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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[California, United States Genealogy|California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[San Mateo County, California Genealogy|San Mateo County]]''
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This Collection will include records from 1855 to 1991.<br>
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== What Is in the Collection? ==
  
The collection primarily includes land records – deeds, patents, and homesteads). However, the following various county records may also be intermixed within the land records:  
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The collection primarily includes land records – deeds, patents, and homesteads. However, the following various county records may also be intermixed within the land records:  
  
 
*Marriage intentions (1856 to 1943)  
 
*Marriage intentions (1856 to 1943)  
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*Military service discharges (1856 to 1965)
 
*Military service discharges (1856 to 1965)
  
For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1878749/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
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The collection includes records from 1851 to 1991.<br>
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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=== Image Visibility ===
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Some records, previously available, have been removed from publication to comply with the 1945 year cut-off restriction on all U.S. Army Discharge Records.
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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===To Browse This Collection===
  
{{Collection citation| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->San Mateo County Clerk. California, San Mateo County Records. San Mateo County, Redwood City, California.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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|title=California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991
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== Record Content  ==
 
  
[[Image:California San Mateo County Records (10-0845) DGS 4667168 57 58.jpg|thumb|right]]
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
  
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:  
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The records may include:  
  
 
*Dates when the transaction occurred, was written up, and was recorded with the county  
 
*Dates when the transaction occurred, was written up, and was recorded with the county  
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*Amount of consideration (included until the late 1800s)
 
*Amount of consideration (included until the late 1800s)
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== Collection Content ==
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===Coverage Map===
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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].
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "County" category<br>⇒Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" category which takes you to the images<br>  
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===Sample Images=== 
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Click on images for a larger view. 
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Image:California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991 dgs 007074328 image 16.jpg|Deed Record
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Image:California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991 dgs 005484021 image 16 naturalization.jpg|Naturalization Record
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Image:California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991 dgs 005187323 image 19 marry.jpg|Intent to Marry
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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:  
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
  
*The names of the primary individuals
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*Name of the person
*The approximate date of the transaction
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*The name of a parent or date of the event
*Other identifying information such as the location of the property or names of other interested individuals
 
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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=== Search the Index ===
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the
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'''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1878749/waypoints Browse Page]'''. br>
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# Select '''County'''
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# Select '''Record Type, Date Range and Volume'''
  
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 that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example, use the residence and names of the individuals to locate church and census records.  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
*For each parcel of land owned, you should obtain two documents:
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1878749 California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
#The deed that documents when ownership transferred to the individual or the family
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
#The deed that documents when ownership was transferred to someone else
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Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information. 
  
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
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===I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?===
*Search for the land transactions of a couple and their children. The parents may have sold or given property to a son or daughter. Such transactions confirm relationships that might not be found in other records.
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*Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.  
*Search for records of people in the county who shared a surname. These may have been the couple’s parents, uncles, or other relatives. Your ancestor may have been an heir who sold inherited land that had belonged to parents or grandparents.
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.  
*To find later generations, search the land records a few years before and after a person’s death. Your ancestor may have sold or given land to his or her heirs before death, or the heirs may have sold the land after the individual died. For daughters, the names of their husbands are often provided. For sons, the given names of their wives may be included. Heirs may have sold their interest in the land to another heir even though the record may not indicate this. Continue this process for identifying each succeeding generation.
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*Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
*Land transactions can indicate either a move or death of the owner.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.  
*One deed does not usually give sufficient information about a couple and their children. A careful study of all deeds for the person or the family will yield a richer return of information.  
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*[[California Church Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.  
*Witnesses and neighbors, even those with a different surname, may have been relatives, in-laws, or even a widowed mother who has remarried. You may want to check the records of these witnesses and neighbors, especially if they are frequently found in your ancestor’s land records.  
 
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
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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 town or county. 
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html 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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*Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Check for an index. Local historical and genealogical groups often have indexes to local records. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned. In addition, some entries from earlier years may have been missed.
 
*Check the land records of the people mentioned in your ancestor’s deeds to see if a different residence was ever mentioned for them.
 
*Make a list of all residences mentioned in the records within a year or two of when your ancestors came to the county—regardless of surname. Then search the records of places that seem likely or that occur frequently.
 
*Create a database for other people with the same surname who lived in the county. Doing this may help you identify which individuals were related. If your ancestor’s records do not contain the information you need, a county database might give you a more complete picture.
 
*Some counties were subdivided or the boundaries may have changed. Consider searching the “parent” county to find the original purchase of a parcel of land. You may also need to search a neighboring county since that courthouse may have been more convenient for the person to record the deed.
 
  
==== General Information About Land Records ====
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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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Soon after they were formed, counties began recording deeds and other land transaction records. The county recorder transcribed the documents to the registers, and the original documents usually remained with the owners or their families. Records of land transactions are generally well preserved, but some may have been lost in fires or other disasters. Some deeds were not recorded in earlier years.  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. County Clerk, Redwood City.}}<br><br>
  
Counties recorded land transactions to document the transfer of land ownership, thereby establishing legal rights to the land. The documents also helped track tax revenue responsibilities and helped designate persons to serve in various county functions, such as maintaining public roads in earlier times.
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== Related Websites  ==
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*[http://www.californiapublicrecord.com/san-mateo-county-public-records.htm San Mateo County, Free Public Records]
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|title=California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991
*[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/CA_SanMateo.htm Free Public Records Directory]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[California|California]]
 
*[[California Land and Property|California Land and Property]]
 
*[[San Mateo County, California|San Mateo County, California]]
 
 
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
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]].
 
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
  
"California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967," images, ''FamilySearch'' (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 April 2012), San Mateo &gt; Deed records 1949 vol 1640 &gt; image 5 of 751, entry for Lee T. Ross and Hall C. Ross, Trustees, purchased land 23 March 1949; citing California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967, San Meteo County Accessor-Recorder-Clerks Office, Redwood City, California.
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
San Mateo, California, United States
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Location of California
Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1851-1991
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
County Clerk, Redwood City


What Is in the Collection?

The collection primarily includes land records – deeds, patents, and homesteads. However, the following various county records may also be intermixed within the land records:

  • Marriage intentions (1856 to 1943)
  • Naturalization (1856 to 1930)
  • Military service discharges (1856 to 1965)

The collection includes records from 1851 to 1991.

Image Visibility

Some records, previously available, have been removed from publication to comply with the 1945 year cut-off restriction on all U.S. Army Discharge Records.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records may include:

  • Dates when the transaction occurred, was written up, and was recorded with the county
  • Names of the grantors (sellers), grantees (buyers), witnesses, and sometimes neighbors
  • Ages are seldom given, but a person might be mentioned as a minor
  • Exact relationships (may be included if property was sold or given to heirs during a person’s lifetime)
  • Residences of the grantor and grantee (usually included)
  • Occupations of the grantor and grantee (usually included)
  • Signature or mark (usually an X) of the grantor
  • Legal description of the parcel
  • Amount of consideration (included until the late 1800s)

Collection Content

Coverage Map

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

Sample Images

Click on images for a larger view.


How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The name of a parent or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page. br>

  1. Select County
  2. Select Record Type, Date Range and Volume

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

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

What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


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

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.


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 Mateo County Records, 1851-1991." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. County Clerk, Redwood City.

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 Mateo County Records, 1851-1991.


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 Mateo County Records, 1851-1991.


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