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Merced County, California Facts

Merced County

When was Merced County, CA Created?
Merced County was established on April 19, 1855 from Mariposa County. This county name derived its name from the Merced River of El Rio de Nuestra Senora de la Merced (River of Our Lady of Mercy); named in 1806 by an expedition, headed by Gabriel Moraga, which came upon it at the end of a hot dusty ride.

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

What counties are adjacent to Merced County, CA?
Bordering Counties are San Benito County (southwest), Santa Clara County (west), Stanislaus County (north), Mariposa County (east), Madera County (southeast), Fresno County (south) .

What cities and towns are in Merced County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Atwater, Livingston, Los Banos, Merced, Dos Palos, Gustine .

Merced County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Merced County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Merced 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 Merced 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, 260 East 15th Street, Merced, CA 95341-0471; Office (209) 381-1013

Merced County, CA Census Records

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

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

Merced County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Merced County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Merced County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Merced 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 Merced County Courthouse
  • Merced County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Merced 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: 2222 M Street, Merced, CA 95340
    • Phone: (209) 385-7627
    • Birth / Death Records: 1873 / 1889
    • Marriage Records: 1855
    • Land Records: 1856
  • Merced 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: 1855 
    • Court Records: 1855 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Merced County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Merced Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Merced Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Merced Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Merced Co. CA General and History Websites

Merced Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Merced Co. CA Military Records

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