California, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index File (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: California, San Joaquin County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991 .
This Collection will include records from 1850 to 1991.
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.
For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
Citation for This Collection
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.
- San Joaquin Newspapers. California, San Joaquin County Public Library Obituary Index File. San Joaquin Genealogical Society, Stockton, California.
Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.
The key genealogical facts found in Obituaries 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 to Use the Record
To search this collection using the index:
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.
To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Surname Range" category which takes you to the images
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
To begin your search you will need to know the following:
- The person’s name
- The approximate death date
- The person’s last known residence
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Using the Information
Once you have located your ancestor’s obituary, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Some of these records are often brief so it can be easy to confuse individuals. Compare what information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.
Next, look at the pieces of information given in the obituary for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Use the birth date or year to search for birth records.
- Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records.
- Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records.
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 been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. 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.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"California, San Joaquin County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991," index and images,FamilySearch (https//familysearch.org: accessed 4 April 2012), Dunbar, P.A. - Escabar, I.V. > image 5 of 3243 images, Paul Arnold Dunbar, April 6, 1977; citing California, San Joaquin Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991, San Joaquin Genealogical Society, Stockton, California, United States.