California County Marriages, 1843-1918 - FamilySearch Historical Records
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California County Marriages, 1843-1918
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|Location of California|
|Record Type||Marriage Records|
- 1 What Is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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.
To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California County Marriages, 1843-1918.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
Marriage records may contain the following information for both bride and groom:
- Birth year
- Birth place
- Parents’ names
- Marriage date
- Marriage place
- Marital status
- Previous spouse
- 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 the Collection?[edit | edit source]
You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- Name of the person
- The name of a parent or date of the event
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- 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.
For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
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 [URL to custodian (space) Custodian Name].
I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation below in the Citing This Collection section.
- Use the age or estimated birth date to find county or California Vital Records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and 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).
- Search for death or burial information in BillionGraves Index.
- If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records as well.
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
I Can't Find Who 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. Try searching for these names as well.
- Check the infobox above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword California, Marriage Records 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[edit | edit source]
A citation is a note where you found information. Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Using citations allow others to find the same information.
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):
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]
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