California Data Collections

Genealogy Branches – California Vital Records Indexes

California Genealogical Society & Library

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