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California, San Francisco area funeral home records, 1835-1931

Manuscript/Manuscript on Digital Images
  • English
  • French
  • German
Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2007

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To view digital images of these California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, click here. Not available on microfilm.

Digital images of originals housed at the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco History & Archive Center, San Francisco, California.

N. Gray and Company (originally known as N. Gray Undertakers) was founded in San Francisco in 1850 by Nathanial Gray. Originally located on Geary and Divisadero Streets, it was destroyed by the 1906 San Francisco fire, and rebuilt at 1123 Sutter Street, with other branches at other locations. In 1980, N. Gray and Co. (San Francisco) merged with Halsted and Co. Undertakers, to become the Halsted-N. Gray Mortuary. In 1985, it merged with Carew & English Undertakers, and is now known as Halsted N. Gray - Carew & English. Another branch of N. Gray & Co. was established in Burlingame, San Mateo County on the San Francisco Peninsula. In 1945, it merged with the Crosby Mortuary of Burlingame, to become Crosby-N. Gray and Co. The N. Gray & Co. Funeral Records collection includes records of the Burlingame and San Francisco branches, and records of associated funeral firms located at the same address: Godeau Funeral Service (also known as Julius S. Godeau and J.S. Godeau) branches in San Francisco and Stockton, Geo. [George] H. Clark Funeral Home, Clark & Booth Funeral Directors, H.F. Suhr & Co., Quong Fook Sang, Kremple & Halsted Undertakers, Halsted & Co., W.P. Petersen & Co., H.W. Gantner later known as Gantner Brothers, and others. The Geo. H. Clark Co. began in Sacramento, California, and had another branch in San Francisco. Geo. H. Clark became Clark & Booth Co. [AL. P. Booth] in 1899, then merged with the N. Gray & Co. in 1905. All served the San Francisco Bay area.

This project was indexed in partnership with the California Genealogical Society and Library. Name index and images of funeral home records from the Halsted N. Gray - Carew & English Mortuary Collection, located at the San Francisco Public Library. Images for all years in collection can be browsed, but name index currently covers only years 1896-1931. Collection includes a number of different funeral homes acquired over time by the Halsted N. Gray - Carew & English Mortuary company, most from the San Francisco area, but also including some from Burlingame, Stockton, and Sacramento. The collection includes funeral register books, burial registers, account books, case books, etc. Indexes appear at the beginning of some volumes.

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