This collection of 39 bound government volumes with 14 boxes holds some of the earliest life records of the pioneers and settlers
of San Joaquin County, California. It spans the years of 1850-1950 and includes birth, death, marriage, and divorce registers
and marriage certificates.
Vital statistics are used by government entities to aid in the recognition of public health trends and to identify needs in
the population. They also allow for the issuance of official government certificates for identification and statistical use.
The California State Legislature in 1850 tasked County Recorders with maintaining records of all marriage contracts and certificates,
and later added the birth and death registers of county residents.
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Collection is open for research by appointment