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== What Do I Do Next? ==
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Use the age or estimated birth date to find vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death *Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records*Use the information found in the record to find probate records*Use the information found in the record to find land and property records*Search for death or burial information in [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2026973 BillionGraves Index]*If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records as well=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names
=== Research Helps ===
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[California, United States Genealogy|California]].
* [[California Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
* Step-by-Step Research: [[Step-by-Step California Research, 1850-1905|1850-1905]] | [[Step-by-Step California Research, 1905-Present|1905-Present]]
 
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