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Marin County, California
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Marin County, California Facts

Marin County

When was Marin County, CA Created?
Marin County was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for either that the county was named for Chief Marin, of the Licatiut tribe of Indians who inhabited that section and waged fierce battle against the early Spanish military explorers. The other version is that the bay between San Pedro and San Quentin points was named Bahia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario la Marinera by Ayala in 1775, and it is quite possible that Marin is simply an abbreviation of this name..

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

What counties are adjacent to Marin County, CA?
Bordering Counties are San Francisco County, Contra Costa County, Sonoma County .

What cities and towns are in Marin County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Tiburon .

Marin County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Marin County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Marin 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 Marin 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, Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, 20 N. San Pedro Road, Suite 2006, San Rafael, CA 94903; Office (415) 499-6876

Marin County, CA Census Records

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

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

Marin County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Marin County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Marin County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Marin 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 Marin County Courthouse
  • Marin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Marin 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: 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 232, San Rafael, CA 94903
    • Phone: (415) 499-6092
    • Birth / Death Records: 1868 / 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1857
    • Land Records: 1834
  • Marin 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

Marin County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Marin Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Marin Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Marin Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Marin Co. CA General and History Websites

Marin Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Marin Co. CA Military Records

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