Source Information

The California Missions website ( is an updated and expanded edition of a website that attracts over 1.5 million visitors a year.  It was initially released in 2003 after 18 months of research, discussions with leading historians and authors, and direct input from each of the 21 missions. The research was funded by the California Missions Resource Center, the sponsor of this site. 

The primary author of is David J. McLaughlin. Mr. McLaughlin is the author, with Dr. Ruben Mendoza, of the California Mission Source Book, now in a third edition. Mr. McLaughlin recently published a new, full-color edition of Soldiers, Scoundrels, Poets and Priests (2018). He has also authored summary biographies, timelines, and classroom display material widely used in California schools.

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