Native Daughters of the Golden West -

Pioneer Roster

The Native Daughters of the Golden West maintain a permanent record of information concerning California Pioneers who resided or were born in California before December 31, 1869. This is a valuable research tool. They have allowed the California State Library System to microfilm the information and it is available from the California State Library in Sacramento and the Sutro Branch in San Francisco, California. To date they have over 34,300 Pioneers registered.

The California Pioneer Project here on the internet is obviously a transitory and not a permanent record. If you have Pioneers who qualify I would request that you submit your information to the NDGW Archives Committee. The information must be submitted on their registration form. You need not be a member of their organization to take part in this project.



The Research Library contains the Roster of California Pioneers, NDGW Archives and California History Collection. Visits by appointment only the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 555 Baker Street, San Francisco. Please email the Corresponding Secretary to set up an apointment or call (415) 292-6760 or (800) 994-6349. For research by mail, write our committee: address below.


Veneration of California Pioneers is one of the principles adopted in1886 upon the founding of the Order of the Native Daughters of theGolden West. Members have been compiling information about CaliforniaPioneers since 1935. There are over 33,000 entries in our publicationRoster of California Pioneers.

Pioneers who entered the State or were born in California prior to 1870qualify for this register.

Biographical entries may contain full name of Pioneer, place and date ofbirth, marriage and death, date of arrival in California, method oftravel, name of trail or vessel; states lived in prior to California,place and year of California residence; where educated, profession oroccupation, public offices held; names of children; parents names; name,address, relationship of informant, (if any); date of registration andfacts of interest concerning early history.

Access: to the Original Roster is provided by the Index to the Roster ofCalifornia Pioneers. A Supplemental Index has been printed for newentries.

In 1985, with the assistance of the California State Library, the Rosterwas microfilmed. The original Roster is available for research at TheNative Daughters of the Golden West Home in San Francisco. Microfilmcopies are available at the State Libraries "California Room" inSacramento, Sutro Library in San Francisco, Los Angeles Public Library,San Diego Public Library and the Library of Congress In May 1996, NDGWmicrofilmed new entries and addenda, they are available in Sacramento,San Francisco and Library of Congress.

Entering Pioneers into this collection: information must be submitted onour official NDGW Registration Form. This form is attached and may bephotocopied. Computer generated Ancestor Charts and Family Group sheetsare welcome as a verification of information but will not be become partof our records, nor be returned to sender. There is no fee for thisservice.

Addenda will be accepted for prior Pioneer Registrations. Informationmay be requested about the availability of the Index and microfilmcopies. Send your request to this committee.


Holdings: Papers, records, publications since the founding of theOrder in 1886.


Holdings: a limited collection of census, microfiche, state and localhistories.

The Native Daughters of the Golden West and its Archives committee can be reached by writing to:

Native Daughters of the Golden West
543 Baker Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1405

For inquiries and information about the Society please contact the Corresponding Secretary.

Viewing of the Archives is by appointment only.Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and indicate the number of forms you require.

An Adobe Acrobat file of the Pioneer Submittal Form is here. For those of you without Acrobat you can download a free copy from Acrobat.

You can access the master index as follows:

Native Daughters of the Golden West Master Pioneer Roster Index

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