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California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994
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California, 
United States
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Location of California
Record Description
Record Type County Birth and Death Records
Collection years 1800-1994
FamilySearch Resources
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State Archives, Sacramento


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes birth and death records from 1800 to 1994. The collection consists of an index and images to registers, records, and certificates of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. This collection contains some delayed birth records, as well. Some city and towns records are also included. Some images are not available for viewing between the years 1824-1974.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • Child's birth date
  • Place of birth
  • Name of Child
  • Gender
  • Race or Color
  • Number of children in family
  • Living or stillborn
  • Names of Parents
  • Race and nativity of parents
  • Father's occupation
  • Parents' birth place
  • Age of parents
  • Residence
  • Maiden name of mother
  • Legitimacy of child

Death

  • Death date
  • Place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Age at death
  • Gender
  • Nativity
  • Cause of Death
  • Attending physician

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table - Births[edit | edit source]

This table shows the number of record in this collection for each county. To search a specific county click the link in the Search column. Where the county could not be determined the records are listed as California (state)

County Records Search
Alameda 52,041 Search Alameda
Alpine 0 Search Alpine
Amador 0 Search Amador
Butte 0 Search Butte
Calaveras 0 Search Calaveras
Colusa 1 Search Colusa
Contra Costa 1 Search Contra Costa
Del orte 0 Search Del Norte
El Dorado 0 Search El Dorado
Fresno 56,519 Search Fresno
Glenn 530 Search Glenn
Humboldt 2 Search Humboldt
Imperial 2 Search Imperial
Inyo 4 Search Inyo
Kern 4 Search Kern
Kings 0 Search Kings
Lake 1 Search Lake
Lassen 374 Search Lassen
Los Angeles 519,737 Search Los Angeles
Madera 1 Search Madera
Marin 6 Search Marin
Mariposa 0 Search Mariposa
Mendocino 1,225 Search Mendocino
Merced 0 Search Merced
Modoc 2 Search Modoc
Mono 0 Search Mono
Monterey 3,130 Search Monterey
Napa 1 Search Napa
Nevada 1 Search Nevada
Orange 19,129 Search Orange
Placer 1 Search Placer
Plumas 0 Search Plumas
Riverside 4,688 Search Riverside
Sacramento 2,867 Search Sacramento
San Benito 0 Search San Benito
San Bernardino 27,696 Search San Bernardino
San Diego 4,706 Search San Diego
San Francisco 0 Search San Francisco
San Joaquin 1 Search San Joaquin
San Luis&20Obispo 0 Search San Luis Obispo
San Mateo 0 Search San Mateo
Santa Barbara 20,590 Search Santa Barbara
Santa Clara 20,762 Search Santa Clara
Santa Cruz 6,038 Search Santa Cruz
Shasta 3 Search Shasta
Sierra 0 Search Sierra
Siskiyou 0 Search Siskiyou
Solano 1 Search Solano
Sonoma 22,747 Search Sonoma
Stanislaus 0 Search Stanislaus
Sutter 3,618 Search Sutter
Tehama 0 Search Tehama
Trinity 0 Search Trinity
Tulare 1 Search Tulare
Tuolumne 0 Search Tuolumne
Ventura 2 Search Ventura
Yolo 2 Search Yolo
Yuba 0 Search Yuba
California (state) 39,842

Coverage Table - Deaths[edit | edit source]

This table shows the number of record in this collection for each county. To search a specific county click the link in the Search column. Where the county could not be determined the records are listed as California (state)

County Records Search
Alameda 3 Search Alameda
Alpine 0 Search Alpine
Amador 0 Search Amador
Butte 1 Search Butte
Calaveras 1 Search Calaveras
Colusa 0 Search Colusa
Contra Costa 0 Search Contra Costa
Del Norte 0 Search Del Norte
El Dorado 0 Search El Dorado
Fresno 2 Search Fresno
Glenn 0 Search Glenn
Humboldt 0 Search Humboldt
Imperial 1 Search Imperial
Inyo 0 Search Inyo
Kern 0 Search Kern
Kings 0 Search Kings
Lake 0 Search Lake
Lassen 0 Search Lassen
Los Angeles 4,527,508 Search Los Angeles
Madera 0 Search Madera
Marin 0 Search Marin
Mariposa 0 Search Mariposa
Mendocino 0 Search Mendocino
Merced 0 Search Merced
Modoc 0 Search Modoc
Mono 0 Search Mono
Monterey 0 Search Monterey
Napa 0 Search Napa
Nevada 0 Search Nevada
Orange 10 Search Orange
Placer 0 Search Placer
Plumas 1 Search Plumas
Riverside 0 Search Riverside
Sacramento 2 Search Sacramento
San Benito 0 Search San Benito
San Bernardino 0 Search San Bernardino
San Diego 338 Search San Diego
San Francisco 3 Search San Francisco
San Joaquin 106,358 Search San Joaquin
San Luis Obispo 0 Search San Luis Obispo
San Mateo 1 Search San Mateo
Santa Barbara 0 Search Santa Barbara
Santa Clara 0 Search Santa Clara
Santa Cruz 0 Search Santa Cruz
Shasta 0 Search Shasta
Sierra 0 Search Sierra
Siskiyou 0 Search Siskiyou
Solano 0 Search Solano
Sonoma 1 Search Sonoma
Stanislaus 3 Search Stanislaus
Sutter 0 Search Sutter
Tehama 0 Search Tehama
Trinity 0 Search Trinity
Tulare 0 Search Tulare
Tuolumne 0 Search Tuolumne
Ventura 0 Search Ventura
Yolo 0 Search Yolo
Yuba 1 Search Yuba
California (state) 1,520

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of the birth or death
  • The county where the birth or death occurred

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
  1. Select County/Town
  2. Select Record Type, Date Range and Volume to view the images


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

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.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the information found in the birth or death records to locate family in probate records
  • 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?[edit | edit source]

  • 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 county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of California

Known Issues With This Collection[edit | edit source]

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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