California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985
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|California, United States|
|Flag of California|
|Location of California|
|Record Type||Marriage Index|
|Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
The collection consists of an index to marriages from the California Department of Health Services in Sacramento, for the years 1960 to 1985. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The index provides:
- Name of bride and groom
- Marriage date and place
- Name of spouse (May only list surname)
- Reference ID - Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate Number
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California county marriage records, click here.
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the bride and groom
- The approximate marriage date and place
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. Keep track of your research in a research log.
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 Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital such as birth, baptism, or death
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
- Search the marriage index for other family members
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. You could get a copy of the original record from the Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento
- 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 records of a nearby town or county
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
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.
- Collection Citation
"California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. From "California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985." Database and images. Ancestry.com. www.ancestry.com : 2007. Citing Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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