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| record_type = Births and Christenings Index
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| end_year = 1988
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| FS_URL_02 =[[California, County Birth and Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] 
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| FS_URL_03 =[[California Church Records]]
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| FS_URL_04 =[[California Vital Records]]
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| FS_URL_05 =[[California, Death Index, 1905-1939 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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| FS_URL_06 =[[California, Death Index, 1940-1997 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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| RW_URL_01 =[https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/CountyRecorderOffice.aspx California County Recorder]
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| RW_URL_02 =[http://www.californiabirthindex.org/ California Birth Index] 
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| RW_URL_03 =[http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/pages/default.aspx California Department of Public Health] 
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| RW_URL_04 =[http://www.vitalsearch-ca.com/ California State Vital Record Search]  
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This index is an electronic index for the years 1812 to 1988. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
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== What is in the Collection?  ==
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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This index is an electronic index for the years 1812 to 1988. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the [[International Genealogical Index (IGI) (FamilySearch Historical Records) |International Genealogical Index]] or Vital Records Index collections.
  
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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=== Coverage Table  ===
  
{{Collection citation| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Genealogical Society of Utah. California Births and Christenings. Index based on data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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A coverage table for this collection is available is the wiki article [[California Births and Christenings, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
== Record Content and Use  ==
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== Collection Content ==
  
 
For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article [[Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
 
For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article [[Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
  
== Coverage Table  ==
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==How Do I Search This Collection?==
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To search for your ancestor it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate date of birth or christening.
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*The names of the parents.
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*The names of relatives who may have served as witnesses to the christening.
  
The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.<br>
 
  
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674703 Collection Page]:'''<br> 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.<br>
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! style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" align="center" | '''Locality'''
 
! style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" align="center" | '''Births and Christenings, 1817-1997'''
 
! style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" align="center" | '''Marriages, 1817-1997'''  
 
! style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" align="center" | '''Deaths and Burials, 1817-1997'''
 
|-
 
| [[Alameda County, California#Vital_Records|Alameda]]
 
| 89,546
 
| 2,687
 
| 35,183
 
|-
 
| [[Alpine County, California#Vital_Records|Alpine]]
 
| 110
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Amador County, California#Vital_Records|Amador]]
 
| 588
 
| 3,406
 
| 577
 
|-
 
| [[Butte County, California#Vital_Records|Butte]]
 
| 11,820
 
| 0
 
| 20,466
 
|-
 
| [[Calaveras County, California#Vital_Records|Calaveras]]
 
| 1,690
 
| 960
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[California Vital Records|California]]
 
| 3,861
 
| 25,646
 
| 38,905
 
|-
 
| [[Colusa County, California#Vital_Records|Colusa]]
 
| 283
 
| 466
 
| 238
 
|-
 
| [[Contra Costa County, California#Vital_Records|Contra Costa]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 3,294
 
|-
 
| [[Del Norte County, California#Vital_Records|Del Norte]]
 
| 467
 
| 618
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[El Dorado County, California#Vital_Records|El Dorado]]
 
| 986
 
| 4,202
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Fresno County, California#Vital_Records|Fresno]]
 
| 7,815
 
| 19,063
 
| 4,082
 
|-
 
| [[Glenn County, California#Vital_Records|Glenn]]
 
| 488
 
| 3,670
 
| 1,465
 
|-
 
| [[Humboldt County, California#Vital_Records|Humboldt]]
 
| 1,922
 
| 22,836
 
| 3,814
 
|-
 
| [[Imperial County, California#Vital_Records|Imperial]]
 
| 0
 
| 1,563
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Inyo County, California#Vital_Records|Inyo]]
 
| 0
 
| 1,051
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Kern County, California#Vital_Records|Kern]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Kings County, California#Vital_Records|Kings]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Lake County, California#Vital_Records|Lake]]
 
| 842
 
| 3,544
 
| 2,040
 
|-
 
| [[Lassen County, California#Vital_Records|Lassen]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Los Angeles County, California#Vital_Records|Los Angeles]]
 
| 23,808
 
| 189,228
 
| 127,575
 
|-
 
| [[Madera County, California#Vital_Records|Madera]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 374
 
|-
 
| [[Marin County, California#Vital_Records|Marin]]
 
| 3,121
 
| 17,784
 
| 1,547
 
|-
 
| [[Mariposa County, California#Vital_Records|Mariposa]]
 
| 0
 
| 1,521
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Mendocino County, California#Vital_Records|Mendocino]]
 
| 992
 
| 7,305
 
| 6,157
 
|-
 
| [[Merced County, California#Vital_Records|Merced]]
 
| 328
 
| 1,618
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Modoc County, California#Vital_Records|Modoc]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Mono County, California#Vital_Records|Mono]]
 
| 186
 
| 464
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Monterey County, California#Vital_Records|Monterey]]
 
| 8,043
 
| 5,018
 
| 4,126
 
|-
 
| [[Napa County, California#Vital_Records|Napa]]
 
| 1,544
 
| 2,598
 
| 3,770
 
|-
 
| [[Nevada County, California#Vital_Records|Nevada]]
 
| 2,603
 
| 10,535
 
| 5,558
 
|-
 
| [[Orange County, California#Vital_Records|Orange]]
 
| 1,961
 
| 93,631
 
| 15,309
 
|-
 
| [[Placer County, California#Vital_Records|Placer]]
 
| 611
 
| 9,453
 
| 337
 
|-
 
| [[Plumas County, California#Vital_Records|Plumas]]
 
| 171
 
| 170
 
| 292
 
|-
 
| [[Riverside County, California#Vital_Records|Riverside]]
 
| 4,470
 
| 1,797
 
| 5,676
 
|-
 
| [[Sacramento County, California#Vital_Records|Sacramento]]
 
| 7,784
 
| 27,802
 
| 51,764
 
|-
 
| [[San Benito County, California#Vital_Records|San Benito]]
 
| 0
 
| 1,802
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[San Bernardino County, California#Vital_Records|San Bernardino]]
 
| 9,605
 
| 6,355
 
| 15,919
 
|-
 
| [[San Diego County, California#Vital_Records|San Diego]]
 
| 3,717
 
| 0
 
| 2,431
 
|-
 
| [[San Francisco County, California#Vital_Records|San Francisco]]
 
| 141
 
| 35,725
 
| 72,896
 
|-
 
| [[San Joaquin County, California#Vital_Records|San Joaquin]]
 
| 0
 
| 14,836
 
| 5,240
 
|-
 
| [[San Luis Obispo County, California#Vital_Records|San Luis Obispo]]
 
| 1,480
 
| 8,032
 
| 1,138
 
|-
 
| [[San Mateo County, California#Vital_Records|San Mateo]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Santa Barbara County, California#Vital_Records|Santa Barbara]]
 
| 12,003
 
| 18,829
 
| 10,048
 
|-
 
| [[Santa Clara County, California#Vital_Records|Santa Clara]]
 
| 7,401
 
| 11,160
 
| 14,127
 
|-
 
| [[Santa Cruz County, California#Vital_Records|Santa Cruz]]
 
| 2,135
 
| 7,940
 
| 2,616
 
|-
 
| [[Shasta County, California#Vital_Records|Shasta]]
 
| 6,063
 
| 5,172
 
| 1,484
 
|-
 
| [[Sierra County, California#Vital_Records|Sierra]]
 
| 286
 
| 767
 
| 531
 
|-
 
| [[Siskiyou County, California#Vital_Records|Siskiyou]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Solano County, California#Vital_Records|Solano]]
 
| 0
 
| 9,710
 
| 1,926
 
|-
 
| [[Sonoma County, California#Vital_Records|Sonoma]]
 
| 6,673
 
| 22,787
 
| 15,972
 
|-
 
| [[Stanislaus County, California#Vital_Records|Stanislaus]]
 
| 274
 
| 5,196
 
| 226
 
|-
 
| [[Sutter County, California#Vital_Records|Sutter]]
 
| 333
 
| 2,805
 
| 630
 
|-
 
| [[Tehama County, California#Vital_Records|Tehama]]
 
| 3,698
 
| 3,197
 
| 1,437
 
|-
 
| [[Trinity County, California#Vital_Records|Trinity]]
 
| 135
 
| 479
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Tulare County, California#Vital_Records|Tulare]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Tuolumne County, California#Vital_Records|Tuolumne]]
 
| 0
 
| 3,863
 
| 1,405
 
|-
 
| [[Ventura County, California#Vital_Records|Ventura]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Yolo County, California#Vital_Records|Yolo]]
 
| 369
 
| 5,686
 
| 4,891
 
|-
 
| [[Yuba County, California#Vital_Records|Yuba]]
 
| 352
 
| 5,561
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| Total
 
| 230,705
 
| 628,538
 
| 485,466
 
|}
 
  
<br>
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
 +
When you have located your ancestor’s birth or christening record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
 +
=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
 +
*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 +
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 +
*The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
 +
*The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 +
*It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
 +
*The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
 +
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
 +
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  
== Related Websites  ==
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
  
[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index], hosted by BYU/Idaho. Search by bride or groom - Free. [http://www.deathindexes.com/california/index.html Online California Death Records and Indexes]. Free [http://death-records.net/index.htm Death Records Search]. A guide for finding death records on the internet.<br>
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
 +
*Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
 +
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.  
 +
*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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== Citations for this Collection ==
  
[[California, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] [[California, County Birth and Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, County Birth and Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] [[California Church Records|California Church Records]] [[California Vital Records]]
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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.
  
== Contributions to this Article  ==
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'''Collection Citation''':<br>
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "California, Births and Christenings, 1812-1988." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.}} <br><br>
  
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Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1812-1988
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Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in the Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1812 to 1988. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Coverage Table

A coverage table for this collection is available is the wiki article California Births and Christenings, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Collection Content

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

How Do I Search This Collection?

To search for your ancestor it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of birth or christening.
  • The names of the parents.
  • The names of relatives who may have served as witnesses to the christening.


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s birth or christening record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Citations for 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, Births and Christenings, 1812-1988." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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 Births and Christenings, 1812-1988.

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