California State Archives
1020 0 Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-2246


CENSUS SCHEDULES 1852 State, 1860 and 1880 Federal. Filed alphabetically by county name. Includes name, age, sex, occupation, birthplace and last residence. 1852 D.A.R. index on microfilm. 1860 printed index and 1880 Soundex available.

COMMON SCHOOL REPORTS 1862-1960. Filed chronologically by school year and then alphabetically by county name. Includes school districts, student attendance figures, grade taught, length of school year, school finances, names of teachers and condition of schools.

COUNTY RECORDS 1850-1987. Filed alphabetically by county name. Includes probate court case files, wills, naturalizations, deeds, homesteads, and vital records for the counties of Alameda, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, Yolo, and Yuba. Not all records are available for all counties. Contact the State Archives for more detailed information.

MILITARY RECORDS 1850-1942. Includes organization papers, correspondence, election of officers, muster rolls, loyalty oaths, and invoices relating to Independent Militia Units, Indian Wars, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I and II. Name index available for Civil War Volunteers, 1861-1867.

PRISON RECORDS 1850-1945. Includes San Quentin and Folsom prison registers, inmate photographs, commitment papers, inmate case files (samples only) and pardon files. Prison registers have name indexes, 1850-1930.

SUPREME AND APPELLATE COURT CASES 1850.1970. Filed numerically by case number. Includes briefs, transcripts and opinions. Plaintiff and defendant name indexes, 1850-1930, are available.

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION 1850-1959. Filed alphabetically by company name. Includes company name, purpose, place of business, names of officers and amount of capital invested. Business name index available at the Secretary of State's Office.

TRADEMARKS 1861-date. Filed numerically by trademark number and then chronologically by date of filing. Includes name of claimant, type of product, label specimen or written description and occasionally business address. Claimant and trademark name indexes, 1861-1910, are available. Trademark index, 1861-date available through the Secretary of State's Office.

DEPARTMENTS PROFESS1ONAL AND VOCATIONAL STANDARDS/CONSUMER AFFAIRS - LICENSING FILES 1885-1968. Filed by type of profession and then alphabetically by name. Includes biographical data, letters, photographs, newspaper clippings relating to: Architectural Examiners, 1901-1947; Civil and Professional Engineers, 1930-1966; Cosmetologists, 1928-1960; Dental Examiners,1885-1959; Medical Examiners, 1902-1981; Pharmacy Board, 1894-1938; and Social Work Examiners,1940-1967.

Source: California State Archives Handout

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