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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.


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 [1]

19 April 1850: Renamed Santa Cruz County.

Boundary Changes

No significant changes.

Record Loss

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

  • Santa Cruz
  • Watsonville

Census

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

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Maps

Migration

Military History and Records

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)

Obituaries

Periodicals

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

Societies

Taxation

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

Websites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22649

 

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