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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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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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CA Census Records Online by County

Alameda County Census Records (formed 1853 from Contra Costa & Santa Clara)

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

1860 Federal Census Records of Brooklyn Twp, Sheets 77-91

1860 Federal Census Records of Brooklyn Twp, Sheets 92-103

1860 Federal Census Records of Brooklyn Twp, Sheets 104-112

1860 Federal Census Records of Eden Twp, Sheets 111-125

1860 Federal Census Records of Eden Twp, Sheets 126-140

1860 Federal Census Records of Eden Twp, Sheets 141-155

1860 Federal Census Records of Eden Twp, Sheets 156-163

1860 Federal Census Records of Oakland Sheets 41-55

1860 Federal Census Records of Oakland Sheets 56-64

1860 Federal Census Records of Oakland City, Sheets 1-15

1860 Federal Census Records of Oakland City, Sheets 16-30

1860 Federal Census Records of Oakland City, Sheets 31-40

1860 Federal Census Records of Washington Twp., Sheets 167-181

1860 Federal Census Records of Washington Twp., Sheets 182-196

1860 Federal Census Records of Washington Twp., Sheets 197-211

1860 Federal Census Records of Washington Twp., Sheets 212-217

1870 Federal Census Records categorized by townships

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index


Alpine County Census Records (formed 1864 from Amador, Calaveras & Amador)

1870 Federal Census Pages: 
[306B-307A]    [307B-308B]    [309A-310A]    [313B-315A]    [317B]

1870 Federal Census Records of Township # 4 Woodfords

1880 Federal Census Records - Pages 672B-682A

1880 Federal Census Records - Pages 682B-686A

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1917-1918 Draft Registrations Index


Amador County (formed 1854 from Calaveras)

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1879-1880 County Directory

1887-1889 Plymouth Oddfellows Members List


Branciforte County (changed to Santa Cruz in 1850)

No known census online.  Submit census links for inclusion in Census Finder's Directory.


Butte County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

1850 Federal Census Index

 

1860 Federal Census Records Index surnames starting with: 
[A-C]    [D-F]    [G-I] They seem to have stopped indexing here.

 

1870 Federal Census Records Index surnames starting with: 
[A-E]    [F-J]    [K-O]    [P-T]    [U-Z]

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1881 County Directory

1881-1922 Butte County Directories

1905 Births & Deaths


Calaveras County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index


Colusa County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1850-1944 Wills Index

1878 Annual Names Index


Contra Costa County Census Records (formed 1850 - Original County)

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index


Del Norte County (formed 1857 from Klamath)

1860 Federal Census

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1885 Directory

1885 County Directory

1917-1918 Draft Registrations Index

1933 CCC Members


El Dorado County (formed 1850 - Original County)

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1900s Buckeye Elementary School Students

Pre1905 Death Index


Fresno County Census Records (formed 1856 from Mariposa & Merced)

1880 Federal Census of Precinct 1

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

1871 Great Register of Madera Precincts

1880 Great Register of Madera Precincts


Glenn County Census Records (formed 1891 from Colusa)

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index


Humboldt County (formed 1853 from Trinity)

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription.  Pages: 
[1-8]    [9-18]    [19-23]    [24-34]    [35-42]    [43-58]    [59-73

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index

Humboldt History Book - Living With The Giants - Index


Imperial County Census Records (formed 1907 from San Diego)

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index


Inyo County Census Records (formed 1866 from Tulare)

1870 Federal Census Records of Bishop Creek Twp.

1870 Federal Census Records of Cerro Gordo Twp.

1870 Federal Census Records of Independence Twp.

1870 Federal Census Records of Lone Pine Twp.

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index


Kern County Census Records (formed 1866 from Los Angeles & Tulare)

1870 Federal Census Records of Bakersfield PO Part 1

1870 Federal Census Records of Bakersfield PO Part 2

1870 Federal Census Records of Havilah PO Part 1

1870 Federal Census Records of Havilah PO Part 2

1870 Federal Census Records of Kernville PO

1870 Federal Census Records of Lynn's Valley PO

1870 Federal Census Records of Tehachapa PO

1870 Federal Census Extraction of Indians

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index


Kings County Census Records (formed 1893 from Fresno & Tulare)

Other Records

Federal Land Patents Index


Klamath County (formed 1851 from Trinity - No longer exists)

NOTE:  See Del Norte, Humboldt, and Siskiyou Counties.

1852 State Census

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

1870 Federal Census Images

1870 Federal Census Records of Black Bear Twp.

1870 Federal Census Records of Camp Gaston

1870 Federal Census Records of Dillon Twp.

1870 Federal Census Records of Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation

1870 Federal Census Records of Klamath Twp.

1870 Federal Census Records of Liberty Twp.

1870 Federal Census Records of Orleans Twp.

1870 Federal Census Records of Salmon Twp.

1870 Federal Census Records of Sawyer's Bar Twp.

1870 Federal Census Records of South Fork Twp.

1870 Federal Census Records of Lower End of South Fork Twp.

1870 Federal Census Records of Trinidad  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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