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California Death Index 1940-1997 - FamilySearch Historical Records

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California, Death Index, 1940-1997
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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 Death Index
Collection years 1940-1997
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?Edit

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.

What Can These Records Tell Me?Edit

The index includes the following:

  • 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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

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

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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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 California Department of Public Health.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?Edit

  • 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

  • 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

Record FinderEdit

Consult the California Research Tips and Strategies and its Record Finder to search other records

Citing This CollectionEdit

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, Death Index, 1940-1997." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
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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