History: California was first settled in 1839 and became a state in 1850.
Birth records: A few birth records were kept by the government as early as 1824. State registration of births began in 1905 with complete records being kept by 1920. Copies of birth records for 1905 and later can be obtained from the California Department of Public Health .
Marriage records: Marriage records were kept by the government beginning when counties were formed in 1850. Statewide registration of marriages began in 1905. Copies of marriage records for 1905 and later can be obtained from the California Department of Public Health .
Death records: Death records were kept in Michigan starting in 1867 with complete records by 1915. Copies of death records for 1905 and later can be obtained from the California Department of Public Health .
Divorce records: Divorce records can be obtained from the individual county clerks.
Census records: The first federal census available for California is 1850. There are federal censuses publicly available for 1850 (partial), 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940, and 1950. There were partial colonial censuses taken in 1790, 1796-1798, and 1834.
County records: Court, land, and probate records were kept by the individual counties.
Other records: Many cities and towns had newspapers, records kept by churches, cemeteries, histories, school, city directories, and other records that can be located on the city pages on this site. Records specific to minority groups can be found in the Minority Records section.
All records: Online indexes and images of many of the above records can be found by using the links on this site.