The CAGenWeb Project

This State is a member

of The USGenWeb Project

As a proud member of the USGenWeb Project, CAGenWeb's mission is to provide a single entry point for all counties and towns within the state of California, where collected data will be stored. The volunteers of CAGenWeb hope you will strike gold!  

State Coordinator: Martha A Crosley Graham  
Assistant State Coordinators:  Claire Martin, Joy Fisher & Jeannette Harper

Brief History of California
 California was a colonial province of Spain during the years 1769 to 1821. When European explorers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries sailed along the California coast they took home glowing impressions of an amazing, rich and unspoiled landscape. When Mexican independence was achieved in 1821, California became a northern province. During this Rancho era, traders and settlers from the new United States of America began to find their way west. Consequent tensions between diverse ethnic groups resulted in the Mexican American War of 1846-1848. When gold was found in "them thar hills," droves of fortune seekers of all shapes, sizes and colors headed west permanently impacting local culture and society. Once here, pioneers sent home glowing reports of lands that looked just like the areas they had left behind which offered a fresh start and endless opportunities for success. California became a state September 9, 1850, but the capital city moved from San Jose, to Vallejo, to San Jose, back to Vallejo, to Sacramento, back to Vallejo again, and then to Benicia before the permanent capitol was established at Sacramento in 1854. Information on the formation of California counties can be found on the California Counties Selection List. With a land surface of almost 100 million acres, California is the third largest state in the union. The broad diversity of geography in this state offers habitat to a huge spectrum of plants and animals. Little surprise that people who felt drawn here believe that protecting our animals, plants and rich natural resources is a responsibility that we all must share in perpetuity.

In 2004, California was home to 33,871,648 people originating from every country in the world. Californians have learned to welcome diversity as an exciting condition that lets us enjoy the very best the entire world has to offer right here in our own California backyards!

County County Coordinator
Alameda Denise Wells
Alpine Elizabeth E Bullard
Amador Lewis M. Ruddick
Butte Martha A. Crosley Graham
Calaveras Lewis M. Ruddick
Colusa Jeannette Harper
Contra Costa Linda Brown
Del Norte Linda Nichols
El Dorado Marc Irish
Fresno Michelle
Glenn April Hennes
Humboldt Available for Adoption
Imperial Paul Pettit
Inyo Available for Adoption
Kern Sharon Dulcich
Kings Marc Irish
Lake Anita Crabtree
Lassen Elizabeth E Bullard
Los Angeles Joy Fisher
Madera Ken Doig
Marin Marc Irish
Mariposa Michelle
Mendocino Lewis M. Ruddick
Merced Dianna G Curtis
Modoc Dan Matney
Mono Dianna G Curtis
Monterey Claire Martin 
Napa Ruth Jenkins-McIntire
Nevada Marilou West Ficklin
Orange Denise Wells
Placer Jeannette M Harper
Plumas Elizabeth E. Bullard
Riverside Steve Lech
Sacramento Jeannette M Harper
San Benito Susan Cherry-Boyer
San Bernardino Steve Lech
San Diego Marna L Clemons
San Francisco Linda Simpson
San Joaquin Colleen Norby
San Luis Obispo Linda Donnelly & Martha A Graham
San Mateo Available for Adoption
Santa Barbara LaRae Halsey-Brooks & Erieann Brooks
Santa Clara Claire Martin
Santa Cruz Bill George
Shasta Jeannette M Harper
Sierra Rick Hanson
Siskiyou Leah Allen
Solano Claire Martin
Sonoma Lewis M. Ruddick
Stanislaus Lewis M. Ruddick
Sutter Steve Shepherd
Tehama Jeannette M Harper
Trinity Jeannette M Harper
Tulare Dianna Curtis
Tuolumne Elizabeth E Bullard
Ventura LaRae Halsey-Brooks & Erieann Brooks
Yolo Jeff Beasley
Yuba Linda Simpson
Unknown County Martha A Crosley Graham
History of the USGenWeb

"About Us"
The California GenWeb was formed by Richard S Wilson in 1996: He was State Coordinator until 2004 as well as the financier.
From 2002 on, the CAGW has been self supported by the
County Coordinators.


Search the CAGW

Send them along to the CAGW State Coordinator


California Map Collections

Northern California Base Map

Southern California Base Map

David Rumsey ~ Historic Map & Atlas Collection

Perry-Castaneda ~ Map Collection

Earthquake Fault Maps

CA Digital Map Collection

Humboldt State Univ. CA State Library Collection

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps California

Dept of Forestry

Central Pacific Railroad Maps

Interactive "California County Formation" Maps



California Missions
Vital Records ~  Mission Cemeteries ~ Maps
News Article Lookups
Biography: Fr Junípero Serra


Deaths & Burials at CA Forts & Camps
Index & Burial Registers [1768>1921]


CAGW Memorials

Chuck Knuthson, Jeff Murphy, Patricia Jane Rowell &
Linda L Worley
CAGenWeb "Nuts & Bolts"

The California GenWeb is composed of Volunteers who have a desire to find, format and present local genealogical & historical resources for visiting researchers. As such, there are a few requirements to be a County Coordinator.

The Basic Requirements can be found on the USGenWeb Rules Site.
In addition to the above, the CAGenWeb has a simple set of guidelines:

1. Each County Site shall have a logo that is representative of the State of California on their main entry page.
This logo shall link back to the main State Page:

2. Each County Site shall have an approved USGW logo prominently displayed and linked to The USGenWeb on their entry page.

3. Each County Site shall have a brief history of their particular county included on their entry page.

4. Each County Site shall have an area on one of their pages for queries. This can be links to outside query sites or a self-maintained query section.

5. Each County Site shall have an introductory paragraph with the name of the County Coordinator and a way to reach them for questions.

6. Each County page shall have a footer that contains an explanation of copyright, a listing of the CAGW Admin Team and a date stamp.
The California Mail List

The California USGenWeb Mailing List on the RootsWeb / Ancestry Server is for anyone with an interest in California History & Genealogy. This way they are able to share information that is of a common interest.

Some topics of interest are:

Sites found with a common interest for California
Researching Surnames for California Counties
Sharing Historical and Genealogical Data

How to Subscribe and Unsubscribe using your browser It's easy just click CAGEN-L. When the "mail-to" window pops up, write just the single word "subscribe" in the body of the message. That's all.

If you want to unsubscribe from a list, click on it and write just the single word "unsubscribe" in the body of the Message.

Don't put anything else in the body of the message.


Queries may be posted on the following Site

Cousin Connect

"The Fine Print"
The CAGW Administrative Team:
State Coordinator: Martha A Crosley Graham
Assistant State Coordinators: Claire Martin, Joy Fisher & Jeannette Harper

Online Continuously Since 1996  

All materials, images, sounds and data contained herein are not to be copied or downloaded for purposes of duplication, distribution, or publishing without the express written permission of The CAGenWeb Administrative Team. Any and all future data which is contributed to this project will be returned to the donor upon request.

This web page is maintained on behalf of the California portion of The USGenWeb Project and is paid for by financial Supporters.  Although believed to be correct as presented, if you have corrections, changes, additions, or find that any links provided on this page are not functioning properly, please contact the webmaster for prompt attention.

Disclaimer  ~ Site Updated: 2 October 2015