With the help of a distant cousin, I have managed to track and complete my family tree back to 1540. One thing is bugging me and that is during the early 1850's some of my relatives emigrated to California during the early years of the gold rush. Obviously English records do not hold any information about their descendants. I have tried several methods of tracking the family name from this time and none of them, especially the online genealogy sites have provided any useful information. If someone could give me any help in pointing me to the relevant government department, city records office etc. who may have historical details on record, I should be able to contact the specific town authorities and pick up the trail from there. Many thanks in advance.