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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Image Visibility ==
  
These records cover the years 1856 to 1967.  
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Some records, previously available, have been removed from publication to comply with the 1945 year cut-off restriction on all U.S. Army Discharge Records.  
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
The collection primarily includes land records – deeds, patents, and homesteads (1856 to 1967). However, the following various county records may also be intermixed within the land records:  
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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)  
 
*Marriage intentions (1856 to 1943)  
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*Military service discharges (1856 to 1965)
 
*Military service discharges (1856 to 1965)
  
=== Record Content  ===
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The Collection includes records from 1851 to 1991.<br>
  
[[Image:California San Mateo County Records (10-0845) DGS 4667168 57 58.jpg|thumb|right]]  
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For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1878749/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
  
The records contain the following information:  
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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{{Collection citation | text= "California, San Mateo County Records, 1855-1991." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing County Clerk, Redwood City.}}
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[[California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:  
  
 
*Dates when the transaction occurred, was written up, and was recorded with the county  
 
*Dates when the transaction occurred, was written up, and was recorded with the county  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned. In addition, some entries from earlier years may have been missed.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
  
When searching the index it is helpful to do the following:
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*The names of the primary individuals
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*The approximate date of the transaction
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*Other identifying information such as the location of the property or names of other interested individuals
  
*Check an index for the family name (surname) and then the given name. Indexes enable you to access land records quickly by searching for the names of owners.
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==== Search the Collection  ====
*Make a list of the volumes and page numbers for each deed you wish to check.
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*For each deed, search the noted volume and page number.
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Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
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To search the collection image by image select:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "County"<br>⇒Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" which takes you to the images
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy of the deed, or extract the genealogical information needed.  
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
  
These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
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Indexes are available on some of these groups of images. If indexes are available, check these for the name first. The indexes are located in individual folders. Find your ancestors name and look for the locator information next to the name (such as page, entry, or certificate number). This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.  
  
For example:
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==== Using the Information  ====
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example, use the residence and names of the individuals to locate church and census records.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
  
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and census records.
 
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
*Search for the land transactions of a couple and their children. The parents may have sold or given property to a son or daughter. Such transactions confirm relationships that might not be found in other records.
 
 
*Search for records of people in the county who shared a surname. These may have been the couple’s parents, uncles, or other relatives. Your ancestor may have been an heir who sold inherited land that had belonged to parents or grandparents.  
 
*Search for records of people in the county who shared a surname. These may have been the couple’s parents, uncles, or other relatives. Your ancestor may have been an heir who sold inherited land that had belonged to parents or grandparents.  
*To find later generations, search the land records a few years before and after a person’s death. Your ancestor may have sold or given land to his or her heirs before death, or the heirs may have sold the land after the individual died. For daughters, the names of their husbands are often provided. For sons, the given names of their wives may be included. Heirs may have sold their interest in the land to another heir even though the record may not indicate this. Continue this process for identifying each succeeding generation.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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Keep in mind:
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*Some counties were subdivided or the boundaries may have changed. Consider searching neighboring counties as well since that courthouse may have been more convenient for the person.
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*One deed does not usually give sufficient information about a couple and their children. A careful study of all deeds for the person or the family will yield a richer return of information.
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*For each parcel of land owned, you should obtain two documents:
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#The deed that documents when ownership transferred to the individual or the family
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#The deed that documents when ownership was transferred to someone else
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*Witnesses and neighbors, even those with a different surname, may have been relatives, in-laws, or even a widowed mother who has remarried. You may want to check the records of these witnesses and neighbors, especially if they are frequently found in your ancestor’s land records.  
 
*Witnesses and neighbors, even those with a different surname, may have been relatives, in-laws, or even a widowed mother who has remarried. You may want to check the records of these witnesses and neighbors, especially if they are frequently found in your ancestor’s land records.  
 
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Check for an index. Local historical and genealogical groups often have indexes to local records. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned. In addition, some entries from earlier years may have been missed.  
*Search the indexes for the “parent” county to find the original purchase of a parcel of land. You may also need to search a neighboring county since that courthouse may have been more convenient for the person to record the deed.
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*Check the land records of the people mentioned in your ancestor’s deeds to see if a different residence was ever mentioned for them.  
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*Make a list of all residences mentioned in the records within a year or two of when your ancestors came to the county—regardless of surname. Then search the records of places that seem likely or that occur frequently.  
 
*Make a list of all residences mentioned in the records within a year or two of when your ancestors came to the county—regardless of surname. Then search the records of places that seem likely or that occur frequently.  
 
*Create a database for other people with the same surname who lived in the county. Doing this may help you identify which individuals were related. If your ancestor’s records do not contain the information you need, a county database might give you a more complete picture.  
 
*Create a database for other people with the same surname who lived in the county. Doing this may help you identify which individuals were related. If your ancestor’s records do not contain the information you need, a county database might give you a more complete picture.  
*Search other areas of the index. For example, if the land was sold for taxes, the entry may be in the grantor index under “S” for “sheriff,” under “T” for “tax collector” or “treasurer,” under the names of those officials, or even under the county name. County histories or other records may give the names of these county officials.
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*Some counties were subdivided or the boundaries may have changed. Consider searching the “parent” county to find the original purchase of a parcel of land. You may also need to search a neighboring county since that courthouse may have been more convenient for the person to record the deed.
 
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== Record History  ==
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Soon after they were formed, counties began recording deeds and other land transaction records. The county recorder transcribed the documents to the registers, and the original documents usually remained with the owners or their families. Records of land transactions are generally well preserved, but some may have been lost in fires or other disasters. Some deeds were not recorded in earlier years.
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=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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Counties recorded land transactions to document the transfer of land ownership, thereby establishing legal rights to the land. The documents also helped track tax revenue responsibilities and helped designate persons to serve in various county functions, such as maintaining public roads in earlier times.
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=== Record Reliability  ===
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The information recorded in county land records is quite reliable, but some errors may have occurred while transcribing the county’s copy from the original deed.  
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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*[http://www.californiapublicrecord.com/san-mateo-county-public-records.htm San Mateo County, Free Public Records]  
 
*[http://www.californiapublicrecord.com/san-mateo-county-public-records.htm San Mateo County, Free Public Records]  
 
*[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/CA_SanMateo.htm Free Public Records Directory]
 
*[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/CA_SanMateo.htm Free Public Records Directory]
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, see the attached [[California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[California|California]]
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*[[California|California]]  
 
*[[California Land and Property|California Land and Property]]  
 
*[[California Land and Property|California Land and Property]]  
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/San_Mateo_County,_California San Mateo County, California]
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*[[San Mateo County, California|San Mateo County, California]]
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
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==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
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"California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([http://www.familysearch.org http://www.familysearch.org]): accessed March 24, 2011), entry for Orrin D. Wells and Flora V. Wells, purchased land 16 July 1916; citing County Records, San Mateo, Record of deeds, 1918-1919, vol 276, Image 3; San Meteo County Accessor-recorder-Clerks Office, Redwood City, California.
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== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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<!--bibdescbegin-->“California, San Mateo County Records,” index and images, FamilySearch ([http://www.familysearch.org http://www.familysearch.org]); from the San Mateo County Accessor-Recorder-Clerks Office, Redwood City. FHL digital images, 10 folders, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
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"California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967," images, ''FamilySearch'' (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 April 2012), San Mateo &gt; Deed records 1949 vol 1640 &gt; image 5 of 751, entry for Lee T. Ross and Hall C. Ross, Trustees, purchased land 23 March 1949; citing California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967, San Meteo County Accessor-Recorder-Clerks Office, Redwood City, California.
  
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Revision as of 17:09, 16 August 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Image Visibility

Some records, previously available, have been removed from publication to comply with the 1945 year cut-off restriction on all U.S. Army Discharge Records.

Record Description

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.

For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"California, San Mateo County Records, 1855-1991." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing County Clerk, Redwood City.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:

  • 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)

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The names of the primary individuals
  • The approximate date of the transaction
  • Other identifying information such as the location of the property or names of other interested individuals

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image select:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "County"
⇒Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Indexes are available on some of these groups of images. If indexes are available, check these for the name first. The indexes are located in individual folders. Find your ancestors name and look for the locator information next to the name (such as page, entry, or certificate number). This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example, use the residence and names of the individuals to locate church and census records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Search for records of people in the county who shared a surname. These may have been the couple’s parents, uncles, or other relatives. Your ancestor may have been an heir who sold inherited land that had belonged to parents or grandparents.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Witnesses and neighbors, even those with a different surname, may have been relatives, in-laws, or even a widowed mother who has remarried. You may want to check the records of these witnesses and neighbors, especially if they are frequently found in your ancestor’s land records.
  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. Local historical and genealogical groups often have indexes to local records. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned. In addition, some entries from earlier years may have been missed.
  • Make a list of all residences mentioned in the records within a year or two of when your ancestors came to the county—regardless of surname. Then search the records of places that seem likely or that occur frequently.
  • Create a database for other people with the same surname who lived in the county. Doing this may help you identify which individuals were related. If your ancestor’s records do not contain the information you need, a county database might give you a more complete picture.
  • Some counties were subdivided or the boundaries may have changed. Consider searching the “parent” county to find the original purchase of a parcel of land. You may also need to search a neighboring county since that courthouse may have been more convenient for the person to record the deed.

Related Websites

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We especially need language translations for both content and images. For specific needs, please look for callout boxes throughout the article or visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967," images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 April 2012), San Mateo > Deed records 1949 vol 1640 > image 5 of 751, entry for Lee T. Ross and Hall C. Ross, Trustees, purchased land 23 March 1949; citing California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967, San Meteo County Accessor-Recorder-Clerks Office, Redwood City, California.