California has a wealth of resources for the genealogist. This is only a partial list of what is available to get you started: Things change. We suggest you check directly with each library for hours, location, the contents of their collection and any other help they may be able to provide you.
Family History Centers are operated by the Mormon Church (Church of Latter Day Saints). They are open to anyone free of charge. They are particularly strong on census and other microfilmed vital records from just about anywhere on earth. Films not on the shelves can be ordered for a small charge. Each center has computerized indexes for searching individuals, catalog entries and other information. You can search on Google.com for the nearest location.
Local Genealogical and/or Historical Societies.
These are good resources to contact for beginning genealogy classes that can help immensely in your Mayflower application research.
California Mayflower Society Library,
405 – 14th Street, Basement Level, Oakland CA 94612, (510) 451-9599.
Open Monday 9-4pm and other hours upon request.
California Genealogical Society and Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2 Oakland, CA 94612-3017, (510) 663-1358
Shasta Genealogical Society
c/o Barbara Fork 18598 Thomas Road Anderson, CA 96007
California Society Daughters of the American Revolution Library Room, Fresno Library
2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno, CA 93721. (559) 600-7323
Contact: Nance Espinoza
California State Library
914 Capital Mall, Sacramento CA, (916) 654-0176,
Napa Valley Genealogical & Geographical Society
1701 Menlo Avenue, Napa CA
National Archives, Pacific Sierra Region
1000 Commodore Avenue, San Bruno CA, (415) 876-9009
Santa Rosa Family History Center
1725 Peterson Lane, Santa Rosa CA 95401
Society of California Pioneers Library
7 Hawthorn Street, San Francisco CA 94105
Sonoma Valley Family History Center
16280 La Grama, Agua Caliente CA, (415)731-4477
Bancroft Library (California and the West)
University of California Campus, Berkeley CA, (510) 641-3781
Genealogy Branch of California State Library
1630 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco CA 94132, (415) 469-6100
Genealogical Society of Morongo Basin
PO Box 234 Yucca Valley, CA 92286
Los Angeles Public Library
630 West 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90071
North San Diego County Genealogical Society
Carlsbad City Library
1250 Carlsbad Village Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008-1991
Orange County California Genealogical Society, c/o Huntington Beach Library,
7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92646-1232.
Orange Family History Center
674 S Yorba St, Orange, California 92693, (714) 997-7710
Questing Heirs Genealogical Society
c/o Long Beach Public Library
101 Pacific Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802
Riverside City/County Library
3581 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA 92503
San Bernardino Library
401 West Fourth Street San Bernardino, CA 92401
San Diego Genealogy Society
7343 Ronson Road, Suite O San Diego, CA 92111-1430 , (858) 279-7347
San Diego Public Library
820 E. Street San Diego, CA 92101
Sons of the Revolution Library
600 South Central Avenue Glendale, CA 91204-2009
Southern California Genealogy Society Library
417 Irving Dr. Burbank, CA 91504
Sun City Public Library
26982 Cherry Hills Blvd. Manifee, CA 92586, (951) 679-3534