The web provides a number of genealogical resources. Even though the Los Angeles City Historical Society is not focused on genealogy, we do receive many questions from the public. To assist, here are some links to genealogy resources.

(Note: Special thanks to Mrs. Blizzard's Fifth Grade class at Pinewood Elementary for providing some additional resources that we didn't know about!)

Southern California Genealogical Society

For information related to Southern California, we recommend starting with the Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library. 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 is a service provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and its Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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.

National Archives'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. 

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 County 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.

The Ultimate Guide to Military Records for Genealogy

Although not always considered in genealogical research when looking for things like birth, marriage and death information, military records can give you a wealth of information you won’t find anywhere else. This is a beginners guide to military records. It focuses on American Wars between the Revolutionary War and WWII.