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== What Is is in the This 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.
=== Image Visibility ===
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
The index includes the followinginformation may be found in these records:
'''Death Index'''
*Mother's maiden name
== How Do I Search The This Collection? == To begin your search Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know at least some of the following:  *The name of your ancestor.*The date and place of death.
=== Search the Index ===
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{{HR Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [ California, Death Indexes, 1905-1988; 1940-1994]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
=== 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. For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article Keep track of your research in a [[FamilySearch Search Tips and TricksUse_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 [URL to custodian (space) Custodian Name California Department of Public Health]. ===I Found Who the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?===*In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation below in the [[#Citing This Collection|Citing This Collection]] section. *Use the age or estimated birth date to find other county or [[New Mexico Vital Records]] vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records. *Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the [[United States Census, Year (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] or the [[United States Census, A Different Year (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]. Search the state censuses as well.*Use the information found in the record to find [[a wiki link to location specific Probate Records]].*Use the information found in the record to find [[a wiki link to location specific Land Records]].records.*Search for death or burial information in [ BillionGraves Index] *Search for an obituary or at [ Find A Grave].cemetery record*If applicable, Use census records to search for immigration and naturalization records as well.*Repeat this process with additional other family members found, to find more generations of the family. === 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 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]]. Try searching for * [[GuidedResearch:California|California Guided Research]]* [[httpCalifornia Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]* Step-by-Step Research://[[Step-by-Step California Research, 1850-1905|1850-1905]] | [[Step-by-givenStep California Research, 1905-namePresent|1905-equivalents.htm these namesPresent]] as well. *Check the infobox above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
== Citing This Collection ==
Citing Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources makes it easy for helps 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, Death Index, 1940-1997." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. : accessed 2017. Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.} <br><br> }} '''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link|CID=CID2015582|title=California, Death Index, 1940-1997Collection_Published}}
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