This is a list of free California Genealogy Records at FamilySearch.


Included are California birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, former slave records, pension records, military records and more. We’ll continue to add more California collections available online at FamilySearch. If you’re looking for onsite collections, visit their website & catalog.


These collections are all free to search. Due to contractual obligations, you’ll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to view some of these records.  If you follow the link and find the record is locked, login to FamilySearch on your computer and this may unlock the collection.





How to View the Collections

  1. Some links take you straight to the collection.

  2. Other links take you to a catalog description page where you will have to select the link.

    • Look for a camera icon and select that icon

    • or look for red print and select “here”

  3. If there is a key icon FamilySearch key icon over camera icon above the camera, this collection may be digitized and online, but you will either have to be signed in to your account at FamilySearch or they may need to be viewed at your local family history center or affiliate library. Find the nearest viewing center near you.

  4. In a few cases, the collection may be in queue to be digitized and you’ll need to check back at a later date.








Birth Marriage and Death records #OnGenealogy

California Birth, Marriage, & Death Records

California Birth Indexes & Birth Records


California Marriage Indexes & Marriage Records


California Divorce Indexes & Divorce Records


California Death Indexes & Death Records




Funeral Homes




Wills & Probate






Residence records census land migration voting taxation #OnGenealogy

California Residence Records







Emigration/Immigration/Migration/Passenger Lists


Land & Property


Maps, Almanacs, & Gazetteers


Naturalization & Citizenship












Daily Life Records school work church court government library social life #OnGenealogy

California Daily Life Records

Alumni, Schools, & Yearbooks






Business Records & Commerce




Court Records


Description & Travel


Employees, Officials, & Occupations


Encyclopedias and Dictionaries


Ethnic Records

African American Records


Japanese American Records


Jewish Records



Native American Records








California – History – 1840-1870


California – History – 1846-1850


California – History – 1850-1950


California – History – 19th century


California – History – To 1846


Government & Politics


Libraries, Museums, & Archives


Magazines & Periodicals




Names & Surnames






Public Records


Social Life & Customs








Military records Wars Veterans #OnGenealogy

California Military Records


Revolutionary War, 1775-1783


Mexican-American War, 1846-1848


US Civil War


Indian Wars


Spanish-American War


World War I


World War II


Korean War, 1950-1953


Vietnam War

Veterans, Enlistments, Pensions




California Modern Helps

Family Search Articles


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