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Previous to 1821 California was under the rule of Spain. There are some censuses of the California Spanish Missions from the 1700s.  See 1796-1798 California Spanish Mission Censuses at Ancestry

1821-1848 California was under the rule of Mexico.

1848 California became part of the United States.

Federal California census records begin in 1850 and are available for census years: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.

California State Census Records: California did take a state census in 1852.  The reason for this census is the 1850 Federal census missed the counties of Contra Costa, San Francisco and Santa Clara.  See 1852 State Census of California at Ancestry

1890 California Federal census records were completely destroyed in a 1921 warehouse fire.  See A Fire Destroyed The 1890 Census & Bridging the 1890 Census Gap.

1890 California Great Register:   This register of voters was published in many California counties.  It is now used a census substitute for the missing 1890 California census records.  

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Office of Vital Records - MS 5103

PO Box 997410

Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

Phone: (916) 445-2684

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Birth Records & Death Records 1905 - Present are on file at the above office.

Marriage Records 1905 - 1986 are available in the above office.  

Marriage Records 1987 - 1995 must be requested from county clerks in the individual counties.

Divorce Records 1962-1984 are on file at the county level, however they are indexed at the above office.

Records prior to 1905 are available from the offices of the County Clerks and County Recorders in each respective county.

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CA Census Records Online by County

Lake County Census Records (formed 1861 from Napa)

1870 Federal Census of Big Valley Twp.

1870 Federal Census of Coyote Valley Twp.

1870 Federal Census of Kelsey Creek Twp.

1870 Federal Census of Knoxville Mines

1870 Federal Census of Lakeport

1870 Federal Census of Little Borax

1870 Federal Census of Lower Lake

1870 Federal Census of Morgan Valley

1870 Federal Census of Scott Creek

1870 Federal Census of Upper Lake

1870 Federal Census of Zem Tena

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index


Lassen County (formed 1864 from Plumas & Shasta)

1870 Federal Census index

1870 Federal Census Pages: 
[430-438]    [438-446]    [447]

1920 Federal Census of ED 27 Part 1

1920 Federal Census of ED 27 Part 2

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1885 City Directory

1885 County Directory


Los Angeles County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

1790 Census of Los Angeles - Revillagigedo Census of 1793

 

1850 Federal Census Pages: 
[1-11]    [12-22]    [23-33]    [33-43

1860 Federal Census Index Partial

1860 Federal Census of San Juan

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1862-1877 Great Register


Madera County (formed 1893 from Fresno & Mariposa)

1880 Federal Census of Fresno Precinct 1 (Became present day Madera County.)

1900 Federal Census of Twp. 1

1900 Federal Census of Twp. 3

1900 Federal Census of Twp. 4

1900 Indian Census

1910 Indian Census

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

Declarations of Intent - Naturalization

Naturalizations Index

1871 Great Register of Madera Precincts (present day Madera)

1878-1905 Births

1880 Great Register of Madera Precincts (present day Madera)

1892-1905 Deaths

1893-1919 Wills Index

1894 Great Register of Madera Precincts

1898 Great Register of Madera Precincts

1905-1910 Births

1928 Indian Rolls


Marin County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

1850 Federal Census

1850 Federal Census

1860 Federal Census

1870 Federal Census Index of Bolinas Twp.

1870 Federal Census of Bolinas Twp. Part 1

1870 Federal Census of Bolinas Twp. Part 2

1870 Federal Census of Indians

1870 Federal Census Index of Nicasio Twp.

1870 Federal Census of Nicasio Twp. Part 1

1870 Federal Census of Nicasio Twp. Part 2

1870 Federal Census Index of Novato Twp.

1870 Federal Census of Novato Twp.

1870 Federal Census Index of Point Reyes Twp.

1870 Federal Census of Point Reyes Twp.

1870 Federal Census Index of San Antonio Twp.

1870 Federal Census of San Antonio Twp.

1870 Federal Census Index of San Rafael Twp.

1870 Federal Census of San Rafael Twp Pages 58-59

1870 Federal Census of San Rafael Twp Pages 25-29

1870 Federal Census of San Rafael Twp Pages 30-34

1870 Federal Census of San Rafael Twp Pages 34-39

1870 Federal Census of San Rafael Twp Pages 40-43

1870 Federal Census of San Rafael Twp Pages 45-47

1870 Federal Census of San Rafael Twp Page 47B

1870 Federal Census Index of San Rafael Village

1870 Federal Census of San Rafael Village Pages 48-52

1870 Federal Census of San Rafael Village Pages 53-58

1870 Federal Census of Sausalito Pages 66-69

1870 Federal Census of Sausalito Pages 70-71

1870 Federal Census of Sausalito Pages 72-75

1870 Federal Census of Tomales Pages 76-80

1870 Federal Census of Tomales Pages 81-86

1870 Federal Census of Tomales Pages 87-88

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1854 Tax Records

1880 Great Register


Mariposa County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census

1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1880 Federal Census Images

1920 Federal Census of Sherman Institute

1920 Federal Census of Sherman Institute

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1874-1883 Delinquent Tax Rolls

1917-1918 Draft Registrations Index

1920-1938 Graduate Lists

1931 Phone Directory


Mendocino County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

1850 Federal Census

1860 Federal Census

1870 Federal Census

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index


Merced County Census Records (formed 1855 from Mariposa)

1870 Federal Census Index A-K

1870 Federal Census Index L-Y

1870 Federal Census Pages: 
[246-253]    [254-261]    [262-269]    [270-277]    [278-281

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index


Modoc County (formed 1874 from Siskiyou)

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1917-1918 Draft Registrations Index

1885 County Directory


Mono County Census Records (formed 1861 from Calaveras & Fresno)

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1917-1918 Draft Registrations Index


Monterey County (formed 1850 - Original County)

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Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1875 Monterey County Directory


Napa County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)  

1850 Federal Census

1860 Federal Census Index of Hot Springs - Surnames A-L

1860 Federal Census Index of Hot Springs - Surnames M-Z

1860 Federal Census of Hot Springs Pages 1-17

1860 Federal Census of Hot Springs Pages 18-28

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