Explore these valuable web links to educational and cultural organizations and genealogy tools, intended to support your personal, cultural and educational growth.
Educational and Cultural Resources:
The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Located in Santa Rosa and developed by the National Indian Justice Center, the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center provides programs and services to support the education and vitality of California Indian people, as well as a museum to tell the story of California Indian history to all. Check out their great interactive map on the California Missions.
The Miwok Archaeological Preserve of Marin
Since the 1970’s, the Miwok Archaeological Preserve of Marin has strived to present the public with historically and culturally accurate information on the Coast Miwok people of Marin. They offer a number of classes, publications and media materials. They also work closely with the National Parks to maintain Kule Loklo, an interpretive village site located at Point Reyes. Held at Kule Loklo every summer is the annual Big Time festival.
The Marin Museum of the American Indian
Located in Novato, California, the Marin Museum of the American Indian has presented a number of different exhibits over the years focused on Northern California tribes. They also focus on educating school children and specialize in group activities and presentations both during the school year and in the summer.
Genealogy and Ancestry
Bureau of Indian Affairs – Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry
This website was created by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and is a great place for those looking to begin the process of learning more about their Native ancestry.
The National Archives
Many California Indians can trace their ancestry to the 1940 Census. The National Archives has made this census available online and it is an excellent tool for those looking to trace their ancestry.
The Huntington Library Early California Population Project
The Huntington Library Early California Population Project provides users with access to California Mission records containing information on 110,000 early Californians. Enter your name and email to access the records. You may search a number of different fields including baptismal and death records, family names and date of birth/death. This is an exceptional resource to gain additional information on family members living during the Mission period.
The USGenWeb Project
This site is a very useful free alternative to other genealogical websites that may charge a fee to search their records.
The CAGenWeb Project
A very extensive website documenting the Mission period of California. If you have knowledge of a family connection to a particular Mission in California, this site is a great place to conduct additional research.