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== What is in the Collection? ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
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This collection consists of a name index of death records for the years 1940 to 1997. The index was created by the California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section in Sacramento.
  
This collection consists of a name index of death records for the years 1940 to 1997. The index was created by the California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section in Sacramento.
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=== Image Visibility ===
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
The index includes the following:  
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The following information may be found in these records:
  
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'''Death Index'''
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
 
*Sex  
 
*Sex  
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*Mother's maiden name
 
*Mother's maiden name
  
== 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 some of the following:  
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*The name of your ancestor
 
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*The date and place of death
*The name of your ancestor.
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=== Search the Index ===
*The date of death.
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{{HR Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/620239 California, Death Indexes, 1905-1988; 1940-1994]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
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. 
 
 
 
'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2015582 Collection Page]:'''<br>
 
 
 
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Search_Tips_and_Tricks FamilySearch Tips and Tricks]].
 
 
 
== What Do I Do Now? ==
 
When you have located your ancestor’s death index 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.
 
  
===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?===
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*Use the death date to obtain a death certificate.  
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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]].
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.  
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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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 [https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CHSI/Pages/Vital-Records.aspx California Department of Public Health].
*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church, marriage, land,and other records.
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Use Occupations to find military records.
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records  
*Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family.
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*Search for death or burial information in [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2026973 BillionGraves Index]
*[[California Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
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*Search for an obituary or cemetery record
 
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*Use census records to search for other family members
 
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===   
=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? ===   
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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
*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.
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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
*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
*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. 
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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
*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. 
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=== Research Helps ===
*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-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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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]].
*Search the indexes and records of [[California, United States Genealogy]].
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* [[GuidedResearch:California|California Guided Research]]
*Search in the [[California Archives and Libraries]].
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* [[California Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
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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]]
  
== Citing this Collection ==   
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== 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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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==   
 
== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==   
 
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of a name index of death records for the years 1940 to 1997. The index was created by the California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section in Sacramento.

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:

Death Index

  • Name
  • Sex
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Father's last name
  • Mother's maiden name

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The date and place of death

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 Department of Public Health.

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, marriage, and death records
  • Search for death or burial information in BillionGraves Index
  • Search for an obituary or cemetery record
  • Use census records to search for other family members

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.