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The CGS NAMES INDEX, containing more than 330,000 records, is the index to our largest image collections. See Index Codes for a detailed description of each database:
- Biographies of individuals prominent in early 20th century California (Index Code: BIO)
- Deaths in San Francisco 1865-1873, 1882-1889, 1894-1896, and 1901-1904 (Index Code: EARLY DEATHS)
- San Francisco IOOF Crematory and Cemetery records (Index Codes: IOOF-CREMATE and IOOF-CEMETERY)
- San Francisco County Probate Records: Registers of Actions 1906-1942. If your ancestors or relatives appear in the CGS Names Index, you can order copies of the original estate documents from our Research Services. (Members receive a discount for this service.) (Index Code: PROBATE)
- Records from the First and Third Congregational Churches of San Francisco (Index Code: CONGR)
- San Francisco voters registered 1890 (Index Code: SF-VOTERS)
SEARCHABLE FINDING AIDS
CGS Manuscript Collection Index
CGS Vertical File Index
Large Pedigree Charts Index
First Congregational Church Deaths 1915-1917
The Colored Directory of the Leading Cities of Northern California 1916-1917 Every-word searchable image PDF of the Directory.
Alameda County Obituary Forms 1968 – 1977, an all-name index to three binders of obituary forms submitted to the San Leandro Morning News and the Alameda Star Times newspapers.
COLLECTIONS OF THE CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ON THE FAMILY SEARCH WEBSITE
Some of the collections held by CGS have been scanned and put on the FamilySearch website. To see these records you must have an account at FamilySearch. Once on the site go to the Search menu and select “Catalog”. At the “Search By:” prompt choose “Titles” and enter: California, Collections of California Genealogical Society, 1700-1942.
When you select the collection it will show a list of CGS databases that includes:
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- Phillips Family Tombstones Index, 1700-1900
- Alta and Other Newspaper People Index, 1860-1861
- San Francisco IOOF Cemetery & Columbarium Records, 1865-1932
- Griffin Allied Family Records, ca. 1900
- San Francisco Probate Register of Actions, 1806-1942
Images have not been indexed but it is relatively easy to search through the records that are in alphabetical order by surname. Start by clicking on any one of the five database links. Then look for the note written in red that says, “To view digital images …. Click here …”
Then look for another link that says “Browse through 165,529 Images”. Then you will be presented with two options – Alameda County or San Francisco County. If you choose Alameda County you will then need to select “Oakland”. When you click on Oakland it will take you to the Phillips database.
If you choose San Francisco County and then click on the town of San Francisco, you will be presented with a very long list of record groups. Do not despair. These are divided into small groups that are clearly labeled and easily navigated. For Example, you can choose “Alta and Other Newspaper People Index, Hart-Rogers, 1861” you will be presented with a record set with 3257 images. If you are looking for the Surname “Menge” that is in of the range H-R, start looking at image 1600. Ultimately you will find Mendoza at image 1980, Mengel at image 1981, and know that there is no Menge in this record set.
As you look through these records FamilySearch provides the option of looking at one card at a time or a group of cards.
The largest set of records is the San Francisco Probate Register of Actions. You can look through those folders or for a small fee our Research Committee will look for you and let you know what documents are in the probate packet. Note: there may or may not be a will. If you want to have our Research Committee look for the records for you go to the Names Search (Look-Ups) page on our website.
 This record set is of limited value.
 Griffin is a past president of CGS. These records are of limited value.
 This database tells you what documents can be found in a particular probate packet and can be of tremendous value.
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New Online Resources
Lineage Chart Images: Scanned from two books of pedigree charts created by members in 1955-1957.
San Francisco Congregational Church records. (Names in these files also appear in the CGS Names Index where non-members may order them through our Lookups Service.)
Third Congregational Church Membership Listing – 1863 to 1886
First Congregational Church Membership Listing – 1849 to 1909
Baptisms – 1851 to 1948
Marriages – BRIDE Index – 1897 to 1914/15
Marriages – BRIDE Index – 1920 to 1941
Marriages – GROOM Index – 1897 to 1914/15
Marriages – GROOM Index – 1920 to 1941
Notices from San Francisco Newspapers
San Francisco Divorces 1889 reported in the San Francisco Chronicle
SF Marriages 1891 notices in the SF Chronicle
SF Births July 1, 1904 – June 30, 1905 as reported in the SF Call
SF Brides July 1, 1904 – June 30, 1905 marriage notices in the SF Call
SF Grooms July 1, 1904 – June 30, 1905 marriage notices in the SF Call
Early Arrivals in California
Enrollment Ledger of the Association of Territorial Pioneers