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Santa Clara County, California
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Santa Clara County, California Facts

Santa Clara County

When was Santa Clara County, CA Created?
Santa Clara County was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for the Mission Santa Clara, which was established in 1777, and named for Saint Clara of Assisi, Italy. The name Clara means “clear” or “bright.”

What is the County Seat of Santa Clara County, CA?
The County Seat is located in San Jose also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Santa Clara County, CA?
Bordering Counties are San Benito County (south), Santa Cruz County (south & southwest), San Mateo County (northwest), Alameda County (north), Stanislaus County (east), Merced County (southeast) .

What cities and towns are in Santa Clara County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include San Jose, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale .

Other Communities in Santa Clara County include Bell Station, Casa Loma, Chemeketa Park, Holy City, Loma Chiquita, Redwood Estates, Rucker, San Antonio, Sargent, Sveadal. CDPs ( census-designated place) include Alum Rock, Buena Vista, Burbank, East Foothills, Fruitdale, Lexington Hills, Loyola, San Martin, Seven Trees, Stanford, Sunol-Midtown.

Since its creation Santa Clara County boundries have changed to include Territory which at one time was in Santa Clara County is now in Alameda County.

Santa Clara County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Santa Clara County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara 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, 976 Lenzen Ave., Suite 1300, San Jose, CA 95126; Office (408) 885-2010

Santa Clara County, CA Census Records

What Santa Clara County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Santa Clara 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.

Santa Clara Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Santa Clara Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Santa Clara 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.

Santa Clara County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

SantaClara County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Santa Clara County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara County Courthouse
  • Santa Clara County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Santa Clara County Recorder-Clerk is s responsible for examination and recording of all documents presented for recording that deal with establishing ownership of land in the County or as required by statute; administers the real property transfer tax law and maintains a permanent record and indexes of all documents for public viewing plus providing certified copies requested by the public; recording of all lawful documents such as deeds, deeds of trust, judgments, liens, affidavits, Uniform Commercial Code Financial Statements, etc; and the filing of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.
    • Address: County Government Center, East Wing, First Floor, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110
    • Phone: Office (408) 299-2481 (General), Office (408) 299-5669 (Recording)
    • Birth / Death Records: 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1846
    • Land Records: 1850
  • Santa Clara County Clerk of Superior Court has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be here or in the Recorders Office, depending on how it was filed.
    • Probate Records: 1850 
    • Court Records: 1850 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Santa Clara County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Santa Clara County, CA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Santa Clara 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.

Santa Clara Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Santa Clara Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Santa Clara Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Santa Clara Co. CA General and History Websites

Santa Clara Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Santa Clara Co. CA Military Records

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