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Kern County, California
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Kern County, California Facts

Kern County

When was Kern County, CA Created?
Kern County was established on April 2, 1866 from Tulare County and Los Angeles County . This county derived its name from the Kern River, which was named for Edward Kern, topographer of General John C. Fremont’s 1845 expedition.

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

What counties are adjacent to Kern County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Los Angeles County (south), Ventura County (south), Santa Barbara County (southwest), San Luis Obispo County (west), Kings County (northwest), Tulare County (north), Inyo County (northeast), San Bernardino County (east). .

What cities and towns are in Kern County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bakersfield, Delano, Arvin, California City, McFarland, Ridgecrest, Shafter, Tehachapi, Wasco, Maricopa, Taft .

Kern County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Kern County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Kern 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 Kern 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, 1800 Mt. Vernon Ave., 1st Floor, Bakersfield, CA 93306; Office (661) 868-0335

Kern County, CA Census Records

What Kern County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Kern 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.

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

Kern County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Kern County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Kern County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Kern 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 Kern County Courthouse
  • Kern County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Kern 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.
    • Address: 1655 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
    • Phone: (661) 868-6449
    • Birth / Death Records: 1850
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1850
  • Kern 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

Kern County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Kern Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Kern Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Kern Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Kern Co. CA General and History Websites

Kern Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Kern Co. CA Military Records

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