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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
*Name
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*Name  
 
*Identifying information such date or place of birth
 
*Identifying information such date or place of birth
  
=== Search the Collection ===
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=== Search the Collection ===
  
 
To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:  
 
To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.  
 
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.  
 
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.  
 
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].  
  
=== Using the Information ===
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=== Using the Information ===
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example, use the date and place of birth to look for church and census records.
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example, use the date and place of birth to look for church and census records.  
  
=== Tips to Keep in Mind ===
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind ===
  
 
*The event locations in this collection are listed by county and state and not by city and state. For example, Los Angeles, Kern, San Diego, etc. refer to counties not cities or towns. Burbank, California, is in Los Angeles County as an example.  
 
*The event locations in this collection are listed by county and state and not by city and state. For example, Los Angeles, Kern, San Diego, etc. refer to counties not cities or towns. Burbank, California, is in Los Angeles County as an example.  
 
*Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.  
 
*Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.  
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*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
  
 
=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
 
=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.  
*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.  
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
  
{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|California, Birth Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[California Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this state see the wiki article [[California]].}}
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|California, Birth Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[California Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this state see the wiki article [[California]].}}  
  
 
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== Related Websites  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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== Citation for This Collection  ==
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
  
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  

Revision as of 16:45, 15 August 2014

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Record Description

The collection consists of a name index to birth records created by the California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section in Sacramento. The collection covers the years 1905 to 1995.

The event locations in this collection are listed by county and state and not by city and state. For example, Los Angeles, Kern, San Diego, etc. refer to counties not cities or towns. Burbank, California, is in Los Angeles County as an example.

Record Content

The index includes the following:

  • Name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Sex
  • Mother's surname

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name
  • Identifying information such date or place of birth

Search the Collection

To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example, use the date and place of birth to look for church and census records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The event locations in this collection are listed by county and state and not by city and state. For example, Los Angeles, Kern, San Diego, etc. refer to counties not cities or towns. Burbank, California, is in Los Angeles County as an example.
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Related Websites

California Department of Public Health

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Contributions to This Article

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

California Department of Health Services. Birth Index. Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento, California.