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Inyo County, California
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Inyo County, California Facts

Inyo County

When was Inyo County, CA Created?
Inyo County was established on March 22, 1866 from Mono County and Tulare County . This county derived its name from the Indian name for the mountains in its area. The meaning of the word inyo is “dwelling place of the great spirit.”

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

What counties are adjacent to Inyo County, CA?
Bordering Counties are San Bernardino County (south), Kern County (southwest), Tulare County (west), Fresno County (west), Mono County (north), Esmeralda County, Nevada (northeast), Nye County, Nevada (east), Clark County, Nevada (southeast). .

What cities and towns are in Inyo County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Big Pine, Bishop, Calavada Springs, Cartago, Darwin, Deep Springs, Dixon Lane-Meadow Creek, Furnace Creek, Homewood Canyon, Independence, Keeler, Lone Pine, Mesa, Olancha, Pearsonville, Round Valley, Shoshone, Tecopa, Valley Wells, West Bishop, Wilkerson .

Inyo County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Inyo County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Inyo 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 Inyo 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, 155 East Market Street, Mail to: P.O. Drawer H, Independence, CA 93526; Office (760) 878-0242

Inyo County, CA Census Records

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

Inyo Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Inyo Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Inyo 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.

Inyo County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Inyo County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Inyo County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Inyo 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 Inyo County Courthouse
  • Inyo County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Inyo 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) 878-0222
    • Birth / Death Records: 1905
    • Marriage Records: 1873
    • Land Records: 1866
  • Inyo 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: 1866 
    • Court Records: 1866 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Inyo County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Inyo Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Inyo Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Inyo Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Inyo Co. CA General and History Websites

Inyo Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Inyo Co. CA Military Records

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