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Alameda, California,
United States
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Country United States
State California
County Alameda
Title in the Language of the Record
California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection
Record Description
Record Type Newspaper Vital Records
Collection Years 1985-2011
Languages English
Coverage Tables and Maps
California Marriage Table
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites

What's in this Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of card file indexes created from local newspapers and includes obituaries, wedding announcements, anniversaries, and birth announcements. The obituaries are mixed with biographical news stories. Some obituaries are included from the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register of persons who were natives of Oakland or the Bay Area and died in southern California. The card files for 1985-2002, 2003-2006 and 1986-2011 are located at the Oakland Family History Center. This collection is being published as images become available.

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Sample of Record Content[edit | edit source]

The various records in this collection may contain the following information:

Birth Announcement

  • Name of child
  • Name of parents
  • Birth date and place
  • Name of other relatives (sibling, grandparent)

Wedding or Anniversary Announcement

  • Names of bride and groom
  • Names of parents
  • Date of wedding
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Name of officiator
  • Names of other relatives (sibling, grandparent)
  • Place of residence

Obituary or Death Record

  • Name of deceased
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date and place
  • Names of parents
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of children
  • Name of cemetery
  • Place of residence
  • Name of newspaper
  • Date of obituary publication

Sample of Images[edit | edit source]

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You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for California, Oakland, Alameda County, Obituary Card Files, 1985-2011.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Look at each image or record comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images or records and compare the information about the individuals listed to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind there may be more than one person in the records with the same name and you will want to look carefully at dates, places and relations to identify your ancestor from another person. You also may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name if they were known by a nickname or changed their name from the original birth record name. Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life and may be listed in records with any of those variations. For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

Once you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These records are often brief so it can be easy to confuse individuals. Compare what information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.Next,record any new information about your ancestor found in the record, such as dates, places, event, occupation, immigration year, other relatives. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married or died nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records in the county.

  • Use the event date and ages of ancestors to search for original birth, marriage, or death records in the county of the event. The County Clerk has marriage records from 1854, probate,divorce,court and land records, birth records 1919-1988 (some from 1873) and death records 1905-1988 some from 1876. These records may have the maiden name of the mother, verify parents, and provide more clues to this family.

  • Search California Census records from this town/county/state to find this person as a child in the birth family and also as a parent in their adult family. Record names of family members listed, immigration dates, occupation, residence, birthplace, parents birthplace, and other information leading to more clues about your ancestor.

  • Use the locality and relative’s names to locate California Land and Property records. These records often name close relatives and also give you more clues into the life of your ancestor.

  • Find more detail about death or burial information by searching for cemeteries, grave markers,sexton's records, or a civil or religious death record. Look for an obituary in a local newspaper archive. Sometimes a person is buried in a city or town in which they did not die. Do not assume that a burial place is the same as a death place. Look for death records in the place of death. The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.

  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900. If the officiator of a marriage or death was a minister, you may be able to determine to which religion or congregation your ancestor belonged. Look for church records of the birth, marriage, or death which may provide more information on the family.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?[edit | edit source]

  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they were born, married or died, then try searching the records of a nearby locality.

  • If you cannot find your ancestor in civil records, try searching Church Records of baptisms, marriages or deaths. Oftentimes church records pre-date civil records.

  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.

  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.

  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.

  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.

Citations for This Collection[edit | edit source]

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