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California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
This article describes a collection of records at
San Francisco, California, 
United States
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Location of San Francisco County, California
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Location of California
Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1824-1997
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
San Francisco Public Library, California

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of records from San Francisco County, California for the years 1824 to 1997. The collection includes the following:

  • General index
  • Alphabetical newspaper clipping file of the "San Francisco Examiner"
  • Death reports
  • Deeds and indexes
  • Marriage certificates, licenses and indexes
  • Naturalization records and indexes
  • Coroner's records
  • Alien registrations, World War I

This collection is being published as images become available.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Naturalization indexes

  • [on 1898 Index Cards only] Precinct (Pr.) and Assembly District (Dist.)
  • The name of registrant
  • Where registrant is living at time of registration
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Nativity (Where born)
  • When and where Naturalized
  • Date of Registration

Probate indexes

  • Full name of individual
  • Deceased, Incompetent, or Minor
  • Volume and Page number

Marriage licenses

  • Name of groom
  • Age of groom
  • Name of bride
  • Age of bride
  • When and where couple was married
  • Names of witnesses

Death reports

  • Name of person reporting case
  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Age, gender, civil status, occupation, and race of deceased
  • Residence
  • Cause of death

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Record Type Record
Affidavits Registration Affidavit of Alien Enemy, 1918
Coroner's Records Register, 1928-1956
Death register, 1906-1915
Death reports, 1907-1926
Recommendations, Jan 1912
Land and Property Records Alcalde Official Notes, 1846
Architect Certificates, 1906-1944
Certificate of Title, 1908-1909
Certified Grants, 1847-1850
Deed Index, 1850-1997
Deeds, 1847-1908
Deeds, water lots 1847-1850
District records, 1847-1849
General index, 1850-1906
Homestead Index, 1906-1934
Land Records, 1849-1850
Land Titles, 1848-1849
Leins, 1905-1906
Maps Index, 1850-1940
Miscellaneous Records, 1847-1901
Mortgagees Index, 1905-1906
Original Grants Miscellaneous Index, 1839-1847
Original Grants, 1839-1849
Patents, 1906-1910
Release of Mortgages, 1902, 1915-1916
Releases of Mortgages Index, 1905-1906
Satisfaction of Mortgages, 1832-1851
Spanish Blotters, 1826-1849
Spanish Records, 1827-1846
Torrens Act Name Register, A-Z, 1908-1929
Torrens Act Particulars and Certificates, 1908-1929
Torrens Act Registration Index, 1916
Transfer of Deed Index, 1846-1848
Transfer of Deeds, 1844-1848
Transter of Deeds (Miscellaneous), 1845-1848
Marriages Marriage Affidavits, 1906-1915
Marriage Certificate Index, 1953-1955
Marriage Certificate Index (Brides), 1905-1975
Marriage Certificate Index (Grooms), 1905-1975
Marriage Certificates, Marriage Licenses, 1918-1936
Marriage Certificates, 1906-1922
Marriage License Index, 1906-1908
Marriage Licenses, 1906, 1914-1920
Marriages, 1865-1967
Naturalization and Citizenship Naturalization Index, 1898-1929
Naturalization Supplement Index, 1873-1944
Restoration of Declarations, 1873-1907
Newspaper Clippings County Recorder Scrapbook, 1900-1904
Examiner Clipping People Index, A-Z, undated
Examiner Clipping Subject Index, c. 1927-1979
Orphans and Orphanages Orphan and Half-Orphan Record Index, 1905-1910
Orphan and Half-Orphan Records, 1905-1910
Probates Probate Index, 1906-1977
Public Records Bonds, 1897-1901
Defendant Index, 1891-1895
Great Register, 1867, 1869, 1873, 1876, 1877
Great Register Index, 1900-1905
Great Register Supplement Index, 1909-1919
Licensed Surveyors, 1891-1935
Miscellaneous Records, 1848-1850
Mission Book, Vol. 5, 1850
Plaintiff Index, 1902-1906

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The name of the person
  • The date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for death or burial information in BillionGraves Index
  • Search for military records
  • If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records as well

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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 a nearby locality
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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