San Francisco County, California Genealogy
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- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 Quick Facts
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
1850: San Francisco County was created 18 February as an original county. County seat: San Francisco 
1906: Courthouse burned and many records were damaged in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
San Francisco California Area Funeral Home Records: A free internet index and images to the California, San Francisco Funeral Home Records can be viewed on the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections website. For a description of the collection see San Francisco California Area Funeral Home Records.
1850 (1851) for the county is missing.
LDS Ward and Branch Records
- San Francisco
- Sunset (San Francisco)
Emigration and Immigration
Angels Island Immigration Station - This site gives the history of the Landmark near San Francisco that was known as the “Ellis Island of the West”. When Angels Island was opened in 1910, it was expected to handle European immigrants headed for California via the Panama Canal. Instead, the facility handled about 250,000 immigrants from Asia, 70 percent of them were Chinese. While records aren’t searchable here, you will get a good insight into what those who were detained at Angels Island went through to enter the United States. Site provides links to sources that are available for researching ancestors.
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
• California Maps - HSU Library, also lists and links to gazetteers
For topographical maps of California mountains, rivers, etc., try the sites listed at USGS Topographic Maps of California.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health has birth and death records since April 1906. You can obtain an informational copy for a fee by mailing the application (Birth Application, Death Application) with your payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope. As with other California counties, you only need to get the form notarized if you want a certified copy. Informational copies do not need a notary. Mail the application to:
San Francisco Public Health Department
Office of Vital Records
101 Grove St., Room 105
San Francisco, CA 94102
Societies and Libraries
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).