Santa Clara County Genealogy

Research Facilities



History San Josť
Santa Clara City/Town

Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder
Santa Clara County Superior Court
Santa Clara County Medical Examiner/Coroner
Santa Clara County Archives

California Department of Health Services
National Archives-Pacific Region

Religious Organizations

Family History Library
Episcopal Archives
Presbyterian Archives
Roman Catholic Archives
Western Jewish History Center

Genealogical and 
Historical Organizations

California Genealogical Society
California Historical Society
California Pioneers of Santa Clara County
Native Daughters of the Golden West
Society of California Pioneers

Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogy Society
Local Museums and Societies


Museums and Societies
Newspapers, Current

City of San Josť

History San Josť
History Park Research Libraryresearch tips
History Park at Kelley Park
1650 Senter Road
San Josť, CA 95112

Genealogical / Biographical Research Form

Online Photograph collection

  • City Directories, 1870 – 1979, San Josť and selected parts of Santa Clara County
  • Photograph Catalog, 1857 – 1970s
  • Probate Records, 1850 – 1899 for Santa Clara County, original documents
  • Deeds, 1850 – 1952 (bulk dates 1850 – 1906) for Santa Clara County, original documents
  • 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 documents
  • 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, 1904
  • Coroner’s Inquests, 1850 – 1930 for Santa Clara County
  • Cemetery Records
  • An index of headstones from San Josť’s Oakhill Cemetery and Santa Clara Mission Cemetery. The index includes name, dates and cemetery location.
  • Record Books from Oakhill Cemetery circa 1860 – 1910.
  • Obituaries Index 1879 to 1912
  • Newspapers on Microfilm
  • Daily Morning Times, July 1879 – December 1881; July – December 1884.
  • 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
    Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder
    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.

    Santa Clara County Superior Courtfor wills, probate and divorce records.
    191 N. First Street
    San Jose CA 95113

  • For probate records (1850-1893), see also History San Josť.
  • For wills (1849-1912), see also History San Josť.
  • For wills (after 1912), see also Santa Clara County Archives.

  • See also OTHER below.

    Santa Clara County Medical Examiner/Coroner for death investigation records. Why would there be a coroner's report?
    850 Thornton Way
    San Jose, California 95128

  • For records (1850 – 1930), see also History San Josť.

  • Santa Clara County Archives
    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 government."

  • 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 1993.
  • 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 photographs, 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 San Josť.

  • See also OTHER below.


    California State Archives

    * Available on microfilm produced by the Genealogical Society of Utah available at the California State Archives and through local LDS Family History Centers.

    Santa Clara County City/Town Governments

    City of Campbell

    City of Cupertino

    City of Gilroy

    Los Altos
    Los Altos

    Los Gatos
    Los Gatos

    City of Milpitas

    Monte Sereno
    City of Monte Sereno

    Morgan Hill
    City of Morgan Hill

    Mountain View
    City of Mountain View

    Palo Alto
    City of Palo Alto

    San Jose
    City of San Jose

    Santa Clara
    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

    California Pioneers of Santa Clara County

    Santa Clara County Museums and Societies

    Campbell Museum
    Ainsley House

    Gilroy Museum
    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 1946."

    Los Altos
    Los Altos Historical Museum

    Milpitas Historical Society

    Mountain View
    Computer History Museum

    Palo Alto
    Palo Alto Historical Association
    Stanford Historical Society

    San Jose
    Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
    History Park at Kelley Park
    Mexican Heritage Plaza
    Peralta Adobe/Fallon House
    Portuguese Historical Museum
    Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
    San Jose Museum of Art
    The Tech Museum of Innovation

    Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph (the oldest parish in California)
    Winchester Mystery House

    Santa Clara

    Saratoga Historical Museum
    20450 Saratoga - Los Gatos Road
    Saratoga, CA 95070

    Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum

    Santa Clara County Newspapers, Current

    San Jose Mercury News

    Buena Vista

    The Campbell Reporter

    Cupertino Courier

    East Foothills
    New Neighborhood Voice


    Gilroy Dispatch

    Lexington Hills

    Los Altos
    Los Altos Town Crier

    Los Altos Hills
    Los Gatos

    Milpitas Post

    Monte Sereno

    Morgan Hill
    Morgan Hill Times

    Mountain View
    The Mountain View Voice

    Palo Alto

    San Jose
    Rose Garden Resident
    Willow Glen Resident

    San Martin
    Santa Clara
    Seven Trees

    Sunnyvale Sun

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