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Birth and Marriage Records
Church Records
Contributors
Court Records & Jail
Death
Directories
Finding Aids
Historical Resources
Land Records
Maps
Military Records
Miscellaneous
Naturalization & Immigration Records
Newspaper Records
Photographs
Researchers Societies

Established Date:

19 Apr 1856

Organized From:

San Francisco (Santa Cruz 1868)

County Seat:

Redwood City

SocietiesBack to the top of page

Society Member Address City State Zip
Belmont Historical Society 1219 Ralston Avenue Belmont CA 94002-1902
Burlingame Historical Society 900 Burlingame Ave Burlingame CA 94011
Colma Historical Association 1500 Hillside Blvd. Colma CA 94014
Historical Society of South San Francisco, Inc.  P.O. Box 711 South San Francisco CA 94080
History Guild of Daly City / Colma 1 Mission Street Daly City CA 94014
Menlo Park Historical Association 800 Alma St Menlo Park CA 94025
Millbrae Historical Society 420 Poplar Avenue Millbrae CA 94030
National Archives and Records Administration - Pacific Region (San Francisco) Y1000 Commodore Drive San Bruno CA 94066-2350
San Mateo County Genealogical Society YPO Box 5569 Redwood City CA 94063-5569
San Mateo County Historical Association 777 Hamilton Street Redwood City CA 94063
Spanishtown Historical Society PO Box 62 Half Moon Bay CA 94019
Woodside Community Museum  2961 Woodside Road Woodside CA 94062

Birth & Marriage RecordsBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Website California Birth & Marriage Records CSGACSGA California Research Guide Online
Index Index to San Mateo County Marriage Records 1853- SMCGSSMCGS
Official Record Birth Certificates1866- SMC Recorders OfficeSan Mateo County
Official Record Index California Birth Index 1906-19951906-1995 sfgenealogy.comCalifornia Department of Health
Register OriginalBirth Registers/ Birth Certificates [Sporadic Entries in Early Years] 1860s+ SMC Recorders OfficeSMC Recorders Office
Register Index Index to Delayed Births of SMC Vol A1866-1905 SMCGSRuss Brabec, 2009 SMCGS
Register Index Index to Register of Births Vol 11866-1905 SMCGS Russ Brabec - 2007 SMCGS
Register IndexSan Mateo County Marriage Records 1853- SMC Recorders OfficeSMC Recorders Office

Church RecordsBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Archdiocese of San Francisco Archives
Website California Church Records CSGACSGA California Research Guide Online
Website Diocese of California -History Diocese of CaliforniaDiocese of California - The Episcopal Church
Manuscript Grace Evangelical and Trinity Lutheran Church1925-1950San Mateo and Burlingame
St. Denis (RC) Parish History - Menlo Park
Website St. Matthew's Catholic Church - History1863+
Website St. Roberts Catholic Church & School - San Bruno [History, Alumni]
Place Index GNIS Churches: San Mateo United States Board on Geographic NamesLinks to location information and maps

Court & Jail RecordsBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Website California Court Records CSGACSGA California Research Guide Online
Court of Sessions OriginalCourt of Sessions, Abstract of title - Miramontes/DeHaro Ranch San Mateo County Historical AssociationOriginal Register in SMCHA Archives
Court of Sessions Index Index to the Minutes of Court of Sessions of Redwood City [Appeals, Civil Cases, Naturalizations, Grand Jury, Jurors]1856-1871 San Mateo County Historical AssociationCath Madden Trindle, CG 2010 SMCGS
Jail Index Index to SMC Sheriff's Office Booking Registers 7-16 - Online index includes on Register 7-8 index to remaining volumes can be searched in SMCGS Library1924-1953 SMCGSBarry Goyette, Jo Rebuck, Cath Trindle, SMCGS
Jail OriginalSMC Sheriff's Office Booking Registers (possibly vol. 1-6 missing above) SMC Historical Association - offsite storageSMC Sheriff's Office
Jail OriginalSMC Sheriff's Office Booking Registers vol 7-161920s-1950s San Mateo County Sheriff's Office [Copies in SMCGS Library and SMCHA Archives]San Mateo County Sheriffs Office
Justice Court OriginalDocket of the Justice Court of the 3rd Township of San Mateo County1876-1877 San Mateo County Historical AssociationOriginal Register in the SMCHA Archives
Justice Court OriginalDocket of the Justice Court of the 3rd Township of San Mateo County1877 San Mateo County Historical AssociationOriginal Register in the SMCHA Archives
Justice Court Index Index to Justice Court - 3rd Township Docket Book 1 1855-1860 San Mateo County Historical AssociationCath Madden Trindle, CG 2010 SMCGS [Original Book in SMCHA Archives]
Justice Court Index Index to Justice Court - Pulgas Township Docket Book 11866-1871 San Mateo County Historical AssociationCath Madden Trindle, CG 2010 SMCGS [Original Book in SMCHA Archives]
Justice Court OriginalJustice Court Docket of the 3rd Township of San Mateo County1862-1868 San Mateo County Historical AssociationOriginal Register in the SMCHA Archives
Justice Court Index Pulgas Township Justice Court Docket Book 2 - Partial Index from Docket Book 1 Book 2 not locatedCath Trindle, CG 2010 RWC CA
Other Index San Mateo County Notaries1886-1909 California Genealogy & History ArchivesKim Buck, California Genealogy & History Archives
Probate Index Index to Probate Court - Record of Bonds, letters and Inventories 1857-1871 1857-1871 San Mateo County Historical AssociationCath Madden Trindle, CG 2010 SMCGS [Original Book in SMCHA Archives]
Superior Court Index Index to San Mateo County Superior Court Records 1975-current1975+ SMC Superior CourtsSMC Superior Court
Superior Court OriginalSan Mateo County Superior Court Records1855-present San Mateo County Superior CourtSan Mateo County Courts

Death RecordsBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Website California Death Records CSGACSGA California Research Guide Online
Cemetery Microform Burials in some small abandoned California cemeteries Family History LibraryPompey, Sherman Lee FHL US/CAN Film
Cemetery Website Find A Grave - San Mateo Find A GraveCemetery Records Online
Cemetery Index GNIS Cemeteries - San Mateo United States Board on Geographic NamesLinks to location information and maps
Cemetery Website Hills of Eternity Cemetery - Colma Pioneer Graves
Cemetery Website Interment.net - San Mateo Interment.netCemetery Records Online
Cemetery Book Nineteenth Century Cemeteries Family History LibraryCarey, Amos C
Cemetery Russian Sectarian Cemetery Colmaindex USGenWebArchivesIndex to Burials - Nancy Poppin Posey
Cemetery Website San Mateo Cemeteries1/30/2004 CG&HACalifornia Genealogy and History Archives
Cemetery Article SF Genealogy: San Mateo County Cemeteries1850s-present sfgenealogysfgenealogy 1996-2009
Cemetery St. John's Cemetery - San Mateoindex USGenWebArchivesIndex to Burials - Tim Conroy
Cemetery Microform The Dennis Martin Cemetery Family History LibraryWiller, Guy
Cemetery Transcription Union Cemetery Burials Redwood City: Transcriptions with biographical information1860s-1940s California Genealogy & History ArchivesCath Madden Trindle, CG., Carolyn Ybarra & Madison Carbullido 2010 [See photo link]
Cemetery Digital Copy Union Cemetery Photograph Collection1860s-1940s California Genealogy & History ArchivesCath Madden Trindle, CG & Madison Carbullido
Coroner Index Index to San Mateo County Coroner's Records 1853-1853- SMCGSRuss Brabec 2009 SMCGS
Mortuary Transcription James Crowe Mortuary Book1885-1915 SMCGSPam Reynolds, Cath Trindle, 2006 SMCGS
Mortuary Index Layng & Tinney Mortuary Records 1930s-1960s SMCGS2006 San Mateo County Genealogical Society
Obituary Index Index to San Mateo County Obituaries - Redwood City Tribune / Peninsula Times Tribune 1966-1995; San Mateo Times and assorted other papers 1930s-present1930s-present SMCGSSMCGS Computer Club 2000/2013 [All original obituary clippings in SMCGS Library]
Obituary Index San Mateo County Times Gazette Index 1859-1899 SMCGSMary Lou Grunigan 1998 SMCGS

DirectoriesBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Book 1881 Directory of Grapegrowers and wine makers 1881 Google BooksSacramento, CA: The Board of State Viticultural Commissioners of California, 1881
Website California Directories CSGACSGA California Research Guide Online
Website Golden Nugget Library's San Mateo County Databases Golden Nugget Library - Nancy Pratt Melton - Hosted by Roots WebDirectories, registers, school records and more
Handbook and Directory of Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Mateo Counties1975 Internet Archive
Bibliography Website A Bibliography of San Mateo County Directories: City, County, Occupational, etc. World CatMaintained by Cath Madden Trindle
City Directory Book Brisbane City Directory 1940 1940 OACCommunity Baptist Church [Volumes published Annually - check local library]
City Directory BookPolk's Burlingame City Directory [Burlingame, Burlingame Hills, Hillsborough]1956+R.L. Polk & Co.
City Directory BookPolk's Menlo Park City Directory1957+R.L. Polk & Co.
City Directory Book Polk's Menlo Park Directory 19261926 DistantCousin.comR.L. Polk & Co. 1926
City Directory BookPolk's Redwood City Directory assorted yearsRCPL, SMCHAPolk, R.L. & Co
City Directory Polk's San Bruno city directory [various years include Millbrae, Lomita Park, Baden Tract, Brentwood, Buri Buri, Country Club Park, Francisco Terrace and Southwood] various San Mateo County Historical AssociationPolk, R.L. & Co
City Directory Book San Mateo County Criss Cross Directory 1982+ 1982+Haines & Co., Burlingame CA 1982+
City Directory Website San Mateo County Directories sfgenealogy
City Directory Digital Copy Telephone Directory 1948 1948 Pacific Telephone & Telegraph

Finding AidsBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Website California GenWeb: San Mateo County
Website California Record Finding Aids CSGACSGA California Research Guide Online
Website Golden Nugget Library's San Mateo County Databases Golden Nugget Library - Nancy Pratt Melton - Hosted by Roots WebAssorted images, transcriptions and links
Index Index to the Schellens Collection - San Mateo1600+ SMCGSNames, Places
Book Inventory of the county archives of California. No. 42. San Mateo County (Redwood City) 1853-1938Northern California Historical Records Survey Project.; United States. Works Progress Administration. Division of Women's and Professional Projects. San Francisco (Calif.) : Northern California Historical Records Survey Project, 1938
Linkpendium San Mateo County: Genealogy and Family History Linkpendium 2010
Website San Mateo County Family Search Wiki
Website sfgenealogy: San Mateo County Collection1996-2009 sfgenealogy
Bibliography Website Belmont: A Bibliography of Genealogical and Historical Materials listed in World Cat World CatMaintained by Cath Madden Trindle
Bibliography Website Burlingame, Millbrae & Hillsborough: A Bibliography of Genealogical and Historical Materials listed in World Cat World CatMaintained by Cath Madden Trindle
Bibliography Website City of San Mateo: A Bibliography of Genealogical and Historical Materials listed in World Cat World CatMaintained by Cath Madden Trindle
Bibliography Website Colma: A Bibliography of Genealogical and Historical Materials listed in World Cat WorldCatMaintained by Cath Madden Trindle
Bibliography Website Daly City: A Bibliography of Genealogical and Historical Materials listed in World Cat WorldCatMaintained by Cath Madden Trindle
Bibliography Website Redwood City: A Bibliography of Genealogical and Historical Materials listed in World Cat WorldCat2010 Cath Madden Trindle
Bibliography Website San Mateo County: A bibliography of Genealogical and Historical Materials listed in WorldCat WorldCat2010 Cath Madden Trindle
City History Website Brisbane Archives History Collection OACCollection of the San Mateo County Library in Brisbane

Historical ResourcesBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Brisbane Library History Collection Online Archive of Californiacatalog
Website California State History Resources CSGACSGA California Research Guide Online
Redwood City Historic Resources InventoryCA State Department of Parks and Recreation
Article San Francisco Peninsula1795+ Wikimedia
Website Wikipedia - San Mateo WikipediaHistory, Government, Neighborhoods, etc.
Bibliography Digital Copy A Bibliography of Digitized San Mateo County History and Genealogy available on the Internet Google BooksA Google Bookshelf List created by Cath Madden Trindle
Biography A?o Nuevo State Park - History of Area Coastside State Parks AssociationCoastside State Parks Association
Biography Biographies of Representative Men CaliforniaGenealogy
Biography San Mateo County Biographies Access Genealogy
Biography Website San Mateo County BiographiesGolden Nugget Library 2004 hosted by RootsWeb
Biography The Phleger Estate National Park ServiceNational Park Service
City History Website An Early History of San mateo: From Inhabitants to Incorporation 1776+ City of San MateoCivicPlus Content Management System 1997-2010 CivicPlus
City History Website Burlingame History Computer Spectrum of Burlingame
City History Website Daly City History Daly City LibraryCreated by the Daly City Public Library for the pupose of preserving and making available to the community information and artifacts from the past.
City History History of South San Francisco City of South San Francisco
City History Website Menlo Park History Menlo Park Historical Associationarticles and city links
City History Redwood City Path of History Walking Tour1850-1925 Redwood City Public Library
County History Digital Copy History of San Mateo County, California: including its geography, topography, geology, climatography, and description, together with an historical sketch of California; a record of the Mexican grants; the early history and settlement, compiled from the most authentic sources; some of the names of Spanish and American pioneers; legislative history; a record of its cities and towns; biographical sketches of representative men; etc Internet ArchiveSan Francisco, Cal., B.F. Alley 1883
County History Book Peninsula community book Frank Merriman Stanger; San Mateo, Calif. : A.H. Cawston, 1946
County History Website San Mateo County, California History California Genealogy.ComCopyright 2002- by CaliforniaGenealogy.com
Miscellaneous Website Daly City Earthquake of 19571957 Rich's Home Page1995-2010, Richard Marsden
Miscellaneous Website Pastures of Plenty: History of California Farm Workers 1850-1920 Coastridge ProductionsCoastridge Productions
Place Website Building Histories Philadelphia Architects and BuildingsThe Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
Place Website County Bridges BridgeHunter.com James Baughn?and?contributors.
Place Website Extant Railroad/Railway Structures Railroad Station Historical Society Compiled by M. J. Camp, Railroad Station Historical Society, Inc
Place Index GNIS Populated Places: San Mateo United States Board on Geographic NamesLinks to location information and maps
Place Index GNIS Post Offices: San Mateo United States Board on Geographic NamesLinks to location information and maps
Place Website Historical Landmarks California State Historical LandmarksDonald Laird

Land RecordsBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Website California State Land Records & Maps CSGACSGA California Research Guide Online
Deeds Digital Copy Images of Original Indexes and Books Currently indexes 1856-1912; Images from the 1920s1856-1928 FamilySearchOriginals San Mateo County Recorders Office
Deeds Index Index to San Mateo County Deed book 41857-1866 SMCGSRuss Brabec, San Mateo County Genealogical Society 2007
Deeds Index Index to San Mateo County Deed Books 1-31840-1864 SMCGSRuss Brabec, San Mateo County Genealogical Society 2006
Deeds Website SMC LandDocs Online Search Engine 1990s-
Mining Website Stone Quarries & Beyond- San Mateo CountyPeggy Perazzo & Pat Perazzo
Miscellaneous Index SMC Miscellaneous Land Record Index Books 1-8 1854-1893 SMCGSRuss Brabec 2008 SMCGS
Mortgage Index Index to San Mateo County Mortgage Books 1-21853-1867 SMCGSRuss Brabec, San Mateo County Genealogical Society 2007
Patent Index http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanmateo/smcgs/miscellaneous/patent1.htm1857-1927 SMCGSRuss Brabec, San Mateo County Genealogical Society 2008

MapsBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Website San Mateo County GIS PortalSan Mateo County GIS Team: Built from ESRI Flex Template Copyright 2008 ESRI. All rights reserved.
San Mateo County Map Linksassorted sfgenealogy
Digital Copy San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties.1896 David Rumsey Map CollectionsBlum, George
Website SMC Assessor's Office Parcel Maps Online San Mateo County Recorder's Office
Atlas Website San Mateo County GIS Atlas; Downloadable Maps San Mateo County GIS Team

Military RecordsBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Website California State Military Records CSGACSGA California Research Guide Online
WWII Website World War II Honor Roll of Dead and Missing San Mateo County sfgenealogy

Miscellaneous RecordsBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Website Miscellaneous California State Records CSGACSGA California Research Guide Online
Index Richard Schellens Collection of California Materials - San Mateo County Collection [60 Binders]1776-1976SMCGS Library, RWC Library History RoomCath Madden Trindle [ed.] San Mateo County Genealogical Society
Website San Mateo County Poor Farm: History, Death and Burial Records, Census Records sfgenealogy
Law Links to legal code for San Mateo County and some cities San Mateo County Law Library
Law Website San Mateo County CodeCopyright 2009 Municipal Code Corporation
Occupational Index Index to SMC Professional Ledgers: Physicians, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Pharmacists, Dentists and Dental Hygienists 1876-1951 SMCGSSan Mateo County Genealogical Society 1998
School Prospectus San Mateo Institute1864 Internet ArchiveSan Mateo, Calif. : The Institute
School San Mateo County Schools & Districts County of San Mateo
Statistics San Mateo County Statistics San Mateo County Planning & Building Division
Voter Microform Great register of Voters 1867-1869, 1871-1872, 1875-1877, 1879-1880, 1882, 1884, 1886, 1890, 1892, 1894, 1896, 1898 Family History LibrarySan Mateo County (California). County Clerk (Main Author)

Naturalization & Immigration RecordsBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Website California State Naturalization & Immigration Records CSGACSGA California Research Guide Online
Index Camp Fremont Naturalization Index 1918-1919 [Petitions, Certificates] 1918-1919 SMCGS1999 SMCGS
Index San Mateo County Naturalization Index 1907-1925 [Declarations, Petitions, Certificates] 1907-1925 SMGCS1999 SMCGS
Index San Mateo County Naturalization Index 1926-1945 [Declarations, Petitions, Certificates] 1926-1945 SMCGS2000 SMCGS
Index San Mateo County Naturalization Index to Sept 25, 1906 [Declarations, Petitions, Certificates] 1856-1906 SMCGS1999 SMCGS
Voter Transcription San Mateo County Naturalized Voters Card File [Name, Nat Date & Place, Birth date & place, Marriage Date, ED, etc.]circa 1920s SMCGS2000+ SMCGS

NewspapersBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Advance-Star (Advance, Star, Burlingame Advance, Burlingame Star)1925-1973 incomplete Burliname Public Library
Digital CopyBurlingame Daily News 9/22/2006 AMBurlingame
Website California Newspapers CSGACSGA California Research Guide Online
Daly City Record1910 to 2004 Daly City Library - SerramonteSouth San Francisco, Calif. Industrial City Pub. Co
Daly City Record1913-1914 sfgenealogy.com Chris Havnar
Transcription Daly City Record Abstracts-search for title1913-1914 Newspaper AbstractsChris Havnar
Pacifica tidings and Sharp Park breakers. (Sharp Park, San Mateo County, Calif.) 1958/1959 Pacifica Library
Digital CopyPacifica Tribune 8/20/2003 AMPacifica
Digital CopyPost 1960-1963 NASan Mateo
Redwood City standard. Redwood City, San Mateo County, Cal. 1921-1931
Transcription Redwood City Tribune - search for title1945 Newspaper AbstractsChris Havnar
Transcription San Mateo County Gazette - search for title1859-1861 Newspaper AbstractsChris Havnar
Digital CopySan Mateo County Times 9/15/2001AM / LN
Digital CopySan Mateo Daily Journal 6/18/2007 AMSan Mateo
Digital CopySan Mateo Times 1925-1977 NASan Mateo
Digital CopySan Mateo Times 1925-1928 ANCSan Mateo
The Coast Advocate (Half Moon Bay)1890-1897 Half Moon Bay Library
The star Redwood City, San Mateo County, Cal. 1916-19??
The star. Woodside, Calif. 1895-1??? Monterey Institute of International Studies
Titles in San Mateo County Library of Congress
Biography Index SMCGS Clipping File Index: Biographical and Historical Clippings in SMCGS Library1776- SMCGS LibraryGeorge Zinckgraf, Cath Madden Trindle; 2009 SMCGS
Ethnic Tanforan totalizer. ([San Bruno, Calif.]) 1942-19421942 Densho Website
Miscellaneous Index Index to Vital records - San Mateo Times Gazette1859-1899 SMCGSMary Lou Grunigen

PhotographsBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Website California Photograph Collections CSGACSGA California Research Guide Online
Calisphere - San Mateo CalispherePictures and texts - Calisphere is a service of the UC Libraries, powered by the California Digital Library.
BookImages of America: Brisbane; Broadmoor Village; Colma; Daly City; Foster City; Half Moon Bay; Kings Mountain; La Honda; Millbrae; Moss Beach ; Pacifica; Princeton-by-the-Sea; San Bruno; San Carlos; San Mateo; San Mateo County Coast; South San Francisco; Images of Rail: Railways of San Francisco; San Francisco's Interurban to San Mateo Then and Now: Pacifica; assorted Arcadia Publishingavailable in many libraries
Digital Copy LOC - Prints and Photographs: San Mateo Library of CongressLibrary of Congress Digital Photograph Collection
Picture Bits of History: Exploring San Mateo County Historical Photographs Peninsula Library SystemRedwood City Public Library, South San Francisco Public Library, San Mateo County Historical Association
Picture Burlingame in Pictures Burlingame Historical Society
Picture Redwood City History FlickrSelected Photos from the RWC Library History Room
Postcard Digital Copy Penny Postcards from California US GenWeb ArchivesUS GenWeb Archives

ResearchersBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Janice Sellers

ContributorsBack to the top of page

Sub Category Type Description Years Location Bibliography
Cath Madden Trindleprojects@csga.com
 
 
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