The Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County will celebrate its 45th anniversary in 2016. In 2011 we launched this website. We hope to provide many more years of service to researchers.
The official county government web site provides a link to the department of the Recorder where you can find out about obtaining copies of birth, death and marriage documents recorded in Santa Cruz County. Other recordable official papers may also be found in this office. The County provides an online index to their public records from 1978 to the present. From 1850 to 1977 you must use the handwritten indices.
The Santa Cruz Public Libraries maintains an extensive collection of articles, illustrations, and other documents on the history of Santa Cruz County.
There is a Wikipedia article on Santa Cruz County which includes some history as well as current information. But an even more interesting view of the history of the county is found at Santa Cruz Wiki.