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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
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The collection consists of the California Death Index for the years 1905 to 1939. The index is arranged alphabetically by the name of the deceased and includes: initials of spouse, social security number (if known), code number of county where death occurred, date of death, registrar number and state file number. The code for the age unit is listed as follows: <br>1 - Years<br>2 - Months<br>3 - Days<br>4 - Hours<br>5 - Minutes<br>A - 100 years or over<br>[blank] - Unknown<br>
  
This Collection will include records from 1905 to 1939.<br>
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California began indexing death records from various counties before July 1905. California became a state in 1850 with 27 original counties. Today there are 58 counties from that original 27. Although the state ordered the keeping of records in 1905, this order was NOT enforced and each county kept records according to the notion of the local County Recorder.  Some counties will have records from an earlier date than others. Very few records, if any, are available before the 1860's. Original records are located in California at the Office of the State Register, Sacramento, and the Butte County Courthouse, Oroville. Some of the pages in the index, did not get filmed or were missing when the index was originally filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah in 1990.  
  
The collection consists of digital images of the death index located at the Office of the State Register, Sacramento, and the Butte County Courthouse, Oroville. The index is arranged alphabetically by the name of the deceased.  
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Place of death or county where death occurred is given in code as listed in the chart below. Larger cities have the following separate codes: 60 Alameda, 70 Los Angeles, 80 San Diego, 90 San Francisco.
  
For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1932433/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
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===To Browse This Collection===
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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'''The California Death Index''' includes:
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*The name of decedent
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*Initial(s) of spouse
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*Age (coded Units of Age)
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*Sex
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*County of death (coded by County and larger Cities)
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*Date of death
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*Date of registration
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*State file number
  
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.<br>  
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An explanation of the information found on the index, including the keys to the codes used for the units of age and place of death, can be found at this [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-26179-10094-29?cc=1932433&wc=14216745 link].&nbsp; NOTE: Some county codes erroneously include their larger city code. For example: Alameda (County) should be 01; Alameda (City) is 60.<br>
  
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[[California, Death Index, 1905-1939 (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content ==
 
  
 
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The key genealogical facts the California Death Index record may include:
 
 
*Name of deceased
 
*Initials of spouse
 
*Age
 
*Gender
 
*County of death
 
*Date of death
 
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
 
To search the collection you will need follow this series of links:<br>⇒ Select the "Browse through images" link on the initial collection page<br>⇒ Select the "Year Range" category<br>⇒ Select the "Surname Range" category which takes you to the images.
 
 
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. The index entries are brief so it is easy to confuse individuals. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
 
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
 
  
*The name of the person at the time of death
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The counties included in this index as well as their codes are listed in the following chart. They are also found on image 6 of the first "Surname Range" search "A, Yi-Emerson, George."
 
 
 
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These indexes are also found in the Family History Library Catalog [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/620239 California Death Indexes, 1905-1988; 1940-1994] with digital images available for the years 1905 to 1939. Click on the camera icons.
 
 
==== Using the Information  ====
 
 
 
When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
 
 
 
*Use the death date to obtain a death certificate.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
 
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
 
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
 
*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Remember that indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
 
 
==== General Information About This Index  ====
 
 
 
California began indexing death records from various counties before July 1905. California became a state in 1850 with 27 original counties. Although the state ordered the keeping of records, this order was NOT enforced and each county kept records according to the notion of the local County Recorder. Today, there are 58 counties from that original 27. Thus, some counties will have records from an earlier date than others. Very few records, if any, are available before the 1860s.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/california/los-angeles.html Online Los Angeles, California Death Records Indexes]
 
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/california/index.html Online California Death Records Indexes]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cabf1905/ Pre-1905 CA Death Index Project]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[California, County Birth and Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, County Birth and Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[California, Death Index, 1940-1997 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Death Index, 1940-1997 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[California Vital Records]]
 
*[[California Genealogy]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The approximate death date and/or place of death
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=== Search the Index ===
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{{Search Collection Link
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the
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'''{{RecordSearch|1932433|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':
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# Select the '''Year Range'''
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# Select the '''Surname Range''' to view the images.
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/620239 Califoria death indexes, 1905-1988; 1940-1994].  Some catalog records link to multiple references.  In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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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 [https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CHSI/Pages/Vital-Records.aspx Department of Public Health].
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=== I Found the Person I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as birth and marriage
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
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*Search for death or burial information in [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2026973 BillionGraves Index]
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===I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?===
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*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
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
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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.
  
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.  
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;Collection Citation:
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"California Death Index, 1905-1939." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : accessed 2017. Citing Department of Health Services. Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== &nbsp;Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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"California, Death Index, 1905-1939," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 23 April 2012), 1930-1939 &gt; Aabel, Arnold-Hetterman, John &gt; Image 5 of 819, Adelbert, Abbott, 22 September 1935; citing California State Registrar, Sacramento, and the Butte County Courthouse, Oroville.
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Collection years 1905-1939
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of the California Death Index for the years 1905 to 1939. The index is arranged alphabetically by the name of the deceased and includes: initials of spouse, social security number (if known), code number of county where death occurred, date of death, registrar number and state file number. The code for the age unit is listed as follows:
1 - Years
2 - Months
3 - Days
4 - Hours
5 - Minutes
A - 100 years or over
[blank] - Unknown

California began indexing death records from various counties before July 1905. California became a state in 1850 with 27 original counties. Today there are 58 counties from that original 27. Although the state ordered the keeping of records in 1905, this order was NOT enforced and each county kept records according to the notion of the local County Recorder. Some counties will have records from an earlier date than others. Very few records, if any, are available before the 1860's. Original records are located in California at the Office of the State Register, Sacramento, and the Butte County Courthouse, Oroville. Some of the pages in the index, did not get filmed or were missing when the index was originally filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah in 1990.

Place of death or county where death occurred is given in code as listed in the chart below. Larger cities have the following separate codes: 60 Alameda, 70 Los Angeles, 80 San Diego, 90 San Francisco.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California Death Index, 1905-1939.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The California Death Index includes:

  • The name of decedent
  • Initial(s) of spouse
  • Age (coded Units of Age)
  • Sex
  • County of death (coded by County and larger Cities)
  • Date of death
  • Date of registration
  • State file number

An explanation of the information found on the index, including the keys to the codes used for the units of age and place of death, can be found at this link.  NOTE: Some county codes erroneously include their larger city code. For example: Alameda (County) should be 01; Alameda (City) is 60.

Collection Content

Sample Image


Code County Code County Code County
01
Alameda 21 Marin 41 San Mateo
02 Alpine 22 Mariposa 42 Santa Barbara
03 Amador 23 Mendocino 43 Santa Clara
04 Butte 24 Merced 44 Santa Cruz
05 Calaveras 25 Modoc 45 Shasta
06 Colusa 26 Mono 46 Sierra
07 Contra Costa 27 Monterey 47 Siskiyou
08 Del Norte 28 Napa 48 Solano
09 El Dorado 29 Nevada 49 Sonoma
10 Fresno 30 Orange 50 Stanislaus
11 Glenn 31 Placer 51 Sutter
12 Humboldt 32 Plumas 52 Tehama
13 Imperial 33 Riverside 53 Trinity
14 Inyo 34 Sacramento 54 Tulare
15 Kern 35 San Benito 55 Tuolumne
16 Kings 36 San Bernardino 56 Ventura
17 Lake 37 San Diego 57 Yolo
18 Lassen 38 San Francisco 58 Yuba
19 Los Angeles 39 San Joaquin 60 Alameda
20 Madera 40 San Luis Obispo 70 Los Angeles




80 San Diego




90 San Francisco

These indexes are also found in the Family History Library Catalog California Death Indexes, 1905-1988; 1940-1994 with digital images available for the years 1905 to 1939. Click on the camera icons.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate death date and/or place of death

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Year Range
  2. Select the Surname Range to view the images.

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 Department of Public Health.

I Found the Person I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as birth and marriage
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for death or burial information in BillionGraves Index

I Can’t Find the Person 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

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 Death Index, 1905-1939." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Department of Health Services. Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.

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