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California Marriage Records

Marriage records or marriage licenses are the legal record of a wedding and its subsequent union. A marriage record contain the original unmarried names of both parties, their place of residence, the date, and also the county and state the marriage occurred in. This is why often marriage records are vital to almost all researchers as they not only provide information but also help unlock the path to other searches with information that is crucial and not easily obtainable Most notably, the brides maiden name. California does not hold marriage records for any period of time after they are created, so this information is available almost from the moment it is filed. Anyone can obtain an informational copy stating the names of the two people involved, the day, and the county in which they got married, but only the two people on the marriage license can obtain a certified or official copy. If you need to find out more about your family history or genealogy, marriage records are sometimes the most easily accessible and most reliable way to trace your ancestry through multiple generations. For quick, often free marriage records you can search online will reveal many records of possible value to your quest. Using the maiden name and possible background information about the bride's family is often essential to expanding your family tree.

 
State of California Resources & Statistics
Separator Line

Population:
36,666,756

 
Under 18:
9,924,383

 
Over 65:
4,593,003

 
Employed:
20,491,525

 
Land in Square Miles:
155,959.34

 
Acres of Farms:
27,027,589

 
Births:
548,882

 
Deaths:
237,037

 
Infant Deaths:
2,883

 
 
Murder:
2,142

 
Forcible Rape:
8,903

 
Robbery:
69,385

 
Assault:
104,743

 
Total Violent Crime:
185,173

 
Burglary:
237,835

 
Larceny \ Theft:
650,385

 
Motor Vehicle Theft:
192,572

 
Total Property Crime:
1,747,080