California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
California, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage Index
Collection years 1960-1985
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Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento


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.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The index may include the following information:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Marriage date and place
  • Name of spouse (May only list surname)
  • Reference ID - Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate Number

Collection Content

Coverage Map

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

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


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.

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 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 census records.

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.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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