West Coast Web Sites
9/28/2009
Start your own roots rush with our guide to finding family history gold in California, Oregon and Washington.
California Census Links
www.census-online.com/links/CA.html: Links to transcriptions from several counties.

 

California County History
csac.counties.org/counties_close_up/county_history: Original California counties and map.

California Federal Land Records
www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ca/ca-land.htm: Links to county data.

California GenWeb
www.cagenweb.com: Links to county queries and message boards.

California State Archives
www.ss.ca.gov/archives/level3_county.htm: Where to obtain local government records.

Family History Library Resource Guides
www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rhelps.asp: Start here to access Research Outlines for each state.

Historical Oregon Information Services
www.historicaloregon.org: This group aims to bring information about Oregon's history into one place; its Web site offers lookups in the service's historical and genealogical books and a biweekly e-mail newsletter.

Hudson's Bay Company Archives
www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca: How to obtain records from this fur-trading company's posts in Oregon, Washington and California. Records include weather reports, visitors' arrival and departure and daily activities.

Oregon Land Records
arcweb.sos.state.or.us/land.html: Lists of Oregon land records in the Oregon State Archives.

Oregon GenWeb
www.rootsweb.com/~orgenweb: Links to county queries, message boards.

Oregon Genealogical Information Locator
159.121.172.88/genealogy/search.lasso: 195,022 entries, including vital records, probates, naturalization.

Oregon Trail
www.isu.edu/~trinmich/Oregontrail.html: Fact-packed site about the great migration trail.

Oregon Census Online
www.census-online.com/links/OR.html: Links to Oregon census transcriptions.

San Francisco Public Library
sfpl4.sfpl.org/INFDIR/IS_Vital_Records.htm: Guide to obtaining pre-1906 San Francisco vital records.

San Francisco Vital Records Information
www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/sfranvit.htm: Sources of birth, marriage and death records.

Selected Guide to Sources for California Genealogy
www.library.ca.gov/html/genealogy.html: What you can find in the California State Library.

USGenWeb Census Project
www.rootsweb.com/~census/states: Links to online census transcriptions.

Washington Census Online
www.census-online.com/links/WA: Links to federal and territorial census transcriptions.

Washington GenWeb
www.rootsweb.com/~wagenweb: Links to county queries and message boards.

Washington State Archives
www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/research.asp: Where to find property, corporation, court, census and naturalization records.

Washington State Genealogical Resource Guide
www.rootsweb.com/~wasgs/resguide.htm: Historical and genealogical data for Washington counties.

Washington Vital Records
www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/genealogy.asp: How to get copies of vital records.

Contributing editor Nancy Hendrickson wrote the August 2002 cover story on the 101 best family history Web sites (page 20). She lives in San Diego.