City of San Josť
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History Park at Kelley Park
1650 Senter Road
San Josť, CA 95112
Biographical Research Form
City Directories, 1870 – 1979, San Josť and selected parts of Santa
Photograph Catalog, 1857 – 1970s
Probate Records, 1850 – 1899 for Santa Clara County, original
Deeds, 1850 – 1952 (bulk dates 1850 – 1906) for Santa Clara County,
Marriage Licenses, 1849 – 1946 (bulk dates 1850 – 1914) for Santa
Clara County, index and? original documents
Wills, 1849 – 1912 for Santa Clara County, index and? original
Sole Trader Ledger for Santa Clara County, married women in business
for themselves from 1854 to 1916
Great Registers, 1867 – 1904 for Santa Clara County
1867, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1880, 1884, 1886, 1888, 1890, 1892, 1894,
Coroner’s Inquests, 1850 – 1930 for Santa Clara County
An index of headstones from San Josť’s Oakhill Cemetery and Santa
Clara Mission Cemetery. The index includes name, dates and cemetery
Record Books from Oakhill Cemetery circa 1860 – 1910.
Obituaries Index 1879 to 1912
Newspapers on Microfilm
Daily Morning Times, July 1879 – December 1881; July –
Morning Times, October 1906 – September 1909.
San Josť Daily City Item, February 1884 – March 1885.
San Josť Herald, September 1876 – December 1889; July 1890
– December 1896; July 1897 – December 1900.
San Josť Mercury, November 1861 – December 1862; August
1869 – January 1870.
San Josť Daily News, March 1885 – December 1886.
San Josť Evening News, January 1887 – December 1896; July
1897 – December 1936; March 1937 – December 1947
Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, over 1,000 local maps for San Josť from
1847 to the present, and atlases.
Aerial photographs of Santa Clara Valley from as early as 1931.
Santa Clara County Offices
Clara County Clerk-Recorder— For probate records (1850-1893), see also History
For wills (1849-1912), see also History
For wills (after 1912), see also Santa
Clara County Archives.
for birth (from 1873), marriage (from 1851) and death (from 1873) certificates. Vital
Records and Indices Notes
70 West Hedding Street, East Wing, First floor
San Jose CA 95110
For marriage licences (1849 – 1946 / bulk dates 1850 – 1914), see also
History San Josť.
See Santa Clara County Archives below for
County Clerk historical records.
See also OTHER below.
County Superior Court—for wills, probate
and divorce records.
191 N. First Street
San Jose CA 95113
See also OTHER below.
County Medical Examiner/Coroner for death investigation records.
there be a coroner's report?
850 Thornton Way
San Jose, California 95128
For records (1850 – 1930), see also History
1875 Senter Road (Senter at Needles)
San Jose, California 95112
"The mission of the Santa Clara County Archives is to collect,
preserve, and make available the historical records of Santa Clara
County Coroner Inquests Collection : 9,300
reports of corner inquests from 1891 to 1932.
County Map Books Collection : 5,900 maps
recorded with the county dating from circa 1850 to 1957.
County Naturalization Index : 8,000 individuals
naturalized in Santa Clara County courts from 1850 to 1934.
County Photographers' Collection : 57,000 images
...of the County's activities and development between 1950 and
County Probate Cases Collection : 2,100 cases
heard by the Probate Court between May 1893 and September 1908,
and 144 sets of probate vouchers that range from 1901 to 1913, and
1965 to 1967.
County Survey Collection : 1,700 surveys ... from
the 1890s until the 1960s.
County Wills Collection : 10,000 wills filed
with the County Clerk.
County Office of Planning Photographs Collection : 1,264
approximately 3,600 slides and two films...from 1906 to 1980.
General Index of Property Records : all property
records from 1850 to present.
Militia Enrollment : 2,301 men who enrolled in
the militia from 1873 to 1874.
Oaths of Office - Book A : 219 oaths taken by
county elected and appointed officials...1850 to 1854.
Register of Dentists Collection : 94
registrations from 1903 to 1922.
Register of Doctors' Certificates Collection : 478
registrations from 1916 to 1943.
Other records include:
Great Registers, 1877-1924
Assessor's Office Records, 1912-1945
Board of Supervisors Records, 1861-1965
Cattle Brand registrations: extending pre-statehood
Clerk-Recorder Records, 1840-1982
Controller-Treasuer Records, 1858-1953
Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office Records, 1891-1963
Public Health Department Records, 1940-2006
Registrar of Voters Records, 1916-2010
Superior Court Records, 1880-1975
Tax Collector's Records, 1891-1893
Valley Medical Center Collection, 1956-2003
For more records, see also History
See also OTHER below.
California State Archives
- Probate, 1850-1920*
- Wills, 1866-1912*
- Birth, 1873-1905*
- Death, 1873-1905*
- Marriage, 1846-1919*
- Index to Obituaries, 1877-1901*
- Declarations of Intention, 1850-1930*
* Available on microfilm produced by the Genealogical
Society of Utah available at the California State Archives and through
local LDS Family History Centers.
County City/Town Governments
City of Campbell
City of Cupertino
City of Gilroy
City of Milpitas
City of Monte Sereno
City of Morgan Hill
City of Mountain View
City of Palo Alto
City of San Jose
City of Santa Clara
City of Saratoga
City of Sunnyvale
Santa Clara County
Historical and Genealogy Society
2635 Homestead Road (Santa Clara City Library)
Santa Clara, California 95051-5387
- Research services
- Online databases
- Births, 1871-1905
- Marriages, 1850-54, 1862-1905
- Deaths, 1873-1905
- Marriage Bride and Groom Indexes, 1960-1985
- Death Index, 1940-1995
- 1930 Census Every Name Index
- Early Settler Files Index
- SCCHGS Scrapbooks (index)
- Santa Clara County Histories (index)
(note: includes name indexes)
- Williams Funeral Home Books (index)
- Monahan Mortuary (index)
- Great Register of Voters: 1867, 1889, 1890, 1892, 1900
- Cemetery Indexes: Santa Clara County, Calvary, Gate of Heaven, Los
Gatos Memorial Park, Madronia, Mission City Memorial Park (index),
Hill, Saratoga IOOF (index
tombstone photos and "several smaller cemeteries."
- Tax Rolls: 1853 San Jose, 1873-1881 Delinquent Tax
- San Jose City Directories, 1870-1977 (incomplete)
- Town Histories: Campbell, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Palo Alto,
San Jose, Santa Clara City, and Saratoga
of Santa Clara County
- "The purpose of our organization is to collect and preserve
articles of local historic value of pioneer days of Santa Clara
- Trailblazers publication
Clara County Museums and Societies
Collection...consists of over 25,000 items relating to the history of
Gilroy and the South Santa Clara County area."
"Public backfiles of the Gilroy Dispatch are available...has holdings for
the Dispatch from 1925, and issues of the Gilroy Advocate from 1868 to
Los Altos Historical Museum
Computer History Museum
Palo Alto Historical Association
Stanford Historical Society
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
History Park at Kelley Park
Mexican Heritage Plaza
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
San Jose Museum of Art
The Tech Museum of Innovation
of St. Joseph (the oldest parish in California)
Winchester Mystery House
Saratoga Historical Museum
20450 Saratoga - Los Gatos Road
Saratoga, CA 95070
County Newspapers, Current
San Jose Mercury News
The Campbell Reporter
New Neighborhood Voice
Los Altos Town Crier
Los Altos Hills
Morgan Hill Times
The Mountain View Voice
Rose Garden Resident
Willow Glen Resident
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