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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[California|California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''San Mateo County'''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[California Genealogy|California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''San Mateo County'''  
  
[[Image:San+Mateo+County.jpg|center|637x225px|San+Mateo+County.jpg]]
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Guide to '''San Mateo County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
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| bgcolor="#ccff66" width="100%" colspan="6" align="center" | '''Dates for major county records '''
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| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''Birth'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Birth'''</center>  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''Marriage'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''Marriage'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Death'''</center>  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''Census'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Census'''</center>  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''Land'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Land'''</center>  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''Probate'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Probate'''</center>
 
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| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | 1866-present<br>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | 1866-present<br>  
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*'''Parent county''' (before 18 February 1856 ):&nbsp;San Mateo County was created from San Francisco County, with additional territory added in 1868 from Santa Cruz County.<br>
 
*'''Parent county''' (before 18 February 1856 ):&nbsp;San Mateo County was created from San Francisco County, with additional territory added in 1868 from Santa Cruz County.<br>
  
*San Mateo County, California '''residents''' may also have records in<br>'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[San Francisco County, California|San Francisco]] &#124; [[Santa Cruz County, California|Santa Cruz]] &#124; [[Santa Clara County, California|Santa Clara]] &#124;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;
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*San Mateo County, California '''residents''' may also have records in<br>'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[San Francisco County, California Genealogy|San Francisco]] &#124; [[Santa Cruz County, California Genealogy|Santa Cruz]] &#124; [[Santa Clara County, California Genealogy|Santa Clara]] &#124;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;
  
 
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*[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San%20Mateo&countycode=SanMateo California State Genealogical Alliance - San Mateo County Resources]<br>
 
*[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San%20Mateo&countycode=SanMateo California State Genealogical Alliance - San Mateo County Resources]<br>
  
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/sanmateo/ San Mateo GenWeb]<br>
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/sanmateo/ San Mateo GenWeb]<br>  
 
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanmateo/smindex.htm SFGenealogy San Mateo]
 
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanmateo/smindex.htm SFGenealogy San Mateo]
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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{{CADC}}<br> {{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = San Mateo County
 
| county = San Mateo County
 
| county_map = Map of California highlighting San Mateo County.svg.png
 
| county_map = Map of California highlighting San Mateo County.svg.png
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| named for = Saint Matthew
 
| named for = Saint Matthew
 
| adoption_sign = Adoption San Mateo CA Gen Soc
 
| adoption_sign = Adoption San Mateo CA Gen Soc
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}}&nbsp;  
  
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/portal/site/SMC San Mateo County Courthouse]<br>400 County Center<br>Redwood City, CA 94603<br>Ph. 650.363.4712<br>
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[http://www.sanmateocourt.org/ San Mateo County Courthouse]<br>400 County Center<br>Redwood City, CA 94603<br>Ph. 650.363.4712<br>  
  
 
County Clerk Recorder has birth, marriage and death record from 1866, <br>divorce, court and land records from 1880 and probate from 1856<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Mateo County, California. Page 87{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
County Clerk Recorder has birth, marriage and death record from 1866, <br>divorce, court and land records from 1880 and probate from 1856<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Mateo County, California. Page 87{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''18 February 1856:''' San Mateo County was created from [[San Francisco County, California|San Francisco]] County, with additional territory added in 1868 from [[Santa Cruz County, California|Santa Cruz]] County. '''County seat:''' Redwood City <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''18 February 1856:''' San Mateo County was created from [[San Francisco County, California Genealogy|San Francisco]] County, with additional territory added in 1868 from [[Santa Cruz County, California Genealogy|Santa Cruz]] County. '''County seat:''' Redwood City <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes&nbsp;  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes&nbsp;  ====
  
 
1868 - Land from Santa Cruz County  
 
1868 - Land from Santa Cruz County  
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[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps"] (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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==== Resources  ====
 
==== Resources  ====
  
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/research/places San Mateo County Places] SMCGS
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Mateo_County,_California San Mateo County] - Wikipedia  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Mateo_County,_California San Mateo County] - Wikipedia  
 
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanmateo/smplaces.htm San Mateo County Places]&nbsp;sfgenealogy
 
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanmateo/smplaces.htm San Mateo County Places]&nbsp;sfgenealogy
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*[http://www.ci.atherton.ca.us/history.html Atherton]&nbsp;&nbsp;town 1923  
 
*[http://www.ci.atherton.ca.us/history.html Atherton]&nbsp;&nbsp;town 1923  
*[http://www.belmont.gov/subContent.asp?CatId=240001195 Belmont]&nbsp;town 1926  
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*[https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=120645949928369506&pli=1#editor/target=post;postID=889641488985380629;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=8;src=postname Belmont]&nbsp;town 1926  
 
*[http://www.ci.brisbane.ca.us/html/about/spirit/chapter3.asp Brisbane]&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.ci.brisbane.ca.us/html/about/spirit/chapter3.asp Brisbane]&nbsp;  
*[http://www.broadmoorpolice.org/history.html Broadmoor]&nbsp;unincorporated  
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*[http://www.broadmoorpolice.com/history.html Broadmoor]&nbsp;unincorporated  
 
*[http://www.spectrumnet.com/history/history.html Burlingame]&nbsp;&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.spectrumnet.com/history/history.html Burlingame]&nbsp;&nbsp;  
*[http://www.militarymuseum.org/CpFremont.html Camp Fremont]&nbsp;&nbsp;World War I Training Camp  
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*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/San_Mateo_County,_California#The_History_of_Camp_Fremont Camp Fremont]&nbsp;&nbsp;World War I Training Camp  
*[http://www.colmahistory.org/History.htm Colma]&nbsp;&nbsp;town 1924  
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*[https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=120645949928369506&pli=1#editor/target=post;postID=4806897820728070011;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=59;src=postname Colma]&nbsp;&nbsp;town 1924  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Springs_Reservoir Crystal Springs]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Springs_Reservoir Crystal Springs]  
*[http://www.dalycityhistory.org/overview.htm Daly City]  
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*[http://www.dalycity.org/About_Daly_City/History_of_Daly_City.htm Daly City]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Palo_Alto,_California#History East Palo Alto]&nbsp;&nbsp;City 1983/1987  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Palo_Alto,_California#History East Palo Alto]&nbsp;&nbsp;City 1983/1987  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Granada,_Californial El Granada]&nbsp;Unincorporated  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Granada,_Californial El Granada]&nbsp;Unincorporated  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Fair_Oaks,_California#History Fair Oaks] (Menlo Park / Atherton)&nbsp;  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Fair_Oaks,_California#History Fair Oaks] (Menlo Park / Atherton)&nbsp;  
*[http://www.fostercity.org/community_info/Introduction-to-the-History-of-Foster-City.cfm Foster City]&nbsp;&nbsp;City 1971  
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*[http://www.fostercity.org/ourcommunity/Creation-of-Foster-City-Part-1.cfm Foster City]&nbsp;&nbsp;City 1971  
*[http://www.hillsborough.net/about/history.asp Hillsborough]&nbsp;City 1910  
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*[http://www.hillsborough.net/394/Police-Department-Historical-Photographs Hillsborough]&nbsp;City 1910  
*[http://lahondahistorical.org/ La Honda]&nbsp;unincorporated<br>
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*[http://lahondahistorical.org/ La Honda]&nbsp;unincorporated<br>  
*[http://www.menlopark.org/homepage/history.html Menlo Park]&nbsp;&nbsp;1874-1876/ 1923  
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*[http://www.menlopark.com/channel/History-Of-Menlo-Park/6922 Menlo Park]&nbsp;&nbsp;1874-1876/ 1923  
*[http://www.millbrae.com/city_info/city_history.htm Millbrae]&nbsp;&nbsp;City 1948  
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*[http://www.ci.millbrae.ca.us/index.aspx?page=36 Millbrae]&nbsp;&nbsp;City 1948  
 
*[http://www.goingoutside.com/beach/1000218_Miramar_Beach_California.html Miramar]&nbsp;(Half Moon Bay)  
 
*[http://www.goingoutside.com/beach/1000218_Miramar_Beach_California.html Miramar]&nbsp;(Half Moon Bay)  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montara,_California Montara]&nbsp;unicorporated  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montara,_California Montara]&nbsp;unicorporated  
*[http://www.fitzgeraldreserve.org/history.html Moss Beach]&nbsp;- Fitzgerald Reserve  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moss_Beach,_California Moss Beach]&nbsp;- Fitzgerald Reserve  
*[http://www.pacificachamber.com/pacifica-history.php Pacifica]&nbsp;City 1957  
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*[http://pacificahistory.wikispaces.com/ Pacifica]&nbsp;City 1957  
*[http://www.pescaderomemories.com/ Pescadero]&nbsp;Unincorporated  
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*[https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=120645949928369506&pli=1#editor/target=post;postID=573135064251985301;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=63;src=postname Pescadero]&nbsp;Unincorporated  
*[http://www.portolavalley.net/index.aspx?page=45 Portola Valley]&nbsp;Town 1964  
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*[http://www.portolavalley.net/about-portola-valley/history-of-portola-valley Portola Valley]&nbsp;Town 1964  
 
*[http://www.princetonbytheseamemories.com/?cat=75 Princeton by the Sea]  
 
*[http://www.princetonbytheseamemories.com/?cat=75 Princeton by the Sea]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purissima,_California Purissima]&nbsp;abandoned  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purissima,_California Purissima]&nbsp;abandoned  
*[http://www.ci.redwood-city.ca.us/about/local_history/exhibits/redwood_city/rwc_history.html Redwood City]&nbsp;City 1868 - County seat  
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*[http://www.redwoodcity.org/about/history.html Redwood City]&nbsp;City 1868 - County seat  
 
*Ravenswood (East Palo Alto)  
 
*Ravenswood (East Palo Alto)  
 
*San Benito (Half Moon Bay / Spanishtown)  
 
*San Benito (Half Moon Bay / Spanishtown)  
 
*[http://sanbruno.ca.gov/commissions/History%20of%20San%20Bruno.pdf San Bruno]&nbsp;City 1914  
 
*[http://sanbruno.ca.gov/commissions/History%20of%20San%20Bruno.pdf San Bruno]&nbsp;City 1914  
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanmateo/history/smcady_k.htm San Carlos]&nbsp;City 1926  
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*[http://www.cityofsancarlos.org/residents/about/history_of_san_carlos/default.asp San Carlos]&nbsp;City 1926  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Gregorio,_California San Gregorio]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Gregorio,_California San Gregorio]  
 
*[http://www.ci.sanmateo.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=290 San Mateo]&nbsp;&nbsp;1894  
 
*[http://www.ci.sanmateo.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=290 San Mateo]&nbsp;&nbsp;1894  
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*[http://www.ssf.net/index.aspx?NID=1215 South San Francisco]&nbsp;1908  
 
*[http://www.ssf.net/index.aspx?NID=1215 South San Francisco]&nbsp;1908  
 
*Spanishtown  
 
*Spanishtown  
*[http://www.dalycityhistory.org/westlake/home.htm Westlake]  
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*[http://www.robkeil.com/littleboxesbook/introduction.html Westlake]  
 
*[http://www.woodsidetown.org/community/history-woodside Woodside]
 
*[http://www.woodsidetown.org/community/history-woodside Woodside]
  
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*[http://www.colma.ca.gov/ Colma&nbsp;]  
 
*[http://www.colma.ca.gov/ Colma&nbsp;]  
 
*[http://www.dalycity.org/ Daly City]  
 
*[http://www.dalycity.org/ Daly City]  
*[http://www.ci.east-palo-alto.ca.us/welcome.html East Palo Alto]  
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*[http://www.ci.east-palo-alto.ca.us/index.aspx East Palo Alto]  
*[http://www.fostercity.org/ Fremont]  
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*[http://www.fostercity.org/ Foster City]  
 
*[http://www.half-moon-bay.ca.us/ Half Moon Bay]  
 
*[http://www.half-moon-bay.ca.us/ Half Moon Bay]  
*[http://www.hillsborough.net/depts/default.asp Hillsborough]  
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*[http://www.hillsborough.net/ Hillsborough]  
 
*[http://www.ci.millbrae.ca.us/ Millbrae]  
 
*[http://www.ci.millbrae.ca.us/ Millbrae]  
 
*[http://www.menlopark.org/ Menlo Park]  
 
*[http://www.menlopark.org/ Menlo Park]  
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*[http://www.pescadero-california.com/ Pescadero]  
 
*[http://www.pescadero-california.com/ Pescadero]  
 
*[http://www.portolavalley.net/ Portola Valley]  
 
*[http://www.portolavalley.net/ Portola Valley]  
*[http://www.ci.redwood-city.ca.us/ Redwood City]  
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*[http://www.redwoodcity.org/ Redwood City]  
 
*[http://sanbruno.ca.gov/ San Bruno]  
 
*[http://sanbruno.ca.gov/ San Bruno]  
 
*[http://www.cityofsancarlos.org/ San Carlos]  
 
*[http://www.cityofsancarlos.org/ San Carlos]  
*[http://www.portolavalley.net/ San Gregorio]  
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*[http://www.sangregoriostore.com/ San Gregorio]  
 
*[http://www.ci.sanmateo.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=56 San Mateo]  
 
*[http://www.ci.sanmateo.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=56 San Mateo]  
*[http://www.ci.sanmateo.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=56 South San Francisco]  
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*[http://www.ssf.net/ South San Francisco]  
 
*[http://www.woodsidetown.org/ Woodside]
 
*[http://www.woodsidetown.org/ Woodside]
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Alameda County, California|Alameda]]  
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*[[Alameda County, California Genealogy|Alameda]]  
*[[San Francisco County, California|San Francisco]]  
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*[[San Francisco County, California Genealogy|San Francisco]]  
*[[Santa Clara County, California|Santa Clara]]  
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*[[Santa Clara County, California Genealogy|Santa Clara]]  
*[[Santa Cruz County, California|Santa Cruz]]
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*[[Santa Cruz County, California Genealogy|Santa Cruz]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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=== Biography  ===
 
=== Biography  ===
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/Schellens-SM-name.pdf Schellens Collection of Historical Materials - Names&nbsp;]
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/schellens-sm-businesses.pdf Schellens Collection of Historical Materials -&nbsp;Businesses]
  
 
=== Cemeteries &amp; Mortuaries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries &amp; Mortuaries  ===
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cagha/cemeteries/sanmateo-cemeteries.html California Genealogy and History Archives] - Links to &nbsp;pictures, indexes and more
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'''Finding Aids'''
  
[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/sfrancem.htm SFGenealogy]&nbsp;&nbsp;San Mateo and San Francisco Cemetery links to indexes and more  
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/content/cemeteries San Mateo County Cemeteries] - SMCGS
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cagha/cemeteries/sanmateo-cemeteries.html California Genealogy and History Archives] - Links to &nbsp;pictures, indexes and more
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*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/sfrancem.htm SFGenealogy]&nbsp;&nbsp;San Mateo and San Francisco Cemetery links to indexes and more  
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#country=United+States&state=California&county=San+Mateo&search_text=&action=search_cemetery&start=0&limit=100&is_admin=0 BillionGraves]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=223 FindAGrave]
  
[http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/goldengate.asp Golden Gate National Cemetery]<br>1300 Sneath Lane<br>San Bruno, CA 94066<br>
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'''Mortuary Records''' <br>  
  
[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=11721 BillionGraves] Photos, Google map, transcriptions, GPS location of headstones in this cemetery.<br>
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/layng-tinney-mortuary.pdf Tinney Mortuary Files Index&nbsp;: 1900’s]  
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/early-deaths.pdf Early San Mateo County Death Records 1880-1920s] (James Crowe's Mortuary Book)
  
[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanmateo/smcgs/mortuary.htm Layng &amp; Tinney Mortuary Files Index&nbsp;: 1900’s]
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'''Cemetery Records''' <br>
  
[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#death CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Death Records]<br>
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[http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/goldengate.asp '''GOLDEN GATE''' National Cemetery] -1300 Sneath Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066&nbsp;
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cagha/cemeteries/sanmateo-cemeteries.html Union Cemetery, Redwood City ]- 705 Photographs, List of over 2100 burials with biographical information. (many stones missing from cemetery)
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'''HOLY CROSS CEMETERY''' - 1500 Mission Road, Colma, CA 94014<br>
  
[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=127034 Union Cemetery, Redwood City] BillionGraves&nbsp;
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*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/php/cemetery/cemeteryindex.php SFgenealogy] - Searchable index to names, dates, and plot locations
  
'''A wiki article describing this collection is found at:'''  
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[http://www.historicunioncemetery.com/ '''UNION CEMETERY''', Redwood City ]- 705 Photographs, List of over 2100 burials with biographical information. (many stones missing from cemetery) &nbsp;
  
[[California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetary Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records (Family Historical Records)]]<br>
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[http://italiancemetery.com/ '''ITALIAN CEMETERY'''] '''A wiki article describing this collection is found at ''' [[California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetary Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records (Family Historical Records)]]<br>
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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=== Church History and Records  ===
 
=== Church History and Records  ===
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{{CA Church Intro}}
  
 
'''LDS''' Ward and Branch Records  
 
'''LDS''' Ward and Branch Records  
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'''Roman Catholic''' - [http://www.sfarchdiocese.org Archdiocese of San Francisco]  
 
'''Roman Catholic''' - [http://www.sfarchdiocese.org Archdiocese of San Francisco]  
  
*Archives 320 Middlefield Road Menlo Park, CA 94063 email: sfarchiv@concentric.net telephone: (650) 328-6502  
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*Archives 320 Middlefield Road Menlo Park, CA 94063 email: [mailto:sfarchiv@concentric.net sfarchiv@concentric.net] telephone: (650) 328-6502  
 
*[http://www.sfarchdiocese.org/parishes/san-mateo-county/ San Mateo County Parishes]  
 
*[http://www.sfarchdiocese.org/parishes/san-mateo-county/ San Mateo County Parishes]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_Archdiocese_of_San_Francisco History of Diocese on Wikipedia] <br>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_Archdiocese_of_San_Francisco History of Diocese on Wikipedia] <br>
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=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
  
[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#court CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Court Records]  
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[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#court CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Court Records]<br>
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[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/CourtRegisters.pdf Index to Early San Mateo County Court Records]  
  
 
=== Crime and Criminals  ===
 
=== Crime and Criminals  ===
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[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/sheriffs-office-booking-registers.pdf Index to Sheriff's Office Booking Registers]
  
 
=== Directories  ===
 
=== Directories  ===
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=== Genealogy  ===
 
=== Genealogy  ===
  
=== History&nbsp; ===
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=== History  ===
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{{CA History Intro}}
  
 
In 1856 the city and county of San Francisco was incorporated within its present borders, the land down the peninsula that was not included in the incorporation became San Mateo County A portion of the bill that established the county required the election of county officers and the naming of a county seat on the second Monday of May of the current year (1856). Three well known but not very ethical politicians, Bernard and Billy Mulligan and Chris Lilly, arranged to gain control of the new county’s government. The resulting vote was proof of corruption. The Laguna area reported 297 votes with a voting population of 25, Colma had a return of 500 with 50-60 eligible voters. In Belmont witnesses were not allowed to monitor the vote. In all 1800 ballots were cast in an area with a total population of only 2500 at a time when only adult males were eligible to vote.  
 
In 1856 the city and county of San Francisco was incorporated within its present borders, the land down the peninsula that was not included in the incorporation became San Mateo County A portion of the bill that established the county required the election of county officers and the naming of a county seat on the second Monday of May of the current year (1856). Three well known but not very ethical politicians, Bernard and Billy Mulligan and Chris Lilly, arranged to gain control of the new county’s government. The resulting vote was proof of corruption. The Laguna area reported 297 votes with a voting population of 25, Colma had a return of 500 with 50-60 eligible voters. In Belmont witnesses were not allowed to monitor the vote. In all 1800 ballots were cast in an area with a total population of only 2500 at a time when only adult males were eligible to vote.  
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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{{CA Land Intro}}
  
 
The Spanish and Mexican Governments distributed the bulk of San Mateo County lands to those who had served the government or military. Most of the Rancho owners also had residences around Mission Dolores in the current San Francisco. See [[California Land and Property]] &nbsp;for more information.  
 
The Spanish and Mexican Governments distributed the bulk of San Mateo County lands to those who had served the government or military. Most of the Rancho owners also had residences around Mission Dolores in the current San Francisco. See [[California Land and Property]] &nbsp;for more information.  
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With the collapse of the Bear Flag Republic and the end of the Mexican War, California was ceded to the United States and the federal government was given control of all California lands. Rancho owners and those who had bought land from them, were required to petition for the lands they already held. See [[United States. United-States - Land and Property- Deeds|United States Deeds]] for more information.  
 
With the collapse of the Bear Flag Republic and the end of the Mexican War, California was ceded to the United States and the federal government was given control of all California lands. Rancho owners and those who had bought land from them, were required to petition for the lands they already held. See [[United States. United-States - Land and Property- Deeds|United States Deeds]] for more information.  
  
The resulting patents have been recorded in San Mateo County in Patent Books 1-3. Those books are currently located in the Recorder's Office offsite repository and have been indexed by SMCGS.  
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The resulting patents were recorded in San Mateo County in Patent Books 1-3. SMCGS has&nbsp;[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/LandRecords.pdf Indexed]&nbsp;the records and images are available in the [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-24076-5054-27?cc=1878749&wc=M93Y-F89:538534112#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FMDJZ-LNL%3A174973701%3Fcc%3D1878749 San Mateo County Record collection] on FamilySearch.
  
The Recorder's Office also has Deed Books, Mortgage Books, Official Records and Miscellanous records in the offsite repository. Many of the earliest books have been indexed by SMCGS volunteers. For links to San Mateo County Land Records check the [http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#land CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Land and Map]s.  
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The Recorder's Office also has Deed Books, Mortgage Books, Official Records and Miscellanous records in the offsite repository. Many of the earliest books have been indexed by SMCGS volunteers. For links to San Mateo County Land Records check the [http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#land CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Land and Maps&nbsp;].  
  
{{RecordSearch|1878749*|California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967}} are free to browse at FamilySearch Historical Records. For a description of the records, see the wiki article titled, [[California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].<br>
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{{RecordSearch|1878749|California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1991}} are free to browse at FamilySearch Historical Records. For a description of the records, see the wiki article titled, [[California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].<br>  
  
 
Current Records and microfilms of old deeds are available in the [http://www.smcare.org/ County Recorder's Office] in Redwood City. Start by searching for the current address at one of the available computers. You will find the current owner and also links to maps related to the property including original rancho maps and maps showing the first subdivision of the land. There are more maps available in the record repository, some show the early landowners in various areas throughout the county.  
 
Current Records and microfilms of old deeds are available in the [http://www.smcare.org/ County Recorder's Office] in Redwood City. Start by searching for the current address at one of the available computers. You will find the current owner and also links to maps related to the property including original rancho maps and maps showing the first subdivision of the land. There are more maps available in the record repository, some show the early landowners in various areas throughout the county.  
  
The index books have been scanned and you can search through them just as you would the original indexes, but without the weight. This can be a busy office so if you need help navitating through the system be patient. It is possible to get every deed for a property and printouts of the maps with a few hours research and a few dollars.&nbsp;<br>
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The index books have been scanned and you can search through them just as you would the original indexes, but without the weight. This can be a busy office so if you need help navitating through the system be patient. It is possible to get every deed for a property and printouts of the maps with a few hours research and a few dollars.&nbsp;<br>  
  
'''A wiki article describing this collection is found at:'''
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/LandRecords.pdf Index to San Mateo County Early Land Records]
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/LandMiscellaneous.pdf Index to San Mateo County Miscellaneous Land Records]
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/Land-soletraders.pdf Index to Sole Traders Ledger]
  
[[California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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=== Maps<br>  ===
  
=== Maps<br> ===
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[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#land CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Land and Maps]&nbsp;
  
[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#land CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Land and Maps]
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[http://mappery.com/San-Mateo-County-Map County of San Mateo] - Mappery [[Image:Casanmateo.png|center|400px|Casanmateo.png]]
 
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[http://mappery.com/San-Mateo-County-Map County of San Mateo] - Mappery  
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=== Migration  ===
 
=== Migration  ===
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[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#military CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Military&nbsp;]  
 
[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#military CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Military&nbsp;]  
  
'''The History of Camp Fremont'''<br>Few of today’s San Mateo County residents know exactly where Camp Fremont once stood, but for about 18 months, from July 12,&nbsp;1917 until it was dismantled in early 1919 it was a teeming World War I Training Camp. At it’s peak nearly 27,000 personnel were&nbsp;resident on the base . In all more than 43,000 soldiers passed through the little town of Menlo Park (former population 2300).
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==== '''The History of Camp Fremont''' ====
  
<br>Country living was disturbed by the sounds of guns, canon and grenades exploding as troops trained for their eminent war duty.&nbsp;Menlo Park was chosen as the training site due to it’s similarity to the French terrain where troops were supposedly heading.  
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Few of today’s San Mateo County residents know exactly where Camp Fremont once stood, but for about 18 months, from July 12,&nbsp;1917 until it was dismantled in early 1919 it was a teeming World War I Training Camp. At it’s peak nearly 27,000 personnel were&nbsp;resident on the base . In all more than 43,000 soldiers passed through the little town of Menlo Park (former population 2300).
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Country living was disturbed by the sounds of guns, canon and grenades exploding as troops trained for their eminent war duty.&nbsp;Menlo Park was chosen as the training site due to it’s similarity to the French terrain where troops were supposedly heading.  
  
 
Located from the El Camino Real to the Alameda de Las Pulgas and from Valparaiso to the San Francisquito Creek , Camp Fremont&nbsp;covered approximately 25,000 acres (15 Square miles). Besides calvary and infantry there were nearly 10000 horses and mules which were housed further east at a re-mount station on Ravenswood, near the camp hospital. Of the 16 training centers erected by the War department, Camp Fremont was the largest east of the Mississippi.  
 
Located from the El Camino Real to the Alameda de Las Pulgas and from Valparaiso to the San Francisquito Creek , Camp Fremont&nbsp;covered approximately 25,000 acres (15 Square miles). Besides calvary and infantry there were nearly 10000 horses and mules which were housed further east at a re-mount station on Ravenswood, near the camp hospital. Of the 16 training centers erected by the War department, Camp Fremont was the largest east of the Mississippi.  
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See '''Naturalization Records'''&nbsp;below for a Link to the Camp Fremont Naturalization Index.  
 
See '''Naturalization Records'''&nbsp;below for a Link to the Camp Fremont Naturalization Index.  
  
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship Records ===
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=== '''&nbsp;Naturalization and Citizenship Records''' ===
  
 
All naturalization records produced by '''San Mateo County Courts''' are held by the San Mateo County Recorders Office. &nbsp;This appears to be a complete set of all the Declarations of Intention to become a citizen and Petitions for the entire time the local courts handled naturalizations. &nbsp;The last record is from the year 1983. &nbsp;The earliest records are in an envelope file, and many records have Declarations attached which were filed elsewhere.  
 
All naturalization records produced by '''San Mateo County Courts''' are held by the San Mateo County Recorders Office. &nbsp;This appears to be a complete set of all the Declarations of Intention to become a citizen and Petitions for the entire time the local courts handled naturalizations. &nbsp;The last record is from the year 1983. &nbsp;The earliest records are in an envelope file, and many records have Declarations attached which were filed elsewhere.  
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The San Mateo County Genealogical Society has indexed these volumes through 1945.  
 
The San Mateo County Genealogical Society has indexed these volumes through 1945.  
  
[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#naturalization SMC Naturalization Indexes]  
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SMC Naturalization Indexes
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/naturalization1906.pdf Prior to 1906]
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/naturalization1907.pdf 1907-1925]
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/naturalization1926.pdf 1926-1945]
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/naturalization1946.pdf post 1945]
  
 
There are references to early naturalizations in the Court Docket books which are located in the San Mateo County Historical Society Archives. &nbsp;All names found in these volumes are also found in the Records office records.  
 
There are references to early naturalizations in the Court Docket books which are located in the San Mateo County Historical Society Archives. &nbsp;All names found in these volumes are also found in the Records office records.  
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The Naturalizations for '''Camp Fremont''' are contained in volumes dated May 1917 to March 1918. The special military naturalization required no Declaration of Intention, therefore the complete record will be contained in one volume. &nbsp;Naturalized soldiers were from all over the United States. Originals are located in the SMC Recorder's Office offsite storage facility. SMCGS has also indexed those volumes.  
 
The Naturalizations for '''Camp Fremont''' are contained in volumes dated May 1917 to March 1918. The special military naturalization required no Declaration of Intention, therefore the complete record will be contained in one volume. &nbsp;Naturalized soldiers were from all over the United States. Originals are located in the SMC Recorder's Office offsite storage facility. SMCGS has also indexed those volumes.  
  
[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanmateo/smcgs/smcn1.pdf Camp Fremont Naturalization Index]  
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[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/naturalizationcamp-fremont.pdf Camp Fremont Naturalization Index] <br> Naturalizations filed by San Mateo County in the California Northern District court are located at the National Archives in San Bruno.&nbsp;
  
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SMCGS also transcribed a card file of naturalized voters, which is also located in the Recorders Office.
  
Naturalizations filed by San Mateo County in the California Northern District court are located at the National Archives in San Bruno.&nbsp;  
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[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/NaturalizedVoters.pdf Naturalized Voter Card File] <br> All Naturalization Records after 1906 can be ordered from&nbsp;[http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis USCIS]
  
SMCGS also transcribed a card file of naturalized voters, which is also located in the Recorders Office.
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=== Newspapers  ===
  
[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanmateo/smcgs/smnat1.htm Naturalized Voter Card File]  
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[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#newspaper CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Newspapers]  
  
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|San_Mateo}}
  
All Naturalization Records after 1906 can be ordered from&nbsp;[http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis USCIS]
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=== Obituaries  ===
  
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[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/Obituary-Index-2013.pdf The SMCGS Obituary Collection] - This collection currently includes over 57,000 indexed and scanned obituaries as well as a large collection of obituaries that are indexed elsewhere, see below. Copies of Obituaries in this index can be obtained from the San Mateo County Genealogical Society
  
=== Newspapers  ===
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[http://www.genealogybuff.com/ca/sanmateo/webbbs_config.pl San Mateo County, California Obituary and Death Notice Collection ]Free from GenealogyBuff.com. Obits and death notices from Various Funeral Homes in the San Mateo, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Belmont, Burlingame, Daly City, Foster City, Hillsborough and Pacifica areas.
  
[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#newspaper CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Newspapers]
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=== Obituaries  ===
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=== Periodicals  ===
 
=== Periodicals  ===
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=== Probate  ===
 
=== Probate  ===
  
[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#court CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Court Records]  
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{{CA Probate Intro|San Mateo}}
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'''''Unfortunately, FamilySearch has no probate files for San Mateo County.''''' Some early probate ledgers are available in the [http://www.historysmc.org/main.php?page=archives San Mateo County Historical Association Archives], the rest are available from the Superior Court not the County Recorder. For a listing of available probate and other court records see [http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#court CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Court Records]  
  
 
=== 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]]  
*[[Menlo Park California Family History Center]]
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*[http://mpfhc.org/ Menlo Park Family History Center] &nbsp;
 
*[[San Francisco California Family History Center]] (San Bruno)  
 
*[[San Francisco California Family History Center]] (San Bruno)  
 
*[[San Francisco California West Family History Center]] (Pacifica)
 
*[[San Francisco California West Family History Center]] (Pacifica)
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=== Taxation  ===
 
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
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{{CA Vital Intro}}
  
 
You can get informational copies of birth and death certificates from the San Mateo County Clerk. Print and complete an [http://www.smcare.org/documents/application%20for%20Certified%20Copy%20of%20Vital%20Record.pdf Application for Certified Copy of Vital Record].&nbsp; As with other California counties, requests for an Official Certified Copy of either birth or death records must be notarized.&nbsp; Requests for an Informational Certified Copy do not need to be notarized.  
 
You can get informational copies of birth and death certificates from the San Mateo County Clerk. Print and complete an [http://www.smcare.org/documents/application%20for%20Certified%20Copy%20of%20Vital%20Record.pdf Application for Certified Copy of Vital Record].&nbsp; As with other California counties, requests for an Official Certified Copy of either birth or death records must be notarized.&nbsp; Requests for an Informational Certified Copy do not need to be notarized.  
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==== Birth  ====
 
==== Birth  ====
  
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanmateo/smcgs/smcbirths.htm San Mateo County Birth Index 1866-1905]  
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/BirthIndex.pdf San Mateo County Birth Index to 1965]  
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanmateo/smcgs/smdbirths.htm San Mateo County Delayed Birth Index 1866-1913]
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/Vital%20Gazette%20Index.pdf San Mateo Vital Record notice]s&nbsp;
  
 
==== Marriage  ====
 
==== Marriage  ====
  
*[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#birth CSGS Research Guide - San Mateo County Birth and Marriage Records]
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*[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#birth CSGS Research Guide - San Mateo County Birth and Marriage Records]  
 
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/Marriage%20Index.pdf San Mateo County Marriage Index]&nbsp;
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanmateo/smcgs/smcmarriages.htm San Mateo County Marriage Index]&nbsp;
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==== Divorce  ====
 
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==== Death  ====
 
==== Death  ====
  
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanmateo/smcgs/smcdeaths.htm San Mateo County Death Records 1880-1920s] (James Crowe's Book)  
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/early-deaths.pdf San Mateo County Death Records 1880-1920s] (James Crowe's Book)  
*[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#death CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Death Records]
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*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/ca/sanmateo/webbbs_config.pl San Mateo County, California Obituary and Death Notice Collection] Free from GenealogyBuff.com. Obits and death notices from Various Funeral Homes in the San Mateo, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Belmont, Burlingame, Daly City, Foster City, Hillsborough and Pacifica areas.
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*[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=San+Mateo&countycode=SanMateo#death CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Death Records]&nbsp;
  
 
=== Voting Registers  ===
 
=== Voting Registers  ===
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/ San Mateo County Genealogical Society]  
 
*[http://www.smcgs.org/ San Mateo County Genealogical Society]  
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*[http://www.familytree101.com/california/san-mateo-county.html San Mateo County, CA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Familytree101)
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/sanmateo/ San Mateo County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/sanmateo/ San Mateo County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/San_Mateo/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/San_Mateo/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sanmateo/sanmateo.html USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sanmateo/sanmateo.html USGenWeb Archives]  
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== References  ==
 
== References  ==
 
[[California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
 
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Guide to San Mateo County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Dates for major county records 
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1866-present
1857-present 1857-present 1860-present 1856-present 1857-present
For earlier dates, try...
  • Parent county (before 18 February 1856 ): San Mateo County was created from San Francisco County, with additional territory added in 1868 from Santa Cruz County.
  • San Mateo County, California residents may also have records in
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San Mateo County, California
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Location in the state of California
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Facts
Founded February 18, 1856
County Seat Redwood City
Courthouse
Address Hall of Justice and Records
400 County Center
Redwood City, California, 94063
650) 363-4711
Website: www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/portal/site/SMC
Named for: Saint Matthew
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Contents

County Courthouse

San Mateo County Courthouse
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94603
Ph. 650.363.4712

County Clerk Recorder has birth, marriage and death record from 1866,
divorce, court and land records from 1880 and probate from 1856[1]

Historical Facts

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: San Mateo County, California

Parent County

18 February 1856: San Mateo County was created from San Francisco County, with additional territory added in 1868 from Santa Cruz County. County seat: Redwood City [2]

Boundary Changes 

1868 - Land from Santa Cruz County

"Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps" (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

Places/Localities 

Resources

History

Populated Places (Official city and town websites)

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries & Mortuaries

Finding Aids

Mortuary Records

Cemetery Records

GOLDEN GATE National Cemetery -1300 Sneath Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066 

HOLY CROSS CEMETERY - 1500 Mission Road, Colma, CA 94014

  • SFgenealogy - Searchable index to names, dates, and plot locations

UNION CEMETERY, Redwood City - 705 Photographs, List of over 2100 burials with biographical information. (many stones missing from cemetery)  

ITALIAN CEMETERY A wiki article describing this collection is found at California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records (Family Historical Records)

Census

For tips on accessing San Mateo 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Burlingame
  • Redwood City
  •  San Mateo

Roman Catholic - Archdiocese of San Francisco

Court Records

CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Court Records

Index to Early San Mateo County Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Index to Sheriff's Office Booking Registers

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for San Mateo 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.

In 1856 the city and county of San Francisco was incorporated within its present borders, the land down the peninsula that was not included in the incorporation became San Mateo County A portion of the bill that established the county required the election of county officers and the naming of a county seat on the second Monday of May of the current year (1856). Three well known but not very ethical politicians, Bernard and Billy Mulligan and Chris Lilly, arranged to gain control of the new county’s government. The resulting vote was proof of corruption. The Laguna area reported 297 votes with a voting population of 25, Colma had a return of 500 with 50-60 eligible voters. In Belmont witnesses were not allowed to monitor the vote. In all 1800 ballots were cast in an area with a total population of only 2500 at a time when only adult males were eligible to vote.

Fortunately not all of those who were elected were corrupt. The post of County Judge was won by Benjamin I Fox of Redwood City. It was his court, sitting in the temporary quarters at Angelo's Hotel in Belmont (the town named county seat in the election) which presided over the suits resulting from the election. As the trials went on, earlier misdeeds caught up with many of the accused. The majority fled the area for parts unknown. Others, however, were caught, tried and at least one, James Casey, was hung.

Stating that an election that took place before the Consolidation Act that necessitated it took effect on July 1, could not be legal, the California State Supreme Court threw out the entire election in October of 1856. The officials who were in place, however, continued to function as San Mateo County's governing body until a true and legal election was held in 1857. When the legislature officially recognized San Mateo County in 1857 they named Redwood City as the capitol.

The rich resources of the area and the mild climate have been instumental in the settlement of San Mateo County. The early Ohlone Indians were hunters and gatherers, living under some of the huge oak trees that still dot the area. Spanish explorers, padres and ranchers used the area for food production. Anglo settlers came in at the time of the gold rush. Although little if any gold was found in the county, they stayed establishing a thriving lumber community and numerous dairy farms.

The wealthy of San Francisco opened summer homes on the Peninsula. In the early days it was a full days trip to get from San Francisco to those homes. But first the railroad and later improved roads and cars opened up the possibilities and the inhabitants of San Francisco moved permanently into San Mateo County. The 1906 earthquake displaced many people in San Francisco. After relocating in San Mateo County, many never moved back into San Francisco. World War I brought industrial growth to the areas around South San Francisco and with it an influx of residents. No longer did residents have to travel to work in San Francisco, they were employed in masses on the peninsula. There are many books available on the history of San Mateo County and it's individual cities.

Land and Property

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.

The Spanish and Mexican Governments distributed the bulk of San Mateo County lands to those who had served the government or military. Most of the Rancho owners also had residences around Mission Dolores in the current San Francisco. See California Land and Property  for more information.

With the collapse of the Bear Flag Republic and the end of the Mexican War, California was ceded to the United States and the federal government was given control of all California lands. Rancho owners and those who had bought land from them, were required to petition for the lands they already held. See United States Deeds for more information.

The resulting patents were recorded in San Mateo County in Patent Books 1-3. SMCGS has Indexed the records and images are available in the San Mateo County Record collection on FamilySearch.

The Recorder's Office also has Deed Books, Mortgage Books, Official Records and Miscellanous records in the offsite repository. Many of the earliest books have been indexed by SMCGS volunteers. For links to San Mateo County Land Records check the CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Land and Maps .

California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1991 are free to browse at FamilySearch Historical Records. For a description of the records, see the wiki article titled, California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Current Records and microfilms of old deeds are available in the County Recorder's Office in Redwood City. Start by searching for the current address at one of the available computers. You will find the current owner and also links to maps related to the property including original rancho maps and maps showing the first subdivision of the land. There are more maps available in the record repository, some show the early landowners in various areas throughout the county.

The index books have been scanned and you can search through them just as you would the original indexes, but without the weight. This can be a busy office so if you need help navitating through the system be patient. It is possible to get every deed for a property and printouts of the maps with a few hours research and a few dollars. 

Maps

CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Land and Maps 

County of San Mateo - Mappery
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Migration

Military History and Records

CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Military 

The History of Camp Fremont

Few of today’s San Mateo County residents know exactly where Camp Fremont once stood, but for about 18 months, from July 12, 1917 until it was dismantled in early 1919 it was a teeming World War I Training Camp. At it’s peak nearly 27,000 personnel were resident on the base . In all more than 43,000 soldiers passed through the little town of Menlo Park (former population 2300).

Country living was disturbed by the sounds of guns, canon and grenades exploding as troops trained for their eminent war duty. Menlo Park was chosen as the training site due to it’s similarity to the French terrain where troops were supposedly heading.

Located from the El Camino Real to the Alameda de Las Pulgas and from Valparaiso to the San Francisquito Creek , Camp Fremont covered approximately 25,000 acres (15 Square miles). Besides calvary and infantry there were nearly 10000 horses and mules which were housed further east at a re-mount station on Ravenswood, near the camp hospital. Of the 16 training centers erected by the War department, Camp Fremont was the largest east of the Mississippi.

Every idle carpenter on the peninsula was put to work. In all more than 700 men were put to work turning over 100 railroad cars of lumber into temporary buildings. Barracks consisted of wooden floors and sidewalls topped with canvas tents. Camp Fremont’s tent city covered more than 1000 acres. 150 Southern Pacific workers laid spur track from the main line to the middle of camp. El Camino Real was paved to accommodate the increased traffic, and Menlo Park became known as one of the worst traffic bottlenecks on the peninsula.

Suddenly every available store front was occupied by merchants from throughout the Bay Area. A movie theater, post office, church and library were built. Beltramo’s Winery and every tavern within 5 miles of the base were declared dry by order of the army and the county.

Sequoia High School opened a branch on the base offering classes in English, arithmetic, shorthand, typing and accounting but low attendance caused the program to fold. Stanford University, worried about the proximity of so many men to their co-eds, stopped their objections when two companies of soldiers were assigned to the duty of making sure that no soldiers invaded Stanford’s borders and no Co-eds infiltrated Tent City.

Shortly after the building started the war department halted the effort for three months . The original troops were moved east at one point, but then the 8th Division, Regular Army was transferred in and remained until the dismantling. The troops which had trained to join the war efforts in France never did reach Europe. Some 5000, however, did serve time in Siberia. Michael Svanevik’s article When ‘The Forgotten Army’ Went to Siberia, The San Mateo Times, Friday, Aug 19, 1988 pg B3, tells a little of the tale of the
Siberian intervention.

Before it was ordered closed in December 1918, just one month after the armistice was signed 43,000 men had been trained . So, just 18 months after it was erected Camp Fremont was abandoned and the land reverted to it’s previous owners. But due to the efforts of the 8th Army Corp of Engineers the once rustic town of Menlo Park now had paved roads, water and gas services. Other legacies were
the more than a million pounds of lead that were removed from the hills as they were developed. Today a few remainders of the 1000 plus Camp buildings dot the landscape of Menlo Park. The popular McArthur Park restaurant and the Oasis Beer Garden are housed in remnants of the vast camp and the Veterans Center on Willow Road was the base hospital.

Many of the 43000 men who served at Camp Fremont were recent emigres to the United States. In accordance with legislation passed at the time of the Civil War, the naturalization process was changed to honor their efforts for their new country. In all nearly 3200 men took advantage of the opportunity to become United States citizens before the base closed.  

See Naturalization Records below for a Link to the Camp Fremont Naturalization Index.


 Naturalization and Citizenship Records

All naturalization records produced by San Mateo County Courts are held by the San Mateo County Recorders Office.  This appears to be a complete set of all the Declarations of Intention to become a citizen and Petitions for the entire time the local courts handled naturalizations.  The last record is from the year 1983.  The earliest records are in an envelope file, and many records have Declarations attached which were filed elsewhere.

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society has indexed these volumes through 1945.

SMC Naturalization Indexes

There are references to early naturalizations in the Court Docket books which are located in the San Mateo County Historical Society Archives.  All names found in these volumes are also found in the Records office records.

The Naturalizations for Camp Fremont are contained in volumes dated May 1917 to March 1918. The special military naturalization required no Declaration of Intention, therefore the complete record will be contained in one volume.  Naturalized soldiers were from all over the United States. Originals are located in the SMC Recorder's Office offsite storage facility. SMCGS has also indexed those volumes.

Camp Fremont Naturalization Index
Naturalizations filed by San Mateo County in the California Northern District court are located at the National Archives in San Bruno. 

SMCGS also transcribed a card file of naturalized voters, which is also located in the Recorders Office.

Naturalized Voter Card File
All Naturalization Records after 1906 can be ordered from USCIS

Newspapers

CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Newspapers

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

Obituaries

The SMCGS Obituary Collection - This collection currently includes over 57,000 indexed and scanned obituaries as well as a large collection of obituaries that are indexed elsewhere, see below. Copies of Obituaries in this index can be obtained from the San Mateo County Genealogical Society

San Mateo County, California Obituary and Death Notice Collection Free from GenealogyBuff.com. Obits and death notices from Various Funeral Homes in the San Mateo, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Belmont, Burlingame, Daly City, Foster City, Hillsborough and Pacifica areas.

See Death Records

Periodicals

Probate

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 - San Mateo - Probate records.

Unfortunately, FamilySearch has no probate files for San Mateo County. Some early probate ledgers are available in the San Mateo County Historical Association Archives, the rest are available from the Superior Court not the County Recorder. For a listing of available probate and other court records see CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Court Records

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums

CSGA Research Guide - San Mateo County Libraries and Archives

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 Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Schools

Sequoia High School - Redwood City - 1st High School in County

Societies

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.

You can get informational copies of birth and death certificates from the San Mateo County Clerk. Print and complete an Application for Certified Copy of Vital Record.  As with other California counties, requests for an Official Certified Copy of either birth or death records must be notarized.  Requests for an Informational Certified Copy do not need to be notarized.

Birth

Marriage

Divorce

Death

Voting Registers

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Mateo County, California. Page 87At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).




 

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