The web provides a number of genealogical resources. For information related to Southern California, we recommend starting with the Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library. Be sure to check local libraries and archives for information that isn't published online.
(Note: Special thanks to Mrs. Blizzard's Fifth Grade class at Pinewood Elementary for providing some additional resources that we didn't know about!)
Ancestry.com is a subscription-based genealogy research website. The majority of records are from the United States. Some records are free for anyone to access, but the majority are accessible only by paid subscription.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Trusted genealogy research site for more than 15 years. Cyndi's List is free to use and provides a number of resources for beginning your research. Currently contains links to over 300,000 online resources and new links are added almost every day. We recommend starting with the California page.
Early California Population Project
Provides information contained in California's historic mission registers and records, including baptism, marriage, and burial records. This site is maintained by the Huntington Library. Be sure to read the "Search Tips" section.
FamilySearch's Guide to "How to Start Your Family History"
Provides a basic step-by-step guide to starting research about your family's history and additionally includes a list of resources. FamilySearch is a service provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and its Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
FileRight's Genealogy and Military Records
The United States military keeps detailed records of its servicemen and -women and can be an extremely useful resource for your genealogical search. From the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783, to the Vietnam War, 1955-1975, and beyond there are detailed service records. FileRight has collected some of those resources on its website.
Linkpendium: Los Angeles County Genealogy and Family History
An index of sites related to genealogy, family history, surnames, vital records, biographies, miltary records, obituaries, church records, and otherwise genealogically-related sites.
Los Angeles Public Library Genealogy Department
Containing over 150,000 titles, the Genealogy department at LAPL contains census records, city directories, family histories, immigration records, military records, newspapers, obituaries, and vital records.
NARA's Resources for Genealogists
Learn how to use resources from the National Archives for your research. Provides information on exploring census data, immigration reports, and land records. Also contains information about NARA workshops and tools for online genealogical research. See especially the resources for researching military records.
New York City Ports: Ellis Island
About half of all U.S. citizens are believed to have descended from the immigrants who came through Ellis Island in the 1800s. This site provides a list of resources for searching for information about those individuals.
Online California Death Records and Indexes
A genealogy guide for finding obituaries, cemetery burials and death records. Includes a special section for Los Angeles.
USGenWeb: Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Country section of the USGenWeb site. Contains biographies, lists of cemeteries, biographical resources, census reports, and more.
Where to Write for California Vital Records
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to request birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.