THE NATIVE DAUGHTERS OF THE GOLDEN WEST
ROSTER OF CALIFORNIA PIONEERS
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Veneration of California Pioneers is one of the principles adopted in 1886 upon the founding of the Order of the Native Daughters of the Golden West.
Since 1935 members and non-members of the NDGW have been submitting information about California Pioneers born in or present in the state of California prior to 1870.
There are now over 35,000 entries permanently archived in individual volumes of 500 pioneers each in the California Room Library at the Native Daughters of the Golden West Home, San Francisco. Biographical entries may contain full name of Pioneer, place and date of birth, marriage and death, date of arrival in California, method of travel, name of trail or vessel, states lived in prior to California, places and years of California residence, where educated, profession or occupation, public offices held, names of children, parents names, name, address, relationship of informant, (if any), date of registration and facts of interest concerning early history.
Entries are 100% user-submitted. Genealogical information should be verified by reputable sources.
In 1985, with the assistance of the California State Library, the Roster was microfilmed. Microfilm and/or CD copies are available at the State Library's "California Room" in Sacramento, Sutro Library in San Francisco, Los Angeles Public Library, San Diego Public Library and the Library of Congress. In 2008 all updates to the Roster database and Index will be available to participating libraries.
Entering Pioneers into this Collection
First, check the Roster Index below to see if the Pioneer is already listed. If so, your information will be entered either as a "S" (supplemental information to the original such as photos or newspaper articles) or "A" (addenda information substantial different, corrected or more inclusive than the original). The same form can be used for either.
information must be submitted on our official NDGW Registration Form. The form is available for download and via email or snail mail by request. See below for contact information.
Download Submission Form Here
The form is in "portable document format" (.pdf). If you need the free reader for .pdf download at Adobe Reader (Free)
Computer-generated GEDCOMS and Family Group Sheets are accepted along with the original submission but will NOT be become part of our records or provided as part of the "Lookup Service"
Index to the Roster of California Pioneers
The Index to the Roster of California Pioneers is available on-line and at the following libraries:
Sutro (San Francisco), the San Francisco Public Library, the Los Angeles Public Library, the San Diego Public Library, the California Room, Sacramento (full database on film) and the Library of Congress (full database on film).
The Native Daughters of the Golden West Pioneer Roster and Archives Committee will provide copies of the submissions for a donation of $4.00 per name.
Instructions for Obtaining Copies of the Roster Submission
Locate your pioneer(s) in the index and note ALL the page and volume numbers associated with him/her (Listings 1 thru 5 as appropriate).
Include the following:
A list of the pioneer information above along with your name, address, phone number and email address in case we have a question about your request.
**A STAMPED SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE**
Legal-size (business) Envelope for 4 prints or less
8-1/2 x 11" manila envelope for 5 prints or more
$4.00 per name check or money order
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THE NATIVE DAUGHTERS OF THE GOLDEN WEST RESEARCH LIBRARY
The Research Library contains the Roster of California Pioneers, NDGW Archives and California History Collection.
Visits by appointment only. Please email us to make an appointment.
NATIVE DAUGHTERS OF THE GOLDEN WEST ARCHIVES
Holdings: Papers, records, publications since the founding of the Order in 1886.
CALIFORNIA HISTORY COLLECTION
Holdings: a limited collection of census, state and local histories.
THE NATIVE DAUGHTERS OF THE GOLDEN WEST
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West
please visit our web page at Native Daughters of the Golden West,
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