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== Record Description ==
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This Collection will include records from 1940 to 1997.<br>
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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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| record_type = Death Index
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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| end_year = 1997
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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| FS_URL_01 =[[California, United States Genealogy]]
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| FS_URL_02 =[[California, County Birth and Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] 
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| FS_URL_03 =[[California, Death Index, 1905-1939 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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| FS_URL_04 =[[California Vital Records]]
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| FS_URL_05 =[[California Archives and Libraries]]
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| FS_URL_06 = [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=383&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20California%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Adeath%20%2Bkeywords%3Aindex%20%2Bkeywords%3A1940%20%2Bkeywords%3A1997 FamilySearch Catalog]
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| RW_URL_01 =[http://www.deathindexes.com/california/index.html Online California Death Indexes, Records &amp; Obituaries]
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{{Collection citation | text= "California, Death Index, 1940-1997
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== What Is in the Collection? ==
." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.]]
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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.
 
 
text = California Department of Health Services. California, Death Indexes. California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section, Sacramento, California.}}
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 
The index includes the following:  
 
The index includes the following:  
  
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*Mother's maiden name
 
*Mother's maiden name
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search The Collection? ==
  
'''To search this collection using the index:'''
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To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:  
  
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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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The date and place of death.
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=== Search the Index ===
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
'''To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:'''
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
*The name of the person at the time of death
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
*Other identifying information such as the death date or place
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===I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?===
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*Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records. 
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*Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[California Church Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county. 
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
  
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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== Citing This Collection == 
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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.  
  
'''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:
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "California, Death Index, 1940-1997." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.} <br><br> }}
  
*Use the death date to obtain a death certificate.
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
*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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*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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'''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.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
[http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ California Department of Health]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[California, County Birth and Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|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)]]
 
*[[California Vital Records|California Vital Records]]
 
 
 
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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.
 
  
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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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Location of California
Record Description
Record Type Death Index
Collection years 1940-1997
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What Is in the Collection?

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.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

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 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 date and place of death.

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

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

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


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

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar 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.


Collection Citation:

"California, Death Index, 1940-1997." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Department of Public 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, Death Index, 1940-1997.


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