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California Marriage Index

Bride and Groom 1960-1985

Contributed by Dan Mosier

An important genealogical resource concerning later marriages in California is one made available by the California State Department of Health titled "'California Marriage Index, Bride and Groom, 1960-1985". This index comes on microfiche in two sets, as the title suggests, one for the bride and one for the groom. They are divided into ten-year segments beginning with 1960, such as 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1985. An earlier series, 1949-1959, in book form at the State Library are not included with the current series.

The index contains the following fields of information:

  • Name of Groom
  • Name of Bride
  • GR (Age of Groom)
  • BR (Age of Bride)
  • CO (County Married)
  • MO (Month of Marriage)
  • DA (Day of Marriage)
  • YR (Year of Marriage)
  • Registrar CO and Number (County Register Number)
  • State File #
The researcher can conveniently search for either names. On the Bride Index, the brides are listed in alphabetical order in the second column. On the Groom Index, the grooms are listed in alphabetical order in the first column. If you are familiar with the California Death Index, the format of the Marriage Index is similar. The county of marriage is listed as a two digit code (see list below). The County Register and State File numbers can be used to order the marriage certificate from the County or State respectively.

The microfiche is numbered from 0001 on for each bride and groom set, and the range of the names contained on each microfiche is listed at the top of each one. Examples of the first six microfiche in the 1980-1985 Groom Index looks as follows:

0001  "A-Allen" 
0002  "Allen-Aquin" 
0003  "Aquin-Baerw" 
0004  "Baerw-Bartl" 
0005  "Bartl-Benso" 
0006  "Benso-Bloom" 
Here are the two-digit County Codes used in the California Marriage Index:
01  Alameda 
02  Alpine 
03  Amador 
04  Butte 
05  Calaveras 
06  Colusa 
07  Contra Costa 
08  Del Norte 
09  El Dorado 
10  Fresno 
11  Glenn 
12  Humboldt 
13  Imperial 
14  Inyo 
15  Kern 
16  King 
17  Lake 
18  Lassen 
19  Los Angeles 
20  Madera 
21  Marin 
22  Mariposa 
23  Mendocino 
24  Merced 
25  Modoc 
26  Mono 
27  Monterey 
28  Napa 
29  Nevada 
30  Orange 
31  Placer 
32  Plumas 
33  Riverside 
34  Sacramento 
35  San Benito 
36  San Bernardino 
37  San Diego 
38  San Francisco 
39  San Joaquin 
40  San Luis Obispo 
41  San Mateo 
42  Santa Barbara 
43  Santa Clara 
44  Santa Cruz 
45  Shasta 
46  Sierra 
47  Siskiyou 
48  Solano 
49  Sonoma 
50  Stanislaus 
51  Sutter 
52  Tehama 
53  Trinity 
54  Tulare 
55  Tuolumne 
56  Ventura 
57  Yolo 
58  Yuba 
60  Alameda City 
80  San Diego City 
90  San Francisco City 

For information on ordering Vital Records including Marriage Certificates, visit Center for Health Statistics

Some California libraries that have the above item:

  • Oakland, CA., Family History Center
  • Oakland, CA., Oakland Main Library, microfiche, Periodical and Newspaper Rm
  • Pleasanton, CA., Alameda County Pleasanton Branch Library
  • Sacramento, CA., California State Library
  • San Lorenzo, CA., Alameda County San Lorenzo Branch Library
  • San Francisco, CA., Sutro Library
  • Santa Clara, CA., Santa Clara Library, microfiche drawer, Gen Rm
  • San Jose, CA., Martin Luther King Library, in the California Room
  • San Jose, CA., East Side LDS Library in Evergreen on San Felipe Rd.
  • Santa Clara, CA., Family History Center, 875 Quince Avenue (408-241-1449)
  • Houston, TX., The Clayton Branch for Genealogical Research of the Houston Public Library
Note: Some libraries may not have the complete set from 1960 to 1985.