California Family History Societies (S)

This section lists county associations from San Joaquin to Solano giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

San Joaquin Genealogical Society

The aims of the association are to promote interest in genealogy, preserve records and documents and promote accuracy in genealogical research.

Many of the Society's resources are accessible in Cesar Chavez Central Library, which include:

  • Cemetery Records
  • Family Histories
  • History Books
  • Land Records
  • Maps
  • Military Records
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals from other Societies
  • Reference Books
  • Vital Records

Some publications are sold by the Society, which incorporate:

  • 1850 US Census
  • Births 1859-1906
  • Certificates of Deaths
  • Court Records Index
  • Death Records
  • Gold Rush Days - Abstracts of San Joaquin County Newspapers 1856-1872
  • Marriages
  • Old Cemeteries
  • Probate 1850-1900

A list of cemeteries in the area is available, along with copies of their newsletters and an index to surnames currently being researched by members.


San Mateo County Genealogical Society

The society has a vast collection of resources accessible at Canada College Library.  It is possible to peruse an online catalogue of these resources on their site.

An on-line catalogue of their CD Collection is on their site.

Numerous on-line databases are accessible, including:

  • Births
  • Cemetery Records
  • County Recorder's Office Records
  • Court and Criminal Records
  • Deaths
  • Electoral Records
  • First Families
  • Homestead Index
  • Institutional Records

Online databases also incorporate:

  • Land Records Index
  • Marriages
  • Name Index to Unrecorded Maps
  • Naturalisation Records
  • Obituaries
  • Sales by the County Tax Collector 1857-1894
  • School Records
  • Sheriff's Sales, Executions and Attachments 1856-1929
  • Water Appropriation Applications

Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1957.  It has an International Genealogy Collection based at Santa Clara City Library, which includes books, CD-ROMs, microfilm and microfiche.

Many on-line databases are accessible on their website, which incorporate:

  • 1852 and 1930 Census Records
  • Amos O Williams Funeral Home Books
  • Burials at Mission City Memorial Park
  • Burials at Saratoga IOOF Cemetery
  • County History Indexes
  • Early Settlers Files
  • Early Vital Indexes
  • Los Altos Town Crier Obituaries
  • Monahan Mortuary Books Index
  • Roberta Robinson Scrapbooks
  • SCCHGS Scrapbooks

Solano County Genealogical Society

The society was established in 1981.  Many on-line databases and indexes are on their site, including:

  • Deeds
  • Probate
  • Ship Richmond Passenger List 1849
  • Silveyville Cemetery District
  • Solano Co. Naturalisations
  • Sunrise Cemetery Inscriptions

The site also has details of CD's available at Solano County Genealogical Library and a list of surnames currently being researched by members of the association.


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