Search California Census Records
California Census Records are most effectively searched if you know the specific township and county (or parish) where your ancestors lived for the period you are searching. If you are certain of the location, you can filter out many unwanted results. If your search does not yield any matches, you should consider the possibility that your ancestor may have moved.
In some cases, town and county borders may have changed since the prior census. In other cases, your ancestor may have simply moved a few miles, but could have easily crossed over a town, county or state border in the process.
Selected California Census Links
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Useful sources beyond California Census Records
While census records are considered among the most useful for family history research, you should never assume the data obtained in census records is correct. Consider census data a great starting point for providing detailed clues which you can then verify (or disprove) using other sources.
Other useful sources for your California genealogy research are:
» California Birth, Marriage, & Death Records
» California Immigration & Naturalization Records
» California Military Records
» California Directories & Membership Lists
» California Court, Land, Probate Records
» California Family & Local Histories
» California Periodicals & Newspapers
Counties of California
Alameda County, Alpine County, Amador County, Butte County, Calaveras County, Colusa County, Contra Costa County, Del Norte County, El Dorado County, Fresno County, Glenn County, Humboldt County, Imperial County, Inyo County, Kern County, Kings County, Lake County, Lassen County, Los Angeles County, Madera County, Marin County, Mariposa County, Mendocino County, Merced County, Modoc County, Mono County, Monterey County, Napa County, Nevada County, Orange County, Placer County, Plumas County, Riverside County, Sacramento County, San Benito County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, San Francisco County, San Joaquin County, San Luis Obispo County, San Mateo County, Santa Barbara County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, Shasta County, Sierra County, Siskiyou County, Solano County, Sonoma County, Stanislaus County, Sutter County, Tehama County, Trinity County, Tulare County, Tuolumne County, Ventura County, Yolo County, Yuba County
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