About California Birth Index Records, 1905-1995
Information Available in this Collection
The California Birth Index Records cover records between 1905 and 1995, contains over 24.5 million births and typically include the following information:
- Child's name (names may be truncated at 8 letters)
- Date of Birth
- Mother's maiden name (names may be truncated at 8 letters)
- Birth county
Please note the original data does not always provide full information.
This database is an invaluable tool for those researching family history birth records in the state of California.
Vital records have been kept by the state registrar since July 1905, however records prior to this date are difficult to come by and are very limited in number. The California Department of Public Health Center for Health Statistics is the State's central repository for vital records occurring after 1905 including birth, marriage, death, fetal death, still birth and divorce records would be obtained from California Department of Public Health
California birth, death, fetal death, still birth, marriage and divorce records are maintained by the California Department of Public Health Vital Records. Services provided by the department include:
California is what is termed a “closed records state” which means that the authorized copies of vital records can only be obtained by the individual named on the record, parents of the individual and certain other individuals or entities specified in law. All other requestors can only obtain informational copies. All copies issued are “certified copies.”
All other requestors can only obtain informational copies.
Applications should then be sent to:
California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410