Historic and Geologic Resources
of South Central California
(Including, Tehachapi, the Mojave Desert
and Southern San Joaquin Valley)
Tehachapi Area Resources
United States General Land Office Deed (Patent) Records For the Tehachapi Area
Township 31 South, Mount Diablo Meridian
Township 32 South, Mount Diablo Meridian
San Bernardino Meridian
What are Townships, Ranges and Meridians anyway?
In September 2008 I was contacted by an
acquaintance Dave Dyas who was looking for more information about
Thomas Godwin, who is buried in the old Tehachapi cemetery. Dave and
his wife have adopted Thomas Godwin's grave site - to maintain it. I
told him I would see what I would find in Ancestry.com. With this
little project I started putting together the genealogies of the
pioneers of Tehachapi.
In my own family genealogy research I
have run into counties here and there across the fruited plain that
have begun their own county genealogies. What this means is that
your ancestor ever lived in one of these counties they are collecting
information about them - very handy. These websites provided the
seed of the idea for this
If you have a subscription to
Ancestry.com my website is at: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/7543510/recent
If you don't a subscription you will need
to set up a guest account by going to this page:
The first line in the first paragraph says:
"To use any of the features on Ancestry, a user must have at least a Guest registration. To create a registered guest account, click here."
So click the "click here" and set up a guest account. Then let me know (my email address is below) that you have set up a guest account.. and send me the account name you created, then I will send you an invitation.
Here is another option. Though frozen in time (today, November 11, 2009) I exported my on-line family tree to a GEDCOM file. It would be best to import the file into a recent version of Family Tree Maker. HOWEVER, you can down load the free genealogy program Personal Ancestral File (PAF) from HERE and import my GEDCOM file into a new family tree. (Expect LOTS of errors).
I would love any contributions. Especially photos.
Expect to see more here on this subject.
Regional Historical Resources
Mojave Desert Mining History
Local Area Links
Historic Central California Reference Material
Early Newspaper Clippings of the Southern San Joaquin Valley
(Includes Fort Tejon, Indians, Tehachapi, Havaliah, Bakersfield, Mining)
Kern County Historical Society