Lis Pendens filings for San Mateo County are found in drawers 53-56A in the County Record Repository. There are also eight registers located on shelves along the back wall. This index to the original filings located in the drawers includes records dating from the 1850s through the early 1900s.
You will find records related to right of way such as that of the Ocean Shore Railway Co, foreclosures, and satisfaction of mechanic's liens among others. Some state that they are an effort to quiet title, which means a suit is being brought to obtain a determination of the title of a certain piece of property. These suits can involve property lines, probate problems and more. While these documents can provide great information for your family research, they are also interesting in and of themselves. They come in all colors and on various types of paper including oil cloth. Some are handwritten. Some are fill in forms. Others have been specially printed in their entirety.
Code of Civil Procedure
Lis Pendens - What it is and how it affects title