Early Settler Files

The Early Settler files contain information submitted to the Society on people who were living in Santa Clara County by 1925. They include fact sheets from patrons, news clippings, obituaries and funeral notices, books, photos, and other materials. Typically, the information has been donated to the Society by nonprofessional researchers who had an interest in a particular family. So, the files vary greatly in the amount and type of information.

The Early Settler File is in the Heritage Pavilion at the Santa Clara Central Library. The files are accessible for viewing and copying during all hours that the library is open.

Those who are unable to visit the library may request that the Research Team search the file for specific information. Please read more about our Research Services. (When making a request, please give the early settler name, not the associated name.)

This index is an every-name index and provides a link between the early settlers and their survivors, ancestors, and others mentioned in the submitted material.

Index last updated: 1 April 2024

Early Settler File Submissions

If you would like to submit or update your ancestor please complete the Early Settler Form or a Family Group Sheet from your computer genealogy software and mail to us at: SCCHGS, c/o Santa Clara City Library. 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051

Early Settler File Surname Index

A B-Be Bh-Bo Br-By C-Ca
Ce-Cl Co-Cz D-Dh Di-Dy E
F-Fk Fl-Fu G-Gj Gl-Gy H-He
Hi-Hy I-J K L-Le Li-Ly
M-Ma Mc-Me Mi-Mz N O
P-Pe Pf-Py Q R-Ri Ro-Ry
S-Sc Se-Sn So-Sz T U-V