Statewide Census Records that exist for California are 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890 (fragment, see below), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940. There are Industry and Agriculture Schedules for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Slave Schedulesexist for 1850 & 1860. The Mortality Schedules for the years 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880.
Missing from the 1850 federal census are the population schedules for Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Santa Clara counties, making the 1852 state census even more useful. California’s 1849 state constitution dictated that a census be taken in 1852, in 1855, and every 10 years after that but The 1852 census was the only one taken.
Mission and State Censuses
- California State Census, 1852 (search.ancestry.com) includes 3 counties that are missing from the 1852 census records which are Colusa, Sutter, and Marin Counties.
- California Spanish Mission Censuses, 1796-1798 (search.ancestry.com) contains these California mission censuses: San Antonio (1798), San Carlos (1796), San Louis Obispo (1797-1798) and Soledad (1798)
Searchable California Census Databases and other Helpful Links
- Rootsweb California Census Look Ups (rootsweb.ancestry.com)
- California Census Project (usgenweb.org)
- California Census QuickFacts (census.gov)
- Links to Online California Census Records (census-online.com)
- California Census Extraction Forms (ancestry.com)
- U.S. Federal Census Guides
- United States Federal Census for California (search.ancestry.com)
- California, Voter Registers, 1866-1898 (search.ancestry.com)
- California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 (search.ancestry.com)
- 1860 California Federal Census (fold3.com)
- 1930 California Federal Census (fold3.com)
- California Census, 1790-1890 (search.ancestry.com)
- Census 2000 Data for the State of California (census.gov)
- Overview of the U.S. Census (ancestry.co.uk) from The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy.
- California Census Books (amazon.com)