California, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index File (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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San Joaquin, California, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Obituaries
Collection years 1850-1991
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What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of images of index cards located at the San Joaquin County Public Library in Stockton, California. The index cards contain clippings of obituaries from various San Joaquin County and Stockton city newspapers. The collection covers the years 1850 to 1991.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index File, 1850-1991.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The records usually include the following:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Occupation and residence
  • Names of surviving family members
  • Cause of death
  • Date, place and time of funeral services or burial

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate death date.
  • The person’s last known residence.
  • The names of known relatives and associates.

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 Collection Page:

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Pagethen select the Surname Range.


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What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the birth date or year to find other records such as birth, census, and death records.
  • Use the information in each record to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of California, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the California Archives and Libraries.

Citing this Collection

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.


Collection Citation:

"California, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed Citing County Public Library, Stockton.

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, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991.


Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991.


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