Sunday, September 4, 2011


I am a first-generation Californian. Except for a few years in Alaska as a child, I have lived and worked here all my life. It is home. But my ancestors came from places like Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Minnesota, and from France, Germany, England, and Wales.

On this blog, I plan to share information for those who

  • live in Southern California and are researching ancestors who, like mine, lived somewhere else.
  • live someplace else and are researching family who lived in Southern California.

Defining the boundaries of Southern California can be controversial - everyone has their own ideas about what areas should be included! I have chosen to include the ten counties shown on the map on the right sidebar: Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo (not listed in any particular order).

Posts will feature repositories, special collections, museums, libraries, and archives. I'll post about events, both current and historical, and how they may add to our knowledge of our ancestors' lives. There will likely be a few posts about California history.

I hope you'll join me on this journey of discovery!

© 2011 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research


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  2. Looking forward to your blog. I, too, am a CA native with relatives from everywhere else. My daughter started attending school down in SoCal, so I will be making more trips than usual. I already raided a few libraries while down there and look forward to continued research. My husband's family settled in SoCal, so researching as much for him as myself.

  3. Great idea for a blog Denise. Maybe I should start one for Northern California?

  4. Sheri, if you start a similar blog for Northern California, we could be the "California Genie Twins"!

  5. Now how can I pass on something like that? LOL Probably more like Frick and Frack.

    OK Let me see what I can come up with.