San Mateo County, CA
History and Genealogy

Pigeon Point, San Mateo, California


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The county was named for the Arroyo de San Matheo, a stream flowing into San Francisco Bay.  The county is in the San Francisco-Oakland metro area.

San Mateo County was formed from parts of San Francisco County and Santa Cruz County in 1856.

The county bears the Spanish name for Saint Matthew. As a place name, St. Matthew appears as early as 1776, and the arroyo, the point and the settlement at the unofficial San Mateo Mission are all so designated on the early maps. Until about 1850, the name appeared as San Matheo.

County Seat: Redwood City
Year Organized: 1856
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County Seat:  Redwood City situated on San Francisco Bay

Cities & Towns:

Daly City
East Palo Alto
El Granada
Emerald Lake Hills
Foster City
Half Moon Bay
Highlands - Baywood Park
La Honda
Loma Mar
Menlo Park
Moss Beach
North Fair Oaks
Palo Alto
Portola Valley
Redwood City
San Bruno
San Carlos
San Francisco
San Gregorio
San Mateo
Sky Londa
South San Francisco
West Meno Park

Vital Records Resources

County Courthouse
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063-1668
Phone: (650) 363-4000

Menlo Park Family History Center
1105 Valparaiso Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025

National Archives - San Francisco
1000 Commodore Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066-2350

San Francisco Family History Center
975 Sneath Lane
San Bruno, CA 94066

San Francisco History Center West
730 Sharp Park Road
Pacifica, CA 94044



Atherton Library
Bayshore Library
Belle Haven Branch
Belmont Library
Brisbane Library
Burlingame Public Library
East Palo Alto Library
Easton Drive Branch Library
Fair Oaks Branch Library
Foster City Library
Grand Avenue Library
Half Moon Bay Library
Hillsdale Branch Library
John D. Daly Library
Marina Branch Library



*Chinese Cem.
*Cypress Cem.
*Golden Gate Natl Cem
*Greenlawn Cem.
*Hills of Eternity Memorial Park
*Holy Cross Cem.
*Home of Peace Cem.
*Hoy Sun Memorial Park
*I.O.O.F. Cem.
*Italian Cem.
*Japanese Cem.
*Mount Hope Cem.
*Mount Olivet Cem.
*Orange Memorial Park
*Pilarcitos Cem.
*Russian Cem.
*Saint Anthony Cem.
*Saint Johns Cem.
*Salem Cem.
*Serbian Cem.
*Skylawn Memorial Gardens
*Union Cem.
*Woodlawn Cem.

Online Data


Birth Notices





Marriage Notices



Obituaries Wills Transcribed Obituaries

Official Website of Redwood City



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