California Family History Societies (S)

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

San Fernando Valley Genealogical Society

It is possible to search on-line indexes to newspapers from 1911-1945.  The Papers include those published by:

  • Lankershim Laconic and Lankershim Press 1911-1925
  • Lankershim Press and North Hollywood Press 1926-1934
  • North Hollywood Press
  • Valley News 1935-1940
  • Valley Times 1941-1945

They also have a list of their publications for sale, which include:

  • Family History Holdings in the Mark Harrington Library
  • Guide to Revolutionary War Records in the LA Area Libraries
  • Vital Statistics - Newspaper Abstracts over four volumes covering 1911-1945

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.

Details of their publications for sale are on the site, which include:

  • 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 association has a vast collection of resources accessible at Canada College Library.  There is an on-line catalogue of their CD Collection on the site.  There are also numerous on-line databases, including:

  • Birth Records 1866-1905
  • Death Records 1880s - 1920s
  • Marriage Records 1853-1965
  • Naturalisation Index from pre 1906-1945

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.

There are a number of on-line databases on the site, which include:

  • Amos O Williams Funeral Home Books Index
  • Burials at Mission City Memorial Park
  • Burials at Saratoga IOOF Cemetery
  • Early Settlers Files
  • Monahan Mortuary Books Index

Solano County Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1981.  There are many on-line databases and indexes on the site, which include:

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

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