It seems that researching California roots is very lonely. I rarely come across anyone who is researching their family in California. They themselves may be from California, but their ancestors come from elsewhere. Their ancestors were here briefly, but were passing through. Or, their ancestors lived in another state, but came to California after 1900, so their roots in the state don’t run deep. It isn’t long before they are off researching elsewhere.
All of my ancestors came to California eventually. They came from Ireland, England, Australia, France, and the Azores Island. They briefly lived in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Hawaii. But all of them left for the Golden State. Once they got here they stayed. For the most part they lived in San Francisco, Oakland, Spreckels, and Salinas.
Is there anyone else out there researching California? If so, where in the state did your ancestors settle? It would be nice to know that others are compiling information on Californian roots.
Genealogist and writer. Creator of the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy and Heritage website, yourislandroutes.com