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== Record Description What is in the 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.
=== Coverage Map ===
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California county marriage records, click [ here].
== Record Content Collection Contents ==
'''Marriage records''' may contain the following information for both bride and groom:
*Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate number
== How to Use Do I Search the Record Collection? ==
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
*The name of the bride and/or groom
*The approximate marriage date
=== Search the Collection ===
'''To search the collection by name:'''<br>Fill in the requested information 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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
=== Using the Information =What Do I Do Next? ==
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.
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
=== Unable to I Can't Find Your AncestorWho I'm Looking For, Now What? ===
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
== Citations for This Citing 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.
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