Santa Clara County, California Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png California Gotoarrow.png Santa Clara County

County Courthouse

Quick Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Santa Clara County, California

Parent County

18 February 1850: Santa Clara County was created as an original county. County seat: San Jose [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

May 18, 1931: Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Populated Places

San Jose

Neighboring Counties


Archives and Libraries


Please refer to populated places for individual cemetery information.

Church History and Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records: Gilroy, Los Gatos, Naglee (San Jose), Palo Alto, San Jose and Willow Glen (San Jose).

Court Records


Land and Property


Military History and Records


Probate Records


Vital Records

The website for the Office of the Clerk-Recorder for Santa Clara County has information about how to request birth, death, and marriage records. They have births and deaths after 1873, marriages after 1851.

A considerable number of early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family History Centers



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).