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A New, Comprehensive Index to
Early Los Angeles Vital Records!

Southern California Vital Records

Volume 1:  Los Angeles County 1850-1859

This volume presents something never before available -- a detailed index to birth, marriage and death records in Los Angeles County at a time when there were no public birth or death records.  Data on almost 8,000 events has been compiled from 26 different public and private sources in seven different repositories.  The sources can be grouped into nine basic record types:

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  • Public marriage records
  • Church records
  • Probate records
  • Censuses
  • Cemetery records
  • Newspaper announcements
  • Local histories
  • Personal memoirs
  • "Who's Who" books

This groundbreaking work is the first volume in a series which will eventually cover Los Angeles County from 1850 to 1889, a period in which the public recording of vital records was incomplete.  Each successive volume will cover one decade.  Volume 1 includes data on Orange County, which was then still part of Los Angeles County, and parts of  Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.   Data in the first volume was compiled over a three-year period by the author, Ted Gostin, a professional genealogist in Los Angeles with almost 40 years experience researching Los Angeles County records.

View Sample Pages from Each Chapter -- Births, Marriages and Deaths

There are separate chapters for Births & Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths and Burials.  Each chapter has introductory comments, followed by the indexes themselves.  Each index is presented in tables on two facing pages.  Information on the participants in the event is presented on the left-hand page, while dates, source information and comments are presented on the right-hand page.   Entries are numbered consecutively and record numbers are presented on both pages, making it easy to track one record from the left-hand to right-hand page.  The birth and death indexes are presented in single, alphabetical lists, while marriages are presented in two alphabetical lists, one for both brides and grooms.
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Sample Birth Index Pages

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Sample Marriage Index Pages

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Sample Death Index Pages

Order Your Copy Today for Only $49.95!

This work will be valuable for both genealogists and historians.  It is a "must-have" volume for genealogical libraries, historical societies, and serious Los Angeles genealogists.   You can order your copy now, by printing out the Book Order Form, completing it with the information on the right, and mailing or faxing it to us with your payment.

Southern California Vital Records
Volume 1:  Los Angeles County 1850-1859

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