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California, County Marriages, 1850-1952
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Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1850-1952
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Multiple county courthouses

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of an index of county marriages acquired from local courthouses for the years 1850 to 1952. Coverage years will vary by county.

The county marriage records consist of a number of different type of documents including, licenses, certificates, registers, applications, affidavits, and stubs. These records are often in bound volumes but may also have some loose papers.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for California, County Marriages, 1850-1952.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride, often including the maiden name of the bride
  • Names of the officiator and witnesses
  • Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom
  • Date of the marriage
  • Birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Age and races of the bride and groom
  • Marital status of the bride and groom

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

This table shows the number of record in this collection for each county. To search a specific county click the link in the Search column.

County Records Search
Alameda 886 Search Alameda
Alpine 396 Search Alpine
Amador 14,843 Search Amador
Butte 12,404 Search Butte
Calaveras 3,300 Search Calaveras
Colusa 3,754 Search Colusa
Contra Costa 0 Search Contra Costa
Del Norte 943 Search Del Norte
El Dorado 25,608 Search El Dorado
Fresno 32,711 Search Fresno
Glenn 5,023 Search Glenn
Humboldt 16,535 Search Humboldt
Imperial 10,847 Search Imperial
Inyo 1,233 Search Inyo
Kern 0 Search Kern
Kings 0 Search Kings
Lake 7,240 Search Lake
Lassen 9,952 Search Lassen
Los Angeles 1,313,025 Search Los Angeles
Madera 0 Search Madera
Marin 31,860 Search Marin
Mariposa 12,794 Search Mariposa
Mendocino 11,057 Search Mendocino
Merced 1,994 Search Merced
Modoc 0 Search Modoc
Mono 1,870 Search Mono
Monterey 9,986 Search Monterey
Napa 0 Search Napa
Nevada 14,705 Search Nevada
Orange 146,655 Search Orange
Placer 10,135 Search Placer
Plumas 68 Search Plumas
Riverside 14,947 Search Riverside
Sacramento 40,800 Search Sacramento
San Benito 11,381 Search San Benito
San Bernardino 29,264 Search San Bernardino
San Diego 0 Search San Diego
San Francisco 52,480 Search San Francisco
San Joaquin 52,014 Search San Joaquin
San Luis Obispo 5,316 Search San Luis Obispo
San Mateo 0 Search San Mateo
Santa Barbara 19,935 Search Santa Barbara
Santa Clara 47,227 Search Santa Clara
Santa Cruz 5,154 Search Santa Cruz
Shasta 7,263 Search Shasta
Sierra 3,203 Search Sierra
Siskiyou 0 Search Siskiyou
Solano 23,767 Search Solano
Sonoma 18,124 Search Sonoma
Stanislaus 26,078 Search Stanislaus
Sutter 16,059 Search Sutter
Tehama 4,594 Search Tehama
Trinity 817 Search Trinity
Tulare 0 Search Tulare
Tuolumne 0 Search Tuolumne
Ventura 0 Search Ventura
Yolo 10,958 Search Yolo
Yuba 8,247 Search Yuba
California (state) 1,044,472

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. These collections do not include any human-readable waypoint data making them difficult to use. A table showing each DGS number and its contents can be found in California, County Marriages Digital Folder Number List. The list can be sorted by DGS number, GS number, author, title, and county.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The date of the marriage
  • The place where the marriage occurred

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the California, County Marriages Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

What Do I Do Next[edit | edit source]

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the census records
  • Use the information found in the record to find probate records
  • If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records as well

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of California.

FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Historical Records[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Digital Library[edit | edit source]

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Click here for a list of known issues with this collection.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.