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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
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To begin your search it is helpful to know at least one of the following:  
  
*The name of the bride and groom  
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*The name of the bride or groom  
 
*The approximate marriage date
 
*The approximate marriage date
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*The location where the event took place
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*The approximate age of the bride or groom
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*The name of a parent or reletive
  
'''Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:
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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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When searching keep in mind:
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*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.  
 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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*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.
 
*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 tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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'''Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:'''<br>
  
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
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Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.  
  
 
=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
 
=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
  
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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*Use the age in the record to find an approximate birth year, which will help you find their other records.  
*Use the residence to locate church and land records.
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*Use the information in each record to find additional family members.  
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
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*Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family.  
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
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*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
 
  
 
=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
 
=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
  
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.  
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name. *Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.  
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.  
*Try alternative search methods such as filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then do the search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You can then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.  
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
*A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring locality.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-nameequivalents.htm these names] as well.
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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
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Location of California
Record Description
Record Type Marriage Records
Collection years 1843-1918
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


What is in the 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.


Collection Content[edit | edit source]

===Sample Images=== 

Click on images for a larger view.


Coverage Map[edit | edit source]

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

What Can this Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Marriage records may contain the following information for both bride and groom:

  • Name
  • 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

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

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least one of the following:

  • The name of the bride or groom
  • The approximate marriage date
  • The location where the event took place
  • The approximate age of the bride or groom
  • The name of a parent or reletive

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.

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:

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

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age in the record to find an approximate birth year, which will help you find their other records.
  • Use the information in each record to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family.


I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name. *Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.



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.


Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]

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:

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.



Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.