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How to find birth records, marriage records and death records, California



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Birth

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Birth - Where can I find birth records?

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• 1800s-1990s: California Birth Collections Did you sign into FamilySearch? If not, do so now to view more available databases. at FamilySearch - (List of collections) California Birth Index, 1905-1995
California Births and Christenings, 1812-1988
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994
California, Church Records, 1864-1985



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• 1905-1995: California Births at MyHeritage ($)




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Marriage

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Marriage - Where can I find marriage records?

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• 1820s-1990s: California Marriages Collections Did you sign into FamilySearch? If not, do so now to view more available databases. at FamilySearch - (List of collections) California County Marriages, 1843-1918
California Marriage Index, 1960-1985
California Marriages, 1850-1945
California, County Marriages, 1850-1952
California, Church Records, 1864-1985
California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991
United States Western States Marriage Index



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• 1850-1952: California, County Marriages at MyHeritage ($)




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Death

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Death - Where can I find death records?

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• 1820s-1990s: California Death Collections Did you sign into FamilySearch? If not, do so now to view more available databases. at FamilySearch - (List of collections) California Death Index, 1905-1939
California Death Index, 1940-1997
California Deaths and Burials, 1776-2000
California, Church Records, 1864-1985
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994
California Cemetery Transcriptions, 1850-1960
California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979
California, Lassen County, State Board of Health, Burial Permits, 1931-1988
California, Fresno and Napa Counties, Obituaries, 1974-1997
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002
California, Los Angeles, San Gabriel Cemetery Association, Cemetery Index 1872-2003
California, Los Gatos, Los Gatos Memorial Park Cemetery Card Index to Burials, 1889-1989
California, Napa and Butte Counties, Obituaries, 1866-1992
California, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991
California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection, 1985-2011
California, Sacramento Cemetery Records, 1900-1959
California, Sacramento, Sacramento City Cemetery Burial Card Index, 1840-2001
California, San Benito County Registrar, Burial Permits 1911-1948
California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery records, 1899-2011 California, Solano County Genealogical Society, Burial Records
California, Sonoma County, Sebastopol, Evergreen Lawn Cemetery Burial Records, 1800-2010
California, Tulare County, Visalia Cemetery Records, 1875-1990
California, Oakland, Mountain View Cemetery Records, 1857-1973
United States Social Security Death Index
Find A Grave Index
BillionGraves Index
GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014
California, Santa Clara County, San Jose, Oak Hill Cemetery Headstone Inscriptions, 1838-1985
California, Mendocino County, Ukiah, Russian River Cemetery District, Index to Burials, 1850-1990



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• 1940-1997: California Deaths at MyHeritage ($)




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