California Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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California Divorce Index, 1966-1984 .
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|California, United States|
|Flag of California|
|Location of California|
|Record Type||Divorce Index|
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of indexes to divorces from the California Department of Health Services in Sacramento for the years 1966 to 1984. Index provided by Ancestry.com.
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
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 Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person at the time of the divorce.
- The place where the divorce occurred.
- The approximate divorce date.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information 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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. 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.
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What Do I Do Next?
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, volume, or entry number) to locate your ancestor in the divorce records. When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Use the information found to find the marriage record.
- Search additional records, such as censuses, land, and probate records
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?
- 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.
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..
- "California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing "California, Divorce Index." Ancestry.com. www.ancestry.com : 2007. Citing Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.
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 Divorce Index, 1966-1984.|
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