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{{FamilySearch_Collectionbreadcrumb|CIDlink1=[[United States Genealogy|United States]]| link2=CID2534488|titlelink3=California, County Marriages, 1843-1918|locationlink4=California |scheduledlink5=[[California, United States Genealogy|California]]}}<br>
{{US State HR Infobox | CID = CID2534488 | title = California County Marriages, 1843-1918| location = California| LOC_01 = California| LOC_02 = | LOC_02_type = | LOC_03 = | loc_map = | state_loc_map = US_Locator_California.png| State_flag = California flag.png| record_type = Marriage Records| start_year =1843| end_year = 1918| FS_URL_01 = [[GuidedResearch:California|California Guided Research]]| FS_URL_02 = [[California_Research_Tips_and_Strategies#California_Record_Finder|California Record Description Finder]]| FS_URL_03 = [[California Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]| FS_URL_04 = Step-by-Step Research: [[Step-by-Step California Research, 1850-1905|1850-1905]] {{!}} [[Step-by-Step California Research, 1905-Present|1905-Present]]| FS_URL_05 = [[California, United States Genealogy |California]] | FS_URL_06 = [[California Vital Records]] | FS_URL_07 = [[California County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records]] | FS_URL_08 =[[California Marriage Index - FamilySearch Historical Records]] | FS_URL_09 =[[California Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records]] | FS_URL_10 = This collection is an index to selected | FS_URL_11 =| FS_URL_12 =| FS_URL_13 =| FS_URL_14 =| FS_URL_15 =| RW_URL_01 = [ Western States Marriage Index]| RW_URL_02 = [ -records in .htm California for the years from 1843-1918. Most of the entries are for Marriage Records] | RW_URL_03 = | RW_URL_04 = | RW_URL_05 = | RW_URL_06 = | RW_URL_07 = | RW_URL_08 = | RW_URL_09 = | RW_URL_10 = | custodian = California State Archives, Sacramento and Napa County. Due to privacy restrictionsValley Genealogical Society, the images associated with these indexes are unavailable at this time. California}}
=== Coverage Map =What is in This Collection? ==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.
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California marriages, click [ here]. === Image Visibility ==={{Image Visibility}}
== Record Content What Can These Records Tell Me? ==The following information may be found in these records:{{col-begin|width=auto}}{{col-break}}'''Marriage records''' may contain *The name of the following information for both bride and groom:  *Name
*Birth year
*Parents’ names
*Marriage date
*Marriage place {{col-break}}
*Marital status
*File number
*Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate number
== How to Use the Record Collection Content ===== Coverage Map ===
To begin your search it is helpful to know the followingsee a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California county marriage records, click [http: // here].
== How Do I Search This Collection? ==Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:*The name of the bride and/or groom *The approximate date of marriage *The place where the marriage took place=== Search the Index ==={{Search Collection Link| CID=CID2534488 }}=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].== What Do I Do Next? ==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 at the [ California Archives].=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===*Use the age or estimated birth dateto find other vital records such as birth, baptism, or death*Use the information found in the record to find family members in census records*Search for other family members in the marriage index=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===*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 locality*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 ===The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[California, United States Genealogy|California]].* [[GuidedResearch:California|California Guided Research]]* [[California Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]* Step-by-Step Research: [[Step-by-Step California Research, 1850-1905|1850-1905]] | [[Step-by-Step California Research, 1905-Present|1905-Present]]
=== Search the Citing This Collection ===Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
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: {{Collection_Published}}{{Record_Citation}}
*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 == How Can I Contribute 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.FamilySearch Wiki? ==
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 marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information. *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. *Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. *Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages. *When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct. *The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. *Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s. *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 == {{Contributor_invite}}  == 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 2016. Citing archives and societies, California.}}<br><br>  '''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link|CID=CID2534488|title=California, County Marriages, 1843-1918|scheduled=}}
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