City of San Diego Digital Archives
San Diego City Directories – 1874, 1926-1960. 
Collections: /collections
Documents, 1850 – 1966
Land records, 1850 - 1966
Special Collections, 1850-1966
Historical Photos:

San Diego County Recorder
County Administration Building
1600 Pacific Coast Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 237-0502
Birth, marriage, death records. Real estate, property records.

San Diego Family History Center
Mission Valley location closed for remodeling.
Temporary location – 6767 51st Street, San Diego, CA 92120 
Call to verify that it is open before you go. (619) 584-7668 
Tuesday – 10 am to 1pm
Wednesday – 12 noon to 8 pm
Thursday -- 10 am to 2 pm
Friday -- 10 am to 2 pm
Saturday -- 10 am to 2 pm


San Diego Central Library
330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
9th floor:
1) Genealogy Collection. is available in the library at no charge.
2) California Collection – California history.
3) San Diego Heritage Room – 
            San Diego city directories, Great Register of Voters, 1888-1892. 
Search the library catalog at:

Carlsbad: Georgina Cole Library
1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008 is available in the library at no charge.
Extensive genealogy library with emphasis on U. S. – 17th to early 20th centuries.

Escondido Public Library, Pioneer Room
247 South Kalmia, Escondido, CA 92025 is available in the library at no charge.

San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society library
Over 600 books for Jewish genealogy. List of books at  
Available at meetings of the society or by appointment, Monday-Friday.

UCSD Geisel Library
Gilman Drive & La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093
Library catalog:
Reference (619) 534-3336 Map Department (619) 534-1248
Histories of Jewish communities. Newspapers on microfilm.
Map Room: U. S. Board on Geographic Names Gazetteer, sectional maps of Eastern Europe.


Jewish Historical Society of San Diego
On campus of San Diego State University.
5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182
Malcolm Love Library, Irving and Sylvia Snyder Reading Room, #363.
By appointment only.
Search the archives at:

San Diego History Center
Casa de Balboa, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego
Mailing address: P.O. Box 81825, San Diego, CA 92138
(619) 232-6203
Local history, early San Diego city directories, local newspapers. 

Other San Diego localities that have historical societies 
Del Mar
El Cajon 
La Jolla
La Mesa 
Lemon Grove 
Ocean Beach 
Pacific Beach 
San Marcos 
Solana Beach
Spring Valley
Valley Center 


Many of the San Diego burials can be found on the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) and in “San Diego Jewish Burials, 1871-1995” published by the San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society.

Home of Peace Cemetery
3668 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
Many residents of Tijuana, Mexico use Home of Peace for burials.

Home of Peace is the only all Jewish cemetery in San Diego. Other cemeteries and mausoleums have dedicated Jewish sections.

Cypress View Mausoleum
3953 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92113

El Camino Memorial Park
5600 Carroll Canyon Rd., San Diego, CA 92121

Eternal Hills Memorial Park
1999 El Camino Real, Oceanside, CA 92054

Greenwood Memorial Park
4300 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113

Mount Hope Cemetery
3751 Market St., San Diego, CA 92101
Founded in 1869, Mount Hope is the oldest cemetery in San Diego. Municipal and non-denominational. The locations of all of the burials in the Mt. Hope records that refer to the Jewish section or Hebrew section are in what is now the Home of Peace Cemetery. There are many Jewish burials in Mt. Hope that are not identified as Jewish.

Old Jewish Cemetery
The first Jewish cemetery was established in San Diego about 1861. The land was donated by Louis Rose, the first Jew known to have settled in San Diego, in an area then known as Roseville (now Point Loma). The cemetery no longer exists. In 1939, the burials were removed to the Home of Peace cemetery.


Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
1700 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106 
Established 1882

Miramar National Cemetery
5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 
Established 2010

Sources for Genealogy Research in San Diego
Compiled by Roberta Berman
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