San Mateo County, California Genealogy and History

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In the following brief historical sketch are shown only the main phases of San Mateo County’s growth, as it would be impossible to portray in detail all the events of historical importance which have occurred in the county during the last one hundred and forty years; since the white man first set foot upon peninsular soil.

First were the Indians already in loose and scattered possession of the soil; then the Spanish explorers, followed by the Jesuit and Franciscan fathers. Next came the great land grants or ranchos with titles from the Spanish crown itself. These in turn were divided into lesser estates consisting, nevertheless, of thousands of acres apportioned among various rich men with their stately country seats. The last stage of development of the county is now at hand, that in which the land is divided into its final segments consisting of smaller country estates and lots of the suburban home dweller.

History of San Mateo County, from the earliest times with a description of its resources and advantages: and the biographies of its representative men. Compiled and written by Philip W. Alexander and Charles Hamm, 1916.


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