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| FS_URL_04 =[[California Vital Records]]
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== What is in the Collection? ==
 
This collection consists of a name index of death records for the years 1940 to 1997. The index was created by the California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section in Sacramento.
== What Can this Collection These Records Tell Me? ==
The index includes the following:
*The name of your ancestor.
*The date and place of death.*The place of death.=== Search the Index ===*The names of parents or spouse.{{Search Collection Link| CID=CID2015582Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor. }}
'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2015582 Collection Page]:'''<br>
For tips about searching on-line collections see === How Do I Analyze the on-line article [[https://familysearchResults? ===Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match.org/learn/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Search_Tips_and_Tricks FamilySearch Tips and Tricks]]This may require viewing multiple records or images.
== What Do I Do Now? ==When you have located your ancestor’s death index 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 For more tips about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each familysearching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
== What Do I Do Next? ==
===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?===
*Use Copy the death date citation below, in case you need to obtain a death certificatefind this record again later. *Use the age or estimated birth date or age along with the place of to determine an approximate birth date to find or verify their other church and vital records such as birth , baptism, and marriage records and parents' names. *Use the birth date or age along with information found in the place of birth record to find the family in census records. *Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church, marriage, land,probate and other immigration records. *Use Occupations the information found in the record to find military recordsadditional family members in censuses.*Repeat this process with additional family member’s records members found, to find more generations of the family. *[[California Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government counties began keeping records were required and . They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? ===
*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the If your ancestor does not have a common name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.*Collect collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify find possible relations that can be verified by recordsrelatives.*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area searchtown or county. *Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations different spellings of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. *Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. *Search Check the indexes info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records of [[California, United States Genealogy]].*Search in the [[California Archives and Libraries]].
== Citing this Collection ==
|title=California, Death Index, 1940-1997
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