Wednesday, July 4, 2012

New Online Vital Records for Stockton

FamilySearch continues to digitalize its microfilm collection. Here are some records that will interest California and San Joaquin County researchers.

“Registers, records and certificates of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. This collection contains some delayed birth records, as well. Some city and towns records are also included. Records have not been acquired for Contra Costa, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Modoc, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Siskiyou, Solano, Tulare and Ventura counties. This collection is being published as images become available.”

For SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY you will find so far:
These are images of the original certificates, not the retyped fancy forms they sell you today. And they are FREE, which is a price you can't beat.


I certainly hope they add more San Joaquin County records to this online collection. If you check the FamilySearch catalog of microfilm under San Joaquin County Recorder as author, you will see more years listed for Stockton and records for Lodi, Manteca, Tracy, and the other parts of San Joaquin County.

I also found gaps in this collection. I found my Aunt Maymie's death certificate in 1916, but not my grandfather's death certificate in 1917. I looked for George H Tinkham's death certificate for March 9, 1945, and it wasn't there, neither in the index nor the images. Mysteries abound. You take what you can get and say thank you.

A Sad Accident, But a Typical Death Certificate:

A Typical Birth Certificate:


  1. This is great news! Thanks Karen for keeping us up to date.

  2. Thanks for the heads-up on this resource. Glad to know it's now available.

    Since you mentioned, "so far," does this mean further help is needed with indexing this collection?

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    2. Hi Jacqi. Unfortunately, this collection is not being indexed yet. The "so far" means they are just starting to digitalize all the microfilm they have of records from California Recorders' Offices. I hope they will turn it into an indexing project.

      For now, if you go to the following page, you can see what projects are in the works and where they stand. I'm glad you asked. I will "blog" this page for everyone.

      Thanks for responding, Jacqi. It is nice to know someone is reading this page.