California Marriage Index - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Record Description[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index to marriages from the California Department of Health Services in Sacramento. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

The index includes the following information:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Bride's parents
  • Groom's parents
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Calculated birthdates for the bride and groom
  • Marriage date and place
  • Reference ID - Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate Number

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The names of the bride and groom
  • The marriage place
  • The marriage date

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestor in the marriage records from Connecticut. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct marriage. You may need to compare the information of more than one marriage to make this determination.

Related Websites[edit | edit source]

California Marriage Records http://www.marriagedatabase.com/california/marriage-records.htm

Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

California Vital Records

Contributions to This Article[edit | edit source]

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections[edit | edit source]

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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection[edit | edit source]

  • “Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
  • “El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.

Citation for This Collection[edit | edit source]

The following citation explains the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records:

"California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985." FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org). Index provided by Ancestry.com. Salt Lake City, Utah.