Alameda County, California Genealogy

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Guide to Alameda County California genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Alameda County, California
Map of California highlighting Alameda County
Location in the state of California
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Location of California in the U.S.
Founded March 25, 1853
County Seat Pleasanton
Address Alameda County Courthouse
1106 Madison St; Rm 101
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone 510-272-6362
Alameda County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage records from 1854, probate,divorce,court and land records, birth records 1919-1988 (some from 1873) and death records 1905-1988 some from 1876[1]


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records

Boundry Changes

"Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps" (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the website.



Alameda County Genealogy has a list of cemeteries with links to sites with informaion about the Alameda County cemeteries.

DUBLIN: Dublin Cemetery 925-452-2100 6600 Donlon Way

EL CERRITO: Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary 510-525-5111 101 Colusa Ave

FREMONT: Cedar Lawn Cemetary 48800 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont, California. Phone: 408-263-2868 & 510-656-5565

FREMONT /IRVINGTON: Irvington Memorial Cemetery 41001 Chapel Way, Fremont, California. Phone:510-656-5800

HAYWARD: Lone Tree Cemetery, 24591 Fairview Ave, Hayward, CA 94541, Phone: (510) 582-1274, Located in the lower foothills of Hayward /Fairview township, at the Junction of Hansen Rd & Fairview Ave. Very old burials, since 1868, as well as current. Mausoleum, cremation, and ground burials, private family mausoleums. Probably open daily. Closed overnight.

HAYWARD: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, (510) 581-2488 1051 Harder Rd (Southern part of Hayward). BillionGraves Google map, headstone photos, searchable database.

Hayward / UNION CITY: Chapel of the Chimes: (510)471-3363 (24 hr service) 32992 Mission Blvd 94544. Mausoleum, cremation and ground burials. Large, old cemetary, current burials.

LIVERMORE: Roselawn Cemetery & Crematorium 510-581-1206 1240 N. Livermore Ave. Ground burials & urn garden.

OAKLAND: Mountain View Cemetery, 510-658-2588 5000 Piedmont Ave, founded 1863. Cremation, gound, mausoleum. Cemetery website BillionGraves page for cemetery, with photos, Google map, and searchable database. The Saint Mary's Cemetery in Oakland has also been photographed for BillionGraves.

SUNNYVALE: Skylawn Memorial Park-Bal Ling Yuan 510-475-8638 433 East El Camino Real.

The following web sites have entries for people buried in Alameda County. None have complete lists:

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Alameda, California, look at the list of records for Cemeteries. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.


For tips on accessing Alameda County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.

Church History and Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about California denominations, view the California Church Records wiki page.

Churches in Alameda County California, list by Genealogy Trails with some addresses and phone numbers

Alameda Churches, short list but with links to transcriptions of some records

Church records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level. Search the Family History Library Catalog Place Search for the appropriate town in Alameda County.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Alameda
  • Berkeley
  • Berkeley 1
  • Berkeley 2
  • Carquinez
  • Claremont
  • Dimond (Oakland)
  • Eastmont
  • Elmhurst (Oakland)
  • Hayward
  • Martinez
  • Maxwell Park (Oakland)
  • Napa
  • Oakland
  • Richmond
  • San Leandro

Court Records

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Civil Court Records, with links to the locations where records may be examined.

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Small Claims lists locations of Small Claims Courts.

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Criminal Division,"The Criminal Division is unable to do any extensive research over the telephone. Searching records or files longer than 10 minutes requires a $15.00 search fee and such requests must be made in writing or in person. All written requests must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped return envelope. If you are requesting a certified copy, also include $0.50 for each copy plus $15.00 for the document certification."

Alameda County Court Directory gives addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and links to the courts web sites and online resources..

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups



A wiki article describing an onliine collection is found  at:

California, Genealogical Collections at the California Genealogical Society (FamilySearch HIstorical Records)

Also see the Societies section, below.


Google Books has some books about the history and people in Alameda County, California. Try various search terms, including the names of people. Books designated with "Full view" can be read online.

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Alameda County, California, look at the list of records for History and History - Indexes.  Films can be sent to family history centers.  Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Alameda County, California Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section California Local Histories.

  • History of Alameda County, California: including its geology, topography, soil, and productions: together with a full and particular record of the Spanish grants...1883, by M. W. Wood. Digitized book online from
  • The centennial year book of Alameda County, California: containing a summary of the discovery and settlement of California ... also, a gazetteer of each township, useful local and general statistical information, appropriate for the present time, to which are added biographical sketches of prominent pioneers and public men 1876, by William Halley. Digitized book online from
  • Past and present of Alameda County, California, 1914, 2 volumes, by Joseph Eugene Baker. Digitized book online from Volume 1 Volume 2
  • The Patterson family and ranch: southern Alameda County in transition: oral history transcript, 1988, 3 volumes. Digitized book online from Volume1 Volume 2 Volume 3
  • History of Washington Township, Alameda County, California, 1904. Digitized book online from

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See California Land and Property for additional information about early California land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Clerk-Recorder's Office has records prior to 1969 on film that must be searched there.  From 1969 to the present, the records are online.

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Alameda County, California, look at the list of records for Land and property and Land and property - Maps. Films can be sent to family history centers. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.


For historical maps,search the following free sites:

Maps-Historical-Sate of California, the Carlifornia government's site.  Links to American Memory (Library of Congress), California Missions, and the State Library

Historical Maps of California

California Maps - HSU Library, also lists and links to gazetteers

David Rumsey Collection for Alameda, California

Perry-Castaneda Map Collection for California



Military History and Records

The California State Military Museum has a great deal of historical information and links to other military web sites.

Civil War has Records of California men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867

Regiments. Service men in Alameda County, California Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Alameda County, California Genealogy:

- 1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union), Company A

Naturalization and Citizenship


  • The California Digital Newspaper Collection has newspapers from 1848 through 1922.  You can search by keyword, including names, and/or by date.
  • The major newspaper published in Alameda county is The Oakland Tribune, which has been published under variations of the current name since 1874. has broken runs from 1874 to 1977.
  • Berkeley Daily Gazette - more than 8,000 issues spanning 1911-1946 freely available in Google Newspaper Archive.

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Alameda County, California Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



Probate Records

The county clerk is usually the custodian of probate records. The records include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

You can obtain copies of the original probate records (such as wills and estate files) by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - Alameda - Probate records.


Archives, Libraries and Museums

Public, college, and university libraries in Alameda County lists the libraries with links to their web sites

California State Library - Sutro, Sutro Library, 480 Winston Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132, phone: (415) 731-4477

Livermore and Pleasanton Public Libraries & LDS Family History Centers

Alameda County Law Library

Alameda County Library, Dublin Library (Online Archive of California)

Livermore Heritage Guild "collects and preserves historical artifacts, is an information resource for those who are interested in the history of Livermore and assists those searching for family background. "

Alameda Free Library located on Oak Street in Alameda, California.

County Courthouse

Alameda County's official website 1225 Fallon St. Oakland, CA 94612

California's Living New Deal Project has information about the Alameda County Courthouse, including photos and a street map.

Family History Centers


Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society serves the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin and surrounding areas in the Livermore and Amador Valleys of southeastern Alameda County, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hayward Area Historical Society preserves the history of the Hayward, Castro Valley, and San Lorenzo area.

California Genealogical Society and Library, located in Oakland, is rich in genealogy reference materials, both standard and unique, covering people and places in California and the rest of the country.

East Bay Genalogical Society - serves Bay Area East Bay genealogy enthusiasts. Monthly meetings are held at the Oakland FamilySearch Library on the 2nd Wednesday at 10am.

Hayward Area Genealogical Society serves local genealogy enthusiasts. Monthly meetings are held at the San Lorenzo Library on the 4th Tuesday at 6:30pm

Macintosh Genealogical Society serves Mac users who are also genealogy enthusiasts. Monthly meetings are held at the Oakland FamilySearch Library in Oakland, California on the 4th Saturday at 1:30pm.

San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society serves local genealogy enthusiasts. Monthly meetings are held at the Danville Family History Center in Alamo, California on the 3rd Tuesday at 10am.


California tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page California Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records. The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder.


Copies of Birth Certificates can be obtained at:
Alameda County Clerk Recorder - Vital Records
1106 Madison Street, Room 121
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone:  510-272-6362


Copies of Marriage Certificates can be obtained at:
Alameda County Clerk Recorder - Vital Records
1106 Madison Street, Room 121
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone:  510-272-6362


Divorce papers are filed at:

Alameda County Superior Court
1225 Fallon Street, Room 209
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone:  510-208-4900


Copies of Death Certificates can be obtained at:
Alameda County Clerk Recorder - Vital Records
1106 Madison Street, Room 121
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone:  510-272-6362

Voting Registers


A wiki article describing this collection is found at:


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alameda County, California. Page 84 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.