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Madera County, California Facts

Madera County

When was Madera County, CA Created?
Madera County was established on March 11, 1893 from Fresno County . This county was named for the Spanish word that means “timber.” The county derived its name from the town of Madera, named when the California Lumber Company built a flume to carry lumber to the railroad there in 1876.

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

What counties are adjacent to Madera County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Fresno County (south & west), Merced County (northwest), Mariposa County (north), Tuolumne County (northeast), Mono County (northeast) .

What cities and towns are in Madera County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Ahwahnee, Bass Lake, Bonadelle Ranchos-Madera Ranchos, Chowchilla, Coarsegold, Fairmead, Knowles, La Vina, Madera, Madera Acres, Nipinnawasee, North Fork, O'Neals, Oakhurst, Parksdale, Parkwood, Raymond, Ripperdan, Rolling Hills, Sugar Pine, Yosemite Lakes .

Madera County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Madera County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Madera 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 Madera 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, 14215 Road 28, Madera, CA 93638; Office (559) 675-7893

Madera County, CA Census Records

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

Madera County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Madera County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Madera County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Madera 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 Madera County Courthouse
  • Madera County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Madera 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) 675-7724
    • Birth / Death Records: 1883 / 1892
    • Marriage Records: 1893
    • Land Records: 1893
  • Madera 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

Madera County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Madera Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Madera Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Madera Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Madera Co. CA General and History Websites

Madera Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Madera Co. CA Military Records

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