Online California Death Indexes & Records
California Death Records Indexes, Obituaries & Cemeteries by County
- California Vital Records Indexes at Ancestry (these require payment)
- Alameda County...
- Amador County Cemeteries burial indexes from the Amador County Cemetery Board
- Anaheim - see Orange County below
- Butte County Obituary and Cemetery Indexes from the Paradise Genealogical Society
- Butte County Vital Records Index 1854-1897 from local newspapers
- Contra Costa County Obituary Index 1855-1920, and Probate Indexes the majority of obituaries indexed are from the Contra Costa Gazette (Martinez, California)
- Fresno Catholic Cemeteries - Burial Records Search from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno
- Humboldt County Wills Index for Feb. 26, 1855-Aug. 7, 1931; from the Humboldt County Historical Society
- Imperial County: Riverview Cemetery Burials - Brawley, California
- Lassen County Obituary Index for various newspapers and years
- Lodi - see San Joaquin County below
- Los Angeles County...
- The Los Angeles section has moved to its own webpage...
- Mariposa County Databases includes some early obituaries
- Mendocino County Genealogy Indexes includes indexes for deaths, cemetery burials, and other items
- Merced County, California Deaths, 1852-1999 (requires payment - part of an Ancestry subscription)
- Modesto - see Stanislaus County below
- Monterey County...
- Oakland - see the Alameda County section above
- Orange County (includes Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, and other cities)...
- Placer County: Index to Deaths 1852-1885 from the Placer Herald Newspaper, Auburn, California
- Riverside County...
- Sacramento County...
- San Bernardino County...
- San Diego County...
- San Francisco County...
- San Joaquin County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991 (from FamilySearch) includes digitized images of the obituaries
- San Mateo County...
- Santa Ana - see Orange County above
- Santa Barbara County...
- Santa Clara County...
- Santa Cruz County: Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County Newspaper Index for the Santa Cruz Surf, Pacific Sentinel, Santa Cruz Sentinel, and Mountain Echo; indexes some obituaries
- Shasta County Registered Deaths 1890-1997 with Cemetery Listings not yet complete
- Siskiyou County Obituary Index from the Siskiyou County Library
- Solano County Death Index 1850-present click on "databases" when you get there
- Sonoma County: Diocese of Santa Rosa Catholic Cemeteries Burial Search
- Stanislaus County (Modesto)...
- Stockton - see San Joaquin County above
- Tulare County Cemetery and Obituary Indexes
- Tulare County: Visalia Cemetery Grave Locator Visalia, CA
- Ventura County...
- Yolo County: Davis Cemetery District Burials Index
- California Cemetery Transcriptions, 1850-1960 at FamilySearch; Includes some cemeteries in Amador, Fresno, Los Angeles, Mariposa, Merced, Napa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, Yolo, and Yuba counties. Coverage varies by cemetery.
Ordering California Death Certificates & Vital Records
- California Vital Records Indexes - Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- Ancestry's California Genealogy Records Collection (requires payment) includes census records, WWI draft cards, WWII army enlistments, vital records, city directories, and historical newspapers
- California Genealogy and History Archives includes over 180,000 listings for California cemetery burials
- Online California Naturalization Records and Indexes
- Early California Population Project contains baptism, marriage, and burial records in the California mission registers from 1769-1850, documenting nearly 110,000 early residents