About California, Death Record Index, 1940–1997
This database was acquired from the California Department of Health
, and originally entitled California Death Record Index. The descriptive information here is adapted from the California Department of Health State Vital Records Office website. More information about the database may be available there.
These records contain an index of deaths from California. Each entry includes the following information, when available: first name, middle name, last name, gender, date of birth, place of birth, date of death, place of death, mother's last name, and father's last name.
Sometimes we start our research with death records because the only information we have on a person is their place of death. Some death records, such as those from church records, are actually the dates of the funeral and burial. Be certain to look for death records in the place of death, as well as the place of burial. Early records from California provide the name of the deceased and the date of death or burial. More modern records from California may include the age or date and place of birth of the deceased, names and places of birth for parents, date and place of burial, undertaker, name and address of the informant, physician’s name, cause of death, length of residence, and more.
The department can be reached at the following:
California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, California 95899-7410
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- "California, Death Record Index, 1940-1997" database online at Mocavo.com (Boulder, CO: 2013). Original Data: "California Death Record Index"; California Department of Public Health.
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- October 9th, 2013 @ 12:00 AM