Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tuesday's Tip - California Historical Record Collections on FamilySearch .org

This week's Tuesday's Tip is to:  Find California Birth, Marriage and Voter Registration Records in the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

FamilySearch.org has these historical record collections for California:



They include:


* California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 (24,596,224 indexed records, no images)
* California, Births and Christenings, 1812-1988 (34,399 records, no images)
* California, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1850-1960 (no index, browse images)
* California, Collections of the California Genealogical Society, 1700-1942 (no index, browse images)
* California, County Birth and Death Records, 1849-1994 (no index, browse images)

* California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 (1,911,081 indexed records, images available)
* California, Death Index, 1905-1939 (no index, browse images)
* California, Death Index, 1940-1997 (9,366,543 indexed records, no images)
* California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984 (3,518,816 indexed records, no images) 
* California, Great Registers, 1866-1910 (3,310,884 indexed records, no images)

* California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907-1948 (439,368 indexed records, images available)
* California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985 (4,879,251 indexed records, no images)
* California, Marriages, 1850-1945  (43,491 indexed records, no images)
* California, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index, 1852-1989 (544,192 indexed records, images available) 
* California, Probate Estate Files,1833-1991 (no index, browse images)

* California, San Diego Naturalization Index, 1868-1958 (22,506 indexed records, images available)
* California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1931 (93,871 indexed records, images available)
* California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997 (no index, browse images)
* California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953 (931,929 indexed records, images available)
* California, San Francisco, World War I Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits, 1918 (6,545 indexed records, images available)

* California, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991 (98,787 indexed records, images available)
* California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991 (no index, browse images)
* California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899-2011 (no index, browse images)
* California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index, 1915-1976 (562,928 indexed records, images available)
* California, State Census, 1852 (188,578 indexed records, no images)

Some of these database are incomplete.  For instance, the California, Probate Estate Files collection (with over 2 million images) covers only Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, and Solano counties.  Hopefully, the incomplete record collections will add more content over time.

 There are many other databases on FamilySearch.org for all states and many countries.  Go to https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list and put your state or country of interest into the "Collection name" search field.

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Copyright (c) Randall J. Seaver, 2013

1 comment:

Charlie said...

San Franciso County Death certificates doesn't seem to be listed.