Ancestry.com. Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties, California Biographical History [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003.Original data: A Memorial and Biographical History of the Counties of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern, California. Chicago, IL, USA: Lewis Publishing, [189?].
Located on the southern end of California's Central Valley are three of the state's largest counties--Fresno, Tulare, and Kern. This database is a memorial and biographical history of these counties. It contains a history of California from the earliest period to the nineteenth century, along with biographical sketches of some of these counties' most prominent men and many of their pioneers. This database is a wonderful source of information for researchers with ancestors from this area. Not only may it provide you with information on the time and place in which your ancestors lived that will help you place them in historical context, but it may also provide you with very specific information about your ancestors. Even if your ancestors are not mentioned in the biographical sketches, this portion of the work can still be of great worth. Much can be learned about the lives of our ancestors by reading about the lives of others who lived during the same time period.