Genealogical Resources in California

California has a wealth of resources for the genealogist. This is only a partial list of what is available to get you started: Things change. We suggest you check directly with each library for hours, location, the contents of their collection and any other help they may be able to provide you.

Family History Centers are operated by the Mormon Church (Church of Latter Day Saints). They are open to anyone free of charge. They are particularly strong on census and other microfilmed vital records from just about anywhere on earth. Each center has computerized indexes for searching individuals, catalog entries, and other information. You can search on for the nearest location.

Local Genealogical and/or Historical Societies.

These are good resources to contact for beginning genealogy classes that can help immensely in your Mayflower application research.

Northern California

California Mayflower Society Library,
2201 Broadway, Suite LL13, Oakland CA 94612, (510) 451-9599.
Open Monday 9-2 and Thursday 10-4 (Other hours upon request.)

California Genealogical Society and Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612-3017, (510) 663-1358

Shasta Genealogical Society
c/o Barbara Fork, 18598 Thomas Road, CA 96007

California Society Daughters of the American Revolution Library Room, Fresno Library
2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno, CA 93721. (559) 600-7323
Contact: Nance Espinoza

California State Library
914 Capital Mall, Sacramento, CA (916) 654-0176,
Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm.

Napa Valley Genealogical & Geographical Society
1701 Menlo Avenue, Napa CA
(707) 252-2252

National Archives, Pacific Sierra Region
1000 Commodore Avenue, San Bruno CA, (415) 876-9009

Santa Rosa Family History Center
1725 Peterson Lane, Santa Rosa CA 95401
(707) 525-0399

Society of California Pioneers Library
7 Hawthorn Street, San Francisco CA 94105
(415) 957-1849

Sonoma Valley Family History Center
16280 La Grama, Agua Caliente CA, (415)731-4477

Bancroft Library (California and the West)
University of California Campus, Berkeley CA, (510) 641-3781

Sutro Library, Genealogy Branch of California State Library
1630 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco CA 94132, (415) 469-6100

Southern California

Genealogical Society of Morongo Basin
PO Box 234, Yucca Valley, CA 92286

Los Angeles Public Library
630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

North San Diego County Genealogical Society, Carlsbad City Library
1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008-1991

Orange County California Genealogical Society, c/o Huntington Beach Library,
7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92646-1232.

Orange Family History Center
674 S Yorba St, Orange, California 92693, (714) 997-7710

Questing Heirs Genealogical Society, c/o Long Beach Public Library
101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

Riverside City/County Library
3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92503

San Bernardino Library
401 West Fourth Street, San Bernardino, CA 92401

San Diego Genealogy Society
7343 Ronson Road, Suite O, San Diego, CA 92111-1430, (858) 279-7347

San Diego Public Library
820 E. Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society’s Sahyun Library
316 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, (805) 884-9909

Sons of the Revolution Library
600 South Central Avenue, Glendale, CA 91204-2009

Southern California Genealogy Society Library
417 Irving Dr, Burbank, CA 91504

Sun City Public Library
26982 Cherry Hills Blvd., Manifee, CA 92586, (951) 679-3534