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Guide to the Vital Statistics of San Joaquin County (Calif.) GovRec8
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
26.0 Linear feet
Restrictions
No copyright or access restrictions
Availability
Collection is open for research by appointment