I need to know what year and month my parents married in Modesto, California, USA.

How can I find out?

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The FamilySearch wiki page for Stanislaus County, California genealogy lists the following sources for marriage records:

FamilySearch is free to use, but you'll need to create a free account to view many of the records.


A cursory search of the webpages for Modesto and Stanislaus County brought me to the County Clerk-Recorder, where you can order copies of vital records. It doesn't give an e-mail addres, but a phone number is listed and this could be first step to confirm that they do in fact have your parent's marriage certificate.

I can't say for sure about the US or California, but generally these sorts of documents are indexed by name, so it should be possible for them to find the record even if you don't have the exact date.

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