|How to obtain copies of California vital records, such as California birth certificates, California death records, California marriage licenses & California divorce decrees. See the guidelines for general information on how to order vital records. Check the related links for additional vital records and genealogical information on California.|
California State Vital Records Office Information
Due to budget cuts, on November 26, 2003, the vitals records office has closed their Sacramento public counter service for certified copies of birth and death records. All requests must be submitted by mail. Click here for more details
Check or money order should be made payable to Office of Vital Records. Personal checks are accepted. Due to shortage of staff, the processing time for copies of vital records is 15-20 weeks. The fee covers a 10-year period search (if necessary) for the record requested.
Index to California County Vital Records Offices
Follow this link to Rootsweb to determine what county a city or town is in.
Alameda . Alpine . Amador . Butte . Calaveras . Colusa . Contra Costa . Del Norte . El Dorado . Fresno . Glenn . Humboldt . Imperial . Inyo . Kern . Kings . Lake . Lassen . Los Angeles . Madera . Marin . Mariposa . Mendocino . Merced . Modoc . Mono . Monterey . Napa . Nevada . Orange . Placer . Plumas . Riverside . Sacramento . San Benito . San Bernardino . San Diego . San Francisco . San Joaquin . San Luis Obispo . San Mateo . Santa Barbara . Santa Clara . Santa Cruz . Shasta . Sierra . Siskiyou . Solano . Sonoma . Stanislaus . Sutter . Tehama . Trinity . Tulare . Tuolumne . Ventura . Yolo . Yuba .
Tips for Finding and Using California Vital Records
Let’s start with the first tip: the first tip is to know your prey. This means that you should know exactly who you’re trying to locate. Get a first name and a last name and, if it’s a woman, a maiden name if possible. This makes it much easier to find things like California death records or even California birth certificates.
The next tip is to be flexible! Another problem that people have when they’re trying to access California vital records is that they’re so fixated on finding the exact record that they want that they forget that they may be able to get the information that they need out of other documents as well as the one they’re looking for. For instance California death records may tell you the name of the person that you are looking for’s parents, as this information is often included on the records. And California birth certificates are a great place to turn if you’re looking for records about parents as well as records about their child.
And the final tip is to make sure that you write everything down. That is where most people wind up having a huge problem. They assume that they’ll be able to remember everything and then wind up getting very frustrated when they can’t. Instead of dealing with frustrating, keep copies of all of the California birth certificates and California death records you find and take the time to write everything down as well. These tips will help you to navigate through the California vital records easily so that you’re able to access any information that you’re looking for.
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