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Guide to the Vital Statistics of San Joaquin County (Calif.) GovRec8
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  • Title: Vital Statistics of San Joaquin County (Calif.)
    Identifier/Call Number: GovRec8
    Contributing Institution: San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 26.0 Linear feet
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1851-1924
    Date (inclusive): 1850-1950
    Abstract: 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.
    Language of materials: Materials are in English


    Collection is open for research by appointment

    Conditions of use

    No copyright or access restrictions

    Preferred citation

    [Item number], Vital Statistics of San Joaquin County, California, GovRec8, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California

    Historical 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.
    An 1872 statute designated County Recorders as local registrars of births and deaths under the State Board of Health. The local registrar sent original birth and death certificates to the State Registrar and shared a quarterly abstract of his records with the Secretary of the State Board. In 1905, the Legislature established the Bureau of Vital Statistics. The County Recorder continued to act as registrar; he maintained indexes of births and deaths and continued to send original birth certificates to the State Registrar. The County Recorder maintains this role today with records dating back to 1851.

    Scope and content

    This collection of thirty-nine bound government volumes with fourteen boxes spans the years 1850-1950 and includes birth, death, marriage, and divorce registers and marriage licenses. It is divided into five series: Series 1, Birth Records, 1856-1906; Series 2, Death Records, 1858-1907; Series 3, Marriage Records, 1850-1944, including three subseries: Series 3a, Indexes to Marriages Men, Series 3b, Indexes to Marriages Women, and Series 3c, Records Book “M” Marriages; Series 4, Marriage Licenses, 1851-1950; Series 5, Divorces, 1859.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San Joaquin County (Calif.)
    San Joaquin County (Calif.)--Statistics, Vital