From census records to death records, try searching some of the resources below. Some of the resources require a subscription but will allow for free searching. You can at least see if a record match exists for your ancestor. Other resources are free and have scanned images of original documents.
|Ancestry.com||Best one-stop-shop for genealogy searches, family tree creation||Free Trial||Birth, Death, Census, Stories, Pedigrees|
|Family Search.org||Very large collection of names and family trees.||Free||Pedigrees, Census, Social Security, Vital Records|
|US Federal Census Records||Census records on Ancestry||Free Trial||US Census|
|National Archives||Immigration records from the US archives. Find microfilm indexes of records.||Free||Ship Passenger, Arrival Records, Land Border Entries|
|California State Archives||Resource with records dating back to the 1850’s.||Free||National Guard, Prison, probate, deeds, naturalization|
|Social Security Death Index||Search for social security records of deceased ancestors.||Free SearchesFree Trial||Social Security|
|Vital Records||Vital check record requesting||Fee per record||Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce|
|History of Towns and Cities||Type the name of the city (and state) you are looking for.||Free||Articles|
|Google News Archive||Search archives of dozens of newspapers covers 100+ years.||Free to search||Newspaper articles|
Places you can visit in person:
California State Archives – Resource with records dating back to the 1850’s.
LDS Stake Centers – Many LDS Stake centers around the world are equipped with small family history libraries staffed with volunteers willing to help and teach for free.