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Mono County was founded on April 24, 1861 primarily from Calaveras County, Fresno County, and Mariposa County . This county was named for Mono Lake, which, in 1852, was named for an Indian tribe that inhabited the Sierra Nevada from north of Mono Lake to Owens Lake. The tribe’s western neighbors, the Yokuts, called them monachie, meaning “fly people,” because the pupae of a fly was their chief food staple and trading article.
Areas bordering to Mono County are Inyo County (south), Fresno County (southwest), Madera County (southwest), Tuolumne County (west), Alpine County (northwest), Douglas County, Nevada (north), Lyon County, Nevada (northeast), Mineral County, Nevada (east), Esmeralda County, Nevada (southeast). .
Cities and towns located in Mono County include Aspen Springs, Benton, Bridgeport, Chalfant, Coleville, Crowley Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, McGee Creek, Mono City, Paradise, Sunny Slopes, Swall Meadows, Topaz, Walker .
Other Communities in Mono County include Bodie, Bridgeport, Chalfant, Coleville, Lee Vining, Swall Meadows .
Since its creation Mono County boundries have changed to include these:
Mono County vital records can be found at the California Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. 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 Mono 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.
Mono County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Mono Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Mono Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Mono Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.
A list of Mono County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often overlook the advantages of Mono County court, probate, and land files as a useful resource of genealogical details. Hidden away in California courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the dreams and frustrations of the many California inhabitants.
The possibilities are great that your potential forefathers have left a detailed document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Mono County court records. Even if your ancestors is not mentioned in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him showing up in court records.
Courthouse History - After a survey of state boundaries, in 1863 citizens of Mono were alarmed to learn that their county seat, Aurora, lay three miles inside the Territory of Nevada. It was reported that upon hearing the news, the presiding judge immediately closed the court and announced that he would try no further cases there. Voters selected Bridgeport as the new center of government and built a landmark Italianate building that remains in use as one of the state's oldest operating courthouses. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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.
The following facts indicates whatever marriage, birth, death, land, wills, and court records will be in Mono County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land from Amador County was added in 1866.
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Mono 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. Feel free to suggest your own preferred Mono County genealogy or family history associated sites.