Genealogy & Local History

Step back in time... trace your family history or discover the history of your local community!

Genealogy collage

Ancestry Library (in-library use only)

  • Census records
  • Birth, marriage, and death records
  • Military records
  • Immigration, emigration, passport, and naturalization records
  • Family history records
  • Passenger lists
  • Directories and members lists
  • Court, land, tax, and probate records
  • And much, much more!

Heritage Quest

  • U.S. Federal Censuses (1790-1940)
  • Revolutionary war pension and bounty land warrant applications
  • Freedman’s Bank Records - Vital African-American records, 1864-1874
  • Genealogy and local history books
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI)  for genealogy and local history periodicals
  • LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set - memorials, petitions, and private relief actions

New York Times (1851-2009)

  • First-hand accounts and coverage of the politics, society, and events of the times

San Jose Mercury News Historical Archive (1886-1922)

  • Articles on local news, issues, events, and people
  • Obituaries
  • Birth, marriage and death announcements

San Jose Mercury News (1985 - Current)

  • Articles on local news, issues, events, and people
  • Obituaries
  • Birth, marriage and death announcements

San Jose Mercury News Digital Microfilm (2009 - 3 months ago)

  • Articles on local news, issues, events, and people
  • Obituaries
  • Birth, marriage and death announcements

WorldCat

  • Use this database to search the catalogs of libraries around the world to find genealogy and local history material not held by the Santa Clara County Library District. This may include:
    • City directories
    • Family history books
    • Local history books
    • Church and cemetery records
    • Newspapers
    • You may place an interlibrary loan request (fee charged) for items to be delivered to your library.

Genealogy Resources

  • Hand-picked resources available at Santa Clara County Library District and on the web
  • Census records
  • Military records
  • Immigration records
  • Birth, marriage, and death records
  • Santa Clara County genealogy

California History - Then and NowLocal History Resources

  • Community history resources available at Santa Clara County Library District for Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Morgan Hill and Saratoga. Resources include:
    • Local history books
    • Yearbooks
    • Maps
    • City government documents
    • Newspaper clippings
    • Photographs

California Cornucopia of the WorldCalifornia Western Americana Collection (CWA) (in-library use only)

  • Housed at the Cupertino Library
  • Materials on the American trek west to California and on California history, including the history of many of its cities, towns, and counties. Highlights include: