Coordinator of This Site

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I am Elizabeth E. Bullard, coordinator and website designer for The Tuolumne County CAGenWeb Project since 01 Jul 2011 and State Coordinator for The CAGenWeb Project since 01 Sep 2017. I am a member in good standing of the California Genealogical Society, the California Historical Society, the New England Historical Genealogical Society, and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

I hope that you will find this site helpful and that you enjoy your visit. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me by emailing me at

My sincerest thanks to the previous county coordinators, Windi Gandolfo (1996-1997) and
Bill Koch
(1997-2011), for all of their hard work on this website and dedication to this project.


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A Little Bit About
Tuolumne County

Tuolumne County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Prior to statehood, it had been referred to as Oro County. Parts of the county were given to Stanislaus County in 1854 and to Alpine County in 1864.

The name Tuolumne is Native American in origin and has various translations, depending upon the interpreter. "Many Stone Houses", "Land of Mountain Lions" and "Straight Up Steep" are a few of the interprettions - the latter of these by William Fuller, a native chief. Mariano Vallejo, in his report to the first California State Legislature, claimed that the word is "a corruption of the MiWok word talmalamne, which signifies 'cluster of stone wigwams'."

Tuolumne County's 1,030,812 acres include federal lands, such as Yosemite National Park, Stanislaus National Forest, Bureau of Land Management lands and Native American reservations.

Neighboring Counties

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Alpine County (north-northeast)
Calaveras County (north-northwest)
Mariposa County (south)
Merced County (south-southwest)
Mono County (east)
Stanislaus County (west-southwest)



The USGenWeb Project

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Organized in 1996, The USGenWeb Project is a loosely-organized group of volunteers that work to create a center for genealogical research for every county in the United States.

The USGenWeb Project is non-commercial and fully-committed to providing free access to genealogical and historical resources for everyone. The USGenWeb Project also sponsors several special projects at the national level.

To learn more about The USGenWeb Project and its history, visit the national site.

Our Founder

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Jeff Donald Murphy was born August 28, 1947, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a son of Powell Davis Murphy and Marjorie (Morrison) Murphy, and passed away May 20, 2001, Gresham, Oregon.

Jeff was the founder of The KYGenWeb Project, The USGenWeb Project, The USBiographies Project and co-founder of The KYBiographies Project.

The CAGenWeb Project

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First loaded onto the Internet on July 16, 1996, The CAGenWeb Project was created when The USGenWeb Project organizers expanded by creating individual projects for every state within the U.S.A. and its territories. To learn more about The CAGenWeb Project, visit the state site.

Richard S. Wilson was
The CAGenWeb Project's
1st State Coordinator, serving from
Jul 1996 to Jun 2009.
















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10-Feb-2019 23:24