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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[California, United States Genealogy|California]] ''
 {{FamilySearch_CollectionUS State HR Infobox |CID=CID2534488
|title=California, County Marriages, 1843-1918
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== 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.
 == Collection Content ===== Coverage Map ===
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California county marriage records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/CA_FRM.html here].
== What Can this Collection Contents Tell Me? == 
'''Marriage records''' may contain the following information for both bride and groom:
== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
*The name of the bride and/or groom
*The approximate marriage date
'''To search Search by Name by visiting the collection by nameCollection Page:'''<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:
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
== 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:  === I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
*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 [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator 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.
=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking Forfor, What Now What? ===
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
{{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]]. }}
== Related Websites ==
 
*[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index], hosted by BYU/Idaho. Search by bride or groom - Free.
*[http://www.marriagedatabase.com/california/marriage-records.htm California Marriage Records]
 
== Related Wiki Articles ==
 
*[[California, United States Genealogy |California]]
*[[California Vital Records]]
*[[California County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[California Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
== How You Can Contribute ==
 
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