San Francisco Genealogy
Research Facilities
IMAGE: San Francisco City Hall, 2005
San Francisco City Hall, photograph by Ron Filion, 2005

Some of the repositories or records listed here have a Research Tips  link next to them, which will lead you to helpful hints sent in by other researchers on using that particular facility or type of record.
Take some time to read these tips!
Learning from other researchers who've already "been there" and generously shared their knowledge and experience could save you a great deal of time, effort and frustration.

We continually add information to this list as other researchers tell us of new resources, so it is by no means complete!    If you know of additional facilities, or have additional information about the holdings or policies of any of these organizations, please contact us with the details and we will be glad to add the information.

Genealogical & Historical Societies, Libraries and Government Offices covering the San Francisco area are particularly invited to submit, add to, or correct information for this page. Thank you!


Libraries Library Catalogs Historical Groups Fraternal Groups Government Religious Groups
Church Records Guide
Funeral Home | Mortuary Societies

Colma Historical Association

Halsted N. Gray - Carew & English, Inc.

Labor Archives & Research Center (SF Labor Union Records) Research Tips

Mechanics' Institute Library

Oakland Library

San Francisco Aviation Museum & Library

Library and museum located at the San Francisco International Airport.

A portion of their holdings include:

San Francisco City/County Offices

San Francisco Fire Department Museum

San Francisco Law Library

San Francisco Performing Arts Library (SFPALM)

San Francisco Public Library, Main BranchResearch Tips
Larkin & Grove Streets
San Francisco, CA 94102
articles & databases (newspaperhistory & genealogy : HeritageQuest, Ancestry Library Edition, Newsbank, Proquest, Sanborn Maps)

Maritime Library
SF Maritime NHP Library
Bldg. E, Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA 94123
reference questions
library catalog

The library is dedicated to commercial maritime history and focuses on sail and steam on the West Coast and in the Pacific Basin from 1520 to the present.  Some of their holdings include:

Friends of the San Francisco Maritime Museum Library

Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of California
Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum
California Masonic Memorial Temple
1111 California Street,
San Francisco, CA 94108

Museum on-line

Roman Catholic Orphanage

According to the Catholic Archives in Menlo Park, San Francisco Catholic orphanage records are kept by:

Epiphany Center (Mount St. Joseph - St. Elizabeth)
100 Masonic Ave
San Francisco, CA 94115

Wells Fargo History Museum
420 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Kalmanovitz Library
530 Parnassus Avenue (at 3rd Ave.)
San Francisco, CA
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