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| LOC_01 = California
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| FS_URL_04 =[[California Vital Records]]
| FS_URL_05 =[[California Archives and Libraries]]
| FS_URL_06 = [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=383&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20California%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Adeath%20%2Bkeywords%3Aindex%20%2Bkeywords%3A1940%20%2Bkeywords%3A1997 FamilySearch Catalog]
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| RW_URL_01 =[http://www.deathindexes.com/california/index.html Online California Death Indexes, Records & and Obituaries]
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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*The name of your ancestor.*The date and place of death.
=== Search the Index ===
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== 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 [https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CHSI/Pages/Vital-Records.aspx California Department of Public Health].
 
===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.
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*Search for death or burial information in [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2026973 BillionGraves Index].
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.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. *Check the infobox above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records. 
== 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, Death Index, 1940-1997." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.}}
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