Research Services

The Research Team is available to do basic Santa Clara County genealogical research and to make copies.

Please keep in mind that this research is done by volunteers and response time may be 60-90 days, depending on demand and on the availability of volunteers. Fees vary according to the extent of the research - generally the fee is $10 per name per source for non-members, and 50% off for members.


  • Notice: Due to the situation concerning COVID-19, the research team will NOT be travelling to the Library or off-site until it is considered safe to do so by the County Public Health Department. So most all research requests will be delayed. Thank you for your patience.
  • Questions: If you have any questions, please email the before you order.
  • Special Projects: Researchers are available to take on special projects. Please email the with your questions.
  • Santa Clara County Early Vitals Records: Check the online index first. Then email a request to the with the index entry. The Research Team will clarify what records are available and contact you with the proper fee amount. No initial payment is required.
  • Other requests:
  • Please complete the following form. Pull down the number of names, and a box will appear to enter your requested names and information.
  • Submit a maximum of three unique names per order.
  • Provide as much information as possible (e.g., dates of birth, marriage, death, addresses, alternate spellings, nicknames, etc.) for the best results.
  • Fees are per name for each item selected. The fees are for the search; we cannot guarantee the information exists.
  • The Checkout button will give you the option to pay by PayPal, or to print the form and submit by mail.
  • We greatly prefer online orders. If this is not possible, fill out this form, press CHECKOUT at the bottom and print out the resulting page. Mail it, along with a check and a self-addressed legal size envelope to: SCCHGS - Attention: Research, Santa Clara City Library, 2635 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051-5397.


1. San Jose Mercury News Obituary Search
Searches will be performed for up to 2 weeks past date of death. Death date must be provided below. If death date is not known, order California Death Index search, item 2 below.
Notice: Due COVID restrictions, we are unable to provide obituaries from 1923 - 1987 from The San Jose Mercury News. Please send your requests directly to The California Room at Martin Luther King Library in San Jose.

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2. California Death Index, 1905-1939

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3. California Bride Index, 1960-1985

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4. California Groom Index, 1960-1985

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5. Funeral Home Books,
Williams [1902-1979] & Monahan [1914-1936]. Please verify information is available by checking online indexes for Williams and Monahan first.

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6. Early Settler File
File sizes vary. The fee will cover copying the entire file. Please verify information is available by checking the online index first.

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7. San Jose City Directories - 1870, 1882-1883, 1889, 1911-1977.
Some years, but not all, include surrounding cities. Additional dates are available off-site, which requires additional time to process.

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8. Great Register of Voters - 1867, 1889, 1890, 1892, 1900

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9. Tombstone Inscriptions - of Santa Clara, prior to 1984 Calvary, Gate of Heaven, Madronia, Los Gatos Memorial Park, Mission City (1874-1997), Oak Hill Memorial Park (to about 1986), and several smaller cemeteries, including Mission San Jose and St. Joseph’s, both in Fremont, Alameda County, CA.

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10. 1876 Historical Atlas of Santa Clara County

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11. 1853 San Jose Tax Roll; 1873-1881 Delinquent Tax Rolls

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12. Santa Clara County Town/City Histories
Campbell, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Palo Alto, San Jose, City of Santa Clara and Saratoga. Please verify information is available using our online index prior to ordering. Note that the Town History Index is included in the County History Index.

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13. SCCHGS Scrapbooks
Collections of news stories, obituaries, historical articles, etc. Please verify information is available using our online index prior to ordering.

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14. Roberta Robinson Scrapbook
Please verify information is available using our online indexes prior to ordering.

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15. Santa Clara County Connections
Please verify information is available using our online indexes prior to ordering.

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16. Los Altos Town Crier Obit Search
Please verify information is available using our online indexes prior to ordering.

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17. Special Project
Researchers are available to take on other special projects. Please contact the with your questions first before ordering.

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