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County Map Books Collection

Last modified: 4/9/2014 11:23 AM

The Map Books consist of approximately 5,900 maps recorded with the county dating from circa 1850 to 1957. Recorded documents include subdivisions, surveys of property, cemetery plans, and other maps. Information on each map includes date recorded, person recorded for, and title of survey. Additional information may include notarized statement by property owner, statement by licensed surveyor, notice of approval by board of supervisors, and additional approvals by county or city officials. These maps are bound into 108 volumes. The archives have volumes A through Z, and volumes 1 through 82. Volumes not included are 44, 46, 48, 50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 66, 68, 71, 73, 76, and 81.

The recorded maps can no longer be viewed at the Archives.  All maps can be accessed at the Clerk-Recorder's Office at:

70 W. Hedding St.
1st Floor, East Wing
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 299-5688

You may search the maps using the index below. Each index entry typically includes the title of the map, street names, city (if applicable), date surveyed, date recorded, owner, surveyor and any additional notes about the map. The Recorder Map Books are available at the County Archives. Additional information about any map may be obtained by contacting the Archives by e-mail or phone.

To find a map, type search criteria in the text box and press ENTER or click SEARCH. If the number of responses fills more than one page, use the drop box in the middle of the screen to select the specific page you would like to view. To limit your search results, enter multiple search criteria (eg. holt 1906).

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