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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[California|California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] San Francisco County'' {{Reflist}}
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[California Genealogy|California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] San Francisco County''  
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Guide to '''San Francisco County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
 
[[Image:San francisco fire 1906.JPG|center|637px|San Francisco Fire 1906]]  
 
[[Image:San francisco fire 1906.JPG|center|637px|San Francisco Fire 1906]]  
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*'''Parent county''': Original county<br>
 
*'''Parent county''': Original county<br>
  
*San Francisco County, California '''residents''' may also have records in<br>'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[San Mateo County, California|San Mateo]] &#124;[[Alameda County, California|Alamedia]] &#124; [[Marin County, California|Marin]] &#124;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;
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*San Francisco County, California '''residents''' may also have records in<br>'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[San Mateo County, California Genealogy|San Mateo]] &#124;[[Alameda County, California Genealogy|Alamedia]] &#124; [[Marin County, California Genealogy|Marin]] &#124
  
 
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/sanfrancisco/ San Francisco GenWeb]<br>  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/sanfrancisco/ San Francisco GenWeb]<br>  
 
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/ SFGenealogy]
 
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/ SFGenealogy]
 
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = San Francisco County
 
| county = San Francisco County
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| building address = San Francisco Courthouse<br>400 McAllister Street<br>San Francisco, California, 94102<br>(415) 551-4000  
 
| building address = San Francisco Courthouse<br>400 McAllister Street<br>San Francisco, California, 94102<br>(415) 551-4000  
| web = http://www.ci.sf.ca.us/
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| web = http://www.sfsuperiorcourt.org/
 
| named for = Saint Francis of Assisi
 
| named for = Saint Francis of Assisi
 
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=== County Court House  ===
 
=== County Court House  ===
  
[http://www.ci.sf.ca.us/index.asp San Francisco County Courthouse]<br>1&nbsp;Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place<br>San Francisco, CA 94102<br>Phone 415.554.4950&nbsp;
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[http://www.sfsuperiorcourt.org/ San Francisco County Courthouse]<br>1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place<br>San Francisco, CA 94102<br>Phone 415.554.4950  
  
 
<br>Superior Court Clerk has divorce, probate and court records<br>Counter Recorder has marriage records <br>Department of Public Health has birth records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Francisco County, California. Page 85 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
<br>Superior Court Clerk has divorce, probate and court records<br>Counter Recorder has marriage records <br>Department of Public Health has birth records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Francisco County, California. Page 85 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
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==== Historical Facts  ====
 
==== Historical Facts  ====
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''18 February 1850:''' San Francisco County was created as an original county. '''County seat:''' San Francisco&nbsp;&nbsp;<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''18 February 1850:''' San Francisco County was created as an original county. '''County seat:''' San Francisco <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/california/ "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps"] (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
 
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'''1906:''' Courthouse burned and many records were damaged in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:  
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*[[Burned Counties Research]]
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==== Records Loss  ====
  
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Blogs Ancestry.com]
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'''1906:''' Courthouse and all records were destroyed in the great earthquake and fire of 1906.
  
 
=== [http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Places/Localities]  ===
 
=== [http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Places/Localities]  ===
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Alameda County, California|Alameda]]
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*[[Alameda County, California Genealogy|Alameda]]
  
*[[Marin County,California|Marin]]
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*[[Marin County, California|Marin]]
  
*[[San Mateo County, California|San Mateo]]&nbsp;
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*[[San Mateo County, California Genealogy|San Mateo]]
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
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==== Biography  ====
 
==== Biography  ====
  
==== Cemeteries&nbsp;  ====
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/Schellens-SF-name_0.pdf Schellen's Collection of Historical Materials - Names]
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/schellens-SF-hotel.pdf Schellen's Collection of Historical Materials - Hotels]
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/schellens-SF-saloon.pdf Schellen's Collection of Historical Materials - Saloons]
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*[http://www.smcgs.org/sites/default/files/database_files/schellens-SF-ship.pdf Schellen's Collection of Historical Materials - Ships]
  
'''San Francisco California Area Funeral Home Records''': A free internet index and images to the California, San Francisco Funeral Home Records can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=historical_records FamilySearch Historical Record Collections] website. For a description of the collection see [[San Francisco California Area Funeral Home Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|San Francisco California Area Funeral Home Records]]. <br>
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==== Cemeteries  ====
  
'''A wiki article describing this collection is found at:&nbsp;'''  
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[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/php/cemetery/cemeteryindex.php San Francisco Colma Cemetery Index]&nbsp;- A free, searchable index of more than 305,000 burial records (1887-2001) for the Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma published by SFgenealogy.com.&nbsp;
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=6&GScnty=220&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=220 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cagenweb.com/sanfrancisco/cemeteries.htm CAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+San+Diego+california&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=California&county=San%20Francisco# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sanfrancisco/cemeteries.html CAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/ca/san_francisco.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/california/sanfrancisco.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://californiagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=38 California Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/sfrancem.htm SF Genealogy]
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Church History and Records  ====
 
==== Church History and Records  ====
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{{CA Church Intro}}
  
 
===== LDS Ward and Branch Records  =====
 
===== LDS Ward and Branch Records  =====
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*Sunset (San Francisco)
 
*Sunset (San Francisco)
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*Records of Trinity, Bethlehem, and Ascension Lutheran Church, San Francisco, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
 
==== Directories  ====
 
==== Directories  ====
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Directories (free at the Internet Archive) - &nbsp;[https://archive.org/details/telephonedirecto00amer 1878], [https://archive.org/details/sanfranciscosanf00unse_1 1920]
  
 
[http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] ($) has [http://www.fold3.com/title_471/city_directories_san_francisco/ San Francisco City Directories] 1861-1923 (4 yrs. missing) available online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.  
 
[http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] ($) has [http://www.fold3.com/title_471/city_directories_san_francisco/ San Francisco City Directories] 1861-1923 (4 yrs. missing) available online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.  
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==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
  
==== Disasters &nbsp; ====
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==== Disasters  ====
  
 
'''[[San Francisco Earthquake Victims|Earthquake]]'''  
 
'''[[San Francisco Earthquake Victims|Earthquake]]'''  
  
==== Emigration and Immigration &nbsp; ====
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
  
*[http://www.aiisf.org/ Angel Island Immigration Station] – This site gives the history of the landmark near San Francisco known as the “Ellis Island of the West”. When Angel Island was opened in 1910, it was expected to handle European immigrants headed for California via the Panama Canal. Instead, the facility handled about 250,000 immigrants from Asia, 70 percent of whom were Chinese. While records aren’t searchable here, you will get a good insight into what those who were detained at Angel Island went through to enter the United States. Site provides links to sources that are available for researching ancestors.
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*[http://www.aiisf.org/ Angel Island Immigration Station] – This site gives the history of the landmark near San Francisco known as the “Ellis Island of the West”. When Angel Island was opened in 1910, it was expected to handle European immigrants headed for California via the Panama Canal. Instead, the facility handled about 250,000 immigrants from Asia, 70 percent of whom were Chinese. While records aren't searchable here, you will get a good insight into what those who were detained at Angel Island went through to enter the United States. Site provides links to sources that are available for researching ancestors.
  
 
'''A wiki article describing this collection is found at:'''  
 
'''A wiki article describing this collection is found at:'''  
  
[[California, San Francisco Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Francisco Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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[[California, San Francisco Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, San Francisco Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1928 - 1942''' {{RecordSearch|2427230|California Immigration Registers of Japanese, Filipinos, and Hawaiians at San Francisco, 1928-1942}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1936 - 1949''' {{RecordSearch|2442743|California, San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index, 1936-1949}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1954 - 1957''' {{RecordSearch|2299683|California, San Francisco Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving, 1954-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
 
==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
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[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California,_Genealogical_Collections_at_the_California_Genealogical_Society_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California Genealogical Colleactions at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch HIstorical Records)]  
 
[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California,_Genealogical_Collections_at_the_California_Genealogical_Society_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California Genealogical Colleactions at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch HIstorical Records)]  
  
==== History&nbsp; ====
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Handcock, Nora I. Allenheads Lead Miners in America. History with the names of Miners that went to America in 1849, on the ship The Guy Mannering. Picture of the ship included. Many headed for Galena, or Rockford Illinois, Jamestown, San Francisco, Irish Hollow, one family moving on to Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Names of Miners, Samuel and Maria Vickers, Jacob Nattrass, Joseph &amp; Phoebe Reed, John and Hannah Graham, Thomas and Maria Chatt, the Reed and Lee families, John &amp; Ann (followed later) Hewitson, Thomas Foster, George Philipson, William Dawson, Thomas Noble, Jacob Peart, Henry Bell, Andrew Muir, John and Ann Lee, John Stevenson. Dates 1832-1870 and is found in the Northumberland &amp; Durham Family History Society Journal, vol.37 no.4, pages 28-30, Family History Library Ref. 942.8 B2jo, vol. 37 no.4 <br>
  
==== Land and Property &nbsp; ====
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Jones, Andrew Forsyth. The French Family of Sunderland and the USA. History of the family of Joseph and Mary Ann French with description of their son Joseph French born 1847, Gateshead, and his wife Frances Ann Samuel, born Sunderland, July 1846. Photo included on their golden wedding. The family of Joseph and Frances and all but one of their children emigrate to USA in 1887, and settle in St Paul, Minnesota, and after 5 years move onto San Francisco. Photo of Andrew Forsyth, and Elizabeth nee French in 1903. Other surnames mentioned: Bennett, Forsyth, Douce, Winks, Lundgren. Article dated 1846-1954, and is found in the Northumberland &amp; Durham Family History Society Journal. vol. 32,no.2pages 48-49. Family History Library Ref. 942.8 B2jo vol. 32.no.2.(summer 2007) <br>
  
The Family History Library has copies of original pre-statehood records for San Francisco, 1838 to 1851, on 21 films. These include Spanish grants and early Alcalde deeds. The original records are at the San Francisco County Courthouse. After the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, a law was passed to establish the ownership of land. A claimant filed the proper papers with the superior court, which, if approved, gave him title to the land. These claims are called the McInerney actions. The original records are at the San Francisco County Courthouse. The Family History Library has copies of these claims for the years 1906 to 1984 on 880 microfilm rolls. They are indexed by the name of the plaintiff (claimant).&nbsp;
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=== History  ===
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==== Land and Property  ====
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The Family History Library has copies of original pre-statehood records for San Francisco, 1838 to 1851, on 21 films. These include Spanish grants and early Alcalde deeds. The original records are at the San Francisco County Courthouse. After the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, a law was passed to establish the ownership of land. A claimant filed the proper papers with the superior court, which, if approved, gave him title to the land. These claims are called the McInerney actions. The original records are at the San Francisco County Courthouse. The Family History Library has copies of these claims for the years 1906 to 1984 on 880 microfilm rolls. They are indexed by the name of the plaintiff (claimant).  
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
  
 
For historical maps,search the following free sites:  
 
For historical maps,search the following free sites:  
  
*[http://www.ca.gov/About/Maps/Historical.html Maps-Historical-State of California], the California government's site.&nbsp; Links to American Memory (Library of Congress), California Missions, and the State Library
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*[http://www.ca.gov/About/Maps/Historical.html Maps-Historical-State of California], the California government's site. Links to American Memory (Library of Congress), California Missions, and the State Library
  
 
*[http://alabamamaps.ua.edu/historicalmaps/us_states/california/index.html Historical Maps of California]
 
*[http://alabamamaps.ua.edu/historicalmaps/us_states/california/index.html Historical Maps of California]
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*[http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/california.html California Perry-Castaneda Map Collection]
 
*[http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/california.html California Perry-Castaneda Map Collection]
  
*[http://www.sdc.ucsb.edu/holdings/caltopo.html USGS Topographic Maps of California] topographical maps of California mountains, rivers, etc., try the sites listed at &nbsp;
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*[http://www.sdc.ucsb.edu/holdings/caltopo.html USGS Topographic Maps of California] topographical maps of California mountains, rivers, etc.,
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*[http://goo.gl/maps/uR2XN Map]<span style="line-height: 1.5em;"> showing locations of the mile houses of San Francisco</span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;" />
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*[http://goo.gl/maps/TQdKJ Map] showing locations of Catholic parish churches of San Francisco (1893)
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*[http://goo.gl/maps/aXtcS Map]<span style="line-height: 1.5em;"> showing locations and extent of baptism, marriage and death records of Catholic parish churches of San Francisco (present-day)</span>
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
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Despite the destruction of the 1890 Federal Census, a few 1890 Census Veterans Schedules for Alcatraz in San Francisco County survived. They are available on roll 118 of "Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War" (NARA M123). The schedules list veterans and their widows who served as Union soldiers in the Civil War. For more information on the 1890 Veterans Schedules see [[Union Census Records|Union Census Records]].  
 
Despite the destruction of the 1890 Federal Census, a few 1890 Census Veterans Schedules for Alcatraz in San Francisco County survived. They are available on roll 118 of "Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War" (NARA M123). The schedules list veterans and their widows who served as Union soldiers in the Civil War. For more information on the 1890 Veterans Schedules see [[Union Census Records|Union Census Records]].  
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:- [[1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)|1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)]], Company A
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:- [[1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)|1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)]], Company B
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:- [[1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union)|1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union)]], Company A
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:- [[1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union)|1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union)]], 1st Company E
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:- [[1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union)|1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union)]], New Company E
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:- [[1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union)|1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union)]], Company F
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:- [[1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company B
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:- [[1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company H
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:- [[1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company K
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:- [[2nd Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|2nd Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company E
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:- [[7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company A
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:- [[7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company E
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:- [[7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company F
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:- [[7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company K
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:- [[8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company D
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:- [[8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company E
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:- [[8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company F
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|San_Francisco}}
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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{{CA Probate Intro|San Francisco}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1782 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8639 California Wills and Probate Records 1782-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $ 
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*'''1833 – 1991''' {{RecordSearch|1999181|California Probate Estate Files 1833-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[San Francisco Golden Gate California Family History Center]]
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**San Francisco, California
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
==== Societies  ====
 
==== Societies  ====
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*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/ San Francisco Genealogy] has a full compliment of historical and vital records for San Francisco and surrounding counties.
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*[http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAsP-2BRCFl4Lb2NTJttEBEiQAmj2tbX5VxUr3wg3_J0Uzviv3rDQW9ZcoHUKdDyFYZ9g89x8aAh3f8P8HAQ California Historical Society]
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*[http://www.californiaancestors.org/ California Genealogy Society and Library]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
==== Vital Records &nbsp; ====
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{{CA Tax Intro}}
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==== Vital Records  ====
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{{CA Vital Intro}}
  
 
===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
The San Francisco Department of Public Health has birth records since April 1906. You can obtain an informational copy for a fee by mailing the application ([http://ww2.cdph.ca.gov/pubsforms/forms/CtrldForms/VS111.pdf Birth Application], [http://ww2.cdph.ca.gov/pubsforms/forms/CtrldForms/VS112.pdf Death Application]) with your payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope. As with other California counties, you only need to get the form notarized if you want a certified copy. Informational copies do not need a notary. Mail the application to: San Francisco Public Health Department<br>Office of Vital Records<br>101 Grove St., Room 105<br>San Francisco, CA 94102 <br>
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*[http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/CertifiedCopiesofBirthDeathRecords.aspx San Francisco Department of Public Health] has birth records since April 1906. Instructions and forms are on the link.
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*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/sfranvit.htm SFGenealogy] has San Francisco Vital Records and links to numerous resources.
  
 
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===== Marriage  =====
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The San Francisco Department of Public Health has death records since April 1906. You can obtain an informational copy for a fee by mailing the application ([http://ww2.cdph.ca.gov/pubsforms/forms/CtrldForms/VS111.pdf Birth Application], [http://ww2.cdph.ca.gov/pubsforms/forms/CtrldForms/VS112.pdf Death Application]) with your payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope. As with other California counties, you only need to get the form notarized if you want a certified copy. Informational copies do not need a notary. Mail the application to: San Francisco Public Health Department<br>Office of Vital Records<br>101 Grove St., Room 105<br>San Francisco, CA 94102
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*[http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/CertifiedCopiesofBirthDeathRecords.aspx San Francisco Department of Public Health] has death records since April 1906. Instructions and forms are on the link.
  
https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1385518 San Francisco Funeral Home Records]  
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[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1385518?collectionNameFilter=false San Francisco Funeral Home Records]
  
 
==== Voting Registers  ====
 
==== Voting Registers  ====
  
=== Websites &nbsp; ===
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== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries ==
 
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*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/ San Francisco Genealogy] (''sf''genealogy)
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*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~npmelton/sfc.html Golden Nugget Library]
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'''San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society'''<br>4430 School Way<br>Castro Valley 94546-1331<br>[http://www1.jewishgen.org/sfbajgs/ Website]<br><br>
  
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/sanfrancisco/ San Francisco County CAGenWeb]
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'''San Francisco History Association'''<br> P.O. Box 31907<br> San Francisco, CA 94131<br>Phone: 415-750-9986<br><br>
  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/San_Francisco/ Linkpendium]
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'''San Francisco History Center'''<br> San Francisco Public Library<br>100 Larkin Street<br>San Francisco, CA 94102<br>Phone: 415-557-4567<br>email:[mailto:infor@sfpl.org]<br>[http://sfpl.org/pdf/libraries/main/sfhistory/vitalrecords.pdf Website]<br><br>
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sanfrancisco/sanfrancisco.html USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-society-archive/ List of California Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sanfrancisco/sanfrancisco.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site
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== Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://california-genealogy.com/San-Francisco-County-Genealogy.cfm San Francisco County Genealogy] (California Genealogy) <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/san-francisco-county/ San Francisco County, CA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104090835347610280512 California Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/120538224699188/ California Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/ San Francisco Genealogy] (''sf''genealogy)
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*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~npmelton/sfc.html Golden Nugget Library]
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/sanfrancisco/ San Francisco County CAGenWeb]
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/San_Francisco/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sanfrancisco/sanfrancisco.html USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sanfrancisco/sanfrancisco.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/CA/San-Francisco-County.htm San Francisco County Genealogy] (California Genealogy) <br>
  
 
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:&nbsp;'''  
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
  
 
*[[California, Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[California, Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch Historical Records)|California, Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California,_San_Francisco_County_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California, San Francisco County Records(FamilySearch Historical Records)&nbsp;]
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*[http://www.familytree101.com/california/san-francisco-county.html San Francisco County, CA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Familytree101)
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*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California,_San_Francisco_County_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) California, San Francisco County Records(FamilySearch Historical Records)]
  
 
=== References  ===
 
=== References  ===

Latest revision as of 22:31, 22 May 2016

United States go to California go to San Francisco County

Guide to San Francisco County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

San Francisco Fire 1906
Dates for major county records 
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1906-present
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San Francisco County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting San Francisco County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 18, 1850
County Seat San Francisco
Courthouse
Sfcityhall.jpeg
Address San Francisco Courthouse
400 McAllister Street
San Francisco, California, 94102
(415) 551-4000
Website: www.sfsuperiorcourt.org
Named for: Saint Francis of Assisi


County Court House

CaliforniaSanFranciscoCourthouse.jpg

San Francisco County Courthouse
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone 415.554.4950


Superior Court Clerk has divorce, probate and court records
Counter Recorder has marriage records
Department of Public Health has birth records[1]


Historical Facts

Parent County

18 February 1850: San Francisco County was created as an original county. County seat: San Francisco [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps" (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Records Loss

1906: Courthouse and all records were destroyed in the great earthquake and fire of 1906.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Archives and Libraries

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
CAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
CAGenWeb Archives Interment.net
Tombstone Project
California Gravestones
Billion Graves
SF Genealogy
See California Cemeteries for more information.

Census

For tips on accessing San Francisco County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.

1850 (1851) for the county is missing.

Church History and Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about California denominations, view the California Church Records wiki page.

LDS Ward and Branch Records
  • Balboa
  • Mission
  • San Francisco
  • Sunset (San Francisco)
Lutheran
  • Records of Trinity, Bethlehem, and Ascension Lutheran Church, San Francisco, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Directories

Directories (free at the Internet Archive) -  1878, 1920

Fold3.com ($) has San Francisco City Directories 1861-1923 (4 yrs. missing) available online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

Court Records

Disasters

Earthquake

Emigration and Immigration

  • Angel Island Immigration Station – This site gives the history of the landmark near San Francisco known as the “Ellis Island of the West”. When Angel Island was opened in 1910, it was expected to handle European immigrants headed for California via the Panama Canal. Instead, the facility handled about 250,000 immigrants from Asia, 70 percent of whom were Chinese. While records aren't searchable here, you will get a good insight into what those who were detained at Angel Island went through to enter the United States. Site provides links to sources that are available for researching ancestors.

A wiki article describing this collection is found at:

California, San Francisco Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Online Records

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

California Genealogical Colleactions at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch HIstorical Records)

Handcock, Nora I. Allenheads Lead Miners in America. History with the names of Miners that went to America in 1849, on the ship The Guy Mannering. Picture of the ship included. Many headed for Galena, or Rockford Illinois, Jamestown, San Francisco, Irish Hollow, one family moving on to Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Names of Miners, Samuel and Maria Vickers, Jacob Nattrass, Joseph & Phoebe Reed, John and Hannah Graham, Thomas and Maria Chatt, the Reed and Lee families, John & Ann (followed later) Hewitson, Thomas Foster, George Philipson, William Dawson, Thomas Noble, Jacob Peart, Henry Bell, Andrew Muir, John and Ann Lee, John Stevenson. Dates 1832-1870 and is found in the Northumberland & Durham Family History Society Journal, vol.37 no.4, pages 28-30, Family History Library Ref. 942.8 B2jo, vol. 37 no.4

Jones, Andrew Forsyth. The French Family of Sunderland and the USA. History of the family of Joseph and Mary Ann French with description of their son Joseph French born 1847, Gateshead, and his wife Frances Ann Samuel, born Sunderland, July 1846. Photo included on their golden wedding. The family of Joseph and Frances and all but one of their children emigrate to USA in 1887, and settle in St Paul, Minnesota, and after 5 years move onto San Francisco. Photo of Andrew Forsyth, and Elizabeth nee French in 1903. Other surnames mentioned: Bennett, Forsyth, Douce, Winks, Lundgren. Article dated 1846-1954, and is found in the Northumberland & Durham Family History Society Journal. vol. 32,no.2pages 48-49. Family History Library Ref. 942.8 B2jo vol. 32.no.2.(summer 2007)

History

Local histories are available for San Francisco County, California Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section California Local Histories.

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See California Land and Property for additional information about early California land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

The Family History Library has copies of original pre-statehood records for San Francisco, 1838 to 1851, on 21 films. These include Spanish grants and early Alcalde deeds. The original records are at the San Francisco County Courthouse. After the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, a law was passed to establish the ownership of land. A claimant filed the proper papers with the superior court, which, if approved, gave him title to the land. These claims are called the McInerney actions. The original records are at the San Francisco County Courthouse. The Family History Library has copies of these claims for the years 1906 to 1984 on 880 microfilm rolls. They are indexed by the name of the plaintiff (claimant).

Maps

For historical maps,search the following free sites:


For some Custom Google Maps of San Francisco Mile Houses and Catholic Parishes in the city:

  • Map showing locations of the mile houses of San Francisco
  • Map showing locations of Catholic parish churches of San Francisco (1893)
  • Map showing locations and extent of baptism, marriage and death records of Catholic parish churches of San Francisco (present-day)

Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War

Despite the destruction of the 1890 Federal Census, a few 1890 Census Veterans Schedules for Alcatraz in San Francisco County survived. They are available on roll 118 of "Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War" (NARA M123). The schedules list veterans and their widows who served as Union soldiers in the Civil War. For more information on the 1890 Veterans Schedules see Union Census Records.

Regiments. Service men in San Francisco County, California Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in San Francisco County, California Genealogy:


- 1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union), Company A
- 1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union), Company B
- 1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union), Company A
- 1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union), 1st Company E
- 1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union), New Company E
- 1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union), Company F
- 1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company B
- 1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company H
- 1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company K
- 2nd Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company E
- 7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company A
- 7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company E
- 7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company F
- 7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company K
- 8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company D
- 8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company E
- 8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company F

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as San Francisco County, California Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate Records

The county clerk is usually the custodian of probate records. The records include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

You can obtain copies of the original probate records (such as wills and estate files) by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - San Francisco - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums
County Courthouse
Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Societies

Taxation

California tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page California Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records. The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder.

Birth
Marriage
Divorce
Death

San Francisco Funeral Home Records

Voting Registers

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
4430 School Way
Castro Valley 94546-1331
Website

San Francisco History Association
P.O. Box 31907
San Francisco, CA 94131
Phone: 415-750-9986

San Francisco History Center
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-557-4567
email:[1]
Website

Web Sites


Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Francisco County, California. Page 85 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).