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Kings County, California
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Kings County, California Facts

Kings County

When was Kings County, CA Created?
Kings County was established on March 22, 1893 from Tulare County. This county derived its name from the Kings River which, according to Padre Munoz’ diary of the Moraga Expedition of 1806, was discovered in 1805 by an exploring expedition and named Rio de los Santos Reyes (River of the Holy Kings).

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

What counties are adjacent to Kings County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Kern County (south), Tulare County (east), Fresno County (north & northwest), Monterey County (west), San Luis Obispo County (southwest) .

What cities and towns are in Kings County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Armona, Avenal, Corcoran, Hanford, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lemoore, Lemoore Station, Stratford .

Kings County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Kings County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Kings 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 Kings 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, 330 Campus Drive, Hanford, CA 93230; Office (559) 584-1401 ext. 2604

Kings County, CA Census Records

What Kings County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Kings County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1900, 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.

Kings County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Kings County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Kings County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Kings 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 Kings County Courthouse
  • Kings County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Kings 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) 582-3211 Ext. 2470
    • Birth / Death Records: 1893
    • Marriage Records: 1893
    • Land Records: 1893
  • Kings 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: 1893 
    • Court Records: 1893 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Kings County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Kings Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Kings Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Kings Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Kings Co. CA General and History Websites

Kings Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Kings Co. CA Military Records

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