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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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Vital Records

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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Statewide California Census Records Online

 1790-1890 California Census Records

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CA Census Records Online by County

Nevada County (formed 1851 from Yuba)

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index

1856 Business Directory

1890 Voter Registration List Surnames A-B only

1917-1918 Draft Registrations


Orange County Census Records (formed 1889 from Los Angeles)

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index

Civil War Veterans

1968 & 1970 Yearbooks of Corona del mar High School


Placer County (formed 1851 from Sutter & Yuba)

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index

Pre 1905 Death Index


Plumas County Census Records (formed 1854 from Butte)

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index

1885 County Directory


Riverside County Census Records (formed 1893 from San Bernardino & San Diego)

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index


Sacramento County (formed 1850 - Original County)

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index

1855 Naturalization Records

1869 Hospital Petition

1870 Orphans Asylum Petition

1929 Fremont Pioneer Graduates


San Benito County (formed 1874 from Monterey)

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index

Pre 1905 Death Index


San Bernardino County Census Records (formed 1853 from Los Angeles)

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index

1849-1856 Emigrants

1913 Masons Lodge Members


San Diego County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

1850 Federal Census Index

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index


San Francisco County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

1790 Census of San Francisco - Revillagigedo Census of 1793.

1842 Census

Notes and Index for 1870 Federal Census Transcription

1870 Federal Census Transcription.  ED#: 
[39]    [40]    [41]    [42]    [43]    [44]    [45]    [46]    [47]    [48]
[49]    [50]    [51]    [52]    [53]

1900 Federal Census of San Francisco Boy's Home

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index

Early Firemen

1846 City Directory

1850 City Directory

1852 City Directory

1852 - 1853 City Directory

1855-1856 Firemen

1857 Assessors List

1863 City Directory

1864 City Directory

1867 Delinquent Taxpayers

1866-1900 Deaths

1869-1895 San Francisco Call Newspaper Database

1872 Deaths on The Pacific Coast

1878 Telephone Directory

1898 1st California U.S. Volunteers

1890 City Directory of San Francisco

1903 Telephone Directory Index and Images

1906 Earthquake List of Deaths

1906 Temporary Telephone Directory Index and Images

1907 City Directory of San Francisco


San Joaquin County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index


San Luis Obispo County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Images

1850 Federal Census Transcription of Santa Barbara District

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Images

1860 Federal Census Transcription Pages 1-21

1860 Federal Census Transcription Pages 22-46

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index


San Mateo County Census Records (formed 1856 from San Francisco)

1860 Federal Census Records

1870 Federal Census Records

1880-1930 Census of the County Poor Farm and Hospital

Other Records

1888 Great Register for San Mateo County

1892 San Mateo County Social Directory

Federal Land Records Index


Santa Barbara County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

1790 Census of Santa Barbara - Revillagigedo Census of 1793.

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Images

1850 Federal Census Transcription Pages 247A-258B

1850 Federal Census Transcription Pages 259A-261A

1860 Federal Census Images

1860 Federal Census Records for San Buenaventura Township

1870 Federal Census Index

1870 Federal Census Records for San Beunaventura Township - Pages 1-32

1870 Federal Census Records for San Beunaventura Township - 33-63

 

1930 Federal Census of ED 42.   Pages: 
[1A-2B]    [3A-4B]    [5A-6B]    [7A-8B]    [9A-11A]

Other Records

1866-1869 Great Register

Federal Land Records Index


Santa Clara County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

1777 Census of Pueblo San Jose - Spanish census

1790 Census of San Jose - Revillagigedo Census of 1793.

1852 State Census Records

1870 Federal Census

1930 Federal Census Index (partial)

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index

Early Settlers Index

Williams Funeral Home Index


Santa Cruz (formed 1850 - Original County)

Other Records

Federal Land Records Index


Shasta County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

1850 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Index Surnames A-J

1860 Federal Census Index Surnames K-Z

1870 Federal Census Index Surnames A-I

1870 Federal Census Index Surnames J-Z

1880 Federal Census Index Surnames A-D

1880 Federal Census Index Surnames E-I

1880 Federal Census Index Surnames J-Q

1880 Federal Census Index Surnames R-Z

1900 Federal Census Index surnames starting with:

A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L

M    N    O    P    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    Y-Z

1910 Federal Census Index of Anderson Township

1910 Federal Census of Anderson Township Page 1-24

1910 Federal Census of Anderson Township Page 25-48

1920 Federal Census Index surnames starting with:

A-B    C-D    E-G    H-J    K-Mc    Me-Q    R-S    T-Z

1920 Federal Census of Anderson Township

1920 Federal Census of Buckeye Township

1920 Federal Census of Burney Township

1920 Federal Census of Cottonwood Township

1920 Federal Census of Delta Township

1920 Federal Census of Fall River Mills Township

1920 Federal Census of French Gulch Township

1920 Federal Census of Harrison Gulch Township

1920 Federal Census of Igo / Ono Township

1920 Federal Census of Kennett City

1920 Federal Census of Kennett & Keswick Township

1920 Federal Census of Millville Township

1920 Federal Census of Round Mountain Township

1920 Federal Census of Sacramento River Township

1920 Federal Census of Shasta Township

1920 Federal Census of Shingletown Township

Other Records

Early Voters Registers

1881 County Directory

1885 County Directory

 

 

 

 

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