Genealogy and Local History

You will need your Los Gatos Library card number to access these databases from your home or work.
(except Ancestry which is only accessible within the library)
Ancestry (Available in library use ONLY)
Genealogical database
History Los Gatos
An archive of Los Gatos History
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History Reference Center
Find peer reviewed articles and information on and about history
LG Weekly Times
Los Gatos Weekly Times
1999- Present
NewBank -1922
News Bank
San Jose Mercury News 1886- 1923 (public domain)
News Bank
San Jose Mercury News 1985- Present

Local History Resources

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Find and reserve books about Los Gatos History in our catalog

Historical Research Websites

Los Gatos Historical Images Collection

Digital Mapping of Los Gatos

Interactive maps of Los Gatos to help you with your property research.  You can view zoning districts, parcels, schools, parks, and more.

Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society

The Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society SCCHGS is a nonprofit educational organization.  They:

  • promote the study of history and genealogy
  • collect documents and manuscripts
  • record and preserve family histories
  • provide research method instruction
  • encourage compilation and publication
  • assist other groups with common goals
  • support and maintain the genealogical collection in the Santa Clara City Public Library

Chronicling America

Historic American Newspapers. Limit to California and search with "Los Gatos" as one of your search terms.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

A keyword searchable database of California newspapers from 1846-present. It includes the San Francisco Call and the Chronicle - which often have information on Los Gatos.