- Births, Deaths & Marriages

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Information about California births, marriage and deaths are available in printed format, as microforms, and on the World Wide Web. A listing of available resources follows.

Early California Population Project (searchable vital records from the California missions, 1769-1850)


Available via Ancestry Library Edition (in-library use only; login here, go to Advanced Search page and click on US map for California).


California death index 1905-1994 Microfilm in library
California death index 1940-1997
Social Security Death Index 1962-present
Fresno Bee obituaries 1962-present Card file in library
Fresno Bee 1986-present Newsbank (Library Card Required)


California marriage index 1960-1986 microfilm in library
California divorce index 1962-1984 microfilm in library

Fresno County Recorder's Office

Informational copies of birth, death and marriage certificates (1873-present) can be obtained from the Fresno County Recorder's Office. Go to their web site for more information.

Some other resources:

Fresno County Cemeteries, 1837-1910 (Fresno: Fresno Genealogical Society, 1985)

Armenian Cemeteries, Ararat and Masis Ararat, by Rebecca F. Greer (Fresno: Fresno Genealogical Society, 1995)

Fresno Catholic Cemeteries, Volume I, by Rebecca F. Greer (Fresno: Fresno Genealogical Society, 1995)

Birth, marriage and death records abstracted by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Central California Chapter, from Fresno County records.

Other States:

Indexes for births, marriages and deaths which occurred in other states are available on the World Wide Web. (In the case of Arizona, birth and death certificate facsimiles are viewable online). Here is an alphabetical list of the indexes, by state:

General Sites: