During the 19th century thousands of people were attracted to the growing city of San Francisco on the west coast of California. Many came from the eastern half of the United States, from European or Asian countries. The area became a true melting pot of individuals. Even after the great earthquake of April 1906, there were vast numbers of people who immigrated to this city to help rebuild it.If you had an ancestor from the city of San Francisco or surrounding area the San Francisco Mortuary Viewer of Records site, set up by SFGenealogy, will be essential in your research. The documents are from the records held by the various funeral homes from 1895 to the 1980s throughout the city. These private businesses held onto their records for decades, so that SFGenealogy was able to collect and scan the pages.