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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, 
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage Records
Collection years 1843-1918
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What Is in the Collection?Edit

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 CollectionEdit

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

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

Collection ContentEdit

Coverage MapEdit

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

How Do I Search the Collection?Edit

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 IndexEdit

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

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

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

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?Edit

  • 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.

Citing This CollectionEdit

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.

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):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for California, County Marriages, 1843-1918.


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