California, Death Index, 1940-1997

Vital records in California have been kept by the state registrar of vital statistics since 1 July 1905. Death records in this collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) cover 1940 through 1997. Information provided can include first, last and middle name of decedent; birth date and place; mother's maiden name; father's last name; sex; death date and place; residence at time of death; social security number (when available); and age of decedent at time of death.

While this record collection should prove invaluable for persons researching California ancestors, it should also prove useful for other genealogists, including persons researching ancestors who were born in Missouri. To find persons born in states other than California, try a variation on these searches:

    SEARCH—BIRTH—LOCATION Missouri, USA (Exact) 359,107 hits
    SEARCH—BIRTH—LOCATION Illinois, USA (Exact) 449,072 hits

This record collection does not provide city or town where born—only state or country. Also, it does not provide access to images of death certificates, although it does explain how to request them from the state of California.

You can search this record collection for persons born in Missouri during a specific time period:

    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1860 (+ or – 10 years) LOCATION Missouri, USA (Exact) 19,355 hits
    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1870 (+ or – 10 years) LOCATION Missouri, USA (Exact) 54,144 hits
    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1880 (+ or – 10 years) LOCATION Missouri, USA (Exact) 102,097 hits
    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1890 (+ or – 10 years) LOCATION Missouri, USA (Exact) 134,206 hits
    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1900 (+ or – 10 years) LOCATION Missouri, USA (Exact) 154,191 hits
    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1910 (+ or – 10 years) LOCATION Missouri, USA (Exact) 131,294 hits

You can also do a “black hole” search to find info about persons born during the time (1890) when we have no federal census for most of the United States:

    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1890 (+ or – 5 years) LOCATION Missouri, USA (Exact) 74,882 hits

While these searches do not provide city or town of birth, they do provide day, month, and year of birth (which are sometimes difficult to find for persons born prior to 1900).

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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