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Guide to '''Santa Clara County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. <br><br> {{Click|Image:CA_ORP.png|California Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County  
 
| county = Santa Clara County  
 
| county = Santa Clara County  
 
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| founded date = February 18
 
| founded date = February 18
 
| seat = San Joes  
 
| 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'''] }}  
 
| 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 Information  ===
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==== Santa Clara County, California Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 62-75. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref> </center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Santa Clara County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Santa Clara County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Santa Clara County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Santa Clara County, California Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Santa Clara County, California Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Santa Clara County, California Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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=== ''County Courthouse''  ===
 
=== ''County Courthouse''  ===
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''18 February 1850:''' Santa Clara County was created as an original county. '''County seat:''' San Jose <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''18 February 1850:''' Santa Clara County was created as an original county. '''County seat:''' San Jose <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Description ====
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The county was named for Saint Clare of Assisi, Italy. The county seat San Jose and the county was created 1850. <ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Santa Clara County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sclara/#.WRDWYuUrKM8 05/08/2017.</ref>The County is located in the west central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Santa Clara County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Clara_County,_California 05/08/2017.</ref>
  
 
==== 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.  
 
 
'''May 18, 1931:''' Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
 
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
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==== Records Loss  ====
  
*[[Burned Counties Research]] <br>
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'''May 18, 1931:''' A fire quickly spread through the courthouse, causing extensive damage.
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424]
 
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Alameda County, California|Alameda]]  
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*[[Alameda County, California Genealogy|Alameda]]  
*[[Merced County, California|Merced]]  
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*[[Merced County, California Genealogy|Merced]]  
*[[Monterey County, California|Monterey]]  
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*[[Monterey County, California Genealogy|Monterey]]  
*[[San Benito County, California|San Benito]]  
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*[[San Benito County, California Genealogy|San Benito]]  
*[[San Joaquin County, California|San Joaquin]]  
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*[[San Joaquin County, California Genealogy|San Joaquin]]  
*[[San Mateo County, California|San Mateo]]  
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*[[San Mateo County, California Genealogy|San Mateo]]  
*[[Santa Cruz County, California|Santa Cruz]]  
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*[[Santa Cruz County, California Genealogy|Santa Cruz]]  
*[[Stanislaus County, California|Stanislaus]]
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*[[Stanislaus County, California Genealogy|Stanislaus]]
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=== Resources  ===
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biography  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sclara/bioindex.html Index to Santa Clara County Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santaclara/bios.html Index to Santa Clara County Biographies] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santaclara/bioindex.shtml Index to Santa Clara County Published Biographies] (CAGenWeb Project)
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{CA Cemeteries Intro|Santa Clara }}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Santa Clara, California''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=6&GScnty=225&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santaclara/cemeteries.shtml California GenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santaclara/cemeteries.html California Genweb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/california/santaclara.html Tombstone Project]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|447743|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
  
== Resources  ==
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Santa+Clara+California&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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=== Bible Records  ===
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=225 Findagrave.com]
  
=== Biography  ===
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=California&county=Santa%20Clara&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
=== Cemeteries  ===
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*[https://www.deathindexes.com/california/ California's Genealogy Guide for Finding Obituaries, Cemetery Burials and Death Records]
  
*[http://www.sfgenealogy.com/santaclara/sccemetery.htm Santa Clara County] list of cemeteries
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/california-genealogy Santa Clara California Cemetery Records]
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Invididual Cemeteries:<br>
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The following web sites may have additional information on Santa Clara  County cemeteries.
  
BillionGraves:  
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/CA/index.htm Interment.net] California cemetery records by County.
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=11896 Alta Mesa Cemetery, Palo Alto]
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*1850 - 1960 - {{RecordSearch|1985807|California Cemetery Transcriptions, 1850-1960}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=11787 Madronia Cemetery, Saratoga]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=11886 Santa Clara Cemetery, Santa Clara]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148629 Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, San Jose]
 
  
<br>Please refer to '''populated places''' for individual cemetery information.
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==== Census  ====
  
=== Census ===
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{{Census|California}}
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*'''1870''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santaclara/census.html Index to Santa Clara County Census Records by Township] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
{{Census|California}}
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==== Church History and Records  ====
  
=== Church History and Records  ===
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{{CA Church Intro}}
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records: Gilroy, Los Gatos, Naglee (San Jose), Palo Alto, San Jose and Willow Glen (San Jose).  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records: Gilroy, Los Gatos, Naglee (San Jose), Palo Alto, San Jose and Willow Glen (San Jose).  
  
=== Court Records  ===
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==== Court Records  ====
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==== Crime and Criminals  ====
  
=== Crime and Criminals ===
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==== Directories ====
  
=== Directories ===
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==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups ====
  
=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups ===
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===== Germans =====
  
==== Germans ====
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==== Gazetteers ====
  
=== Gazetteers ===
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==== Genealogy ====
  
=== Genealogy ===
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==== History ====
  
=== History ===
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{{CA History Intro}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santaclara/history.html Index to Santa Clara County History Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
=== Land and Property  ===
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==== Land and Property  ====
  
=== Maps  ===
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{{CA Land Intro}}
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santaclara/landgrants.shtml Santa Clara County Land Grants] (CAGenWeb Project)
  
=== Migration ===
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=== Military History and Records  ===
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
  
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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[[Image:Casantaclara.png|center|200px|Casantaclara.png]]
  
=== Newspapers ===
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==== Migration ====
  
=== Obituaries ===
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==== Military History and Records ====
  
=== Periodicals ===
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===== Civil War =====
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{{VAciv}}
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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
  
=== Probate Records ===
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*'''1883''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sclara/1883pensioners.html Santa Clara County, California - List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1884, 1886''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santaclara/military.html Civil War Veterans Rosters, G.A.R. Post Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sclara/WI_civil_war_buried.html Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Buried in San Jose, California] (Genealogy Trails)
  
=== Repositories  ===
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===== World War II =====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santaclara/military.html Index of World War II Army Enlistees, Santa Clara County, California] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== Archives, Libraries and Museums ====
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
  
==== County Courthouse ====
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==== Newspapers ====
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Santa_Clara}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sclara/obitindex.html Index to Santa Clara County Obituaries] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santaclara/obits.html Index to Santa Clara County Obituaries] (USGenWeb Archives)
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{{CA Probate Intro|Santa Clara}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1782 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8639 California Wills and Probate Records 1782-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $ 
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*'''1833 – 1991''' {{RecordSearch|1999181|California Probate Estate Files 1833-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
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===== County Courthouse  =====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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*[[Santa Clara California Family History Center]]<br>
 
*[[Santa Clara California Family History Center]]<br>
  
=== Societies  ===
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==== Societies  ====
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==== Taxation  ====
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{{CA Tax Intro}}
  
=== Taxation ===
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==== Vital Records ====
  
=== Vital Records ===
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{{CA Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-vital-records/ How to order California Vital Records]
  
==== Birth  ====
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===== Birth  =====
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
  
==== Marriage  ====
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1812 - 1988''' - {{RecordSearch|1674703|California Births and Christenings, 1812-1988}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1905 - 1995''' - {{RecordSearch|2001879|California Birth Index, 1905-1995}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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===== Marriage  =====
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
  
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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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1850 - 1945''' - {{RecordSearch|1674735|California Marriages, 1850-1945}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1850 - 1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1804002|California, County Marriages, 1850-1952}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1854 - 1885''' - [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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*'''1960 - 1985''' - {{RecordSearch|1949339|California Marriage Index, 1960-1985}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sclara/marrnotindex.html Santa Clara County Marriage Notices by year] (Genealogy Trails)
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1966 - 1984''' - {{RecordSearch|2015584|California Divorce Index, 1966-1984}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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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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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1905 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1932433|California Death Index, 1905-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1940 - 1997''' - {{RecordSearch|2015582|California Death Index, 1940-1997}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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==== Voting Registers  ====
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=== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries  ===
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'''Dalton Genealogical Society'''<br>880 Ames Court<br>Palo Alto, CA 94303<br><br>
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'''Gilroy Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 2190<br>Gilroy, CA 95021<br><br>
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'''Los Altos Hills Historical Society'''<br> 27200 Elena Road<br>Los Altos, CA 94022<br><br>
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'''Morgan Hill Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 1258<br>Morgan Hill, CA 95037<br><br>
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'''Palo Alto Historical Association''' <br>PO Box 193<br>Palo Alto, CA 94302<br><br>
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'''Saratoga Historical Foundation''' <br>PO Box 172<br>Saratoga, CA 95070<br><br>
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'''Stanford Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 2328<br>Stanford, CA 94309-2328<br><br>
  
==== Divorce  ====
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'''Santa Clara County Historical And Genealogical Society'''<br>2635 Homestead Road<br> Santa Clara 95051<br><br>
  
==== Death  ====
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'''California Pioneers of Santa Clara County'''<br>PO Box 8208<br>San Jose, CA 95155<br><br>
  
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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'''Cupertino Historical Society and Museum''' <br>10185 N. Stelling Road<br>Cupertino, CA 95014<br><br>
  
=== Voting Registers  ===
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-society-archive/ List of California Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
== Websites  ==
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=== Websites  ===
  
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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.net/ca/santaclara/santaclara.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bsubject%3Acalifornia%2C%20%2Bsubject%3Asanta%20%2Bsubject%3Aclara FamilySearch Catalog]
*{{FHL|206920|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sclara/ Santa Clara County, California Genealogy Trails]
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*[https://ldsgenealogy.com/CA/Santa-Clara-County.htm Santa Clara County CA Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=Santa+Clara&countycode=SantaClara Santa Clara County Research, California State Genealogical Alliance]
  
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 21:10, 23 August 2017

United States
California
Santa Clara County

Guide to Santa Clara County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Santa Clara County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Santa Clara County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 18, 1850
County Seat San Joes
Courthouse
CaliforniaSantaClaraCourthouse.jpg
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 Information

Santa Clara County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1859 1850 1848 1859

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[2]


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 [3]

Description

The county was named for Saint Clare of Assisi, Italy. The county seat San Jose and the county was created 1850. [4]The County is located in the west central area of the state.[5]

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: A fire quickly spread through the courthouse, causing extensive damage.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

San Jose

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Santa Clara, California online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See California Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Santa Clara County cemeteries.

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
World War II

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.

Online Probate Records

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums
County Courthouse
Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

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.

Online Records

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.

Online Records

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.

Online Records

Voting Registers

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Dalton Genealogical Society
880 Ames Court
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Gilroy Historical Society
PO Box 2190
Gilroy, CA 95021

Los Altos Hills Historical Society
27200 Elena Road
Los Altos, CA 94022

Morgan Hill Historical Society
PO Box 1258
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Palo Alto Historical Association
PO Box 193
Palo Alto, CA 94302

Saratoga Historical Foundation
PO Box 172
Saratoga, CA 95070

Stanford Historical Society
PO Box 2328
Stanford, CA 94309-2328

Santa Clara County Historical And Genealogical Society
2635 Homestead Road
Santa Clara 95051

California Pioneers of Santa Clara County
PO Box 8208
San Jose, CA 95155

Cupertino Historical Society and Museum
10185 N. Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA 95014

Websites

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 62-75. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. 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.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Santa Clara County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sclara/#.WRDWYuUrKM8 05/08/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Santa Clara County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Clara_County,_California 05/08/2017.