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San Francisco County, California
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San Francisco County, California Facts

San Francisco County

When was San Francisco County, CA Created?
San Francisco County was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for the sixth mission in California was established here by Padre Junipero Serra on October 9, 1776, and was named Mission San Francisco de Asis a la Laguna de los Dolores (Saint Francis of Assisi at the Lagoon of Sorrows). The mission is now known as “Mission Dolores.”

What is the County Seat of San Francisco County, CA?
The County Seat is located in San Francisco also, the county government website is /

What counties are adjacent to San Francisco County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Alameda County (east), Contra Costa County (east), Marin County (north), Napa County (northeast), San Mateo County (south), Santa Clara County (southeast), Solano County (east), Sonoma County (north) .

What cities and towns are in San Francisco County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include San Francisco . Cities and towns (100k-250k pop) Include Antioch, Berkeley, Concord, Daly City, Fairfield, Fremont, Hayward, Richmond, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Sunnyvale and Vallejo. Cities and towns (25k-99k pop) include Alameda, Belmont, Benicia, Burlingame, Campbell, Castro Valley, Cupertino, Danville, Dublin, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Gilroy, Livermore, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Martinez, Menlo Park, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Napa, Newark, Novato, Oakley, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Petaluma, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, Redwood City, Rohnert Park, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Leandro, San Mateo, San Pablo, San Rafael, San Ramon, Saratoga, South San Francisco, Suisun City, Union City, Vacaville and Walnut Creek. Cities and towns (10k-25k pop) include Alamo, Albany, Alum Rock, Ashland, Bay Point, Blackhawk-Camino Tassajara, Brentwood, Cherryland, Clayton, Dixon, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Half Moon Bay, Healdsburg, Hercules, Hillsborough, Lafayette, Larkspur, Millbrae, Mill Valley, Moraga, North Fair Oaks, Orinda, Piedmont, Pinole, San Anselmo, San Lorenzo, Stanford, Tamalpais-Homestead Valley and Windsor.

San Francisco County, CA Vital Records

Where can find San Francisco County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
San Francisco County vital records can be found at the California Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records from July 1905, marriage records that occurred from 1949-1986 and 1998-1999, divorce records that occurred between 1962 and June, 1984. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in California for current fees and application process.

You can search online for San Francisco County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for California Birth Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 101 Grove Street, Room 105, San Francisco, CA 94102; Office (415) 701-2802

San Francisco County, CA Census Records

What San Francisco County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for San Francisco County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

San Francisco Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. San Francisco Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. San Francisco Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890.

Another California census is the California State Census in 1852. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also California Census Records Research Guide.

San Francisco County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

SanFrancisco County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the San Francisco County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in San Francisco County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. Some counties encompass land settled in the eighteenth century; their records pre-date county formation. Land transactions and vital records recorded in the county are at the county recorder's office. The county clerk general has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be in either place, depending on how filed. See Also California Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Old San Francisco County Courthouse

San Francisco County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for San Francisco County, CA?
A list of San Francisco County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Californiia Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other San Francisco County, CA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in San Francisco County, CA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to San Francisco County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is basically a listing which has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

San Francisco Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

San Francisco Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

San Francisco Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

San Francisco Co. CA General and History Websites

San Francisco Co. CA Immigration & Naturalization

San Francisco Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

San Francisco Co. CA Military Records

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