California Social Security Death Index

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A quick way to find your ancestors is to search the California Social Security Death Index. It contains names, birth dates, death dates, Social Security numbers, and other useful information for more than 90 million people.

The California Social Security Death Index is one of the largest and most useful databases available. The California Social Security Death Index works best for finding information about individuals who died in the mid-1960s or later. The California Social Security Death Index is a compilation of information about deceased persons who filed for and received Social Security numbers, who were paid Social Security benefits at some point in their lives, and whose death was reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

The link below will direct you to’s Social Security Death Index which is generated from the U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.

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The California State Library DOES NOT have birth, death, or marriage certificates. To find out about certificates, contact the California Office of Vital Records or the appropriate county recorder’s office.

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California Narratives: Early Voyages to California
California Narratives: California for Health, Pleasure and Residence
Frank Leach, Early California Newspaperman
Peter Burnett, Life in California
Samuel H. Willey, Thirty Years in California
Henry Ellis, Trip from Maine to California, 1849
Oscar Fitzgerald, 20 Years in California
Oscar Fitzgerald, 20 Years in California, 2nd Edition
Edward S. Parkinson, California Summer, 1892
George Weeks, California Newspaperman
Lucius Fairchild, California Letters, 1849-55
Thaddeus Kenderdine, California Travels, 1858-59
Walter Colton, Three Years in California, 1846-49
Frank Marryat, California Mountains and Molehills, 1855
David A. Shaw, California As Seen by a Pioneer
Herman Scharmann, Journey to California
Felix Wierzbicki, California Guidebook, 1849
George W. Bryan, Recollections of a California Pioneer
Evelyn Hertslet, Ranch Life in California, 1885
Sarah Smith, Raised On a California Sheep Ranch, 1870s
Robert Louis Stevenson, Silverado, California, 1880s
Isaac Mylar, San Juan Bautista Mission, California, 1860s
Lee Whipple-Haslam, Life in California
Luzena Wilson, Life in California
Caroline Churchill, California Travel Letters, 1874-80
John Borthwick, Three Years in California, 1851-54
Edward McGowan, Life in California, 1856
William Ryan, Adventures in California, Vol. 1
William Ryan, Adventures in California, Vol. 2
Bayard Taylor, California Correspondence, 1849
Bayard Taylor, California Correspondence, 1850
Walter Fisher, Life in California, 1870s
John Swan, Life in California, 1848
Jackson Graves, Seventy Years in California
Edward D. Holton, Rail Trip to California, 1879
Monterey, California Census, 1850-60
David Phillips, Life in California, 1876
J.G. Player-Frowd, Six Months in California, 1870s
William Kelly, Excursion to California, Vol. 2, 1849-50
Lilian Cross, Life in California
James Tyson, California Physician, 1849
Henry Vizetelly, Four Months in the California Gold Fields
Mary Cone, Two Years in California, 1873-75
Constance Gordon-Cumming, Five Months in California
James Carson, California Mining Life, 1848-52
Frederick Gay, Sketches of California, 1848
William Francis White, A Picture of Pioneer Times in California
Jacob Barzilla, Camping Out in California
William Taylor, Preaching in California, 1849-56
William Manley, Life in Death Valley, California, 1849
Travel Guide to Southern California, 1893
Dr. William McCollum, Trips to California, 1849-50
John Letts, Life in California
Theodore Johnson, Life in California, 1849
Hinton Helper, Life in California, 1850s
Alexandre Dumas, Trip to California
Pomona, California Directory, 1896-97
California Narratives: Fourth Thousand, Life on the Plains
Charles Dowsett, California Land Sales Agent, 1891
Charles Warner, Southern California, 1890
Mary Vail, Southern California Settlement, 1888
California Narratives: Glimpses of Hungryland
California Narratives: Los Angeles in the Sunny Seventies
California Narratives: Men and Memories of San Francisco
Eliza and James Gregson, Life in California, 1840s
Stephen Field, Practicing Law in California, 1850
Pringle Shaw, California Mining, 1857
California and Californians, Vol. 4
California and Californians, Vol. 3
California and Californians, Vol. 2
California and Californians, Vol. 1
Sacramento California, Sacramento Beenewspaper 1859, Obituaries, Marriages, Births
Charles Holder, Life in California, early 1900s
Charles Holder, Life in California, early 1900s
Louise Clappe, Letters from California, 1851-52
James Steele, Sketch of California History, 1889
Judge Benjamin Hayes, California Diary
John Ross Browne, The Debates of the Convention of California
Mina Deane Halsey, A Tenderfoot in Southern California
California Narratives: The Expedition of the Donner Party
Thomas Chard, California Sketches, 1888
Los Angeles Daily News (California) Obituaries, 1990-2000
California Birth Index, 1905-10
Helen H. Jackson, Glimpses of California and the Missions
Affiliate – California Map Collection
Semi-Tropical California, Its Climate, Healthfulness, Productiveness and Scenery
Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, Butte, and Tehama Counties, California Directory, 1885
Henry Huntley, California Gold, 1856
California Deaths, 1940-97
J. W. Linkins, California Book Agent, 1868-74
San Francisco, California Directories, 1889-91
Henry Brewer, Surveying California, 1860-64
California Pioneers, 1542-1848
Thaddeus Kenderdine, Return to California, 1898
James Woods, Church Work in California, 1850-60
Kimball Webster, Seeking Gold in California, 1849-54
Lloyd Briggs, Trips to California
Clifford Allen, Rail Trip to California, early 1900s
Albert S. Evans, Life in California
California Narratives: Summer Saunterings
California Narratives: The Adventures of a Forty-Niner
Luther Schaeffer, Sketches of California, 1860
California Narratives: Recollections of a Long and Somewhat Uneventful Life
Sim Moak,The Last of the Mill Creeks, and Early Life in Northern California
Joseph Heco, Life in California
Joseph Heco, From Japan to California, 1850, Part 2
William Sherman, Recollections of California, 1846-61
William Shaw, Trip from Australia to California, 1849
Carl Meyer, Life in California
Ernest de Massey, Life in California’s Gold Rush
Samuel McNeil, Trip to California, 1849
David Leeper, Life in California, 1849-54
John Bidwell, Life in California
James Hamilton, Life in California
Hariet Harper, Six Months in California, 1888
Prentice Mulford, Life in California
William Kelly, Excursion to California, Vol. 1, 1849
Harvey Rice, Letters from California, 1870
Mary Wills, Winter in California, 1888
Emma Adams, Trips to California, 1880s
Frederick Rindge, Life in California, Late 1800s
California Cemetery Inscription Sources
Nevada County, California Directory, 1895
William Hutton, Glances at California, 1847-53

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