First explored in 1542 by Europeans, California has a rich history of opportunity and diversity. California was colonized by Spain, Russia, and Mexico before becoming a state in 1850. A wave of fortune seekers arrived with the discovery of gold in 1848 and would continue to come for work, opportunities, and the weather. The history of the people of California begins with its Native American population and continues with immigrants who make California their home today.
Looking to find those elusive Golden State ancestors? The California Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including a timeline of California history events, tips on California research strategy, outline of major migration routes, and more. Also included are links to websites and resources covering vital records, church records, census records, as well as general California resources. This handy 6-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.