California, San Francisco County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
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|San Francisco, California, |
|Flag of California|
|Location of San Francisco County, California|
|Location of California|
|Record Type||County Records|
|San Francisco Public Library, California|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues
- 7 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of records from San Francisco County, California for the years 1824 to 1997. The collection includes the following:
- General index
- Alphabetical newspaper clipping file of the "San Francisco Examiner"
- Death reports
- Deeds and indexes
- Marriage certificates, licenses and indexes
- Naturalization records and indexes
- Coroner's records
- Alien registrations, World War I
This collection is being published as images become available.
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
Coverage Table[edit | edit source]
|Affidavits||Registration Affidavit of Alien Enemy, 1918|
|Coroner's Records||Register, 1928-1956|
|Death register, 1906-1915|
|Death reports, 1907-1926|
|Recommendations, Jan 1912|
|Land and Property Records||Alcalde Official Notes, 1846|
|Architect Certificates, 1906-1944|
|Certificate of Title, 1908-1909|
|Certified Grants, 1847-1850|
|Deed Index, 1850-1997|
|Deeds, water lots 1847-1850|
|District records, 1847-1849|
|General index, 1850-1906|
|Homestead Index, 1906-1934|
|Land Records, 1849-1850|
|Land Titles, 1848-1849|
|Maps Index, 1850-1940|
|Miscellaneous Records, 1847-1901|
|Mortgagees Index, 1905-1906|
|Original Grants Miscellaneous Index, 1839-1847|
|Original Grants, 1839-1849|
|Release of Mortgages, 1902, 1915-1916|
|Releases of Mortgages Index, 1905-1906|
|Satisfaction of Mortgages, 1832-1851|
|Spanish Blotters, 1826-1849|
|Spanish Records, 1827-1846|
|Torrens Act Name Register, A-Z, 1908-1929|
|Torrens Act Particulars and Certificates, 1908-1929|
|Torrens Act Registration Index, 1916|
|Transfer of Deed Index, 1846-1848|
|Transfer of Deeds, 1844-1848|
|Transter of Deeds (Miscellaneous), 1845-1848|
|Marriages||Marriage Affidavits, 1906-1915|
|Marriage Certificate Index, 1953-1955|
|Marriage Certificate Index (Brides), 1905-1975|
|Marriage Certificate Index (Grooms), 1905-1975|
|Marriage Certificates, Marriage Licenses, 1918-1936|
|Marriage Certificates, 1906-1922|
|Marriage License Index, 1906-1908|
|Marriage Licenses, 1906, 1914-1920|
|Naturalization and Citizenship||Naturalization Index, 1898-1929|
|Naturalization Supplement Index, 1873-1944|
|Restoration of Declarations, 1873-1907|
|Newspaper Clippings||County Recorder Scrapbook, 1900-1904|
|Examiner Clipping People Index, A-Z, undated|
|Examiner Clipping Subject Index, c. 1927-1979|
|Orphans and Orphanages||Orphan and Half-Orphan Record Index, 1905-1910|
|Orphan and Half-Orphan Records, 1905-1910|
|Probates||Probate Index, 1906-1977|
|Public Records||Bonds, 1897-1901|
|Defendant Index, 1891-1895|
|Great Register, 1867, 1869, 1873, 1876, 1877|
|Great Register Index, 1900-1905|
|Great Register Supplement Index, 1909-1919|
|Licensed Surveyors, 1891-1935|
|Miscellaneous Records, 1848-1850|
|Mission Book, Vol. 5, 1850|
|Plaintiff Index, 1902-1906|
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person
- The date of the event
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
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- Select the Record Category
- Select the Record Type, Volume, and Year Range to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
- Search for death or burial information in BillionGraves Index
- Search for military records
- If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records as well
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of California.
- California Guided Research
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research: 1850-1905 | 1905-Present
Known Issues[edit | edit source]
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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