California, San Mateo County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
San Mateo, California, United States
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1851-1991
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Related Websites
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County Clerk, Redwood City


What is in This Collection?

The collection primarily includes land records – deeds, patents, and homesteads. However, the following various county records may also be intermixed within the land records:

  • Marriage intentions (1856 to 1943)
  • Naturalization (1856 to 1930)
  • Military service discharges (1856 to 1965)

The collection includes records from 1851 to 1991.

Image Visibility

Some records, previously available, have been removed from publication to comply with the 1945 year cut-off restriction on all U.S. Army Discharge Records.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records may include:

  • Dates when the transaction occurred, was written up, and was recorded with the county
  • Names of the grantors (sellers), grantees (buyers), witnesses, and sometimes neighbors
  • Ages are seldom given, but a person might be mentioned as a minor
  • Exact relationships (may be included if property was sold or given to heirs during a person’s lifetime)
  • Residences of the grantor and grantee (usually included)
  • Occupations of the grantor and grantee (usually included)
  • Signature or mark (usually an X) of the grantor
  • Legal description of the parcel
  • Amount of consideration (included until the late 1800s)

Collection Content

Sample Images

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of California marriages, click here.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

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

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • 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

Record Finder

Consult the California Research Tips and Strategies and its Record Finder to find other records

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying you sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 4 April 2017. County Clerk, Redwood City.

Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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