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Los Angeles County, California Facts

Los Angeles County

When was Los Angeles County, CA Created?
Los Angeles County was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for the words los angeles literally mean “the angels” and are a contraction of the original name Pueblo del Rio de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula (the Town of the River of Our Lady, Queen of the Angeles). In 1781, Governor Felipe de Neve issued orders for the establishment of the pueblo on El Rio Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. The pueblo in time became known as the Ciudad de Los Angeles (City of the Angels), and it is from this contraction that the present name is derived.

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

What counties are adjacent to Los Angeles County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Ventura County (west), Kern County (north), San Bernardino County (east), Orange County (southeast) .

What cities and towns are in Los Angeles County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Los Angeles .

Los Angeles County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Los Angeles County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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 Deaths, 313 North Figueroa Street, Room Lobby-1, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Birth (213) 240-7812, Death (213) 240-7816

Los Angeles County, CA Census Records

What Los Angeles County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Los Angeles County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Los Angeles Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Los Angeles Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Los Angeles 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.

Los Angeles County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

LosAngeles County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Los Angeles County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles County Courthouse
  • Los Angeles County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Los Angeles 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: 12400 East Imperial Highway, Room 1002, Norwalk, CA 90650
    • Phone: (562) 462-2137
    • Birth / Death Records: 1849 / 1874
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1850
  • Los Angeles 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: 1850 
    • Court Records: 1850 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Los Angeles County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Los Angeles Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Los Angeles Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Los Angeles Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Los Angeles Co. CA General and History Websites

Los Angeles Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Los Angeles Co. CA Military Records

Los Angeles Co. CA Schools & Directories

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