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== Courthouse and Other Repositories  ==
 
== Courthouse and Other Repositories  ==
  
==== County Courthouse  ====
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
[http://www.acgov.org/ Alameda County's official website] 1225 Fallon St. Oakland, CA 94612  
 
[http://www.acgov.org/ Alameda County's official website] 1225 Fallon St. Oakland, CA 94612  
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California's Living New Deal Project has information about the [http://livingnewdeal.berkeley.edu/map/view.php?l=204 Alameda County Courthouse], including photos and a street map.  
 
California's Living New Deal Project has information about the [http://livingnewdeal.berkeley.edu/map/view.php?l=204 Alameda County Courthouse], including photos and a street map.  
  
==== Other Repositories  ====
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=== Other Repositories  ===
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=== Quick Facts  ===
  
== History  ==
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{{Wikipedia|Alameda County, California}}
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1853--'''Alameda County was created 25 March 1853&nbsp;from [[Contra Costa County, California|Contra Costa]] and [[Santa Clara County, California|Santa Clara]] Counties.<br>'''County seat: '''Oakland <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''25 March 1853: '''Alameda County was created from [[Contra Costa County, California|Contra Costa]] and [[Santa Clara County, California|Santa Clara]] Counties. <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Cemeteries  ===
  
 
Alameda County Genealogy has a list of cemeteries&nbsp;with&nbsp;links to sites with informaion about the&nbsp;[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/alameda/alcemetery.htm Alameda County cemeteries].  
 
Alameda County Genealogy has a list of cemeteries&nbsp;with&nbsp;links to sites with informaion about the&nbsp;[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/alameda/alcemetery.htm Alameda County cemeteries].  
 
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EL CERRITO: [http://www.sunsetviewcemetery.com/Site/Welcome.html Sunset View Cemetery &amp; Mortuary] 510-525-5111 101 Colusa Ave  
 
EL CERRITO: [http://www.sunsetviewcemetery.com/Site/Welcome.html Sunset View Cemetery &amp; Mortuary] 510-525-5111 101 Colusa Ave  
  
FREMONT: [http://www.cedarlawncemetery.com/dm20/en_US/locations/02/0293/overview.page? Cedar Lawn Cemetary]&nbsp;48800 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont, California. P<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1273097649774_88" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1273097649774_563" />hone:&nbsp;408-263-2868 &amp; 510-656-5565,&nbsp;
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FREMONT: [http://www.cedarlawncemetery.com/dm20/en_US/locations/02/0293/overview.page? Cedar Lawn Cemetary]&nbsp;48800 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont, California. Phone: 408-263-2868 &amp; 510-656-5565  
  
FREMONT /IRVINGTON: [http://irvingtonmemorialcemetery.com/8301.html Irvington Memorial Cemetery]&nbsp;41001 Chapel Way, Fremont, California. Phone:510-656-5800  
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FREMONT /IRVINGTON: [http://irvingtonmemorialcemetery.com/8301.html Irvington Memorial Cemetery] 41001 Chapel Way, Fremont, California. Phone:510-656-5800  
  
HAYWARD: [http://lonetreecemetery.com/ Lone Tree Cemetery],&nbsp;24591 Fairview Ave, Hayward, CA 94541, Phone: (510) 582-1274, Located in the lower foothills of Hayward /Fairview township, at the Junction of Hansen Rd &amp; Fairview Ave. Very old burials, since 1868, as well as current. Mausoleum, cremation, and ground burials, private family mausoleums. Probably open daily. Closed overnight.  
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HAYWARD: [http://lonetreecemetery.com/ Lone Tree Cemetery], 24591 Fairview Ave, Hayward, CA 94541, Phone: (510) 582-1274, Located in the lower foothills of Hayward /Fairview township, at the Junction of Hansen Rd &amp; Fairview Ave. Very old burials, since 1868, as well as current. Mausoleum, cremation, and ground burials, private family mausoleums. Probably open daily. Closed overnight.  
  
 
HAYWARD: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, (510) 581-2488 1051 Harder Rd (Southern part of Hayward).  
 
HAYWARD: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, (510) 581-2488 1051 Harder Rd (Southern part of Hayward).  
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave]  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave]  
*[http://www.interment.net/us/ca/alameda.htm Interment.net]<br>
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ca/alameda.htm Interment.net]  
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/registry.html USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project] section for&nbsp;[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/california/alameda.html Alameda County]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/registry.html USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project] section for [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/california/alameda.html Alameda County]
  
In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Alameda, California, look at the list of records for [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=656008&subject_disp=California%2C+Alameda+%2D+Cemeteries&columns=*,0,0 Cemeteries]. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.<br>
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In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Alameda, California, look at the list of records for [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=656008 Cemeteries]. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.  
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Church History and Records ===
  
 
[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/alameda/church.html Churches in Alameda County California], list by Genealogy Trails with some addresses and phone numbers  
 
[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/alameda/church.html Churches in Alameda County California], list by Genealogy Trails with some addresses and phone numbers  
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[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/alameda/aldata.htm#churches Alameda Churches], short list but with links to transcriptions of some records  
 
[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/alameda/aldata.htm#churches Alameda Churches], short list but with links to transcriptions of some records  
  
Church records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level. Search the Family History Library Catalog - [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitysearch&columns=*,0,0 Place Search] for the appropriate town in&nbsp;Alameda County.
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Church records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level. Search the Family History Library Catalog - [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitysearch&columns=*,0,0 Place Search] for the appropriate town in Alameda County.  
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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*Berkeley 2  
 
*Berkeley 2  
 
*Carquinez  
 
*Carquinez  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=617618&disp=Annual+genealogical+report%2C+Form+E%2C+%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Claremont]  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=617618 Claremont]  
 
*Dimond (Oakland)  
 
*Dimond (Oakland)  
 
*Eastmont  
 
*Eastmont  
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*San Leandro
 
*San Leandro
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Court Records ===
  
 
Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, [http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/courts/divs/civil/records.shtml Civil Court Records], with links to the locations where records may be examined.  
 
Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, [http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/courts/divs/civil/records.shtml Civil Court Records], with links to the locations where records may be examined.  
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Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, [http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/courts/divs/small/index.shtml#hours Small Claims]&nbsp;lists locations of Small Claims Courts.  
 
Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, [http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/courts/divs/small/index.shtml#hours Small Claims]&nbsp;lists locations of Small Claims Courts.  
  
Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, [http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/courts/divs/criminal/index.shtml#res Criminal Division],"The Criminal Division is unable to do any extensive research over the telephone. Searching records or files longer than 10 minutes requires a $15.00 search fee and such requests must be made in writing or in person. All written requests must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped return envelope. If you are requesting a certified copy, also include $0.50 for each copy plus $15.00 for the document certification."&nbsp;<br>
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Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, [http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/courts/divs/criminal/index.shtml#res Criminal Division],"The Criminal Division is unable to do any extensive research over the telephone. Searching records or files longer than 10 minutes requires a $15.00 search fee and such requests must be made in writing or in person. All written requests must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped return envelope. If you are requesting a certified copy, also include $0.50 for each copy plus $15.00 for the document certification."  
  
[http://www.courtreference.com/Alameda-County-California-Courts.htm Alameda County Court Directory] gives addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and links to the courts web sites and online resources..
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[http://www.courtreference.com/Alameda-County-California-Courts.htm Alameda County Court Directory] gives addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and links to the courts web sites and online resources..  
  
==== Land  ====
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=== History ===
  
[http://www.acgov.org/auditor/clerk/propertysearch.htm Clerk-Recorder's Office]&nbsp;has records prior to 1969 on film that must be searched there.&nbsp; From 1969 to the present, the records are online.  
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[http://books.google.com/ Google Books] has some books about the history and people in&nbsp;Alameda County, California. Try various search terms, including the names of people. Books designated with "Full view" can be read online.  
  
In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for&nbsp;Alameda County, California, look at the list of records for [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=380924&subject_disp=California%2C+Alameda+%2D+Land+and+property&columns=*,0,0 Land and property] and [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=969148&subject_disp=California%2C+Alameda+%2D+Land+and+property+%2D+Maps&columns=*,0,0 Land and property - Maps]. Films can be sent to family history centers. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.<br>
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In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Alameda County, California, look at the list of records for [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=344975 History] and [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=833215 History - Indexes].&nbsp; Films can be sent to family history centers.&nbsp; Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.  
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Land and Property ===
  
[http://books.google.com/ Google Books] has some books about the history and people in&nbsp;Alameda County, California. Try various search terms, including the names of people.&nbsp; Books designated with "Full view" can be read online.<br>
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[http://www.acgov.org/auditor/clerk/propertysearch.htm Clerk-Recorder's Office]&nbsp;has records prior to 1969 on film that must be searched there.&nbsp; From 1969 to the present, the records are online.  
  
In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for&nbsp;Alameda County, California, look at the list of records for [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=344975&subject_disp=California%2C+Alameda+%2D+History&columns=*,0,0 History] and [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=833215&subject_disp=California%2C+Alameda+%2D+History+%2D+Indexes&columns=*,0,0 History - Indexes].&nbsp; Films can be sent to family history centers.&nbsp; Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.
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In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for&nbsp;Alameda County, California, look at the list of records for [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=380924&subject_disp=California%2C+Alameda+%2D+Land+and+property&columns=*,0,0 Land and property] and [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=969148&subject_disp=California%2C+Alameda+%2D+Land+and+property+%2D+Maps&columns=*,0,0 Land and property - Maps]. Films can be sent to family history centers. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.<br>
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Maps  ===
  
 
For historical maps,search the following free sites:  
 
For historical maps,search the following free sites:  
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• [http://www.davidrumsey.com/ David Rumsey Collection] for [http://www.davidrumsey.com/search?term=alameda+california Alameda, California]  
 
• [http://www.davidrumsey.com/ David Rumsey Collection] for [http://www.davidrumsey.com/search?term=alameda+california Alameda, California]  
  
• [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ Perry-Castaneda Map Collection] for [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/california.html California]
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• [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ Perry-Castaneda Map Collection] for [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/california.html California]  
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=== Military History and Records  ===
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The [http://www.militarymuseum.org/ California State Military Museum] has a great deal of historical information and links to [http://www.militarymuseum.org/Links.html other military web sites].<br>
  
==== Military  ====
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Ancestry.com has [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28258&cj=1&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978 Records of California men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867]  
The [http://www.militarymuseum.org/ California State Military Museum] has a great deal of historical information and links to [http://www.militarymuseum.org/Links.html other military web sites].<br>
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Ancestry.com has [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28258&cj=1&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978 Records of California men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867] <br>
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=== Newspapers  ===
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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The [http://cdnc.ucr.edu/newsucr California Digital Newspaper Collection] has newspapers from 1848 through 1922.&nbsp; You can search by keyword, including names, and/or by date.  
The [http://cdnc.ucr.edu/newsucr California Digital Newspaper Collection] has newspapers from 1848 through 1922.&nbsp; You can search by keyword, including names, and/or by date.
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==== Probate  ====
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=== Probate Records ===
  
In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for&nbsp;Alameda County, California, look at the list of records for [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=556669&subject_disp=California%2C+Alameda+%2D+Probate+records&columns=*,0,0 Probate records<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1274567879941_305" />]. Films can be sent to family history centers. <br>
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In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for&nbsp;Alameda County, California, look at the list of records for [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=556669 Probate records]. Films can be sent to family history centers.  
  
[http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/courts/divs/probate/index.shtml Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Probate &amp; Guardianship]
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[http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/courts/divs/probate/index.shtml Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Probate &amp; Guardianship]  
  
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=== Taxation  ===
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Vital Records  ===
  
 
Copies of Birth, Marriage, or Death Certificates can be obtained at:<br>[http://www.acgov.org/auditor/clerk/bdm_online.htm Alameda County Clerk Recorder - Vital Records] <br>1106 Madison Street, Room 121 <br>Oakland, CA 94607 <br>Phone:&nbsp; 510-272-6362  
 
Copies of Birth, Marriage, or Death Certificates can be obtained at:<br>[http://www.acgov.org/auditor/clerk/bdm_online.htm Alameda County Clerk Recorder - Vital Records] <br>1106 Madison Street, Room 121 <br>Oakland, CA 94607 <br>Phone:&nbsp; 510-272-6362  
  
&nbsp;Divorce papers are filed at:
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Divorce papers are filed at:  
  
[http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/courts/ Alameda County Superior Court ]<br>1225 Fallon Street, Room 209 <br>Oakland, CA 94612 <br>Phone:&nbsp; 510-208-4900
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[http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/courts/ Alameda County Superior Court ]<br>1225 Fallon Street, Room 209 <br>Oakland, CA 94612 <br>Phone:&nbsp; 510-208-4900  
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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== Societies, Libraries and Museums ==
  
[http://www.l-ags.org/ Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society]&nbsp;serves the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin and surrounding areas in the Livermore and Amador Valleys of southeastern Alameda County, in the San Francisco Bay Area.  
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[http://www.l-ags.org/ Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society] serves the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin and surrounding areas in the Livermore and Amador Valleys of southeastern Alameda County, in the San Francisco Bay Area.  
  
[http://www.livermorehistory.com/ Livermore Heritage Guild]&nbsp;"collects and preserves historical artifacts, is an information resource for those who are interested in the history of Livermore and assists those searching for family background. "<br>
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[http://www.livermorehistory.com/ Livermore Heritage Guild] "collects and preserves historical artifacts, is an information resource for those who are interested in the history of Livermore and assists those searching for family background. "  
  
[http://www.haywardareahistory.org/ Hayward Area Historical Society]&nbsp;preserves the history of the Hayward, Castro Valley, and San Lorenzo area.  
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[http://www.haywardareahistory.org/ Hayward Area Historical Society] preserves the history of the Hayward, Castro Valley, and San Lorenzo area.  
  
 
[http://www.aclibrary.org/research/default.asp?topic=Research&cat=OtherLibraryCatalogs Public, college, and university libraries in Alameda County]&nbsp;lists the libraries with links to their web sites  
 
[http://www.aclibrary.org/research/default.asp?topic=Research&cat=OtherLibraryCatalogs Public, college, and university libraries in Alameda County]&nbsp;lists the libraries with links to their web sites  
  
[http://www.onelibrary.com/Library/calslsut.htm California State Library - Sutro],&nbsp;Sutro Library, 480 Winston Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132, phone: (415) 731-4477  
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[http://www.onelibrary.com/Library/calslsut.htm California State Library - Sutro], Sutro Library, 480 Winston Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132, phone: (415) 731-4477  
  
 
[http://www.l-ags.org/libraries/libraries.html Livermore and Pleasanton Public Libraries &amp; LDS Family History Centers]  
 
[http://www.l-ags.org/libraries/libraries.html Livermore and Pleasanton Public Libraries &amp; LDS Family History Centers]  
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[http://www.acgov.org/law/index.htm Alameda County Law Library]  
 
[http://www.acgov.org/law/index.htm Alameda County Law Library]  
  
[http://www.oac.cdlib.org/institutions/Alameda+County+Library,+Dublin+Library Alameda County Library, Dublin Library] (Online Archive of California)
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[http://www.oac.cdlib.org/institutions/Alameda+County+Library,+Dublin+Library Alameda County Library, Dublin Library] (Online Archive of California)  
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
  
*[http://www.usgenweb.org/projects/index.shtml USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/alameda/ Alameda County CAGenWeb], part of CAGenWeb Project
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=206430&subject_disp=California%2C+Alameda&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Alameda/ Linkpendium]  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Alameda/ Linkpendium for Alameda County]  
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*Genealogy Trails, [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/alameda/index.html Alameda County California History &amp; Genealogy]
*Genealogy Trails, [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/alameda/index.html Alameda County California History &amp; Genealogy]
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=206430 Family History Library Catalog]
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
(Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1362899&disp=The+Handybook+for+genealogists%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 973 D27e]) <references />
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Contents

Courthouse and Other Repositories

County Courthouse

Alameda County's official website 1225 Fallon St. Oakland, CA 94612

California's Living New Deal Project has information about the Alameda County Courthouse, including photos and a street map.

Other Repositories

Quick Facts

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Alameda County, California

Parent County

25 March 1853: Alameda County was created from Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties. [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Alameda County Genealogy has a list of cemeteries with links to sites with informaion about the Alameda County cemeteries.

EL CERRITO: Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary 510-525-5111 101 Colusa Ave

FREMONT: Cedar Lawn Cemetary 48800 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont, California. Phone: 408-263-2868 & 510-656-5565

FREMONT /IRVINGTON: Irvington Memorial Cemetery 41001 Chapel Way, Fremont, California. Phone:510-656-5800

HAYWARD: Lone Tree Cemetery, 24591 Fairview Ave, Hayward, CA 94541, Phone: (510) 582-1274, Located in the lower foothills of Hayward /Fairview township, at the Junction of Hansen Rd & Fairview Ave. Very old burials, since 1868, as well as current. Mausoleum, cremation, and ground burials, private family mausoleums. Probably open daily. Closed overnight.

HAYWARD: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, (510) 581-2488 1051 Harder Rd (Southern part of Hayward).

Hayward / UNION CITY: Chapel of the Chimes: (510)471-3363 (24 hr service) 32992 Mission Blvd 94544. Mausoleum, cremation and ground burials. Large, old cemetary, current burials. www.lifemarkgroup.com

LIVERMORE: Roselawn Cemetery & Crematorium 510-581-1206 1240 N. Livermore Ave. Ground burials & urn garden.

OAKLAND: Mountain View Cemetery, 510-658-2588 5000 Piedmont Ave, founded 1863. Cremation, gound, mausoleum. www.mountainviewcemetery.org

SUNNYVALE: Skylawn Memorial Park-Bal Ling Yuan 510-475-8638 433 East El Camino Real.

The following web sites have entries for people buried in Alameda County. None have complete lists:

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Alameda, California, look at the list of records for Cemeteries. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.

Church History and Records

Churches in Alameda County California, list by Genealogy Trails with some addresses and phone numbers

Alameda Churches, short list but with links to transcriptions of some records

Church records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level. Search the Family History Library Catalog - Place Search for the appropriate town in Alameda County.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Alameda
  • Berkeley
  • Berkeley 1
  • Berkeley 2
  • Carquinez
  • Claremont
  • Dimond (Oakland)
  • Eastmont
  • Elmhurst (Oakland)
  • Hayward
  • Martinez
  • Maxwell Park (Oakland)
  • Napa
  • Oakland
  • Richmond
  • San Leandro

Court Records

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Civil Court Records, with links to the locations where records may be examined.

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Small Claims lists locations of Small Claims Courts.

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Criminal Division,"The Criminal Division is unable to do any extensive research over the telephone. Searching records or files longer than 10 minutes requires a $15.00 search fee and such requests must be made in writing or in person. All written requests must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped return envelope. If you are requesting a certified copy, also include $0.50 for each copy plus $15.00 for the document certification."

Alameda County Court Directory gives addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and links to the courts web sites and online resources..

History

Google Books has some books about the history and people in Alameda County, California. Try various search terms, including the names of people. Books designated with "Full view" can be read online.

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Alameda County, California, look at the list of records for History and History - Indexes.  Films can be sent to family history centers.  Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.

Land and Property

Clerk-Recorder's Office has records prior to 1969 on film that must be searched there.  From 1969 to the present, the records are online.

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Alameda County, California, look at the list of records for Land and property and Land and property - Maps. Films can be sent to family history centers. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.

Maps

For historical maps,search the following free sites:

Maps-Historical-Sate of California, the Carlifornia government's site.  Links to American Memory (Library of Congress), California Missions, and the State Library

Historical Maps of California

California Maps - HSU Library, also lists and links to gazetteers

David Rumsey Collection for Alameda, California

Perry-Castaneda Map Collection for California

Military History and Records

The California State Military Museum has a great deal of historical information and links to other military web sites.

Ancestry.com has Records of California men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867

Newspapers

The California Digital Newspaper Collection has newspapers from 1848 through 1922.  You can search by keyword, including names, and/or by date.

Probate Records

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Alameda County, California, look at the list of records for Probate records. Films can be sent to family history centers.

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Probate & Guardianship

Taxation

Vital Records

Copies of Birth, Marriage, or Death Certificates can be obtained at:
Alameda County Clerk Recorder - Vital Records
1106 Madison Street, Room 121
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone:  510-272-6362

Divorce papers are filed at:

Alameda County Superior Court
1225 Fallon Street, Room 209
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone:  510-208-4900

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society serves the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin and surrounding areas in the Livermore and Amador Valleys of southeastern Alameda County, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Livermore Heritage Guild "collects and preserves historical artifacts, is an information resource for those who are interested in the history of Livermore and assists those searching for family background. "

Hayward Area Historical Society preserves the history of the Hayward, Castro Valley, and San Lorenzo area.

Public, college, and university libraries in Alameda County lists the libraries with links to their web sites

California State Library - Sutro, Sutro Library, 480 Winston Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132, phone: (415) 731-4477

Livermore and Pleasanton Public Libraries & LDS Family History Centers

Alameda County Law Library

Alameda County Library, Dublin Library (Online Archive of California)

Websites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).