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|CID=CID2534488 |title=California County Marriages, 1843-1918|location=California
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| 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 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_02 FS_URL_06 =[[California Vital Records]] | FS_URL_03 FS_URL_07 =[[California County Marriages (- FamilySearch Historical Records)]] | FS_URL_04 FS_URL_08 =[[California Marriage Index (- FamilySearch Historical Records)]] | FS_URL_05 FS_URL_09 =[[California Marriages (- FamilySearch Historical Records)]] | FS_URL_06 = | FS_URL_07 = | FS_URL_08 = | FS_URL_09 =
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| FS_URL_11 =| FS_URL_12 =| FS_URL_13 =| FS_URL_14 =| FS_URL_15 =| RW_URL_01 =[ Western States Marriage Index], hosted by BYU/Idaho. Search by bride or groom - Free. | RW_URL_02 =[ California Marriage Records]
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| 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 Valley Genealogical Society, California
== What Is is in the 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.
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 Browse This CollectionImage Visibility ==={{Collection_Browse_Link|CID=CID2534488 |title=California County Marriages, 1843-1918Image Visibility}}
== 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
== Collection Content ==
===Sample Images===
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=== Coverage Map ===
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California county marriage records, click [ here].
== How Do I Search the This Collection? == To begin your search Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know at least one of the following:  *The name of the bride or groom *The approximate date of marriage date*The location place where the event marriage took place*The approximate age of === Search the bride or groomIndex ==={{Search Collection Link*The name of a parent or reletive| CID=CID2534488 }}Fill in === How Do I Analyze the requested information in the initial Results? ===Compare each result from your search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to with what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it there is the correct family or persona match. You This may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor. When searching keep in mind:*There may be more than one person in the require viewing multiple records with the same nameor images. *You may not be sure Keep track 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 research in 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 more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and TricksUse_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]]. '''Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:'''<br> 
== 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 Who the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? === *Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later. *Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and or death records.*Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.census records*Repeat this process with additional Search for other family members found, to find more generations of in the family. *[[California Church Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.   marriage index=== I Can't Find Who 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 records of a nearby town or county. 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]]. Try searching for * [[httpGuidedResearch:// these namesCalifornia|California Guided Research]] as well. *Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites [[California Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.Strategies]] {{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|* Step-by-Step Research: [[Step-by-Step CaliforniaResearch, Marriage Records1850-1905|keywords1850-1905]] |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 [[Step-by-Step California Archives and LibrariesResearch, 1905-Present|1905-Present]]. }}
== 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.
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 2017. Citing archives and societies, California.Collection_Published}}<br><br>  '''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link|CID=CID2534488|title=California, County Marriages, 1843-1918Record_Citation}}
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