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|title=California, County Marriages, 1843-1918
== Record Description ==
This collection is an index to selected marriage records in California for the years from 1843-1918. Most of the entries are for Napa County. Due to privacy restrictions, the images associated with these indexes are unavailable at this time.
=== Coverage Map === To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California marriages, click [ here].  == Record Content == '''Marriage records''' may contain the following information for both bride and groom:
'''Marriage records''' may contain the following information for both bride and groom:
*Birth year*Birth place*Parents’ names*Marriage date*Marriage place*Marital status*Race*Previous spouse*Title*DGS number*File number
*Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate number
== How to Use the Record ==
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
*The approximate marriage date
===Search the Collection===
To search this collection, fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
 *There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
*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 article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
===Using the Information===
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
*Use the residence to locate church and land records.
=== Tips to Keep in Mind ===
*Many of the actual marriages in this index can be viewed on microfilm at a [ FamilySearch Center] near you. Once you have located your ancestor in this index, record the film number, which is located at the bottom right of their index information page. You can then view that film at the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City or order it at the FamilySearch Center near you.* Clicking on the GS film number in your ancestors’ indexed page will show all other records indexed on that film. Search through this record to identify relatives that may have also been married in this same locality.
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ===
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
*Try alternative search methods such as filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then do the search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You can then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
*A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring locality.
{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|California, Marriage Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[California Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this state see the wiki article [[California Genealogy]].}}
== Related Websites ==
*[ Western States Marriage Index], hosted by BYU/Idaho. Search by bride or groom - Free.
*[ California Marriage Records]
== Related Wiki Articles ==
*[[California Genealogy]]*[[California Vital Records]]
*[[California County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[California Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
== How You Can Contribute ==
==Citations for This Collection==
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
'''Collection Citation''':<br>{{Collection citation | text= "California, County Marriages, 1843-1918." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. : accessed 2015. Citing archives and societies, California.}}<br><br>
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