California Death Records

Enter a first and/or last name to search California death records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the California death records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain California death certificates is available below.

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California death records

Death records contain information about a person's death, including the date of death, place of death, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the death. Death certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing California death records, California death ceritificates, California death notices, California death indexes, and other related California genealogy records.

Death records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the death takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store death records into various online archives. This has brought access to online death records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of deaths, and in addition to death certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing death records of California. We also suggest searching for "California death records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain California Death Certificates

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

For prior records, write to the clerk of the county in question.

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