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Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington

Let others leave their hearts in San Francisco — you're here to find your ancestors.

California's “golden gate,” epitomized by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, was more than merely metaphorical for the ancestors of millions of today's Americans. For the forty-niners who came from the East seeking their fortune, California's appeal was literally golden. For immigrants from Asia, California was the gateway to a new land.

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