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{{US State HR Infobox
|CID=CID2534488 |title=California County Marriages, 1843-1918|location=California
| LOC_01 = California
| LOC_02 =
| state_loc_map = US_Locator_California.png
| State_flag = California flag.png
| record_type =Marriage Records| start_year =1843
| end_year = 1918
| FS_URL_01 =[[GuidedResearch:California, United States Genealogy |CaliforniaGuided Research]] | FS_URL_02 =[[California_Research_Tips_and_Strategies#California_Record_Finder|California Vital RecordsRecord Finder]] | FS_URL_03 =[[California County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)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 Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)Research, 1905-Present|1905-Present]] | FS_URL_05 =[[California Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records), United States Genealogy |California]] | FS_URL_06 =[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=383&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20California%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Acounty%2C%20%2Bkeywords%3Amarriages%2C%20%2Bkeywords%3Aindex FamilySearch Library Catalog[California Vital Records]] | FS_URL_07 = [[California County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records]] | FS_URL_08 = [[California Marriage Index - FamilySearch Historical Records]] | FS_URL_09 = [[California Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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| FS_URL_11 =| FS_URL_12 =| FS_URL_13 =| FS_URL_14 =| FS_URL_15 =| RW_URL_01 =[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index], hosted by BYU/Idaho. Search by bride or groom - Free. | RW_URL_02 =[http://www.marriagedatabase.com/california/marriage-records.htm California Marriage Records]
| RW_URL_03 =
| RW_URL_04 =
| 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
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== What is in 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
*Age
*Birth year
*Parents’ names
*Marriage date
*Marriage place {{col-break}}
*Marital status
*Race
*File number
*Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate number
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== Collection Content ==
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].
== How Do I Search the This Collection? ==
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
*The name of the bride or groom.*The approximate date of marriage.*The place where the marriage took place.
=== Search the Index ===
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=== 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. Keep track of your research in a [[Use_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 [http://www.archives.com/search/vital?Location=CA&kw2=Search%20for%20California%20Vital%20Records&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0N3O5ryq1QIVBkwNCh1LkgbaEAAYASAAEgL1mfD_BwE California Archives].
=== I Found 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 county or [[California Vital Records]] other vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and or death records. *Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the [[United States Census, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] or the [[United States Census, 1900 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]. Search the state censuses as well.*Use the information found in the record to find [[California, County Probate Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].*Use the information found in the record to find [[California, Alameda County, Land Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].census records*Search for death or burial information in [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2026973 BillionGraves Index].*If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records as well.*Repeat this process with additional other family members found, to find more generations of in the family.marriage index
=== I Can't Find 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 [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html 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://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these namesCalifornia|California Guided Research]] as well. *Check the infobox 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.
;Collection Citation: {{Collection citation | text= "California, County Marriages, 1843-1918." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing archives and societies, California.Collection_Published}}  
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