I am researching the Russell family of California. My 3rd great Grand father Eli Sugar Russell came overland in 1852 from Birksville, Cumberland, Kentucky. He tried his hand at mining and did quite well. In the spring of 1858 he maried Cathrine Baker. They moved to a town near Fresno where they started a family and took up farming.
In addition I am also working on the Brockman,Cartwright,
Carriger,Culbertson,Embree,Lewis,and Riggins familys. I would be happy to talk to anyone researching these lines.