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''[[United States|United States]] > [[California|California]] > Contra Costa County''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]][[California Genealogy|California]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Contra Costa County'''  
  
Martinez  
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Guide to '''Contra Costa County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Click|Image:CA_ORP.png|California Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Contra Costa County
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| county_map = California Contra Costa Map.png
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| state = California
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| founded year = February 18
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| founded date = 1850
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| seat = Martinez  
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| building address =  Contra Costa County<br>&nbsp;730 Las Juntas St; <br>PO Box 350; <br>Martinez, CA 94553; <br>Phone. 925.646.2360 <br>[http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/ '''Contra Costa County Website'''] }}
  
=== County Courthouse ===
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=== County Information ===
  
&nbsp;[http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/ Contra Costa County]<br>&nbsp;730 Las Juntas St; <br>PO Box 350; <br>Martinez, CA 94553; <br>Phone. 925.646.2360
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==== Contra Costa County, California Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 62-75. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref> </center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Contra Costa County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Contra Costa County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Contra Costa County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Contra Costa County, California Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Contra Costa County, California Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Contra Costa County, California Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1906
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1906
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1848
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
County Recorder has birth and death records; County Clerk <br>has marriage, divorceCounty Clerk has marriage, divoce,&nbsp;<br>probate and court&nbsp;records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  Contra Costa County, California. Page 84 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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County Recorder has birth and death records; County Clerk <br>has marriage, divorce,&nbsp;probate and court&nbsp;records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  Contra Costa County, California. Page 84 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/california/ "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps"] (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Records Loss  ====
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For a list of record loss in California counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-counties.html#courthouse California Counties with Burned Courthouses]
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
Antioch <br>Brentwood <br>Clayton <br>Concord <br>Danville <br>El Cerrito&nbsp; <br>Hercules <br>Lafayette<br>Martinez&nbsp; Moraga<br>Oakley&nbsp; Orinda<br>Pinole&nbsp; Pittsburg&nbsp; Pleasant Hill<br>Richmond<br>San Pablo&nbsp; San Ramon<br>Walnut Creek<br>
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*Antioch  
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*Brentwood  
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*Clayton  
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*Concord  
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*Danville
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*El Cerrito  
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*Hercules  
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*Lafayette  
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*Martinez  
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*Moraga
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*Oakley  
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*Orinda  
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*Pinole  
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*Pittsburg  
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*Pleasant Hill
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*Richmond  
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*San Pablo  
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*San Ramon  
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*Walnut Creek
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Alameda County, California|Alameda]]  
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*[[Alameda County, California Genealogy|Alameda]]  
*[[Sacramento County, California|Sacramento]]  
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*[[Sacramento County, California Genealogy|Sacramento]]  
*[[San Joaquin County, California|San Joaquin]]  
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*[[San Joaquin County, California Genealogy|San Joaquin]]  
*[[Solano County, California|Solano]]
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*[[Solano County, California Genealogy|Solano]]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
=== Bible Records  ===
 
=== Bible Records  ===
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=== Biography - Indexes  ===
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*{{FHL|977980|item|disp=Index to Hulaniski's history of Contra Costa County, by F. J. Hulaniski, 1917}}
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*{{FHL|977981|item|disp=Index to the history of Contra Costa County, by Mae Fisher Purcell, 1940}}
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*{{FHL|977979|iem|disp=A somewhat tardy index to the History of Contra Costa County by Slocum & Co., 1986}}
  
 
=== Biography  ===
 
=== Biography  ===
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*{{FHL|140321|item|disp=History of Contra Costa County, California : including its geography, geology, topography, climatography and description; together with a record of the Mexican grants ... also, incidents of pioneer life and biographical sketches of early and prominent settlers and representative men}}
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*{{FHL|171428|item|disp=History of Contra Costa County, California : with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the county who have been identified with its growth and development from the early days to the present}}
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*{{FHL|1050646|item|disp=The morning side of Mount Diablo : an illustrated account of Morgan Territory road}}
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*{{FHL|1934776|item|disp=Rose Hill : a comprehensive history of the pioneer cemetery in the Mount Diablo coal field, Contra Costa County, California}}
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=11830 Oakmont Memorial Park, Lafayette] BillionGraves  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=11830 Oakmont Memorial Park, Lafayette] BillionGraves  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=120476 Rolling Hills Memorial Park, El Sobrante] BillionGraves
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=120476 Rolling Hills Memorial Park, El Sobrante] BillionGraves  
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*{{FHL|321878|item|disp=California cemetery records in Contra Costa County (founded in 1850)}}
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*{{FHL|220086|item|disp=California cemetery records in Contra Costa County (founded in 1850)}}
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*{{FHL|157917|item|disp=Nortonville-Somersville cemetery records, Contra Costa County, California}}
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*{{FHL|1934776|item|disp=Rose Hill : a comprehensive history of the pioneer cemetery in the Mount Diablo coal field, Contra Costa County, California}}
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
  
{{Census|California}}  
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*{{Census|California}}
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*{{FHL|711022|item|disp=Contra Costa County, California state census, 1852 : including 2/3 present day Alameda County}}
  
 
=== Church History and Records  ===
 
=== Church History and Records  ===
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{{CA Church Intro}}
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*{{FHL|573736|item|disp=A short history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the San Francisco Bay Area}}
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=== Public Records  ===
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*{{FHL|293669|item|disp=1849 Alcalde's record of Contra Costa County, California}}
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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=== Directories  ===
 
=== Directories  ===
  
=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ===
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*{{FHL|541236|item|disp=Oakland (California) city directories}}
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*{{FHL|84496|item|disp=Pittsburg - Antioch (Contra Costa County, Calif.) city directory : including West Pittsburg and Shore Acres, also a buyers' guide and a complete classified business directory}}
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*{{FHL|1042659|item|disp=Richmond (California) city directories}}
  
==== Germans ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups ===
  
 
=== Gazetteers  ===
 
=== Gazetteers  ===
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=== Genealogy  ===
 
=== Genealogy  ===
  
'''A wiki article describing an online collecion is found at:'''
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'''A wiki article describing an online collecion is found at:''' [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California,_Genealogical_Collections_at_the_California_Genealogical_Society_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California, Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch Historical Records)]
  
[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California,_Genealogical_Collections_at_the_California_Genealogical_Society_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California, Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch Historical Records)]
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==== Indexes  ====
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*{{FHL|578881|item|disp=Contra Costa County Genealogical Society surname index}}
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==== Peroidicals  ====
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*{{FHL|232161|item|disp=Contra Costa County Genealogical Society surname index}}
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==== Contra Costa Genealogical Society directory &amp; Periodical  ====
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*{{FHL|1059376|item|disp=2001-2002 CCCGS member directory}}
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*{{FHL|334213|item|disp=Diablo quarterly}}
  
 
=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
  
=== Land and Property  ===
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{{CA History Intro}}
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==== Indexes  ====
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*{{FHL|977980|item|disp=Index to Hulaniski's history of Contra Costa County, by F. J. Hulaniski, 1917}}
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*{{FHL|977981|item|disp=Index to the history of Contra Costa County, by Mae Fisher Purcell, 1940}}
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*{{FHL|977979|item|disp=A somewhat tardy index to the History of Contra Costa County by Slocum & Co., 1986}}
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==== Histories  ====
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*{{FHL|1802891|item|disp=Antioch centennial almanac}}
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*{{FHL|77805|item|disp=The history of Contra Costa County, California}}
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*{{FHL|140321|item|disp=History of Contra Costa County, California : including its geography, geology, topography, climatography and description; together with a record of the Mexican grants ... also, incidents of pioneer life and biographical sketches of early and prominent settlers and representative men}}
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*{{FHL|171428|item|disp=History of Contra Costa County, California : with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the county who have been identified with its growth and development from the early days to the present}}
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*{{FHL|70246|item|disp=History of the greater San Francisco Bay region}}
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*{{FHL|206612|item|disp=History of the San Francisco Bay region}}
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*{{FHL|283246|item|disp=Illustrations of Contra Costa Co., California, with historical sketch}}
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*{{FHL|1050646|item|disp=The morning side of Mount Diablo : an illustrated account of Morgan Territory road}}
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*{{FHL|1934776|item|disp=Rose Hill : a comprehensive history of the pioneer cemetery in the Mount Diablo coal field, Contra Costa County, California}}
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*{{FHL|569755|item|disp=Ygnacio Valley, 1834-1970}}
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=== Land and Property &amp; Maps ===
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{{CA Land Intro}}
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*{{FHL|1128838|item|disp=Alameda and Contra Costa County, California land ownership map, 1894}}
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*{{FHL|251409|item|disp=Brands and marks, 1850-1917}}
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*{{FHL|297511|item|disp=Contra Costa County land claims, 1852-1925}}
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*{{FHL|297500|item|disp=Estray records, 1851-1888}}
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*{{FHL|297496|item|disp=Mechanics liens, 1850-1871}}
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*{{FHL|297504|item|disp=Mechanics liens, 1850-1871}}
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*{{FHL|251416|item|disp=Squirrel Inspection District liens, 1876-1877}}
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*{{FHL|2975508|item|disp=Wives property book, 1851-1916}}
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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*{{FHL|1128838|item|disp=Alameda and Contra Costa County, California land ownership map, 1894}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
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<br> [[Image:Cacontracosta.png|center|400px|Cacontracosta.png]]
  
 
=== Migration  ===
 
=== Migration  ===
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
  
=== Newspapers  ===
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*{{FHL|1004260|item|disp=1995 vital statistics, Contra Costa Times, Concord Transcript, Antioch Daily Ledger, and West County Times}}
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*{{FHL|1004252|item|disp=Index to 1993 vital statistics, Contra Costa Times, Concord Transcript and Antioch Daily Ledger/Post Dispatch}}
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*{{FHL|1004254|item|disp=Index to 1994 vital statistics, Contra Costa Times, Concord Transcript, and Antioch Daily Ledger/Post Dispatch}}
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*{{FHL|1004259|item|disp=Index to 1995 vital statistics, Contra Costa Times, Concord Transcript, Antioch Daily Ledger and West County Times}}
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*{{FHL|1377684|item|disp=Vital records from the Antioch Ledger : 2 Apr 1870-17, Mar 1877}}
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Contra_Costa}}
  
 
=== Obituaries  ===
 
=== Obituaries  ===
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*{{FHL|1004260|item|disp=1995 vital statistics, Contra Costa Times, Concord Transcript, Antioch Daily Ledger, and West County Times}}
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*{{FHL|727158|item|disp=Death notices 1860-1899, Contra Costa County, California}}
  
 
=== Periodicals  ===
 
=== Periodicals  ===
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
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{{CA Probate Intro|Contra Costa}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1782 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8639 California Wills and Probate Records 1782-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $ 
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*'''1833 – 1991''' {{RecordSearch|1999181|California Probate Estate Files 1833-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
  
[http://srvgensoc.org San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society] serves local genealogy enthusiasts. Monthly meetings are held at the Danville Family History Center in Alamo, California on the 3rd Tuesday at 10am.
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[http://srvgensoc.org San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society] serves local genealogy enthusiasts. Monthly meetings are held at the Danville Family History Center in Alamo, California on the 3rd Tuesday at 10am.  
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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{{CA Tax Intro}}
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
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{{CA Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-vital-records/ How to order California Vital Records]
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*{{FHL|2018143|item|disp=Vital records from the Contra Costa Gazette, 1864-1899}}
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*{{FHL|307675|item|disp=Vital statistics taken from The Independent, Contra Costa County's complete home newspaper}}
  
 
==== Birth  ====
 
==== Birth  ====
  
 
==== Marriage  ====
 
==== Marriage  ====
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*{{FHL|250650|item|disp=Index to marriages (men), 1851-1941 (surnames A-M)}}
  
 
==== Divorce  ====
 
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==== Death  ====
 
==== Death  ====
  
Contra Costa County maintains records of death certificates from 1905 to present. You can obtain an informational copy for a fee by mailing the [http://www.ccclerkrec.us/GetDocument.aspx?id=2 Application for Death Record] from the county clerk's [http://www.ccclerkrec.us website] with your payment. As with other counties, you only need to get the form notarized if you want a certified copy. Informational copies do not need a notary.  
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*{{FHL|297515|item|disp=Death records, 1873-1921}}
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*Contra Costa County maintains records of death certificates from 1905 to present. You can obtain an informational copy for a fee by mailing the [http://www.ccclerkrec.us/GetDocument.aspx?id=2 Application for Death Record] from the county clerk's [http://www.ccclerkrec.us website] with your payment. As with other counties, you only need to get the form notarized if you want a certified copy. Informational copies do not need a notary.
  
 
=== Voting Registers  ===
 
=== Voting Registers  ===
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*{{FHL|207312|item|disp=Great registers, 1867-1898}}
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=== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries  ===
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'''Antioch Historical Society'''<br> 1500 W. 4th St.<br> Antioch, California 94509<br> [http://www.art4antioch.org/ahs.asp Website]<br><br>
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'''Contra Costa County Genealogical Society'''<br> Concord/Walnut Creek Family History Center<br>3700 Concord Blvd<br> Concord, CA 94519-1808<br> Phone:925-686-1766 <br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cacccgs/?cj=1&sid=RootsWeb&netid=cj&o_xid=0007840363&o_lid=0007840363&o_sch=Affiliate+External Website]<br><br>
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'''Contra Costa County Historical Society'''<br> 610 Main Street<br> Martinez, California 94553<br> Phone: 925-229-1042<br>[http://www.cocohistory.com/ Website]<br><br>
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'''East Contra Costa Historical Society and Museum'''<br> 3890 Sellers Ave.<br> Brentwood, California 94513 <br>Phone:925-625-3553<br><br>
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'''El Cerito Historical Society'''<br> PO Box 304<br> El Cerrito, CA 94530<br>Phone:510-526-7507<br>[http://www.elcerritohistoricalsociety.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Lafayette Historical Society'''<br> Lafayette Library  Learning Center<br> 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard<br> Lafayette, CA 94549<br>Phone: 925-283-1848<br>[http://lafayettehistory.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Martinez Historical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 14<br>Martinez, CA 94553<br>Phone: 925-228-8160<br> E-mail:[mailto:webmaster@martinezhistory.org]<br>[http://www.martinezhistory.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Moraga Historical Society'''<br> Post Office Box 103<br>1500 St. Mary's Rd.<br> Moraga, CA 94556-2099;<br>Phone: ( 925 ) 377-8734<br>[http://www.moragahistory.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Point Richmond History Society'''<br> 139 1/2 Washington Avenue<br> Point Richmond, CA <br>Phone: 510-234-5334 or 510-235-1336<br>[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/contra-costa-county/#sthash.PdoTsV91.dpuf website]<br><br>
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'''Richmond Museum of History'''<br>P.O. Box 1267<br> 400 Nevin Avenue<br> Richmond, California 94802<br> Phone: (510) 235-7387<br>[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/contra-costa-county/#sthash.PdoTsV91.dpuf website]<br><br>
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'''San Ramon Valley Genealogy Society'''<br> P.O. Box 305<br> Diablo, CA 94528-0305<br> [http://srvgensoc.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Museum of the San Ramon Valley'''<br>P.O. Box 39<br> Danville, CA 94526<br>Phone: 925-837-3750<br>[http://www.museumsrv.org/srvm_vh_rsrch.html Website]<br><br>
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'''Walnut Creek Historical Society'''<br> 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road <br>Walnut Creek, California<br> Phone: (925) 935-7871<br>[http://www.walnut-creek.org/about/history/wchs.asp Website]<br><br>
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'''Contra Costa County Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 910<br>Concord 94522<br><br>
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'''Contra Costa County Historical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 821<br>Pleasant Hill 94522<br><br>
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'''Costa Mesa Historical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 1764<br>Costa Mesa 92628<br><br>
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-society-archive/ List of California Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/contra-costa-county/ Contra Costa County, CA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104090835347610280512 California Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/120538224699188/ California Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/contracosta/ Contra Costa County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/contracosta/ Contra Costa County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Contra_Costa/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Contra_Costa/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/contracosta/contracosta.html USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/contracosta/contracosta.html USGenWeb Archives]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ca/contracosta/contracosta.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/contracosta/contracosta.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
*{{FHL|206491|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|206491|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
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*[[California, Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[California, Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
== References  ==
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Contra Costa County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Contra Costa County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1850, February 18
County Seat Martinez
Courthouse
Address Contra Costa County
 730 Las Juntas St;
PO Box 350;
Martinez, CA 94553;
Phone. 925.646.2360
Contra Costa County Website

Contents

County Information

Contra Costa County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1906 1906 1906 1850 1848 1850

County Courthouse

County Recorder has birth and death records; County Clerk
has marriage, divorce, probate and court records[2]

Historical Facts

Contra Costa County began in 1850 as one of the original counties in the new state of California. Located in the East Bay area, San Pablo Bay and Suisun Bay partially surround the land area of the county and have contributed to the economy since the gold rush. 

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Contra Costa County, California

Parent County

18 February 1850: Contra Costa County was created as an original county. County seat: Martinez [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps" (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Records Loss

For a list of record loss in California counties see: California Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

Populated Places

  • Antioch
  • Brentwood
  • Clayton
  • Concord
  • Danville
  • El Cerrito
  • Hercules
  • Lafayette
  • Martinez
  • Moraga
  • Oakley
  • Orinda
  • Pinole
  • Pittsburg
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Richmond
  • San Pablo
  • San Ramon
  • Walnut Creek

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography - Indexes

Biography

Cemeteries

Census

  • For tips on accessing Contra Costa County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.


Church History and Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about California denominations, view the California Church Records wiki page.

Public Records

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

A wiki article describing an online collecion is found at: California, Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Indexes

Peroidicals

Contra Costa Genealogical Society directory & Periodical

History

Local histories are available for Contra Costa County, California Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section California Local Histories.

Indexes

Histories

Land and Property & Maps

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See California Land and Property for additional information about early California land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Maps


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Migration

Military History and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers and Indexes

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Contra Costa County, California Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate Records

The county clerk is usually the custodian of probate records. The records include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

You can obtain copies of the original probate records (such as wills and estate files) by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - Contra Costa - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums

County Courthouse

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Societies

San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society serves local genealogy enthusiasts. Monthly meetings are held at the Danville Family History Center in Alamo, California on the 3rd Tuesday at 10am.

Taxation

California tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page California Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records. The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder. See also How to order California Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Divorce

Death

  • Death records, 1873-1921
  • Contra Costa County maintains records of death certificates from 1905 to present. You can obtain an informational copy for a fee by mailing the Application for Death Record from the county clerk's website with your payment. As with other counties, you only need to get the form notarized if you want a certified copy. Informational copies do not need a notary.

Voting Registers

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Antioch Historical Society
1500 W. 4th St.
Antioch, California 94509
Website

Contra Costa County Genealogical Society
Concord/Walnut Creek Family History Center
3700 Concord Blvd
Concord, CA 94519-1808
Phone:925-686-1766
Website

Contra Costa County Historical Society
610 Main Street
Martinez, California 94553
Phone: 925-229-1042
Website

East Contra Costa Historical Society and Museum
3890 Sellers Ave.
Brentwood, California 94513
Phone:925-625-3553

El Cerito Historical Society
PO Box 304
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Phone:510-526-7507
Website

Lafayette Historical Society
Lafayette Library Learning Center
3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA 94549
Phone: 925-283-1848
Website

Martinez Historical Society
P.O. Box 14
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone: 925-228-8160
E-mail:[1]
Website

Moraga Historical Society
Post Office Box 103
1500 St. Mary's Rd.
Moraga, CA 94556-2099;
Phone: ( 925 ) 377-8734
Website

Point Richmond History Society
139 1/2 Washington Avenue
Point Richmond, CA
Phone: 510-234-5334 or 510-235-1336
website

Richmond Museum of History
P.O. Box 1267
400 Nevin Avenue
Richmond, California 94802
Phone: (510) 235-7387
website

San Ramon Valley Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 305
Diablo, CA 94528-0305
Website

Museum of the San Ramon Valley
P.O. Box 39
Danville, CA 94526
Phone: 925-837-3750
Website

Walnut Creek Historical Society
2660 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, California
Phone: (925) 935-7871
Website

Contra Costa County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 910
Concord 94522

Contra Costa County Historical Society
P.O. Box 821
Pleasant Hill 94522

Costa Mesa Historical Society
P.O. Box 1764
Costa Mesa 92628

Web Sites


A wiki article describing this collection is found at:

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 62-75. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Contra Costa County, California. Page 84 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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