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Imperial County, California
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Imperial County, California Facts

Imperial County

When was Imperial County, CA Created?
Imperial County was established on August 6, 1907 from San Diego County (was the last formed, the 58th of the existing 58 counties). This county derived its name from the Imperial Valley and is the “youngest” of California’s counties. The valley was named for the Imperial Land Company, a subsidiary of the California Development Company, which at the turn of the century had reclaimed the southern portion of the Colorado desert for agriculture.

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

What counties are adjacent to Imperial County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Riverside County, Yuma County, Arizona, La Paz County, Arizona, San Diego County .

What cities and towns are in Imperial County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include El Centro, Calexico, Brawley, Imperial, Calipatria, Holtville, Heber, Westmorland, Seeley, Niland, Salton City, Desert Shores, Winterhaven, Salton Sea Beach, Bombay Beach, Ocotillo, Palo Verde, Bard, California, Glamis, California, Plaster City .

Imperial County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Imperial County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Imperial 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 Imperial 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, 935 Broadway, El Centro, CA 92243; Office (760) 482-4438

Imperial County, CA Census Records

What Imperial County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Imperial County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940

One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also California Census Records Research Guide.

Imperial County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Imperial County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Imperial County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Imperial 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 Imperial County Courthouse
  • Imperial County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Imperial 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:  (760) 482-4272
    • Birth / Death Records: 1900
    • Marriage Records: 1903
    • Land Records: 1851
  • Imperial 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.
    • Probate Records: 1907 
    • Court Records: 1907 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Imperial County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Imperial County, CA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Imperial 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.

Imperial Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Imperial Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Imperial Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Imperial Co. CA General and History Websites

Imperial Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Imperial Co. CA Military Records

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