California Death Index 1940-1997 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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California, Death Index, 1940-1997 .
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- 1 What Is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search The Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
- 6 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What Is in the Collection?
This collection consists of a name index of death records for the years 1940 to 1997. The index was created by the California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section in Sacramento.
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The index includes the following:
- Date and place of birth
- Date and place of death
- Father's last name
- Mother's maiden name
How Do I Search The Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The date and place of death.
Search the Index
How Do I Analyze the Results?
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.
For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
What Do I Do Next?
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 at the California Department of Public Health.
I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?
- In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation below in the Citing This Collection section.
- Use the age or estimated birth date to find other county or California Vital Records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the United States Census, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records) or the United States Census, 1900 (FamilySearch Historical Records). Search the state censuses as well.
- Use the information found in the record to find California, County Probate Books (FamilySearch Historical Records).
- Use the information found in the record to find California, Alameda County, Land Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).
- Search for death or burial information in BillionGraves Index.
- If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records as well.
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?
- 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. Try searching for these names as well.
- Check the infobox above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
Citing This Collection
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.
- "California, Death Index, 1940-1997." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
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