Thursday, January 12, 2017

San Francisco Timeline

This is a very basic (incomplete) timeline of San Francisco, and a few resources that may be helpful in you genealogical research. Click here for a post containing links to documents, images, rosters etc.. with references to San Franciso. Click here for the list of counties in California.

Some of the  Native American Tribes known to inhabit California were the Hupa, Maidu, Pomo, Modic, Mohave, Chowignas, Pimunguns.  According to Ereferencedesk there were over 135 distinct language dialects.
1542 The official discovery of California by Spain
1545 Typhus and other European diseases start killing larges amounts of native populations in Cuba, and New Spain
1579 Sir Francis Drake claims some land north of San Francisco for England
1633 - 1634 Small Pox
Spanish missionaries start settling California in the 1700s
1775 - 1783 Revolutionary War
1776 Declaration of Independence signed
1776 - Presidio of San Francisco Established
1776 - Mission San Francisco de Asis Established
1793 Yellow Fever
1812 Russian fur traders build Fort Ross just north of San Francisco
1820 American Trappers start arriving from the East
1820 - 1875 Texas - Indian Wars
1821 Mexico gained independence from Spain
1832 - 1866 Cholera
1846 - San Francisco (formerly Yerba Buena) gets it's name
1846 - 1848 Mexican - American War
1848 California is ceded to the United States by Mexico
1849 The Gold Rush begins
1850 California becomes the 31st State
1850 - San Francisco Incorporated
1858 Scarlet Fever
1861-1864 The Civil War
1862 The Great Floods  
1863 Emancipation Proclamation
1863 - San Francisco / San Jose Railroad begins operations
1865 - Daily Examiner begins publiction
1867 - Street begging banned in San Francisco
1867 - San Francisco County Almshouse opens
1877 Jim Crow Law enacted till 1950s
1878 - San Francisco Public Library founded
1882 The Chinese Exclusion Act
1898 the American Anti-Imperialist  League formed
1900 Oil discovered in California
1905 Japanese and Korean Exclusion league formed in California and gained 80,000 + members
1906 - San Francisco great earthquake. April 18 est. 3,000 deaths, and about 80% of the city was destroyed by fire, displacing many citizens
1906 - 1907 Typhoid
1910 Angel Island opens (West Coast’s Ellis Island)
1913 California Alien Land Law
1914 - 1918 WWI
1915 - 1955 Polio Outbreaks
1918 - 1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic
1920 ACLU founded
1920 Women get the right to vote
1920 - 1933 Prohibition
1921 - 1925 Diphtheria Outbreaks
1924 United States gives citizenship to some Native Americans
1929 Beginning of the Great Depression
1934 Alcatraz Opens
1936 - Bay Bridge opens
1939 - 1945 WWII
1941 Pearl Harbor
1942 President Roosevelt Signed Executive Order 9066 (Feb)
1942 General Dewitt issued Public Proclamation No. 1(Mar, internment camps)  

Useful Resources  This is a great site I stumbled across, that has links to databases and more.  It has resources for many counties surrounding San Francisco

San Francisco Museum and Historical Society

National Japanese Historical Society

San Francisco History Association

San Francisco National Cemetery

Mission Delores

San Francisco Colma Cemetrey Index Search

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