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State Resources — California

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

The state office has birth, marriage, and death records since July 1905. For earlier records, write to County Recorder in county where event occurred.

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records

Call (916) 445-2684 for information on record lookup fees.

Write to:
Office of Vital Records
Department of Health Services
P.O. Box 730241
Sacramento, CA 94244-0241

State divorce records fee is for search and identification of county where certified copy can be obtained (years 1962 thru 1984 only). For all other years or for a copy of the decree, write to County Clerk in the county where event occurred. Certified copies of decrees are not available from the State Health Department.
For county divorce records, contact the Clerk of Superior Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have state and federal census records, military records from 1860 to 1945, county records from 1860 to 1987, and Supreme and Appellate court cases from 1850 to 1970.

Call (916) 653-7715. Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30-4:00, closed Saturday, Sunday, and all state holidays.
Write to:
California State Archives
Division of the Secretary of State's Office
1020 "O" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612-3017
Telephone: (510) 663-1358
Hours: Thursday and Friday 9:00-4:00 and Saturday 10:00-4:00
Web site:
  Publication: CGS News, The Nugget (general genealogy)

  California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 357-1848

  Los Angeles Westside Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10447
Marina del Rey, CA 90295

  Napa Valley Genealogical & Biographical Society
1701 Menlo Ave.
Napa, CA 94558
Telephone: (707) 252-2252

  Orange County Genealogical Society
7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

  San Diego Genealogical Society
1050 Pioneer Way, Suite E
El Cajon, CA 92020-1943
Telephone: (619) 443-5718

  San Luis Obispo Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 4
Atascadero, CA 93423-0004

  Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Dr.
Burbank, CA 91504
Telephone: (818) 843-7247
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