Source Information

California State Library California Biographical Collection: Responses to Vital Record Inquiries, 1822-1964 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
Original data:

Miscellaneous Card Indexes; Vital Statistics Index (1900–1951). Microfilm 734, reels 14–23. California State Library, California History Section, Sacramento, California.

About California Biographical Collection: Responses to Vital Record Inquiries, 1822-1964

This database contains biographical information on cards created by California State Library employees responding to vital records inquiries.

What’s in the Records

When responding to queries for details about births, marriages, divorces, deaths, and proof of citizenship, California State Library employees created these cards summarizing their answers. The library did not have access to the vital records themselves, so responses included references to city directories and obituaries and notices of marriages and births in California newspapers, transcribed entries from California voter registers (Great Registers), and other sources. Cards mention unsuccessful searches as well.

The cards mention the request and may include names, places, dates, and sources for events such as births, marriages, divorces, deaths, and naturalizations. Most of the requests were made in the 1930s.

Help preserve historical records for generations to come. Join the Ancestry World Archives Project, a collaborative effort involving thousands of people around the world keying digital records to make them free for everyone. Anyone can join, and you decide how much time you’ll contribute - as little as 15 minutes helps. Learn more.