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'''Introduction to Vital Records'''
 
  
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/california.htm California Vital Records State Department of Health] or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also [https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=California+Statewide+Indexes&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= California Statewide Indexes] at the Family History Library.
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== Online Resources ==
  
[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/CAResearch_BirMar.php CSGA CA Research Aid - Birth and Marriage Records]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2001287 California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994]. Images.
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*{{RecordSearch|1674703|California, Births and Christenings, 1812-1988}} Index only
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60239 California, Select Births and Christenings, 1812-1988] ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|2001287|California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994}} Index and images
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60240 California, County Birth and Death Records, 1849-1994], ($). Images.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8834 California, Birth Records from Select Counties, 1872-1987], ($). Images.
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*{{RecordSearch|2001879|California, Birth Index, 1905-1995}}
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5247 California Birth Index, 1905-1995] ($)<br><br>
  
[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/CAResearch_Death.php CSGA CA Research Aid - Death Records]  
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<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''Marriage'''''</span></center>
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*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=california United States Marriages – California, 1667-2007] ($) index and images
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*[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriages]
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=70016 Web: Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011] Index ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7848 California Marriages, 1850-1877] Index ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1674735|California, Marriages, 1850-1945}} Index only
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60241 California, Select Marriages, 1850-1945] Index ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1804002|California, County Marriages, 1850-1952}} Index and images.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8797 California, Marriage Records from Select Counties, 1850-1941], ($). Images.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5186 California, Marriage Index, 1949-1959], ($).
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*{{RecordSearch|1949339|California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985}}<br><br>
  
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<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''Death'''''</span></center>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2001287 California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994]. Images.
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*{{RecordSearch|2001287|California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994}} Index and images
| valign="middle" | <center>'''&nbsp; [[Image:Vital Records.jpg|center|250px|Vital Records.jpg]]&nbsp;&nbsp; '''<br></center>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8835 California, Death and Burial Records from Select Counties, 1873-1987], ($). Images.
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*{{RecordSearch|1932433|California, Death Index, 1905-1939}} Index and images
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*{{RecordSearch|2015582|California, Death Index, 1940-1997}}
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5187 California, Death Index, 1905-1939] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5180 California, Death Index, 1940-1997] ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}}
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60901 U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007], incomplete, ($).
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693 U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014] ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1385518|California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979}}
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60249 San Francisco Area, California, Funeral Home Records, 1850-1931] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2453 California, Mortuary Records of Chinese Decedents, 1870-1933], index, incomplete, ($)<br><br>
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<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''Divorce'''''</span></center>
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*{{RecordSearch|2015584|California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984}}
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1141 California Divorce Index, 1966-1984] ($)
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=== More Online Links  ===
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*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#California California Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com] - Free
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*The Vital Records Search and Information Directory for [http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-CA-NDX.html California] - Free
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*See the California sections at [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html Online Birth Marriage Records Indexes] and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Online Death Records Indexes] - Free
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*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/ California Genealogy and History], including individual Counties - Free
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*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/California.htm California Certificates] online - <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />
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*Search the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernstates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] - Free<br>
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== Introduction to Vital Records ==
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[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]&nbsp;has&nbsp;additional research guidance&nbsp;on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be&nbsp;purchased from&nbsp;the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/california.htm California Vital Records State Department of Health] or the&nbsp;County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=383&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20California%22 California Statewide Indexes] at the Family History Library.
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| valign="middle" height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | '''Birth Records'''  
| height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" valign="middle" | '''Marriage Records'''&nbsp;  
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| valign="middle" height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | '''Marriage Records'''&nbsp;  
| height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" valign="middle" | '''Death/Will'''&nbsp;'''Records'''
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| valign="middle" height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | '''Death''' '''Records'''
 
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| height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" valign="middle" | [http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5247&cj=1&sid=dicabirth&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978 1905 - 1995] $  
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| valign="middle" height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | [http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5247&cj=1&sid=dicabirth&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978 1905 - 1995] $  
| height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" valign="middle" | [http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=1144&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 1960 - 1985] $  
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| valign="middle" height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=1144&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 1960 - 1985] $  
| height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" valign="middle" | [http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ca/death/search.cgi?cj=1&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978 1940-1997]  
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| valign="middle" height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2015582?collectionNameFilter=false 1940-1997]
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== California&nbsp;Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
 
== California&nbsp;Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
  
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating California Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]]. Check [[California_Vital_Records|California Vital Records&nbsp;Online]] for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for California Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index. '''<br>'''  
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The following is a list of online resources useful for locating California Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]]. Check [[California Online Genealogy Records]] for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for California Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index. '''<br>'''  
  
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#California California Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free  
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#California California Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://cagenweb.com/ California Site] - Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://cagenweb.com/ California Site] - Free  
*Search Historical Record Collections on [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] for [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=11 California] - Free&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*Search Historical Record Collections on [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] for [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=11 California] - Free  
*See the California sections at [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html Online Birth &amp; Marriage Records Indexes]&nbsp;and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Online Death Records Indexes] -&nbsp;Free/$
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*See the California sections at [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html Online Birth Marriage Records Indexes] and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Online Death Records Indexes] - Free  
*Search the [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=7&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true California Birth, Marriage &amp; Death] Records at Ancestry.com - $&nbsp;
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*Search the [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=7&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true California Birth, Marriage Death] Records at Ancestry.com ($).
*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/California.htm California Certificates]&nbsp;This site&nbsp;from the&nbsp;National Center of Disease Control &nbsp;gives addresses, information and fees for obtaining&nbsp;birth, death, marriage, and divorce records from the state of California as well as links to the agencies' websites.  
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*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/California.htm California Certificates] This site from the National Center of Disease Control gives addresses, information and fees for obtaining birth, death, marriage, and divorce records from the state of California as well as links to the agencies' websites.  
*Search the [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Western_States_Marriage_Index Western States Marriage Index] -&nbsp;Free  
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*Search the [[Western States Marriage Index|Western States Marriage Index]] - Free  
 
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/norcal/caldata.htm#calvitals California Vital Indexes] from NorCal Genealogy<br>
 
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/norcal/caldata.htm#calvitals California Vital Indexes] from NorCal Genealogy<br>
  
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:*{{RecordSearch|2001879|California, Birth Index, 1905-1995}} FamilySearch Historical Records. [[California, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]]<br>  
 
:*{{RecordSearch|2001879|California, Birth Index, 1905-1995}} FamilySearch Historical Records. [[California, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]]<br>  
 
:*{{RecordSearch|1674703|California Births and Christenings, 1812-1988}} FamilySearch Historical Records. [[California Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]]<br>  
 
:*{{RecordSearch|1674703|California Births and Christenings, 1812-1988}} FamilySearch Historical Records. [[California Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]]<br>  
:*[http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/calbirths California Births] at Family&nbsp;Tree Legends
 
 
:*[http://vitalsearch-ca.com/gen/ca/_vitals/cabirthm.htm California Birth Menu] at Vitalsearch
 
:*[http://vitalsearch-ca.com/gen/ca/_vitals/cabirthm.htm California Birth Menu] at Vitalsearch
  
 
For additional information (including the mailing address) on ordering birth, marriage and death certificates from the state of California visit: [http://www.vitalrec.com/ A comprehensive resource for locating vital records].  
 
For additional information (including the mailing address) on ordering birth, marriage and death certificates from the state of California visit: [http://www.vitalrec.com/ A comprehensive resource for locating vital records].  
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California county birth records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/CA_FRB.html here].
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
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*[[California Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Birtha and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br><br>
 
*[[California Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Birtha and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br><br>
  
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== Adoption Records ==
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| height="50" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Types of Information'''
 
| bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''early - 1905'''&nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''1905&nbsp;- present'''
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Name of Child'''
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" |
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Sex'''
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Race'''
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Parents' Names'''
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Midwife/Doctor'''
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Date &amp; Place of Birth'''
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Residence'''
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | <br>
 
| height="25" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
 
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Adoption records in California are available to the adoptee who is age 21 or older, the birth parent of an adult adoptee, and in some circumstances, the adoptive parent of an adoptee who is under age 21.
  
=== Adoption Records  ===
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An adult adoptee, 21 or older, may obtain identifying information on their birth parents if the birth parents have provided written consent to have the information released. The birth parents may request identifying information on the adult adoptee, age 21 or older, if the adoptee has given written consent to have the information released. <ref>Adoption.com [http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/california-laws.html California Laws]</ref>  
 
 
Adoption records in California are available to the adoptee who is age 21 or older, the birth parent of an adult adoptee, and in some circumstances, the adoptive parent of an adoptee who is under age 21.
 
 
 
An adult adoptee, 21 or older, may obtain identifying information on their birth parents if the birth parents have provided written consent to have the information released. The birth parents may request identifying information on the adult adoptee, age 21 or older, if the adoptee has given written consent to have the information released. <ref>Adoption.com [http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/california-laws.html California Laws]</ref>
 
  
 
The original birth certificate is available only by order of the court.
 
The original birth certificate is available only by order of the court.
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:*{{RecordSearch|1674735|California, Marriages, 1850-1945}} FamilySearch Historical Records. [[California Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]]<br>  
 
:*{{RecordSearch|1674735|California, Marriages, 1850-1945}} FamilySearch Historical Records. [[California Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]]<br>  
 
:*[http://vitalsearch-ca.com/gen/ca/_vitals/camarrin.htm California Marriages 1949-1986], Vitalsearch<br>
 
:*[http://vitalsearch-ca.com/gen/ca/_vitals/camarrin.htm California Marriages 1949-1986], Vitalsearch<br>
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:*California State Registrar California marriage records indexes, 1960-1985. {{FHL|216166|item|sisp=FHL fiche 6332554-6332559}}
  
 
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{| width="550" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1" align="center"
 
|+ '''Information in California Marriage Records'''  
 
|+ '''Information in California Marriage Records'''  
 
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| height="50" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Types of Information'''  
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="50" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Types of Information'''  
| bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''early&nbsp;- 1905'''&nbsp;
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| width="16%" valign="middle" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''early - 1905'''  
| bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''1905 - present'''
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| width="16%" valign="middle" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''1905 - present'''
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Name of Bride/Groom'''  
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Name of Bride/Groom'''  
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| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
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| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" |  
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Date of Marriage'''  
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Date of Marriage'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
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| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" |
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
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| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" |  
 
|-
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Location of Marriage'''  
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Location of Marriage'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
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| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" |
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
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| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" |  
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Presiding Official'''  
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Presiding Official'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
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| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" |
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
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| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" |  
 
|-
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Date of Birth'''  
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Date of Birth'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | <br>  
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| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | <br>  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | &nbsp;
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| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" |  
 
|-
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Place of Birth'''  
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Place of Birth'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | <br>  
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| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | <br>  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''&nbsp;'''
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| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" |  
 
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| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Residence at Time of Marriage'''  
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Residence at Time of Marriage'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | <br>  
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| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | <br>  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''&nbsp;'''
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*'''[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Gretna Greens]].''' When a southern California couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like [[Clark County, Nevada|Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada]], or [[Yuma County, Arizona|Yuma, Yuma, Arizona]]. A favorite alternative for northern California was [[Washoe County, Nevada|Reno, Washoe, Nevada]].<ref name="Eakle1">Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in ''Genealogy Blog'' at http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ (accessed 8 January 2011).</ref>
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*'''[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Gretna Greens]].''' When a southern California couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like [[Clark County, Nevada Genealogy|Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada]], or [[Yuma County, Arizona Genealogy|Yuma, Yuma, Arizona]]. A favorite alternative for northern California was [[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy|Reno, Washoe, Nevada]].<ref name="Eakle1">Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in ''Genealogy Blog'' at http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ (accessed 8 January 2011).</ref>
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California marriages, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/CA_FRM.html here].
  
 
=== Divorce Records  ===
 
=== Divorce Records  ===
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[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California_Divorce_Index_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]  
 
[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California_Divorce_Index_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]  
  
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== Death Records  ==
 
== Death Records  ==
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:*[http://www.deathindexes.com/california/ Online California Death Records and Indexes]  
 
:*[http://www.deathindexes.com/california/ Online California Death Records and Indexes]  
 
:*[http://www.vitalsearch-ca.com/gen/ca/_vitals/cadeathm.htm California Deaths Menu] at Vitalsearch  
 
:*[http://www.vitalsearch-ca.com/gen/ca/_vitals/cadeathm.htm California Deaths Menu] at Vitalsearch  
:*[http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/caldeaths California Deaths, 1940-1997] at Family Tree Legends
 
 
:*[http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ca/death/search.cgi California Death Records] at Rootsweb<br>  
 
:*[http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ca/death/search.cgi California Death Records] at Rootsweb<br>  
 
:*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~cabf1905/?cj=1&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978&o_xt=27215244 Pre 1905 California Death Index Project] at Rootsweb
 
:*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~cabf1905/?cj=1&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978&o_xt=27215244 Pre 1905 California Death Index Project] at Rootsweb
  
 
The death index includes: Deceased's full name, date of birth and country or state of birth, death date and death place in California, Social Security Number, and mother's maiden name.<br>  
 
The death index includes: Deceased's full name, date of birth and country or state of birth, death date and death place in California, Social Security Number, and mother's maiden name.<br>  
 +
 +
California State Registrar. California Death Index 1905-1988, 1940-1994 {{FHL|620239|item|disp=FHL fiche 6332560}}
 +
 +
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California county death records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/CA_FRD.html here].
  
 
'''Wiki articles describing an online collection is found at:'''  
 
'''Wiki articles describing an online collection is found at:'''  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California,_Death_Index,_1940-1997_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California Death Index, 1940-1997 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California,_Death_Index,_1940-1997_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California Death Index, 1940-1997 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]
  
{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1" align="center" width="507" style="width: 507px; height: 389px;"
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'''Fetal Deaths'''
 +
Only parents may request a copy of a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth."  Only parents may request a copy of a "Certificate of Stillbirth."  A copy of a "Fetal Death Certificate" is available to anyone with the proper fee.<ref>“United States Fetal Death Records,” ''Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2.''  (Marquette, Michigan:  Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.</ref>
 +
 
 +
{| width="507" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1" align="center" style="width: 507px; height: 389px;"
 
|+ '''Information in California&nbsp;Death Records'''  
 
|+ '''Information in California&nbsp;Death Records'''  
 
|-
 
|-
| height="40" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Types of Information<br>'''  
+
| width="52%" valign="middle" height="40" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Types of Information<br>'''  
| bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''before&nbsp;- 1905<br>'''  
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''before&nbsp;- 1905<br>'''  
| bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''1905 - present<br>'''
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''1905 - present<br>'''
 
|-
 
|-
| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Name of Deceased<br>'''  
+
| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Name of Deceased<br>'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | <br>&nbsp;
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | <br>  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''
 
|-
 
|-
| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Date of Death'''  
+
| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Date of Death'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''
 
|-
 
|-
| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Place of Death'''  
+
| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Place of Death'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''
 
|-
 
|-
| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Date of Birth/Age'''  
+
| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Date of Birth/Age'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''
 
|-
 
|-
| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Place of Birth'''  
+
| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Place of Birth'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''  
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''
 
|-
 
|-
| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Place of Burial'''  
+
| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Place of Burial'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''  
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
 
|-
 
|-
| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Parents' Names/Maiden'''  
+
| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Parents' Names/Maiden'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''  
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''
 
|-
 
|-
| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | '''Occupation of Deceased'''  
+
| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Occupation of Deceased'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''  
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''
 
|-
 
|-
| height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" |  
+
| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" |  
 
'''Marital''' '''Status'''  
 
'''Marital''' '''Status'''  
  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''  
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''  
| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" | '''<br>'''
+
| width="16%" valign="middle" align="center" | '''<br>'''
 
|}
 
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In the statewide indexes prepared by California each county was assigned a number. The chart below will assist you in utilizing the indexes.  
 
In the statewide indexes prepared by California each county was assigned a number. The chart below will assist you in utilizing the indexes.  
  
<br>
 
 
<br>
 
  
<br>
 
  
<br>
 
  
<br>
+
=== '''Vital Records Code - California-County and City'''  ===
  
<br>
+
These codes have been taken from image 3 of the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM6PR-6WL%3A228662101%3Fcc%3D1932433 California Death Index, 1905-1930]. No city codes were listed.
  
<br>
 
  
<br>
+
{| width="75%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
 
 
 
 
 
 
{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1" width="90%"
 
 
|+  
 
|+  
==== '''Vital Records Code - California-County and City'''  ====
 
 
 
 
 
|-
 
|-
| 1 Alameda  
+
| align="center" | '''Code'''
| 13 Imperial  
+
| align="center" | '''Name'''
| 25 Modoc
+
| align="center" | '''County/City'''
| 37 San Diego
+
|-
| 49 Sonoma
+
| align="center" |60
| '''Cities'''
+
| align="center" |Alameda  
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
|
 +
| align="center" |Alameda
 +
| align="center" |City
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |2
 +
| align="center" |Alpine
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |3
 +
| align="center" |Amador
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |4
 +
| align="center" |Butte
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |5
 +
| align="center" |Calaveras
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |6
 +
| align="center" |Colusa
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |7
 +
| align="center" |Contra Costa
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |8
 +
| align="center" |Del Norte
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |9
 +
| align="center" |El Dorado
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |10
 +
| align="center" |Fresno
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |11
 +
| align="center" |Glenn
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |12
 +
| align="center" |Humboldt
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |13  
 +
| align="center" |Imperial  
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |14
 +
| align="center" |Inyo
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |15
 +
| align="center" |Kern
 +
| align="center" |County
 
|-
 
|-
| 2 Alpine
+
| align="center" |16
| 14 Inyo
+
| align="center" |Kings
| 26 Mono
+
| align="center" |County
| 38 San Francisco
 
| 50 Stanislaus
 
| 60 Alameda
 
 
|-
 
|-
| 3 Amador
+
| align="center" |17
| 15 Kern
+
| align="center" |Lake
| 27 Monterey
+
| align="center" |County
| 39 San Joaquin
 
| 51 Sutter
 
| 70 Los Angeles
 
 
|-
 
|-
| 4 Butte
+
| align="center" |18
| 16 Kings
+
| align="center" |Lassen
| 28 Napa
+
| align="center" |County
| 40 San Luis Obispo
 
| 52 Tehama
 
| 80 San Diego
 
 
|-
 
|-
| 5 Calaveras
+
| align="center" |70
| 17 Lake
+
| align="center" |Los Angeles
| 29 Nevada
+
| align="center" |County
| 41 San Mateo Cities
 
| 53 Trinity
 
| 90 San Francisco
 
 
|-
 
|-
| 6 Colusa
 
| 18 Lassen
 
| 30 Orange
 
| 42 Santa Barbara
 
| 54 Tulare
 
 
|  
 
|  
 +
| align="center" |Los Angeles
 +
| align="center" |City
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |20
 +
| align="center" |Madera
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |21
 +
| align="center" |Marin
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |22
 +
| align="center" |Mariposa
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |23
 +
| align="center" |Medocino
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |24
 +
| align="center" |Merced
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |25
 +
| align="center" |Modoc
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |26
 +
| align="center" |Mono
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |27
 +
| align="center" |Monterey
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |28
 +
| align="center" |Napa
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |29
 +
| align="center" |Nevada
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |30
 +
| align="center" |Orange
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |31
 +
| align="center" |Placer
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |32
 +
| align="center" |Plumas
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |33
 +
| align="center" |Riverside
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |34
 +
| align="center" |Sacramento
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |35
 +
| align="center" |San Benito
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |36
 +
| align="center" |San Bernardino
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |80
 +
| align="center" |San Diego
 +
| align="center" |County
 
|-
 
|-
| 7 Contra Costa
 
| 19 Los Angeles
 
| 31 Placer
 
| 43 Santa Clara
 
| 55 Tuolumne
 
 
|  
 
|  
 +
| align="center" |San Diego
 +
| align="center" |City
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |90
 +
| align="center" |San Francisco
 +
| align="center" |County
 
|-
 
|-
| 8 Del Norte
 
| 20 Madera
 
| 32 Plumas
 
| 44 Santa Cruz
 
| 56 Ventura
 
 
|  
 
|  
 +
| align="center" |San Francisco
 +
| align="center" |City
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |39
 +
| align="center" |San Joaquin
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |40
 +
| align="center" |San Luis Obispo
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |41
 +
| align="center" |San Mateo Cities
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |42
 +
| align="center" |Santa Barbara
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |43
 +
| align="center" |Santa Clara
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |44
 +
| align="center" |Santa Cruz
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |45
 +
| align="center" |Shasta
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |46
 +
| align="center" |Sierra
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |47
 +
| align="center" |Siskiyou
 +
| align="center" |County
 
|-
 
|-
| 9 El Dorado
+
| align="center" |48
| 21 Marin
+
| align="center" |Solano
| 33 Riverside
+
| align="center" |County
| 45 Shasta
+
|-
| 57 Yolo
+
| align="center" |49
|  
+
| align="center" |Sonoma
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |50
 +
| align="center" |Stanislaus
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |51
 +
| align="center" |Sutter
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |52
 +
| align="center" |Tehama
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |53
 +
| align="center" |Trinity
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |54
 +
| align="center" |Tulare
 +
| align="center" |County
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" |55
 +
| align="center" |Tuolumne
 +
| align="center" |County
 
|-
 
|-
| 10 Fresno
+
| align="center" |56
| 22 Mariposa
+
| align="center" |Ventura
| 34 Sacramento
+
| align="center" |County
| 46 Sierra
 
| 58 Yuba
 
|  
 
 
|-
 
|-
| 11 Glen
+
| align="center" |57
| 23 Medocino
+
| align="center" |Yolo
| 35 San Benito
+
| align="center" |County
| 47 Siskiyou
 
| 59
 
|  
 
 
|-
 
|-
| 12 Humboldt
+
| align="center" |58
| 24 Merced
+
| align="center" |Yuba
| 36 San Bernardino
+
| align="center" |County
| 48 Solano
 
|  
 
|  
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
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You can learn more about the history and availability of vital records in ''Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in California''. <ref>Volume II, Deaths, San Francisco, California: Historical Records Survey, 1941; Family History Library book {{FHL|979.4 V2h|disp=979.4 V2h}}; film {{FHL|131130|title-id|disp=897426}} item 5. </ref>  
 
You can learn more about the history and availability of vital records in ''Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in California''. <ref>Volume II, Deaths, San Francisco, California: Historical Records Survey, 1941; Family History Library book {{FHL|979.4 V2h|disp=979.4 V2h}}; film {{FHL|131130|title-id|disp=897426}} item 5. </ref>  
  
<br>  
+
<br>
  
== Destroyed, Lost and&nbsp;Missing Records  ==
+
== Destroyed, Lost and Missing Records  ==
  
The 1906 San Francisco earthquake resulted in significant record loss.&nbsp;
+
The 1906 San Francisco earthquake resulted in significant record loss.  
  
 
=== Substitute Records  ===
 
=== Substitute Records  ===
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These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.  
 
These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.  
  
*[[California Church Records|Church Records]]: Depending on the denomination, church records&nbsp;may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
+
*[[California Church Records|Church Records]]: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
  
*[[Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information.&nbsp; These records may also reveal family relationships.
+
*[[Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
  
 
*[[California Census|Census Records]]: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.
 
*[[California Census|Census Records]]: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.
  
*[[California Newspapers|Newspapers]]: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices.&nbsp; Also check newspaper social columns for&nbsp;additional information.&nbsp;
+
*[[California Newspapers|Newspapers]]: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices. Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.
  
 
*[[California Periodicals|Periodicals]]: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
 
*[[California Periodicals|Periodicals]]: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
  
*[[California Military Records|Military Records]]: &nbsp;Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information,&nbsp; In addtion, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
+
*[[California Military Records|Military Records]]: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information, In addtion, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
  
*[[California Probate Records|Probate Records]]: If no death record exists, probate records&nbsp;may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century&nbsp;often contain the exact death date.
+
*[[California Probate Records|Probate Records]]: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.
  
*[[California History|History]]: &nbsp;Local histories, family&nbsp;histories&nbsp;and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.
+
*[[California History|History]]: Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the FamilySearch Catalog.
  
 
=== More Online Links  ===
 
=== More Online Links  ===
 
+
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/California/Calif_Frame.htm California Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;Free
+
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#California California Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com] - Free  
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#California California Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free  
+
*The Vital Records Search and Information Directory for [http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-CA-NDX.html California] - Free  
*The Vital Records Search and Information Directory for [http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-CA-NDX.html California] - Free/$
+
*See the California sections at [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html Online Birth Marriage Records Indexes] and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Online Death Records Indexes] - Free  
*See the California sections at [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html Online Birth &amp; Marriage Records Indexes]&nbsp;and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Online Death Records Indexes] -&nbsp;Free/$
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*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/ California Genealogy and History], including individual Counties - Free  
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/ California Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;
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*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/California.htm California Certificates] online - <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />  
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''California''' or '''CA''' -&nbsp;Free/$
 
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*Search the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernstates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] - Free<br>
 
*Search the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernstates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] - Free<br>
  
== Tips&nbsp; ==
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== Tips  ==
  
*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.&nbsp; Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.&nbsp; The closer the relationship of the informant to the subjects(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.  
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*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the subjects(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.  
*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded&nbsp;by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp; A family Bible may have been used to record family births, marriages and deaths.  
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*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial. A family Bible may have been used to record family births, marriages and deaths.  
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct realative.  
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*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct realative.  
*If the survival of a baby was in question, the birth may not have been recorded.&nbsp;If&nbsp;the child survived&nbsp;search for a&nbsp;delayed birth cetificate.  
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*If the survival of a baby was in question, the birth may not have been recorded. If the child survived search for a delayed birth cetificate.  
*Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a '''Place Search '''and then choosing '''Vital Records.&nbsp; '''Search for&nbsp;California to locate records filed by the State and then search the '''name of the&nbsp;county '''to locate records kept by that county.
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*Search for Vital Records in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a '''Place Search '''and then choosing '''Vital Records. '''Search for California to locate records filed by the State and then search the '''name of the county '''to locate records kept by that county.
  
 
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Vital Records


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Death
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Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the California Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also California Statewide Indexes at the Family History Library.

Birth Records Marriage Records  Death Records
1905 - 1995 $ 1960 - 1985 $ 1940-1997


California Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating California Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. Check California Online Genealogy Records for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for California Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Birth Records

Early - 1905

California church records provide the earliest evidence of births and deaths. County recorders eventually kept vital statistics. Monterey County, for example, recorded a few births as early as 1824. Most clerks kept better records in the decades following the Gold Rush.

1905 - Present

The Family History Library has been acquiring microfilmed copies of the original records from many counties. For example, the Family History Library has 81 microfilms of births from Los Angeles (1905-19, indexed 1905-23), and deaths (1877-1905, indexed 1873-1920). You can also write to each county clerk for information.

Delayed registration of births began in 1943. These records are kept by each county. You can write to the County Recorder for information.

The Family History Library has microfilmed copies of delayed birth records for many counties, such as Los Angeles, for the years 1943 to 1964.

The statewide registration of births and deaths began in July 1905, and was generally complied with by 1920.

Birth Indexes

For additional information (including the mailing address) on ordering birth, marriage and death certificates from the state of California visit: A comprehensive resource for locating vital records.

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California county birth records, click here.


Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Adoption Records

Adoption records in California are available to the adoptee who is age 21 or older, the birth parent of an adult adoptee, and in some circumstances, the adoptive parent of an adoptee who is under age 21.

An adult adoptee, 21 or older, may obtain identifying information on their birth parents if the birth parents have provided written consent to have the information released. The birth parents may request identifying information on the adult adoptee, age 21 or older, if the adoptee has given written consent to have the information released. [1]

The original birth certificate is available only by order of the court.

Marriage Records

Early to 1905

When the county was formed county clerks were assigned to record marriages.

The first law that required the recording of marriages was passed in 1850. Each county usually kept these records as soon as it was organized.

There is no residence requirement to be married in California. Couples can get a marriage license in one county and get married in another, unless one of the parties is underage. For a time, couples had to get their marriage license in the county where the ceremony was to be performed.

The Family History Library has copies of the marriage records for many counties. For example, Los Angeles County marriage applications (1850-1905) and certificates (1851-1919) are available on 120 microfilms.

1905 - Present

The statewide registration of marriages began in 1905. The state records are indexed.

The Family History Library has copies of the marriages for many counties. For example, Los Angeles County marriage applications (1850-1905) and certificates (1851-1919) are available on 120 microfilms.

The index for 1960 to 1985 is available at the Family History Library [2]The Family History Library has not obtained copies of the actual certificates from the state office. Write to the Office of Vital Records and Statistics or the County Recorder (if the county is known) for further information.

Marriage Indexes


Information in California Marriage Records
Types of Information early - 1905 1905 - present
Name of Bride/Groom
Date of Marriage
Location of Marriage
Presiding Official
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Residence at Time of Marriage

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California marriages, click here.

Divorce Records

Divorce records have been kept by the superior court in the county where the divorces were granted. You can write to the clerk of the court for information. You can also write to the State Department of Health for records since 1962.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

California Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)


Death Records

Early to 1905

The Family History Library has been acquiring microfilmed copies of the original records from many counties. For example, the Family History Library has microfilms of death records (1877-1905, indexed 1873-1920). You can also write to each County Recorder for information.

1905 - Present

 Death Indexes

The death index includes: Deceased's full name, date of birth and country or state of birth, death date and death place in California, Social Security Number, and mother's maiden name.

California State Registrar. California Death Index 1905-1988, 1940-1994 FHL fiche 6332560

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California county death records, click here.

Wiki articles describing an online collection is found at:

Fetal Deaths Only parents may request a copy of a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth." Only parents may request a copy of a "Certificate of Stillbirth." A copy of a "Fetal Death Certificate" is available to anyone with the proper fee.[4]

Information in California Death Records
Types of Information
before - 1905
1905 - present
Name of Deceased


Date of Death

Place of Death

Date of Birth/Age

Place of Birth

Place of Burial

 
Parents' Names/Maiden

Occupation of Deceased

Marital Status




In the statewide indexes prepared by California each county was assigned a number. The chart below will assist you in utilizing the indexes.



Vital Records Code - California-County and City

These codes have been taken from image 3 of the California Death Index, 1905-1930. No city codes were listed.


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

Inventory of Vital Records

You can learn more about the history and availability of vital records in Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in California. [5]


Destroyed, Lost and Missing Records

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake resulted in significant record loss.

Substitute Records

These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.

  • Church Records: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
  • Cemetery Records: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
  • Census Records: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.
  • Newspapers: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices. Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.
  • Periodicals: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
  • Military Records: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information, In addtion, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
  • Probate Records: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.
  • History: Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the FamilySearch Catalog.

More Online Links

Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the subjects(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial. A family Bible may have been used to record family births, marriages and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct realative.
  • If the survival of a baby was in question, the birth may not have been recorded. If the child survived search for a delayed birth cetificate.
  • Search for Vital Records in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records. Search for California to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by that county.

Archives, Libraries and Societies

California Archives and Libraries

California Societies

References

  1. Adoption.com California Laws
  2. Family History Library fiche 6332554—.
  3. Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in Genealogy Blog at http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ (accessed 8 January 2011).
  4. “United States Fetal Death Records,” Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2. (Marquette, Michigan: Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.
  5. Volume II, Deaths, San Francisco, California: Historical Records Survey, 1941; Family History Library book 979.4 V2h; film 897426 item 5.