Research Requests

Many of our library, archives, and photo records are now searchable online.

Click here for more information and to start searching.

Please use this form to submit requests for genealogical and biological information. For general research inquiries, please email

  • You may submit up to two names per form.
  • Include FULL name(s), locality within the Santa Clara County, and approximate dates.
  • Fees are PER NAME for each item selected below.
  • The fee is FOR THE SEARCH – we charge for the time spent doing research, whether the information is found in the records or not.
  • The fee includes up to 10 pages of photocopies per request. If there are additional charges, we will contact you before we proceed.
  • You will receive a photocopy of the relevant documents or pages, depending on the resource.
  • Expect up to 30 days for a response.

Please see the Biographical Research Guide for a full description of each resource. We have very limited information on individuals who died after 1920.

Please print form and mail to:
Curator of Library and Archives
History San José
1650 Senter Road
San José, CA 95112-2599

Enclose a check or money order for the full fee amount, made out to History San José.
Order will not be processed without it. If you choose to submit the request online, we will contact you regarding final costs before proceeding.

Please note: Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required. We cannot process your request without this information.

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