City of San José
History Park at Kelley Park
1650 Senter Road
San José, CA 95112
/ Biographical Research Form
Online Photograph collection
City Directories, 1870 1979, San José and selected parts of Santa
Photograph Catalog, 1857 1970s
Probate Records, 1850 1899 for Santa Clara County, original documents
Deeds, 1850 1952 (bulk dates 1850 1906) for Santa Clara County, original
Marriage Licenses, 1849 1946 (bulk dates 1850 1914) for Santa Clara
County, index and? original documents
Wills, 1849 1912 for Santa Clara County, index and? original documents
Sole Trader Ledger for Santa Clara County, married women in business for
themselves from 1854 to 1916
Great Registers, 1867 1904 for Santa Clara County
1867, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1880, 1884, 1886, 1888, 1890, 1892, 1894, 1904
Coroners Inquests, 1850 1930 for Santa Clara County
An index of headstones from San Josés Oakhill Cemetery and Santa
Clara Mission Cemetery. The index includes name, dates and cemetery location.
Record Books from Oakhill Cemetery circa 1860 1910.
Obituaries Index 1879 to 1912
Newspapers on Microfilm
Daily Morning Times, July 1879 December 1881; July December
Morning Times, October 1906 September 1909.
San José Daily City Item, February 1884 March 1885.
San José Herald, September 1876 December 1889; July 1890
December 1896; July 1897 December 1900.
San José Mercury, November 1861 December 1862; August 1869
San José Daily News, March 1885 December 1886.
San José Evening News, January 1887 December 1896; July
1897 December 1936; March 1937 December 1947
Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, over 1,000 local maps for San José
from 1847 to the present, and atlases.
Aerial photographs of Santa Clara Valley from as early as 1931.
Santa Clara County Offices
Clara County Clerk-Recorder
For probate records (1850-1893), see also History
For wills (1849-1912), see also History
For wills (after 1912), see also Santa Clara County
(from 1873), marriage
(from 1851) and death
(from 1873) certificates. Vital
Records and Indices Notes
70 West Hedding Street, East Wing, First floor
San Jose CA 95110
For marriage licences (1849 1946 / bulk dates 1850 1914), see also
See Santa Clara County Archives below for
County Clerk historical records.
See also OTHER below.
Clara County Superior Courtfor wills, probate
and divorce records.
191 N. First Street
San Jose CA 95113
See also OTHER below.
Clara County Medical Examiner/Coroner for death investigation records.
would there be a coroner's report?
850 Thornton Way
San Jose, California 95128
For records (1850 1930), see also History San
Clara County Archives
1875 Senter Road (Senter at Needles)
San Jose, California 95112
"The mission of the Santa Clara County Archives is to collect, preserve,
and make available the historical records of Santa Clara County government."
County Coroner Inquests Collection : 9,300 reports of corner
inquests from 1891 to 1932.
County Map Books Collection : 5,900 maps recorded with the
county dating from circa 1850 to 1957.
County Naturalization Index : 8,000 individuals naturalized
in Santa Clara County courts from 1850 to 1934.
County Photographers' Collection : 57,000 images ...of the
County's activities and development between 1950 and 1993.
County Probate Cases Collection : 2,100 cases heard by the
Probate Court between May 1893 and September 1908, and 144 sets of probate
vouchers that range from 1901 to 1913, and 1965 to 1967.
County Survey Collection : 1,700 surveys ... from the 1890s
until the 1960s.
County Wills Collection : 10,000 wills filed with the County
County Office of Planning Photographs Collection : 1,264
photographs, approximately 3,600 slides and two films...from 1906 to 1980.
General Index of Property Records : all property records
from 1850 to present.
Militia Enrollment : 2,301 men who enrolled in the militia
from 1873 to 1874.
Oaths of Office - Book A : 219 oaths taken by county elected
and appointed officials...1850 to 1854.
Register of Dentists Collection : 94 registrations from 1903
Register of Doctors' Certificates Collection : 478 registrations
from 1916 to 1943.
Other records include:
Great Registers, 1877-1924
Assessor's Office Records, 1912-1945
Board of Supervisors Records, 1861-1965
Cattle Brand registrations: extending pre-statehood
Clerk-Recorder Records, 1840-1982
Controller-Treasuer Records, 1858-1953
Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office Records, 1891-1963
Public Health Department Records, 1940-2006
Registrar of Voters Records, 1916-2010
Superior Court Records, 1880-1975
Tax Collector's Records, 1891-1893
Valley Medical Center Collection, 1956-2003
For more records, see also History San José.
See also OTHER below.
California State Archives
Index to Obituaries, 1877-1901*
Declarations of Intention, 1850-1930*
* Available on microfilm produced by the Genealogical
Society of Utah available at the California State Archives and through
local LDS Family History Centers.
Clara County City/Town Governments
City of Campbell
City of Cupertino
City of Gilroy
City of Milpitas
City of Monte Sereno
City of Morgan Hill
City of Mountain View
City of Palo Alto
City of San Jose
City of Santa Clara
City of Saratoga
City of Sunnyvale
Santa Clara County
Historical and Genealogy Society
2635 Homestead Road (Santa Clara City Library)
Santa Clara, California 95051-5387
Marriages, 1850-54, 1862-1905
Marriage Bride and Groom Indexes, 1960-1985
Death Index, 1940-1995
1930 Census Every Name Index
Early Settler Files Index
SCCHGS Scrapbooks (index)
Santa Clara County Histories (index)
(note: includes name indexes)
Williams Funeral Home Books (index)
Monahan Mortuary (index)
Great Register of Voters: 1867, 1889, 1890, 1892, 1900
Cemetery Indexes: Santa Clara County, Calvary, Gate of Heaven, Los Gatos
Memorial Park, Madronia, Mission City Memorial Park (index),
Oak Hill, Saratoga IOOF (index
and tombstone photos and "several smaller cemeteries."
Tax Rolls: 1853 San Jose, 1873-1881 Delinquent Tax
San Jose City Directories, 1870-1977 (incomplete)
Town Histories: Campbell, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Palo Alto, San Jose,
Santa Clara City, and Saratoga
Pioneers of Santa Clara County
"The purpose of our organization is to collect and preserve articles of
local historic value of pioneer days of Santa Clara County."
Clara County Museums and Societies
Collection...consists of over 25,000 items relating to the history
of Gilroy and the South Santa Clara County area."
"Public backfiles of the Gilroy Dispatch are available...has holdings
for the Dispatch from 1925, and issues of the Gilroy Advocate from 1868
Los Altos Historical Museum
Computer History Museum
Palo Alto Historical Association
Stanford Historical Society
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
History Park at Kelley Park
Mexican Heritage Plaza
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
San Jose Museum of Art
The Tech Museum of Innovation
Basilica of St. Joseph (the oldest parish in California)
Saratoga Historical Museum
20450 Saratoga - Los Gatos Road
Saratoga, CA 95070
Clara County Newspapers, Current
San Jose Mercury News
The Campbell Reporter
New Neighborhood Voice
Los Altos Town Crier
Los Altos Hills
Morgan Hill Times
The Mountain View Voice
Rose Garden Resident
Willow Glen Resident
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