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California Vital Records
California vital records prior to July 1st, 1905 are found within the county where the event occurred. Records thereafter were kept by the State Registrar of Vital Statistics. No statewide index is available for records prior to 1905. For birth, marriage and death records prior to 1905, write to the clerk of the county in question. For birth, marriage and death records after 1905, write:

Office of Vital Records and Statistics
Department of Health Services
304 S Street
P.O. Box 730241
Sacramento, CA 94244-0241
Fax: 800-858-5553

California Research Sources

Information Resources for California Government

California State Archives
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: 916-653-7715

List of Family History Resources at the Archives

California Genealogical Society
1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 100, Oakland, CA
94612-2154 510-663-1358

California State Genealogical Alliance
P.O. Box 10195
Oakland, CA 94610-0195

California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: 415-357-1848
Fax: 415-357-1850

Hispanic Historical & Ancestral Research, Society of California
P.O. Box 490
Midway City, CA

Chinese Historical Society of America
965 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Phone: (415) 391-1188
Fax: (415) 391-1150

Society of California Pioneers
300 Fourth Street San Francisco, CA 94107-1272
Tel: (415) 957-1849
Fax: (415) 957-9858

California State Library
California History Room

900 N Street, Room 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 654-0176

California State Library
P.O. Box 942837
Sacramento, CA 94237-0001.

The California State Library DOES NOT have birth, death, or marriage certificates. To find out about certificates, contact the California Office of Vital Records or the appropriate county recorder's office.


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