California, San Francisco County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
San Francisco, California, United States
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Location of San Francisco County, California
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1824-1997
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What Is in the Collection?

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

This collection is being published as images become available.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Naturalization indexes generally include the following:

  • 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 generally include the following:

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


Marriage licenses generally include the following:

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


Death reports generally include the following:

  • 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

Coverage Map

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

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How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The age or 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 Record Category
  2. Select Record Type, Volume, and Year Range

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.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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 at the [URL to custodian (space) Custodian Name].

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



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. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the infobox above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Known Issues With This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 7 July 2017. San Francisco Public Library.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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