California death records directories are available at PublicRecords.OnlineSearches.com and DeathIndexes.com. The California death databases include death records, death certificates and obituaries. Users can search records by surname, given name, mother’s maiden name and father’s last name.
Users can also search records by birth year and place, death year and place, Social Security number, and age. Death records are available from 1905 to the present.
California is a closed records state, meaning that only certain individuals can access authorized copies of vital records. These individuals include the immediate family members, spouses and legal representatives. California does offer the option of obtaining informational death records for the general public, but these records are informational only and not valid documents that establish identity.
At DeathIndexes.com, site visitors can access a genealogy guide for finding California obituaries and cemetery burials, as well as death records. The site lists records for each county and includes newspaper indexes of obituaries, cemetery burial record indexes and recent obituaries. This website offers the same type of information for each state nationwide. It also provides links to other sites that may be helpful, such as how to order death or birth certificates, naturalization records, and baptism and marriage records by mail.