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California Research Group

California's a big state with lots of great resources. Let's get a list of the best resources for those researching in California and collaborate to solve those stubborn ancestral mysteries.

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Finding naturalization information

Started by Frederick george henchell. Last reply by Marilyn P Clark Mar 11, 2012. 8 Replies

Mining Claim

Started by Edward (John) Reinhold. Last reply by Melinda Feb 18, 2011. 1 Reply

Where in California are you researching?

Started by Melody Lassalle. Last reply by Kirsten Crosson Jan 7, 2011. 6 Replies

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Comment by Mary Beth on March 1, 2011 at 8:43pm
Hello.  I am seeking information on Arthur and Francisca Brock.  They were living according to the 1930 California census in the City of Los Angeles.  Arthur Brock was born 1887 in Philadelphia, PA and married Frances Goehler in 1924 Santa Ana, CA.  Frances was born 1893 in Philadelphia, PA.  And according to the 1920 Philadelphia census, she was an actress in moving pictures.  Arthur Brock was an inventor of an aerial camera and a rich business man that is from a very well to do family from PA.  I am interested in finding their marriage record and deaths/buriels.  Any info is much appreciated.  Thank you.
Comment by Bob Mooney-Pa on February 15, 2011 at 11:33am

I need help finding marriage info on a Walter W. Mooney and Sadie P.???

Married abt 1929.

I found voter registration for 1928 with them married and living at 362 E. 8th St Long Beach.

Not listed together on 1926 voter registration.

Sadie died 9-1-1932 age 48

Walter died 9-12-1959 80

Comment by Troy Frost on January 16, 2011 at 8:39pm
I am looking for information on my ggrandfather Thomas J. Frost he had only been in the community for 2 months he passed in Los Angeles County California in LA at 660 San Fernando Rd. I am in need of a obituary he had passed away between Dec. 7, 1942 and Dec. 12, 1942. Any help would be great. 
Comment by Julia Burkett on January 16, 2011 at 12:43am

My favorite resource is Vital Search California. They are always adding new databases, but they have pre 1940 death indexes and county related directories and vital records

Comment by Lludw Y Maes on May 1, 2010 at 7:16pm
I am looking information in reference to Raymond Williams, the son of Adolph Williams and Loretto H (maiden name is not know). Hi father, Adolph, was born 13 Nov 1894 in Fruitvale, California in 1894 and died in 1955 in the San Francisco or San Mateo areas of California. His mother Lorretto was born 1896 in California and died in 1979 in San Mateo, California.
Raymond was still living in 1979 according to his mother's obituary.
Both Adolph and Loretto, Raymond's parents, are buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Francisco, California.
No further information is known about Raymond Williams. Any help is appreciated.
Comment by Susan Teresa Holmes on February 13, 2010 at 2:05pm
Just got this in e-mail
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Comment by Lludw Y Maes on November 12, 2009 at 1:22am
I am looking in to a mystery of the disappearance of a man named Ewing Williams. Ewing was born in 1891 in Fruitvale, California near Oakland. he is the son of Roger and Margaret Williams. He had a brother: Adolph & a sister Agnes Williams. The brothers were involved in the printing industry for an occupation. not much is known of Ewing except that his Return of Birth in the City of Oakland has no given name on it. In 1900 - 1910 Ewing is enumeratd on the census with his family. In 1914 he shows up on the California Voter registration of Almeda County. On August 21, 1914 an article shows up in the Oakland tribune referencing alcohol & a domestic dispute between Ewing and his wife Amelia (nee Ginochio) Williams led to divorce. On April 22, 1915 there is a small reference stating that a divorce was filed. Then no more is found on Ewing Williams.
There is no California Death index and does not appear to have any other information in any other state. His Wife shows up on the 1920 census with her parents and listed as a widow. Amelia goes on to marry a man Named Samuel Peel.
Ewing's brother, Adolph, for a short period of time relocated to Portage, St Joseph County, Indiana near South Bend at the time of the WWI Draft registration. There is no Draft registration card for Ewing but on Adolph's registration card he served as a Corporal in the 5th infantry of the California State Militia (aka California National Guard) prior to WWI. This was during the Punitive Expedition. i have checked the California State Archive & obtained a copy of the muster roll for the 5th infantry and Ewing is not listed there either.
is there some one that can help with solving the mystery of what happened to Ewing Williams.
Comment by Kevin M. Cale on October 19, 2009 at 5:56pm
.My family tree on my mothers side has the Looney family. While alot of Looneys can trace their family tree from Ireland through Virginia to other parts of the United States. Mine goes from Ireland in the late 1800s to San Francisco. My grandfather is Frank Looney (born Edward Francis) in San Mateo in May of 1908 and died in 1982. His father was Daniel Singleton Looney who was born in County Cork, Ireland, in Sept 1868. He immigrated to the United States about 1886 ending up in San Francisco. He lived there till his death in May 1945. His mother, Ellen Singleton, immigrated to the United States with Daniel. Her husband, Edward J. Looney (?), did not leave Ireland.

Daniels brothers were Edward M. Looney (1874-1945) and Patrick Singleton Looney (1877 - 1947) and his sister was Elizabeth Looney (Sister Mary Patrick Rupert) (1879 - 1969). All born in Ireland, immigrated to the United States and died in California.

Daniel married Mary Grace (b. Idaho Territory 1875 (?) - San Mateo, CA 1920). They had three children: Edward Francis (Frank) Looney, James Joesph Looney (1913-1988) and Imelda Grace Looney (1909-1986).

Frank married Kay Lynch and had one daughter, Mary.

If anyone can link into this tree or provide me with information I would greatly appreaciate it
Comment by Karen Jayne Worth Carter on October 19, 2009 at 4:48pm
Looking for info on g grandmother Eleanora or Nora Covert Landers Clarke Nelson Bragg. Her last husband was Arthur Virgil Bragg they lived in National City at the time of her death in the 1930 s would like info on her marriage to Arthur Bragg and her death. Thank You Karen Carter
Comment by Nelda Tinker on October 19, 2009 at 2:23pm
Where can I write to in order to get a Copy of my husbands Grandmothers Obituary? She lived in Anaheim California and she died in 1967. She is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Cypress, Orange, California. Thank you!

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