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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of indexes to divorces from the California Department of Health Services in Sacramento. Index provided by Ancestry.com.

Record Content

The index lists the following information:

  • Name of husband
  • Name of wife
  • Docket number
  • Divorce date
  • Divorce place
  • Reference number (page, volume, entry number)

How to Use the Record

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to divorces make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the person at the time of the divorce
  • The place where the divorce occurred
  • The approximate divorce date

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, volume, or entry number) to locate your ancestor in the divorce records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

If you do not find the person you are looking for, try the following:

  • Look for alternate spellings of names.
  • Look for a different index. Divorce records are a court record. Court records are often indexed at the beginning or end of record volumes. You might also want to check with a local genealogical or historical society as they often have indexes to local records.

Related Websites

California Department of Public Health

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citation for this Collection

The following citation explains 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:

California. California Department of Health Services. Divorce Index, 1966-1984. Sacramento, California. Index provided by Ancestry.com. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

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.

Example of a Source Citation for a Record Found in This Collection

  • “California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2012), George A Middleton, Agnes L, divorced April 1973, Mendocino, California; citing California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.


 

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