California, San Mateo County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991
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|San Mateo, California, |
|Flag of California|
|Location of San Mateo County, California|
|Location of California|
|Record Type||County Records|
|County Clerk, Redwood City|
- 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 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection primarily includes land records – deeds, patents, and homesteads. However, the following various county records may also be intermixed within the land records:
- Marriage intentions (1856 to 1943)
- Naturalization (1856 to 1930)
- Military service discharges (1856 to 1965)
The collection includes records from 1851 to 1991.
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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 Mateo County Records, 1851-1991.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Dates when the transaction occurred, was written up, and was recorded with the county
- Names of the grantors (sellers), grantees (buyers), witnesses, and sometimes neighbors
- Ages are seldom given, but a person might be mentioned as a minor
- Exact relationships (may be included if property was sold or given to heirs during a person’s lifetime)
- Residences of the grantor and grantee (usually included)
- Occupations of the grantor and grantee (usually included)
- Signature or mark (usually an X) of the grantor
- Legal description of the parcel
- Amount of consideration (included until the late 1800s)
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
Coverage Table[edit | edit source]
|Land||General index to deeds-Grantee||1921-1966|
|Land||General index to deeds-Grantor||1927-1917|
|Land||Index to deeds-Grantee||1927-1919|
|Land||Index to deeds-Grantee/Grantor||1927-1920|
|Land||Index to deeds-Grantor||1927-1921|
|Land||Index to homesteads/separate property||1927-1922|
|Land||Index to patents||1927-1923|
|Land||Record of deeds-New series||1927-1925|
|Land||Records of deeds||1927-1926|
|Land||Separate property of married women and sole traders||1927-1927|
|Military||Index to service discharges||1927-1928|
|Naturalization||Certificates of citizenship||1927-1931|
|Naturalization||Certificates of naturalization||1927-1932|
|Naturalization||Declarations of intention||1927-1933|
|Naturalization||General index to naturalizations||1927-1934|
|Naturalization||Petition and rec||1927-1936|
|Vitals||Coronor's report index||1927-1941|
|Vitals||Marriage license applications||1927-1943|
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The approximate 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]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the County
- Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume to view the 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 vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
- Use the information found in the record to find probate records
- Use the information found in the record to find land and property records
- Search for death or burial information in BillionGraves Index
- 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
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.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
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