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Fresno County, California
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Fresno County, California Facts

Fresno County

When was Fresno County, CA Created?
Fresno County was established on April 19, 1856 from Mariposa County, Merced County, and Tulare County . This county was named for Fresno in Spanish signifies “ash tree” and it was because of the abundance of mountain ash or ash trees in the county that it received its name.

What is the County Seat of Fresno County, CA?
The County Seat is located in Fresno also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Fresno County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Tulare County (south), Kings County (south), Monterey County (southwest), San Benito County (west), Merced County (northwest), Madera County (north), Mono County (northeast), Inyo County (east) .

What cities and towns are in Fresno County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Auberry, Big Creek, Biola, Bowles, Calwa, Cantua Creek, Caruthers, Centerville, Clovis, Coalinga, Del Rey, Dunlap, Easton, Firebaugh, Fort Washington, Fowler, Fresno, Friant, Highway City, Huron, Kerman, Kingsburg, Lanare, Laton, Malaga, Mayfair, Mendota, Mercey Hot Springs, Minkler, Monmouth, Old Fig Garden, Orange Cove, Parlier, Prather, Raisin City, Reedley, Riverdale, Rolinda, San Joaquin, Sanger, Selma, Shaver Lake, Squaw Valley, Sunnyside, Tarpey Village, Three Rocks, Tollhouse, Tranquillity, West Park .

Fresno County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Fresno County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Fresno County vital records can be found at the California Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records from July 1905, marriage records that occurred from 1949-1986 and 1998-1999, divorce records that occurred between 1962 and June, 1984. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in California for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Fresno County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for California Birth Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Local Registrar of Births and Death, 1221 Fulton Mall , First Floor, Fresno, CA 93721; Mail to: P.O. Box 11867; Fresno, CA 93775; Office (559) 445-3310

Fresno County, CA Census Records

What Fresno County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Fresno County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Fresno Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Fresno Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Fresno Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890.

Another California census is the California State Census in 1852. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also California Census Records Research Guide.

Fresno County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Fresno County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Fresno County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Fresno County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. Some counties encompass land settled in the eighteenth century; their records pre-date county formation. Land transactions and vital records recorded in the county are at the county recorder's office. The county clerk general has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be in either place, depending on how filed. See Also California Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Old Fresno County Courthouse
  • Fresno County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Fresno County Recorder-Clerk is s responsible for examination and recording of all documents presented for recording that deal with establishing ownership of land in the County or as required by statute; administers the real property transfer tax law and maintains a permanent record and indexes of all documents for public viewing plus providing certified copies requested by the public; recording of all lawful documents such as deeds, deeds of trust, judgments, liens, affidavits, Uniform Commercial Code Financial Statements, etc; and the filing of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.
    • Phone: (559) 600-3476
    • Birth / Death Records: 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1856
    • Land Records: 1856
  • Fresno County Clerk of Superior Court has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be here or in the Recorders Office, depending on how it was filed.
    • Address: 1100 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, CA 93724-0002
    • Phone: (559) 457-2000
    • Probate Records: 1880 
    • Court Records: 1856 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Fresno County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Fresno County, CA?
A list of Fresno County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Californiia Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Fresno County, CA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Fresno County, CA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Fresno County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is basically a listing which has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

Fresno Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Fresno Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Fresno Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Fresno Co. CA General and History Websites

Fresno Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Fresno Co. CA Military Records

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