San Diego Genealogy Sources


Family History Center (FHC/FamilySearch) - San Diego
4195 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108
also: FamilySearch wiki: San Diego County, California Genealogy (https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/San_Diego_County,_California_Genealogy)
also: Search Results for San Diego for FamilySearch Catalog



Open Hours:
Tuesday:10:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday:10:00am-9:00pm
Thursday:10:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 10:00am-3:00pm
Saturday:10:00am-3:00pm




San Diego Genealogical Council (calendar of genealogical events in San Diego)





San Diego Genealogical Society
Research Assistance (county-wide links)


San Diego Public Library and the San Diego Genealogical Society collection
From GenealogyBlog's 2013 post:
Discover your family history in downtown San Diego! The San Diego Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the grand opening of the combined genealogical research collections of the San Diego Central Public Library and the San Diego Genealogical Society. With these merged collections the new Central Library contains the largest genealogical collection in San Diego County and one of the best in Southern California.
Founded in 1946, the San Diego Genealogical Society’s research collection began as a circulating collection of two books plus a few manuscripts and pamphlets exchanged at Society meetings. The collection grew to include more than 12,000 books, CDs, microfiche records and genealogical periodicals. Now, with the combined collection of the old San Diego City Public Library (half of which was inaccessible in the basement) family history researchers will value and cherish the new facility for years to come.






San Diego County, California (part of the CAGenWeb Project)
Records & Resources for Genealogy Research
(continually updated)






NUCMC: National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (LOC)
The Library of Congress provides a gateway for searching OCLC WorldCat (Manuscript materials) -- nearly 1.5 million catalog records describing archival and manuscript collections and individual manuscripts in public, college and university, and special libraries located throughout North America and around the world. Access to this gateway is made available courtesy of OCLC, Inc.
Search Form options:  Be sure to use "San Diego" as search term







"The genealogy collection is one of the largest in Southern California and has a strong emphasis on the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries in the United States. Search the collection through the Carlsbad City Library catalog and view user guides. Call 760-434-2931 or email librarian@carlsbadca.gov with questions."
[Note: in the midst of construction, see website for hours/locations]




San Diego History Center: Collections
RESEARCH LIBRARY
Casa De Balboa, Lower Level
1649 El Prado, Suite #3
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 232- 6203
Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
San Diego History Center Collection (as reported to the Online Archive of California)





UCSD Library
Special Collections and Archives
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093
(858) 534-2230
Besides the extensive university library collection and databases there are special collections of possible San Diego interest including California and History of the WestBaja California Collection, and possibly the Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages, as well as the UCSD Archives.
Special Collections and Archives, UCSD (as reported to the Online Archive of California)








SDSU Library & Information Access
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, California 92182-8050

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA)
Library Addition Room 4410
SDSU Special Collections (as reported to the Online Archive of California)
"The Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) houses rare, fine, unique, and valuable books, periodicals, manuscripts, and documents which require preservation, security and care in handling. Other valuable historical items such as photographs, prints, postcards, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and oral histories are also held in Special Collections. University Archives holds materials which document the history of San Diego State since its founding as a Normal School in 1897."






San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego, California 92101
Phone: (619) 234-8291
SD Air and Space Museum Library and Archives (as reported to the Online Archive of California)










San Diego Law Library
different locations around the county
Archives and Special Collection: We maintain numerous archive materials. Specifically, we house California and Federal codes, court rules and jury instructions for historical research purposes. We also maintain an archive of materials relating to the history of California and the history of the San Diego Legal Community. If you are looking for a rare book or for historical legal information, please contact us for assistance.







Superior Court - County of San Diego
Central Division Central Records
Older/Archived records for the Central Division are housed in Central Records. Central Records also houses more recent Civil, Domestic, Criminal, Mental Health, Habeas Corpus, Deposited Wills, and a few Probate cases. In addition, Central Records has some sealed records. (A court order is needed to view any sealed document or file by a person that is not specifically authorized by the court order.)
Case indexes dating from 1880 to mid-1974 are available on large, hardbound books located at:
Central Courthouse Older Records
220 West Broadway,
Basement, Room 042
San Diego, CA 92101
Mon-Thurs: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Older records are microfilmed and available to view and copy. The court does not accept fax and telephone requests for copies. The cost to copy is 50¢ per page. Certification is $15.00 per document. Copies can be made up until 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for telephone requests for searches up to 10 minutes. If the request will take longer than 10 minutes, the cost is $15.00.






San Diego - Office of the City Clerk Archives
City Administration Building
202 C Street, Basement
San Diego, CA 92101
Archives Program
Among the primary functions of the City's Archives Center are the identification, preservation and storage of records with permanent reference value that capture the City's history. In addition to a chronology of events, this helps document our progress as a City.
Archival records show how the City identified and coped with administrative and operational issues; how policy and procedures were developed and how City forefathers enacted and enforced legislation.
By preserving the past, the Archives will enhance the present and enrich the future history of San Diego.
The Archives consist of permanent records which are valuable in preserving the history of San Diego and provide educational enrichment for its citizens.
The Archives includes selected City records dating as far back as 1817. Many of these are books. Individual documents are carefully preserved in acid free boxes and file folders. The Archives Center also has temperature and humidity controls for the preservation of these historical documents.
The Archives Center's collections are available from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For further information, you may contact the City Clerk's Office at (619) 236-6143.
San Diego City Clerk (as reported to the Online Archive of California)

The San Diego City Archives has an online digital historical photo gallery.







San Diego Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk
multiple locations, main facility Downtown
SAN DIEGO RECORDER/CLERK MAIN OFFICE
1600 Pacific Highway, Suite 260
SAN DIEGO ASSESSOR MAIN OFFICE
1600 Pacific Highway, Suite 103
both at the County Administration Building
San Diego, CA 92101
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed holidays
Birth/Death/Marriage Records, Fictitious Business Names, Maps, grantor/grantee records






Early California Population Project (from The Huntington)
Includes vital records from both Alta and Baja California Missions:
The Early California Population Project (ECPP) provides public access to all the information contained in California's historic mission registers, records that are of unique and vital importance to the study of California, the American Southwest, and colonial America.
Within the baptism, marriage, and burial records of each of the California missions sits an extraordinary wealth of unique information on the Indians, soldiers, and settlers of Alta California from 1769 - 1850.





My posts about San Diego sources:

Book Shelf: Plat Book of San Diego County, California (about 1911)
Finding Old Probate Files in San Diego
San Diego Will and Probate Files ARE Available at Ancestry Through the Browse Option
Fantastic Find: The Journal of San Diego History - Local Public Records edition


Online Newspaper Sources:
GenealogyBank (has San Diego newspapers from the 1870's to the early 1980's).


Additional San Diego links from Linkpendium

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