San Joaquin County, California Genealogy

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County Courthouse

San Joaquin County Courthouse
24 S Hunter St #304
PO Box 1968
Stockton, CA 95201
Phone 209.468.8075

County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1851
County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records[1]


Historical Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: San Joaquin County, California

Parent County

18 February 1850: San Joaquin was created as an original county. County seat: Stockton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records



Cherokee Memorial Park Hwy 99 E Harney Lane Lodi, CA 95240 209-334-9613

Park View Cemetery 3661 E. French Camp Rd. Manteca, CA 95336 209-982-1661

San Joaquin Catholic Cemetery Cemetery Lane Stockton, CA 209-466-6202

Stockton Rural Cemetery 2350 Cemetery Lane Stockton, CA 95204 209-465-5213

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

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


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

Church History and Records

Church records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Stockton
  • Tracy
  • Manteca

Court Records

San Joaquin 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





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

Land and Property


For historical maps,search the following free sites:


Early migration routes to and from San Joaquin County, California Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:[3][4]

Military History and Records

The California State Military Museum has a great deal of historical information and links to other military web sites. has Records of California men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867 ($)

Naturalization and Citizenship


One of the members at the Lodi California Family History Center has compiled an index of Lodi-area obituaries from the 1880s to the 2000s. The Lodi Public Library holds a copy of his work as well. An index exists for The Record (Stockton) if you ask the reference librarian at the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library. Neither index is available online at this time, and the papers themselves must be accessed via microfilm.

There may be some information relevant to the county in the California Digital Newspaper Collection, which has newspapers from 1848 through 1922. You can search by keyword, including names, and/or by date.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

California, San Joaquin County Public Library Obituary Index File (FamilySearch Historical Records)



Probate Records


Archives, Libraries and Museums

  1. Stockton-San Joaquin County Library

County Courthouse

Family History Centers


  1. San Joaquin Genealogical Society
  2. San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum


Vital Records



For early marriages see Western States Marriage Index.



Voting Registers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Joaquin County, California. Page 86 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 5 August 2011).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 5 August 2012).