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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[California Genealogy|California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Santa Cruz County'''  
  
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Guide to '''Santa Cruz County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
 
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<br> {{Infobox U.S. County | county = Santa Cruz County | county_map = California Santa Cruz Map.png | state = California | state_map = california.png | latd = | longd = | founded year = 1850 | founded date = February 18 | seat = Santa Cruz | building image = | building address = 701 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 Telephone: (831) 454-2800; email: [mailto:rcd.web@co.santa-cruz.ca.us rcd.web@co.santa-cruz.ca.us]}}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Santa Cruz County, California Record Dates  ====
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
{{Wikipedia|Santa Cruz County, California}}&nbsp;The first European settlements in Santa Cruz County began with the founding of a Franciscan mission in 1791 near the San Lorenzo River in what is now the city of Santa Cruz. In 1797, a proprietary Spanish colony was founded near the mission church and named Branciforte. When California became part of the United States in 1850, Branciforte County was one of the original counties but the name was quickly changed to Santa Cruz County.  
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The first European settlements in Santa Cruz County began with the founding of a Franciscan mission in 1791 near the San Lorenzo River in what is now the city of Santa Cruz. In 1797, a proprietary Spanish colony was founded near the mission church and named Branciforte. When California became part of the United States in 1850, Branciforte County was one of the original counties but the name was quickly changed to Santa Cruz County.  
  
 
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<br> 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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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Monterey County, California|Monterey, California]]  
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*[[Monterey County, California Genealogy|Monterey, California]]  
*[[San Benito County, California|San Benito, California]]  
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*[[San Benito County, California Genealogy|San Benito, California]]  
*[[San Mateo County, California|San Mateo, California]]  
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*[[San Mateo County, California Genealogy|San Mateo, California]]  
*[[Santa Clara County, California|Santa Clara, California]]
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*[[Santa Clara County, California Genealogy|Santa Clara, California]]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
=== Bible Records  ===
 
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LDS Ward and Branch Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
  
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*San Lorenzo Valley
 
*Santa Cruz  
 
*Santa Cruz  
 
*Watsonville
 
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=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
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{{CA History Intro}}
  
 
=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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{{CA Land Intro}}
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
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[[Image:Casantacruz.png|center|400px|Casantacruz.png]]
  
 
=== Migration  ===
 
=== Migration  ===
  
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
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==== Civil War  ====
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:- [[1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)|1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)]], Company A
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:- [[7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company K
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:- [[8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company A
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
  
=== Newspapers&nbsp; ===
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=== Newspapers  ===
  
 
Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz 1866-present 2011)  
 
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Register Pajaronian (Watsonville, 1868-present)  
 
Register Pajaronian (Watsonville, 1868-present)  
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Santa_Cruz}}
  
 
=== Obituaries  ===
 
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
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{{CA Probate Intro|Santa Cruz}}
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
*[[San Lorenzo Valley California Family History Center]] (Ben Lomond)
 
 
*[[Santa Cruz California Family History Center]]<br>
 
*[[Santa Cruz California Family History Center]]<br>
  
=== Societies  ===
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=== Societies&nbsp; ===
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Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County, [[Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown]].
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
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=== 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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=== Voting Registers  ===
 
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== Websites ==
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=== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries ===
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Santa Cruz County, Genealogical Society Of<br>P.O. Box 72<br>Santa Cruz 95063<br>Phone:861-427-7707 ext 5794<br>[http://scgensoc.org/  Santa Cruz Genealogical Society]<br><br>
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Santa Cruz Historical Society<br>P.O. Box 246<br>Santa Cruz 9506<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/santa-cruz-county/ Santa Cruz 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/santacruz/ Santa Cruz County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santacruz/ Santa Cruz County CAGenWeb]  
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*Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County&nbsp; [http://scgensoc.org/ http://scgensoc.org/]
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Santa_Cruz/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Santa_Cruz/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santacruz/santacruz.html USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santacruz/santacruz.html USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santacruz/santacruz.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santacruz/santacruz.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
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*{{FHL|206941|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
 
{{reflist}}&nbsp; [http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22649 www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22649]  
 
{{reflist}}&nbsp; [http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22649 www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22649]  

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Guide to Santa Cruz County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Santa Cruz County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Santa Cruz County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 18, 1850
County Seat Santa Cruz
Courthouse
Address 701 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 Telephone: (831) 454-2800; email: rcd.web@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

Contents

County Information

Santa Cruz County, California Record Dates

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

Historical Facts

The first European settlements in Santa Cruz County began with the founding of a Franciscan mission in 1791 near the San Lorenzo River in what is now the city of Santa Cruz. In 1797, a proprietary Spanish colony was founded near the mission church and named Branciforte. When California became part of the United States in 1850, Branciforte County was one of the original counties but the name was quickly changed to Santa Cruz County.


Geographically, the coastline gives way to coastal mountains which often come right down to the sea. Two significant rivers played a role in settlement, the San Lorenzo (Santa Cruz city) and the Pajaro River (Watsonville). California hightway route 1 passes through the county along the coast and route 17 provides a connection over the coastal mountains to the San Jose/Silicon Valley area. A railroad also came to the area in the late 1800s providing a shipping outlet for agricultural products of the coastal farmlands.

Earthquakes have affected the area destroying much of the mission church in 1857 and another doing major damage to the city of Santa Cruz in 1989 but they did not cause any significant loss of records.

Parent County

18 February 1850: Originally as Branciforte County. County seat: Santa Cruz [2]

19 April 1850: Renamed Santa Cruz County.

Boundary Changes

No significant 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

Incorporated Cities (2000): CapitolaSanta CruzScotts ValleyWatsonville

Other populated places:

Amesti
Aptos
Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley
Ben Lomond
Bonny Doon
Boulder Creek
Brookdale
Corralitos
Davenport
Day Valley
Felton
Freedom
Interlaken
La Selva Beach
Live Oak
Mount Hermon
Opal Cliffs
Rio del Mar
Soquel
Pasatiempo
Twin Lakes

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Santa Cruz County, California at Find A Grave

  • Day Valley Cemetery in Aptos CA
  • Evergreen Cemetery in Santa Cruz CA at BillionGraves
  • Evergreen Cemetery in Santa Cruz CA at Find A Grave
  • Felton Cemetery in Felton CA
  • Home of Peace Cemetery (Jewish) in Santa Cruz CA
  • Holy Cross Cemetery (2 locations, Catholic) in Soquel CA
  • Oakwood Cemetery in Soquel CA
  • Pajaro Valley Memorial Park in Watsonville CA
  • Pioneer Cemetery in Watsonville CA
  • St Francis Cemetery in Watsonville CA
  • Santa Cruz Cemetery in Santa Cruz CA
  • Soquel Cemetery in Soquel CA

Church History and Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • San Lorenzo Valley
  • Santa Cruz
  • Watsonville

Census

For tips on accessing Santa Cruz County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.


Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Santa Cruz 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.

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.

Maps

Casantacruz.png

Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Santa Cruz County, California Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Santa Cruz County, California Genealogy:


- 1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union), Company A
- 7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company K
- 8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company A

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz 1866-present 2011)

Santa Cruz Surfer (Santa Cruz 1889-1919)

Mountain Echo (Boulder Creek 1896-1916)

Register Pajaronian (Watsonville, 1868-present)

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Santa Cruz 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 - Santa Cruz - Probate records.

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums

  • Santa Cruz Central Library

224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

  • Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County library

(housed in the Central Branch Library, significant collection of genealogies)

County Courthouse

Santa Cruz County
701 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz CA 95060

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.

Societies 

Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown.

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


  • Santa Cruz County Recorder

    701 Ocean Street, Room 230
    Santa Cruz CA 95060
    831/454-2800

For records generated since 2009

Santa Cruz County Office of Vital Records
1430 Freedom Boulevard, Suite 101
Santa Cruz CA 95076
831/763-8430


Voting Registers

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Santa Cruz County, Genealogical Society Of
P.O. Box 72
Santa Cruz 95063
Phone:861-427-7707 ext 5794
Santa Cruz Genealogical Society

Santa Cruz Historical Society
P.O. Box 246
Santa Cruz 9506


Web Sites

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