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California Census Notes
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 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.
Learn what questions were asked in each census year and where to find census records online. This section of Census Finder covers each census year from 1790-1940 and will give you clues and tips to help you learn to locate your ancestors quickly in census records.
California Census Records
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California Census Records &
Office of Vital Records - MS 5103
PO Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410
Phone: (916) 445-2684
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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Statewide California Census Records Online
1793 Revillagigedo Census - an early Spanish census.
Other CA Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes
CA Census Records Online by County
Lake County Census Records (formed 1861 from Napa)
Lassen County (formed 1864 from Plumas & Shasta)
Los Angeles County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)
1790 Census of Los Angeles - Revillagigedo Census of 1793
Madera County (formed 1893 from Fresno & Mariposa)
1880 Federal Census of Fresno Precinct 1 (Became present day Madera County.)
1871 Great Register of Madera Precincts (present day Madera)
1880 Great Register of Madera Precincts (present day Madera)
Marin County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)
Mariposa County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)
Mendocino County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)
Merced County Census Records (formed 1855 from Mariposa)
Modoc County (formed 1874 from Siskiyou)
Mono County Census Records (formed 1861 from Calaveras & Fresno)
Monterey County (formed 1850 - Original County)
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Napa County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)
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