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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1940 to 1997.<br>
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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.  
 
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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.  
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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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." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.]]
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text = California Department of Health Services. California, Death Indexes. California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section, Sacramento, California.}}
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
'''To search this collection using the index:'''
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
  
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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*Name
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*Identifying information such as age or death date and place
  
'''To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:'''
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
*The name of the person at the time of death
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To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals 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 look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
*Other identifying information such as the death date or place
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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].  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.  
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
'''Using the Information:'''
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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]].
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=== 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:  
 
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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*Use the death date to obtain a death certificate.  
 
*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 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.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  
'''Tips to Keep in Mind:'''
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind ===
  
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*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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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*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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*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|California, Death Records|keywords|disp}} 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]]. For additional information about this state see the wiki article [[California Genealogy]].}}
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ California Department of Health]  
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[http://www.deathindexes.com/california/index.html Online California Death Indexes, Records &amp; Obituaries]  
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[California, County Birth and Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, County Birth and Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[California, County Birth and Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[California, Death Index, 1905-1939 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Death Index, 1905-1939 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[California, Death Index, 1905-1939 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[California Vital Records|California Vital Records]]
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*[[California Vital Records]]
  
 
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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.  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "California, Death Index, 1940-1997." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing California Department of Health Services. California, Death Indexes. Sacramento, California.}} <br><br>
  
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Latest revision as of 11:01, 17 February 2015

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 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.

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 begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name
  • Identifying information such as age or death date and place

Search the Collection

To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals 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 look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [FamilySearch Tips and Tricks].

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 census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • 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.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Related Websites

Online California Death Indexes, Records & Obituaries

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Contributions to This Article

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Citations for this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"California, Death Index, 1940-1997." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing California Department of Health Services. California, Death Indexes. Sacramento, California.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for California, Death Index, 1940-1997.

 

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