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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1402856 |title=California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997|location=United States|}} <br>
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[California, United States Genealogy|California]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[San Francisco County, California Genealogy|San Francisco County]]''
  
== Record Description ==
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|title=California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
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|location=California
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| LOC_01 = California
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| LOC_02 = San Francisco
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| LOC_02_type = County
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| record_type = County Records
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| start_year = 1824
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| end_year = 1997
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| FS_URL_01 = [[California Naturalization and Citizenship|California Naturalizaton and Citizenship]]
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| FS_URL_02 = [[California Vital Records|California Vital Records]]
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| FS_URL_03 = [[San Francisco County, California Genealogy|San Francisco County, California]]
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| FS_URL_04 = [[California Archives and Libraries]]
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.sfgenealogy.com/ Genealogy and History for San Francisco Bay&nbsp;Area]
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This Collection will include records from 1824 to 1997.<br>
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
'''The collection consists of records from San Francisco County, California, and includes the following:'''
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The collection consists of records from San Francisco County, California for the years 1824 to 1997. The collection includes the following:  
  
 
*General index  
 
*General index  
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*Alien registrations
 
*Alien registrations
  
This collection is being published as images become available.  
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This collection is being published as images become available.
  
For a list of record categories currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1402856/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
 
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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===To Browse this Collection===  
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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{{Collection_Browse_Link
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|CID=CID1402856
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|title=California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
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|}}
  
{{Collection citation
 
| text = San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco County Records. San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco.}}
 
  
[[California, San Francisco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Coverage Map  ===
  
== Record Content ==
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California marriages, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/CA_FRM.html here].
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===  Sample Images ===
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in the Naturalization Indexes May include the following information:'''
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Image:California, San Francisco County, Records Naturalization Index Card DGS 4392269 62.jpg|Naturalization Index
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Image:California, San Francisco County, Records Probate Index DGS 4879424 55.jpg|Probate Index
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Image:California, San Francisco County Records Marriages DGS 4210100 65.jpg|Marriage License
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Image:California, San Francisco County, Records Death Report DGS 4878335 45.jpg|Death Report
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</gallery>
  
[[Image:California, San Francisco County, Records Naturalization Index Card DGS 4392269 62.jpg|thumb|right|California, San Francisco County, Records Naturalization Index Card DGS 4392269 62.jpg]]
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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'''Naturalization indexes''' generally include the following:  
  
 
*The name of registrar  
 
*The name of registrar  
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*Date of Registration
 
*Date of Registration
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in the Probate Indexes generally include the following information:'''
 
  
[[Image:California, San Francisco County, Records Probate Index DGS 4879424 55.jpg|thumb|right|California, San Francisco County, Records Probate Index DGS 4879424 55.jpg]]
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'''Probate indexes''' generally include the following:  
  
 
*Full name of individual  
 
*Full name of individual  
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*Volume and Page number
 
*Volume and Page number
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in the Marriage Licenses generally include the following information:'''
 
  
[[Image:California, San Francisco County Records Marriages DGS 4210100 65.jpg|thumb|right|California, San Francisco County Records Marriages DGS 4210100 65.jpg]]
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'''Marriage licenses''' generally include the following:  
  
 
*Name of groom  
 
*Name of groom  
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*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
  
'''The key genealogical facts found in the Death Reports generally include the following information:'''
 
  
[[Image:California, San Francisco County, Records Death Report DGS 4878335 45.jpg|thumb|right|California, San Francisco County, Records Death Report DGS 4878335 45.jpg]]
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'''Death reports''' generally include the following:  
  
 
*Name of person reporting case  
 
*Name of person reporting case  
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*Cause of death
 
*Cause of death
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
 
'''To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:'''<br> ⇒ Select the ''"Browse"'' link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the ''“Record Category”'' category<br>⇒ Select the ''“Record Type, Volume, and Year Range”'' category which takes you to the images.
 
 
 
Indexes are available on some of these groups of images. If indexes are available, check these for the name first. Find your ancestors name and look for the locator information next to the name (such as page, entry, or certificate number). This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.
 
 
 
Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
 
 
 
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
 
 
 
'''To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:'''
 
 
 
*The place where the event occurred
 
*The approximate date the event occurred
 
*The name of the individual or individuals, such as the bride and groom
 
 
 
'''Identify the record to be searched:'''
 
 
 
From the Record Description list, identify the kind of record you would like to search (land, naturalization, marriages, etc.) and click on the title link to select it.
 
 
 
'''Find the image:'''
 
 
 
Search the&nbsp;individual images or pages until you locate a possible match to your ancestor. Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
 
 
 
'''Using the Information:'''
 
 
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
 
 
 
'''The following examples show ways you can use the information:'''
 
 
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 
*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
  
'''Tips to Keep in Mind:'''
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To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The age of your ancestor.
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*The approximate date or place of event.
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*The type of record you want to research.
  
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records, such as employment or military records.
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor. Many of these volumes have indexes at the beginning or end. You should search these first. If your ancestor is in the index download a copy or write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor. You can then quickly turn to those pages.  
*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
  
'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''  
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1402856?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page].''' <br>
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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'''View  images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1402856/waypoints Browse Page]then:'''<br> ⇒ Select the "Record Category" <br> ⇒ Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range"
*Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
  
== Related Websites  ==
 
  
[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/ Genealogy and History for San Francisco Bay&nbsp;Area]  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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:{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1402856 California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
*[[California Naturalization and Citizenship|California Naturalizaton and Citizenship]]  
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
*[[California Vital Records|California Vital Records]]  
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Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members. 
*[[San Francisco County, California|San Francisco County, California]]
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===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?===
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*Use the information in each record to find additional records such as birth, census, and marriage records. 
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*Use the information in each record to find additional family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family.
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*[[California Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search. 
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[California, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[California Archives and Libraries]].
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
{{Contributor_invite}}  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[California, San Francisco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image. 
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. San Francisco Public Library.}}<br> <br>
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
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{{Record Citation Link
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|CID=CID1402856
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|title=California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
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}} <br>
  
"California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997," images, ''FamilySearch''(https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 April 2012), Marriages &gt; Marriage Certificate Index (Brides), S-Z, 1971-1975 &gt; image 15 of 200 images,&nbsp;Albert E Ellison and Heather L Sanders, May 17, 1974; citing California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California, United States.
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'''Image Citation'''<br> {{Image_Citation_Link
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|CID=CID1402856
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|title=California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
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[[Category:California]]
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? == 
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{{Contributor invite}}

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
San Francisco, California, United States
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Location of San Francisco County, California
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Location of California
Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1824-1997
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of records from San Francisco County, California for the years 1824 to 1997. The collection includes the following:

  • General index
  • Alphabetical newspaper clipping file of the "San Francisco Examiner"
  • Death reports
  • Deeds and indexes
  • Marriage certificates, licenses and indexes
  • Naturalization records and indexes
  • Coroner's records
  • Alien registrations

This collection is being published as images become available.


To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997.


Collection Content

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California marriages, click here.

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Naturalization indexes generally include the following:

  • The name of registrar
  • Where registrar is living at time of registration
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Nativity (Where born)
  • When Naturalized
  • Where Naturalized
  • Date of Registration


Probate indexes generally include the following:

  • Full name of individual
  • Deceased, Incompetent, or Minor
  • Volume and Page number


Marriage licenses generally include the following:

  • Name of groom
  • Age of groom
  • Name of bride
  • Age of bride
  • When and where couple was married
  • Names of witnesses


Death reports generally include the following:

  • Name of person reporting case
  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Age, gender, civil status, occupation, and race of deceased
  • Residence
  • Cause of death

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The age of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date or place of event.
  • The type of record you want to research.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor. Many of these volumes have indexes at the beginning or end. You should search these first. If your ancestor is in the index download a copy or write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor. You can then quickly turn to those pages.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Pagethen:
⇒ Select the "Record Category"
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range"


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information in each record to find additional records such as birth, census, and marriage records.
  • Use the information in each record to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of California, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the California Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

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


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.


Collection Citation:

"California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. San Francisco Public Library.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997.

Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.