Thursday, January 03, 2008

California Death Records

California Death Records: "9,366,786 records from 1940 thru 1997"

AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors: The California Death Index on RootsWeb: "A couple of things I noticed of which other researchers should also be aware. The first is that the Soundex feature doesn't apply to either the mother's maiden name or father's last name when running a search; only the surname of the deceased that you are searching for will have their name Soundexed. That may be true of the Metaphone feature as well (I haven't checked). So searching for children whose mother's maiden name is Midkiff, and using the Soundex feature will only bring up the exact Midkiff spelling under the category 'Mother's Maiden Name,' and not Medkiff, Medkeff, Metkeff and other strange varieties that I often see."

NB some errors in social security numbers or dates
so an index NOT an answer


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