Providing free California genealogical and historical data to researchers worldwide since July 16, 1994.
First loaded onto the Internet on July 16, 1996, The CAGenWeb Project was created when The USGenWeb Project organizers expanded by creating individual projects for every state within the U.S.A. and its territories.
Richard S. Wilson was our 1st State Coordinator, serving from
Jul 1996 to Jun 2009. Richard funded the entire project himself, including the hosting of our domain on his own server, until 2002, when various project supporters stepped in to cover the ever-increasing expenses.
More than 20 years later, The CAGenWeb Project continues to provide free data by the services of its volunteers and the generous donations of project supporters.
If you want to contribute to this project by volunteering or by providing county-specific data to be published, please contact our State Coordinator. If you'd like to know more about how our project is supported, please visit the supporters page.
For a list of all of our county sites and to check for counties currently available for adoption, visit the counties page.
Organized in 1996, The USGenWeb Project was the brainchild of Jeff D. Murphy. He convinced a few fellow genealogists to form a loosely-organized group of volunteers that would work to create a center for genealogical research for every county in every state within the United States and its territories.
The USGenWeb Project is non-commercial and fully-committed to providing free access to genealogical and historical resources for everyone. The USGenWeb Project also sponsors several special projects at the national level.
To learn more about The USGenWeb Project and its history, visit the national site.
We sincerely thank each and every one of the individuals that has devoted his or her time and effort to The CAGenWeb Project and for helping the project to evolve into what it has become today. Some volunteered a short time and others volunteered for many years. They each left their individual marks on the project and none are forgotten.
For a complete list of past volunteers and the In Memoriam section, visit this page.
Past State Coordinators:
Richard S. Wilson (Jul 1996 - Jun 2009)
Martha A. Crosley-Graham (*Jun 2009 - Jul 2017)
*Martha was State Co-Coordinator Sep 2007 - Jun 2009
Past Assistant State Coordinators:
Jana Black (Jan 2005 - May 2006)
Martha A. Crosley-Graham (May 2006 - Sep 2007)
Cat Nielsen (May 2006 - Feb 2012)
Claire Martin (May 2006 - Sep 2017)
Joy Fisher (Dec 2012 - Sep 2017)
Jeannette M. Harper (Oct 2014 - Sep 2017)
Project volunteers and potential project volunteers should review our Policies & Procedures page before applying to adopt a county site and before creating a new website.
The CAGenWeb Project has a few policies and procedures for our county websites, as referenced above. For the most part, though, you may design your website layout in any way that you choose. We do ask that you keep in mind that people may view your site on a variety of digital devices and that you are mindful of people with visual disabilities.
Volunteers may also wish to see the Volunteer Help page for information about copyright/disclosure statements and logos.