Source Information

California State Archive
Ancestry.com. California, Occupational Licenses, Registers, and Directories, 1876-1969 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Occupational Records. California State Archives, Sacramento, California.

About California, Occupational Licenses, Registers, and Directories, 1876-1969

This collection contains occupational licenses, registers, exam applications, directories, and similar documents issued in California for various occupations, including

  • attorneys
  • cosmeticians
  • dental hygienists
  • dentists
  • hairdressers
  • manicurists
  • medical examiners
  • nurses
  • pharmacists
  • physicians
  • surgeons

Details vary widely depending on the document but might include name, residence, birth date and place or age, record date, photo, school, graduation or licensing date, or other information.

Note: In some cases, individuals who were licensed or registered in California are listed as residing out-of-state.