Here is the California Death Index, 1905-1939 collection screen:
The collection wiki page description says:
"The collection consists of digital images of the death index located at the Office of the State Register, Sacramento, and the Butte County Courthouse, Oroville. The index is arranged alphabetically by the name of the deceased.
"The key genealogical facts the California Death Index record may include:
The page above indicates that there are two main sections for this database:
I chose the 1930-1939 and saw:
There are three surname ranges to this part of the Index:
* Aubel, Arnold-Hetterman, John
* Heslop, Nellie-Rzechtalski, Leon
* Sa, Joseph-Z
I decided to search for "Seaver" entries, so I clicked on the Sa, Joseph-Z link:
The image above shows the first page of the FHL microfilm from which the images were obtained.
The death index is alphabetical by last name, first name.
From here, the user has to do a guess-and-guess again iteration routine to get to the page they want. I found (eventually) the "Seaver" listings on Image #54:
The images in this database are of two pages in the death index, and there are two columns on each page.
The most important column is the County column, which is listed with a county code. The County coe list is at http://www.vitalsearch-ca.com/gen/ca/_vitals/cacodes.htm#CO.
Thank you, FamilySearch! This will make my research much easier to perform.
The URL for this post is: http://www.geneamusings.com/2012/02/california-death-index-1905-to-1939-on.html
Copyright (c) Randall J. Seaver, 2012.
Updated: 8 p.m. to add the county code. Thanks, Leah!