California, San Francisco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997 .
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Coverage Map
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- 7 Known Issues with This Collection
- 8 Related Websites
- 9 Related Wiki Articles
- 10 How You Can Contribute
- 11 Citing this Collection
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.
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997.|
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California marriages, click here.
Naturalization indexes generally include the following:
- The name of registrar
- Where registrar is living at time of registration
- 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
- Cause of death
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know
- The name of your ancestor
- Type of record
- Identifying information such as the age or event date or place
Search the Collection
To search the collection by name:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Record Category"
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range" which takes you to the images.
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.
If you do not find your ancestor in the index, look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
With either search keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
What Do I Do Next?
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
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records, such as employment or military records.
- 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.
What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Check for an index or for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword California, San Francisco items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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.
- "California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. 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.|
|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.|