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== What Is in the Collection? ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
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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.
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=== Image Visibility ===
 
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===To Browse This Collection===
 
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|CID=CID2534488 
 
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 
== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
'''Marriage records''' may contain the following information for both bride and groom:
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The following information may be found in these records:
 
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*Name
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'''Marriage'''
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*The name of the bride and groom
 
*Age  
 
*Age  
 
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*Parents’ names  
 
*Parents’ names  
 
*Marriage date  
 
*Marriage date  
*Marriage place  
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*Marital status  
 
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*Race  
 
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*File number  
 
*File number  
 
*Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate number
 
*Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate number
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== Collection Content ==
 
== Collection Content ==
===Sample Images===
 
Click on images for a larger view.
 
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Image:
 
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=== Coverage Map ===
 
=== Coverage Map ===
  
 
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].
 
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 Collection? ==
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
To begin your search it is helpful to know at least one of the following:  
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*The name of the bride or groom
 
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*The approximate date of marriage
*The name of the bride or groom  
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*The place where the marriage took place
*The approximate marriage date
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=== Search the Index ===
*The location where the event took place
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
Fill 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.
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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]].
 
 
When searching keep in mind:
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*You may not be sure 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 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 Tricks]].
 
 
 
'''Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:'''<br>
 
 
 
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
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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 Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
 
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as birth, baptism, or death
*Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
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*Use the information found in the record to find family members in census records
*Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and death records.
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*Search for other family members in the marriage index
*Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.  Witnesses were usually family members.
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*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
*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
*[[California Church Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
 
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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
 
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=== Research Helps ===
 
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[California, United States Genealogy|California]].
=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
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* [[GuidedResearch:California|California Guided Research]]
 
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* [[California Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
*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.
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* Step-by-Step Research: [[Step-by-Step California Research, 1850-1905|1850-1905]] | [[Step-by-Step California Research, 1905-Present|1905-Present]]
*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. 
 
*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. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
 
*Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
 
 
 
{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|California, Marriage Records|keywords|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 [[California Archives and Libraries]]. }}
 
  
 
== Citing This Collection ==
 
== Citing This Collection ==
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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.
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Marriage

  • The name of the bride and groom
  • Age
  • Birth year
  • Birth place
  • Parents’ names
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place

  • Marital status
  • Race
  • Previous spouse
  • Title
  • DGS number
  • File number
  • Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate number

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Map[edit | edit source]

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California county marriage records, click here.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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 research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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 the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as birth, baptism, or death
  • Use the information found in the record to find family members in census records
  • Search for other family members in the marriage index

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of California.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.