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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[California|California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Santa Clara County''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[California|California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Santa Clara County''  
  
=== County Courthouse  ===
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Guide to '''Santa Clara County California genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
=== Quick Facts  ===
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Santa Clara County
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| county_map = California Santa Clara Map.png
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| state = California
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| founded year = 1850
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| founded date = February 18
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| seat = San Joes
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| building address = Santa Clara County Courthouse<br>70 W Hedding St 1st Floor<br>San Jose, CA 95110-1768<br>Phone: 408.299.2481&nbsp;<br>[http://www.sccgov.org/sites/scc/Pages/default.aspx  '''Santa Clara County Website'''] }}
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=== ''County Courthouse''  ===
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''[http://www.sccgov.org/sites/scc/Pages/default.aspx Santa Clara County Courthouse]<br>70 W Hedding St 1st Floor<br>San Jose, CA 95110-1768<br>Phone: 408.299.2481&nbsp;<br>''
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''County Recorder has birth and death records from 1873&nbsp; <br>Recorder has birth and death records from 1873, <br>marriage records from 1850, land records from&nbsp;1846<br>and military records from1920&nbsp; County Clerk has divorce, <br>probate and naturalization records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Santa Clara County, California. Page 87{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>''
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=== Historical Facts  ===
  
 
{{Wikipedia|Santa Clara County, California}}  
 
{{Wikipedia|Santa Clara County, California}}  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/california/ "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps"] (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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==== Records Loss  ====
  
'''May 18, 1931:''' Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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'''May 18, 1931:''' Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. For a list of record loss in California counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-counties/#courthouse California Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:  
 
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
=== Archives and Libraries ===
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=== Bible Records  ===
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=== Biography ===
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
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*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/santaclara/sccemetery.htm Santa Clara County] list of cemeteries
 
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/santaclara/sccemetery.htm Santa Clara County] list of cemeteries
  
Please refer to '''populated places''' for individual cemetery information.  
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Invididual Cemeteries:<br>
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BillionGraves:
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=11896 Alta Mesa Cemetery, Palo Alto]
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=11787 Madronia Cemetery, Saratoga]
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=11886 Santa Clara Cemetery, Santa Clara]
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148629 Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, San Jose]
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<br>Please refer to '''populated places''' for individual cemetery information.  
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=== Census  ===
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{{Census|California}}
  
 
=== Church History and Records  ===
 
=== Church History and Records  ===
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records: Gilroy, Los Gatos, Naglee (San Jose), Palo Alto, San Jose and Willow Glen (San Jose).  
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{{CA Church Intro}}
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LDS Ward and Branch Records: Gilroy, Los Gatos, Naglee (San Jose), Palo Alto, San Jose and Willow Glen (San Jose).
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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=== Crime and Criminals  ===
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=== Directories  ===
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=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ===
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==== Germans  ====
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=== Gazetteers  ===
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=== Genealogy  ===
  
 
=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
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{{CA History Intro}}
  
 
=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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{{CA Land Intro}}
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
  
=== Military History and Records  ===
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[[Image:Casantaclara.png|center|400px]]
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=== Migration  ===
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=== Military History and Records ===
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==== Civil War ====
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:- [[1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)|1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)]], Company A
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:- [[1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company D
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:- [[1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union)|1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union)]], New Company E
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:- [[8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company C
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
  
=== Probate Records ===
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Santa_Clara}}
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=== Obituaries  ===
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=== Periodicals ===
  
=== Taxation  ===
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=== Probate Records ===
  
=== Vital Records ===
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{{CA Probate Intro|Santa Clara}}
  
The website for the [http://www.clerkrecorder.org/portal/site/rec/ Office of the Clerk-Recorder] for Santa Clara County has information about how to request birth, death, and marriage records. They have births and deaths after 1873, marriages after 1851.
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=== Repositories  ===
  
A considerable number of early marriages are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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==== Archives, Libraries and Museums  ====
  
== Societies, Libraries and Museums ==
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==== County Courthouse ====
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
*[[Los Altos California Family History Center]]  
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*[[Los Altos California Family History Center]]<br>
**Los Altos, California
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*[[Milpitas California Family History Center]] (San Jose)
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*[[San Jose California Family History Center]]
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*[[Santa Clara California Family History Center]]<br>
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=== Societies  ===
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=== Taxation ===
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{{CA Tax Intro}}
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=== Vital Records  ===
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{{CA Vital Intro}}
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-vital-records/ How to order California Vital Records]
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==== Birth  ====
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The website for the [http://www.clerkrecorder.org/portal/site/rec/ Office of the Clerk-Recorder] for Santa Clara County has information about how to request birth records. They have births after 1873.
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==== Marriage  ====
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The website for the [http://www.clerkrecorder.org/portal/site/rec/ Office of the Clerk-Recorder] for Santa Clara County has information about how to request marriage records. They have marriages after 1851.
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A considerable number of early marriages are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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==== Divorce  ====
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==== Death  ====
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The website for the [http://www.clerkrecorder.org/portal/site/rec/ Office of the Clerk-Recorder] for Santa Clara County has information about how to request death records. They have deaths after 1873.
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=== Voting Registers  ===
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== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-society-archive/ List of California Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
  
== Websites ==
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== Web Sites ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/santa-clara-county/ Santa Clara County, CA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104090835347610280512 California Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/120538224699188/ California Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santaclara/ Santa Clara County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santaclara/ Santa Clara County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Santa_Clara/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Santa_Clara/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santaclara/santaclara.html USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santaclara/santaclara.html USGenWeb Archives]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ca/santaclara/santaclara.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santaclara/santaclara.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
 
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*{{FHL|206920|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
  
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Guide to Santa Clara County California genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Santa Clara County, California
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Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 18, 1850
County Seat San Joes
Courthouse
Address Santa Clara County Courthouse
70 W Hedding St 1st Floor
San Jose, CA 95110-1768
Phone: 408.299.2481 
Santa Clara County Website


County Courthouse

Santa Clara County Courthouse
70 W Hedding St 1st Floor
San Jose, CA 95110-1768
Phone: 408.299.2481 

County Recorder has birth and death records from 1873 
Recorder has birth and death records from 1873,
marriage records from 1850, land records from 1846
and military records from1920  County Clerk has divorce,
probate and naturalization records[1]


Historical Facts

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Santa Clara County, California

Parent County

18 February 1850: Santa Clara County was created as an original county. County seat: San Jose [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps" (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Records Loss

May 18, 1931: Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. For a list of record loss in California counties see: California Counties with Burned Courthouses

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

San Jose

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Invididual Cemeteries:

BillionGraves:


Please refer to populated places for individual cemetery information.

Census

For tips on accessing Santa Clara 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records: Gilroy, Los Gatos, Naglee (San Jose), Palo Alto, San Jose and Willow Glen (San Jose).

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Santa Clara 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.

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.

Maps

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Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara County, California Genealogy:

- 1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union), Company A
- 1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company D
- 1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union), New Company E
- 8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company C

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Periodicals

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 - Santa Clara - Probate records.

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums

County Courthouse

Family History Centers

Societies

Taxation

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. See also How to order California Vital Records

Birth

The website for the Office of the Clerk-Recorder for Santa Clara County has information about how to request birth records. They have births after 1873.

Marriage

The website for the Office of the Clerk-Recorder for Santa Clara County has information about how to request marriage records. They have marriages after 1851.

A considerable number of early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Divorce

Death

The website for the Office of the Clerk-Recorder for Santa Clara County has information about how to request death records. They have deaths after 1873.

Voting Registers

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Santa Clara County, California. Page 87At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).