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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Joaquin, ...Obituary Index, 1850-1991.

This collection consists of images of index cards located at the San Joaquin County Public Library in Stockton, California. The index cards contain clippings of obituaries from various San Joaquin County and Stockton city newspapers. The collection covers the years 1850 to 1991.

For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Record Content

Obituaries usually include the following:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Occupation and residence
  • Names of surviving family members
  • Cause of death
  • Date, place and time of funeral services or burial

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The person’s name
  • The approximate death date
  • The person’s last known residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image.
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Surname Range" which takes you to the images

Search the collection by image, you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

  • These records are often brief so it can be easy to confuse individuals.
  • 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.

Using the Information

Once you have located your ancestor’s obituary, look at the pieces of information given in the obituary for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the birth date or year to search for birth records.
  • Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records.
  • Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • 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 been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. 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.
  • These records are often brief so it can be easy to confuse individuals.

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 cemeteries.
  • 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 with the same family number.
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Related Websites

Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library Genealogy Resources

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: California, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991

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

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Joaquin, ...Obituary Index, 1850-1991.


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, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991" Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing County Public Library, Stockton.