California State Vital Records Office Information
Index to California County Vital Records Offices
You may obtain certified copies of Vital Records directly from the County Recorder's Office, or Local Health Department for recent Births and Deaths if you know the county of occurence. Most of the county offices can provide a faster processing time than the State office (often within one week). Also, many of the county offices will accept requests (using a credit card) by phone, fax, or on-line. Certified copies of divorce decrees and confidential marriage records must be obtained from the county where divorce was granted or the marriage was licensed.
Follow this link to determine what county a city or town is in.
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Tips for Finding and Using California Vital Records
The state of California is a very large one, yet every year thousands of people move to the state and there is still plenty of room for people to live there. This can be tricky if you’re from California, or if your family is, as there are so many people it can be ridiculously difficult to find anyone, even if you happen to know their full name. Unless, that is, you know how to do it correctly. With the help of the right websites you can easily access all of the information that you need about any of your relatives, even those who died a long time ago. But how can you access these records easily?
For starters you’ll have to get comfortable with California vital records. But what are California vital records? Vital records are records that tell you about the life and death of someone. They include things like birth and death records, which is exactly what you’ll need to access if you’re trying to locate someone or if you’re trying to fill in the missing branches of your family tree. There are, however, a few problems with accessing some of these records, and most of them occur simply because the person who is trying to access them simply doesn’t know how to do it correctly or where to go.
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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