California Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
California, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Divorce Index
Collection years 1966-1984
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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.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California Divorce Index, 1966-1984.

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 at least some of the following:

  • The name of the person at the time of the divorce.
  • The place where the divorce occurred.
  • The approximate divorce date.

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.


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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 information found to find a marriage or census record.
  • Search for additional records, such as birth, death, land, and probate 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, Divorce Index, 1966-1984." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. 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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