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We are in the process of collecting resources which can help you research your California Pioneer ancestors. Additional genealogical and historical resources will be posted on a continuing basis. The finding aids contain the names of California Pioneers who have been vetted.


Profiles of California pioneers

Records of the Governance of Southern California

Early Settlers of Old Los Altos/Mountain View   ( a project of the Los Altos Chapter of the DAR 2020-2021)

Guide to the The Society of California Pioneers Collection of Autobiographies and Reminiscences of Early Pioneers (cdlib.org) (153 autobiographies and reminiscences of those who migrated west prior to 1850)

“Who’s Who among the Women of California…” (contains biographies of California Pioneer women, searchable, published in 1922)

California pioneer register and index, 1542-1848 : including Inhabitants of California, 1769-1800, and list of pioneers : Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918) (More than 1,700 searchable names of men living in California 1769-1800 with some biographical information and Pioneer index)

History of Yolo County California with Biographical Sketches Volume I by Tom Gregory 1913 (Leading men and women of the County identified with its growth and development from early days to the present including Eligible California Pioneers)

History of Solano and Napa Counties California with Biographical Sketches by Tom Gregory 1912 (Leading men and women of the County identified with its growth and development from early days to the present including Eligible California Pioneers)

History of Sonoma County California with Biographical Sketches by Tom Gregory 1911 (Leading men and women of the County identified with its growth and development from early days to the present including Eligible California Pioneers) 

Records of the Families of California Pioneers Gathered by the Various Chapters of the California Daughters of the American Revolution from Original Sources in the Years 1925-1926 Volume II (Includes generational pedigrees of early California pioneers and families including Eligible California Pioneers )

Historical and Biographical Record of Southern California by J. M. Guinn, A.M. 1902 (Contains biographies of well-known citizens of the past and present, some of whom are eligible California Pioneers, and a history of Southern California from its earliest settlement to the opening year of the twentieth century) 

Earthquake Pioneers

1906 Earthquake Eyewitness Accounts (sfmuseum.org) (32 digital eyewitness accounts, sorted alphabetically by the author-witness surname, from The Museum of the City of San Francisco collection “Eyewitnesses to the Earthquake and Fire”)

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire (Biographies, narratives, maps and photographs from the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley)

One Hundred Years Ago : Two Days in San Francisco—1906   (Winter/Spring 2005, Volume 51, Numbers 1 & 2, The Journal of San Diego History, SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY)

Crocker-Langley 1906 San Francisco directory Volume 1 - 3 (Contains an alphabetical list of businesses and citizens. It includes officers, churches, schools, associations, banks and institutions.)

Gold Rush Pioneers

1850 and 1860 Census Links ( Links to 1850 and 1860 California Gold Rush Counties)

Missions Pioneers

Missions of California   (the California Missions Resource Center)

California Missions Pioneers  (The Early California Population Project (ECPP) database. Includes the historic mission registers—which contains records of baptisms, marriages and burials— on the Native Americans, soldiers and settlers of Alta California. Huntington Library. (The Early California Population Project: A Database Compiled and Developed at the Huntington Library. General Editor, Steven W. Hackel, Lead Compiler, Anne M. Reid. (The Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 2006.)))

Historical Resources

Maps at Cyndi's list

Maps at David Rumsey Map Collection

Maps at Library of Congress

Disenos Collection  State of California Spanish land Grant Maps 1866-1871 Hand drawings of 1827-1846 maps, State of California

Solano-Reeve Collection  Nineteenth century survey maps, Huntington Library 


California Digital Newspaper Collection  UC Riverside

US Census on Family Search



California Residence Pioneers
1850 California Census, Gold Rush, some biographies
California Missions Pioneers
 Connect to Huntington Library


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