California, USA, the Golden State
31st State; Statehood, 1850; Capital City, Sacramento

Family members associated with California:

  • Thomas Albert Coyle 1883 – 1962 CA
  • William Paul Coyle 1894 – 1963 CA
  • Denny & Danny Mark b 1946

History & Overview. According to the History Channel Website:

The first Spanish missionaries arrived in California in the 1700s, but California didn’t become a U.S. territory until 1847, as part of the treaty ending the Mexican-American War. Shortly thereafter, the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 inspired a wave of settlers to head to the west coast in search of fortune. In 1850 California became the 31st state, and is now the third largest state behind Alaska and Texas. With millions of acres of farmland, California leads the U.S. in agricultural production. The state is also home to famous cultural institutions and national parks including: Hollywood, Disneyland, Yosemite National Park, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Useful websites:

One Response to California

  1. Thanks and New Suggestion for your “California” Page

    Hi there,

    First off, I wanted to say thank you for putting together the “California” page on your site ( There are some really useful links/resources on there.

    Also, there’s an in-depth guide called the “California History Resource Guide” ( that I thought your visitors would also find helpful. Perhaps it would be worth adding it to your list of resources? Let me know what you think.

    In any case, hopefully I’m not bothering you. Have a great day!


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