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How to Obtain California Death Certificates

The vital records comprising of births, marriages and deaths of the state of California were not been registered statewide before the beginning of 19th century. The earlier records showed that the vital records registrations prior to July 1st, 1905 were only found within the county where the event took place because they were only maintained by the town office not by the state. Then there came a time after 1905 when the statewide registration was implemented within the state of California by the government. The records after that time were maintained and kept by the State Registrar of Vital Statistics which ensures collection of all data from all counties statewide in order to reach at the exact and updated facts and figures. There were no statewide registration records prior to 1905 were available as they were not properly maintained by any specific department of the whole state of California. This is the reason why if one has to find the older vital records prior to 1905, he/she should write to the clerk of the county in question. However, if an individual wants to access the date after the year 1905, then he/she can directly access the information from the registrar’s office of Vital Statistics.

Death records or death certificates (MCCD), Are a substantial part of the legal process. This significant information is vital to state and local government official. The state death record database contains information about a person's death, location, date, time, residence. Sometimes the names of the mother and father, and Even the physician who declares vital statistics and the cause of a person's death. Death records have long been used to help with ancestry, 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.

California County Death Records

Alameda County
Alpine County
Amador County
Butte County
Calaveras County
Colusa County
Contra Costa County
Del Norte County
El Dorado County
Fresno County
Glenn County
Humboldt County
Imperial County
Inyo County
Kern County
Kings County
Lake County
Lassen County
Los Angeles County
Madera County
Marin County
Mariposa County
Mendocino County
Merced County
Modoc County
Mono County
Monterey County
Napa County
Nevada County
Orange County
Placer County
Plumas County
Riverside County
Sacramento County
San Benito County
San Bernardino County
San Diego County
San Francisco County
San Joaquin County
San Luis Obispo County
San Mateo County
Santa Barbara County
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County
Shasta County
Sierra County
Siskiyou County
Solano County
Sonoma County
Stanislaus County
Sutter County
Tehama County
Trinity County
Tulare County
Tuolumne County
Ventura County
Yolo County
Yuba County


California Death Record Certificates and Obituaries

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