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Genealogy & Local History

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

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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!

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  • Access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents
  • Includes records from the Revolutionary War through the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts
  • Allows you to save records and searches
  • Makes it possible to save records to your Ancestry.com tree
  • Create a memorial for a person or an event
  • Videos are available by clicking on "Need Help" at the bottom right of each search screen

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

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection

  • Searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company from the Library of Congress
  • Large-scale maps, dating from 1867 to the present
  • Commercial, industrial, and residential sections of some twelve thousand cities and towns in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Continually updated to reflect new acquisitions

 

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)