The National Archives at San Francisco

Services for the Public

Genealogy Research

The National Archives at San Francisco, located in our San Bruno facility, has extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research, including:

  • Federal population censuses for all States, 1790-1930

  • Indexes for the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses (indexes are not available for all census years and all states)

  • Censuses listing residents of American Samoa and Native Americans in California and Nevada

  • Records documenting the removal of Cherokees and other tribes included in Oklahoma Removal, ca. 1900

  • Passenger arrival records for the port of San Francisco

  • Indexes to naturalization records from Federal courts in Honolulu, Reno (NV) and San Francisco

  • Maritime records for San Francisco and other ports

  • Revolutionary war military service records

  • Early pension and bounty land warrant applications Galveston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco;

  • naturalization records.

  • In our Research Room we have only a few microfilm publications and reference books available for genealogical research on the Five Civilized Tribes. The main repositories for these records is the National Archives at Fort Worth and the National Archives at Atlanta (See their PDF file entitled, " Researching Individual Native Americans at the National Archives at Atlanta").
    See also NARA's main page on researching Native Americans.

Self-service microfilm readers and reader-printers are available without appointment. A 2-hour limit is imposed when researchers are waiting.

Additional help:

NARA's Online Microfilm Catalog allows researchers to determine the microfilm publications held by the San Bruno facility.

Use the online catalog to search for records at the National Archives at San Francisco.

Chinese Immigration and Chinese in the United States: Records in the Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration, RIP 99, 1996. Selected information pertains to records at the San Francisco facility.

Explore the Genealogy section of the NARA web site, for additional general information about NARA's genealogical resources.

Genealogy Links from the Archives Library and Information Center includes links on how to do genealogical research, genealogy resources around the world, and databases of family trees.

Genealogical Resources on the World Wide Web , for links to non NARA genealogical web sites.

E-mail your inquiry.

Call the National Archives at San Francisco at 650-238-3501.

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