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| FS_URL_01 =[[California County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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| FS_URL_02 =[[California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] 
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| FS_URL_03 =[[California, United States Genealogy]]
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| RW_URL_01 =[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index], hosted by BYU/Idaho. Search by bride or groom - Free
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| RW_URL_02 =[http://www.deathindexes.com/california/index.html Online California Death Records and Indexes]. Free 
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| RW_URL_03 =[http://death-records.net/index.htm Death Records Search]. A guide for finding death records on the internet 
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== Record Description  ==
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== What Is in the Collection? ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1850 to 1945.<br>  
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This collection includes marriage records from 1850 to 1945.<br>  
  
This index is an electronic database of information compiled from a variety of sources including the following:
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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.
 
 
*Family Records  
 
*Church Records  
 
*Civil Registration
 
  
 
For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This index is an index of the births, marriages, and deaths throughout California. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.  
 
For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This index is an index of the births, marriages, and deaths throughout California. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.  
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Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of information available on those who were born, married, or died in California.  
 
Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of information available on those who were born, married, or died in California.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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===To Browse This Collection===
 
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{{Collection citation| text = Genealogical Society of Utah. California Marriages. Index based on data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.}}  
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== Record Content  ==
 
  
The key genealogical facts found in birth index entries may include:
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 
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The information found in marriage index entries may include:  
*Name of the child
 
*Gender
 
*Names of the parents
 
*Birth date
 
*Birthplace
 
*Christening date (if the source is a church record)
 
*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
 
 
 
The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:  
 
  
 
*Name of the bride and groom  
 
*Name of the bride and groom  
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*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
 
*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
  
The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Coverage Table and Map ===
  
*Name of the deceased
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A coverage table for this collection is available is the wiki article [[California Marriages, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*Gender
 
*Names of the parents
 
*Name of the spouse (if married)  
 
*Death or burial date
 
*Death or burial place
 
*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
 
*Microfilm number and inclusive dates on the film
 
  
== Coverage Table  ==
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California marriages, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/CA_FRM.html here].
  
This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.
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== How Do I Search the Collection? == 
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection, it is helpful to know:
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•        Name of the individual
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•        Approximate date and or location of the event
  
Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.  
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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.  
  
As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.<br><br>
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
 
 
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! align="center" style="background: rgb(240, 240, 240);" scope="col" | '''Locality'''
 
! align="center" style="background: rgb(240, 240, 240);" scope="col" | '''Births and Christenings, 1817-1997'''
 
! align="center" style="background: rgb(240, 240, 240);" scope="col" | '''Marriages, 1817-1997'''
 
! align="center" style="background: rgb(240, 240, 240);" scope="col" | '''Deaths and Burials, 1817-1997'''
 
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| [[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
 
|}
 
 
 
== 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.  
 
  
 
Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:  
 
Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:  
  
*[[IGI]]  
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*[[IGI|International Genealogical Index (IGI)]]  
 
*[[IGI Batch Number Descriptions]]  
 
*[[IGI Batch Number Descriptions]]  
 
*[[IGI Batch Numbers for the British Isles and North America]]
 
*[[IGI Batch Numbers for the British Isles and North America]]
  
== Related Websites ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==   
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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.
 +
*Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and death records.
 +
*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.  Witnesses were usually family members.
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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.
 +
*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.
  
*[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index], hosted by BYU/Idaho. Search by bride or groom - Free.
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== Citing This Collection == 
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/california/index.html Online California Death Records and Indexes]. Free
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*[http://death-records.net/index.htm Death Records Search]. A guide for finding death records on the internet.
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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.  
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
  
*[[California County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "California Marriages,1850-1945." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.}} <br><br>
*[[California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[California|California]]
 
*[[California Vital Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to this Article  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.
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'''[[#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
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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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1850-1945
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection includes marriage records from 1850 to 1945.

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.

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This index is an index of the births, marriages, and deaths throughout California. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing to accomplish its program of identifying the ancestry of mankind.

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of information available on those who were born, married, or died in California.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California Marriages,1850-1945.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Collection Content

Coverage Table and Map

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

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California marriages, click here.

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection, it is helpful to know: • Name of the individual • Approximate date and or location of the event

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.

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

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 find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and death 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. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • 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 Marriages,1850-1945." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. 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 Marriages,1850-1945.


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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.