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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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|title=California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991
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| LOC_02 = San Mateo
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| record_type = County Records
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| FS_URL_03 =[[San Mateo County, California Genealogy]]
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| FS_URL_04 =[[California Archives and Libraries]]
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| RW_URL_01 =[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/CA_SanMateo.htm Free Public Records Directory]
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== Image Visibility  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
 
 
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.
 
 
 
== Record Description  ==
 
  
 
The collection primarily includes land records – deeds, patents, and homesteads. However, the following various county records may also be intermixed within the land records:  
 
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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*Military service discharges (1856 to 1965)
 
*Military service discharges (1856 to 1965)
  
The Collection includes records from 1851 to 1991.<br>  
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The collection includes records from 1851 to 1991.<br>  
  
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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===To Browse this Collection===
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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|title=California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991
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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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== 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].
  
{{Collection citation | text= "California, San Mateo County Records, 1855-1991." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing County Clerk, Redwood City.}}
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===Sample Images=== 
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Click on images for a larger view.
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[[California, San Mateo 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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=== Image Visibility ===
  
== Record Content  ==
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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.
  
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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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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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
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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 approximate date of the transaction.
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*The location of the property.
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*The names of others possibly listed on the record.
  
*The names of the primary individuals
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Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor. 
*The approximate date of the transaction
 
*Other identifying information such as the location of the property or names of other interested individuals
 
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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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/1878749/waypoints Browse Page] then:'''<br>
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⇒Select the "County"<br>⇒Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume"
  
To search the collection image by image select:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "County"<br>⇒Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" which takes you to the images
 
  
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.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
Indexes are available on some of these groups of images. If indexes are available, check these for the name first. The indexes are located in individual folders. 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.  
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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When you have located your ancestor’s genealogical 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.
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?===
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*Use the residence and names of the individuals to locate other records such as birth, marriage, death and census records.
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*Use Occupations to find military 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]].
  
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.
 
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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{{Tip|Don't overlook items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. {{FHL|California, Land Record |keywords|disp}}}}
  
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
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*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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== Citing this Collection == 
*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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*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.
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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.  
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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*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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'''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>
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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'''Image Citation'''<br> {{Image_Citation_Link
*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.
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*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.
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*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.
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*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.
 
 
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
 
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, see the attached [[California, San Mateo 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.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://www.californiapublicrecord.com/san-mateo-county-public-records.htm San Mateo County, Free Public Records]
 
*[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/CA_SanMateo.htm Free Public Records Directory]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[California|California]]
 
*[[California Land and Property|California Land and Property]]
 
*[[San Mateo County, California|San Mateo County, California]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
 
 
{{Contributor invite}}
 
 
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1878749/waypoints California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991]
 
 
 
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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== 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 Mateo, California, United States
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Flag of California
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Location of San Mateo, California
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Location of California
Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1851-1991
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


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.

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.

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.

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.

What Can this Collection 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)

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 approximate date of the transaction.
  • The location of the property.
  • The names of others possibly listed on the record.

Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:
⇒Select the "County"
⇒Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume"


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 genealogical 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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the residence and names of the individuals to locate other records such as birth, marriage, death and census records.
  • Use Occupations to find military 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.



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.

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.


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.