Santa Cruz County, California Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png California Gotoarrow.png Santa Cruz County

County Courthouse

Santa Cruz County
701 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz CA 95060

Quick Facts

Wikipedia
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Parent County

18 February 1850: Santa Cruz County was created originally as Branciforte county. County seat: Santa Cruz [1]

19 April 1850: Renamed from Branciforte County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Incorporated Cities (2000): Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Watsonville

Other populated places:

Amesti
Aptos
Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley
Ben Lomond
Bonny Doon
Boulder Creek
Brookdale
Corralitos
Davenport
Day Valley
Felton
Freedom
Interlaken
La Selva Beach
Live Oak
Mount Hermon
Opal Cliffs
Rio del Mar
Soquel
Pasatiempo
Twin Lakes

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Archives and Libraries

  • Santa Cruz Central Library

224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

  • Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County library

(housed in the Central Branch Library, significant collection of genealogies)

Cemeteries

Day Valley Cemetery (Aptos)

Evergreen Cemetery (Santa Cruz)

Felton Cemetery (Felton)

Home of Peace Cemetery (Santa Cruz, Jewish)

Holy Cross Cemetery (2 locations Soquel, Catholic)

Oakwood (Soquel)

Pajaro Valley Memorial Park (Watsonville)

Pioneer Cemetery (Watsonville)

St Francis Cemetery (Watsonville)

Santa Cruz Cemetery (Santa Cruz)

Soquel Cemetery (Soquel)


Church History and Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Santa Cruz
  • Watsonville

Court Records

History

Land

Maps

Military History and Records

Newspapers 

Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz 1866-present 2011)

Santa Cruz Surfer (Santa Cruz 1889-1919)

Mountain Echo (Boulder Creek 1896-1916)

Register Pajaronian (Watsonville, 1868-present)

Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

    701 Ocean Street, Room 230
    Santa Cruz CA 95060
    831/454-2800

For records generated since 2009

Santa Cruz County Office of Vital Records
12 West Beach Street
Watsonville CA 95076
831/454-8557

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Websites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).