Source Information

California State Library
Ancestry.com. California, American Biography and Genealogy [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data:

Burdette, Robert J., ed. American Biography and Genealogy: California Edition. Volumes I–II. Chicago, New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, [1912?]. California State Library, Sacramento, California.

About California, American Biography and Genealogy

This database contains two volumes of biographical sketches of prominent early Californians.

What You Can Find in the Records

Robert J. Burdette’s California edition of American Biography and Genealogy contains biographical sketches of prominent Californians from the state’s early years through the first decade of the 20th century. Some of the biographies are quite extensive and may contain details such as

  • names
  • dates
  • birthplaces
  • spouse and marriage details
  • children
  • parents’ names
  • education
  • professional accomplishments
  • places lived in
  • political offices and affiliation
  • various details from the extended family’s history

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