California, Death Index, 1940-1997 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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<p>The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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== Record Description  ==
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This Collection will include records from 1940 to 1997.<br>  
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<h2> Record Content  </h2>
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This collection consists of a name index of death records. The index was created by the California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section in Sacramento.  
<p>The index includes the following:  
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== Record Content  ==
<ul><li>Name  
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</li><li>Sex  
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The index includes the following:  
</li><li>Date and place of birth  
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</li><li>Date and place of death  
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*Name  
</li><li>Father's last name  
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*Sex  
</li><li>Mother's maiden name
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*Date and place of birth  
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*Date and place of death  
<h2> How to Use the Record  </h2>
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*Father's last name  
<p>To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
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*Mother's maiden name
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<ul><li>The name of the person at the time of death
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== How to Use the Record  ==
</li><li>Other identifying information such as the death date or place
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</li></ul>
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'''To search this collection using the index:'''
<h4> Search the Collection  </h4>
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<p>Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
</p><p>For help searching the collection view the on-line demonstration <a href="http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4">FamilySearch Search Tips</a>.  
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'''To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:'''
<h4> Using the Information </h4>
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<p>When you have located your ancestor’s death 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. For example:  
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*The name of the person at the time of death
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*Other identifying information such as the death date or place
<ul><li>Use the death date to obtain a death certificate.  
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</li><li>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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For help searching the collection view the on-line demonstration [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
</li><li>Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in other records such as census and church records.
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</li></ul>
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'''Using the Information:'''
<h4> Tips to Keep in Mind </h4>
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<ul><li>Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
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When you have located your ancestor’s death 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. For example:  
</li><li>Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
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</li><li>When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
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*Use the death date to obtain a death certificate.  
</li><li>If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.  
</li><li>Remember that indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in other records such as census and church records.
</li></ul>
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<h2> Related Websites  </h2>
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'''Tips to Keep in Mind:'''
<p><a href="http://www.dhs.ca.gov/">California Department of Health&#160;</a>
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*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
<h2> Related Wiki Articles  </h2>
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
<ul><li><a href="California Vital Records">California Vital Records</a>
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
</li><li><a href="California Genealogy">California Genealogy</a>
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*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
</li></ul>
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*Remember that indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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[http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ California Department of Health]
</p><p>"California, Death Index, 1940-1997," database, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org: &#160;accessed 23 April 2012), Elizabeth W Ritzert, 2 April 1980; citing Death Records.
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*[[California, County Birth and Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, County Birth and Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[California, Death Index, 1905-1939 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Death Index, 1905-1939 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>  
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{{Collection citation | text= "California, Death Index, 1940-1997
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[[Category:California|Vital Records]]

Revision as of 20:04, 17 June 2014

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: California, Death Index, 1940-1997 .

Contents

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1940 to 1997.

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

Record Content

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 to Use the Record

To search this collection using the index:

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the person at the time of death
  • Other identifying information such as the death date or place

For help searching the collection view the on-line demonstration FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information:

When you have located your ancestor’s death 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. For example:

  • Use the death date to obtain a death certificate.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in other records such as census and church records.

Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Remember that indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.


Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"California, Death Index, 1940-1997

." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.]]

text = California Department of Health Services. California, Death Indexes. California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section, Sacramento, California.