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Huntington Library - New Online Resource for Tracing Early Californians

The Huntington Library's website has a new section that will prove to be an invaluable resource for those who are researching the earliest Californians. The database offers free online access to baptism, marriage and burial records for each of the California missions at the project's website,

The project has transcribed records on more than 101,000 baptisms, 27,000 marriages, and 71,000 burials performed in California between 1769 and 1850 and includes records from all 21 of the California missions, the Los Angeles Plaza Church and the Santa Barbara Presidio. Data entry on the project was completed in June 2006, just eight years after the project's inception in 1998.

The website offers step-by-step instructions for conducting basic and advanced searches of this extensive database. What an incredible resource for historians, genealogists and others who are researching the settlement of early California!

Questing Heirs Genealogical Society Cemetery Records

In 1974, Questing Heirs Genealogical Society of Long Beach, California published "Some Early Southern California Burials". It proved so popular that a second printing was published in 1978, but for several years it has been out-of-print. In keeping with their mission to collect, preserve and publish data relating to genealogy, it has been converted in its entirety to PDF format, and is now available as a free download at

The book covers burials in the Wilmington, Sunnyside and Long Beach Municipal Cemeteries to 1920, in alphabetical order. A few later burials are listed in the same family plot.

An Abstract of Records from the Funeral Register of the B. W. Coon Co.
Funeral Home, Long Beach, California (covering 1922-1926) is also available as a free download.


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