California County Marriages, 1843-1918 - FamilySearch Historical Records

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California County Marriages, 1843-1918
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
California, 
United States
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Location of California
Record Description
Record Type Marriage Records
Collection years 1843-1918
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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.

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
"California, County Marriages, 1843-1918." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2018. Citing California State Archives, Sacramento and Napa Valley Genealogical Society, Napa.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.

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