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California Deaths, 1940 - 1997
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Death certificates represent one of the key primary sources for family information, typically being issued within days of a death and having many details about a personís life. Frequently, they contain age, birthplace, parentsí names and birthplaces and the cause of death. An important fact, which can often be overlooked, is the name of the funeral home listed on the document, a place that often has records themselves that can supplement the death records. The name of the informant who provided the information included on the death certificate can also provide a clue to locating new relatives.

Availability of death records in the United States varies, but most states began requiring them by the early 1900s. In many cases, such as Pennsylvania, records are available as early as the 1850s. Accessing individual records can be difficult without knowing when a person died; therefore indexes to death records are essential in simplifying your search. Most indexes provide a year and certificate number, which allows you to easily access the source document.
 
 
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California Deaths, 1940 - 1997. Family Tree Legends Records Collection (Online Database). Pearl Street Software, 2004-2005.