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Mono County, California Facts

Mono County

When was Mono County, CA Created?
Mono County was established 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.

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

What counties are adjacent to Mono County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Inyo County, Fresno County, Madera County, Tuolumne County, Alpine County, Douglas County, Nevada, Lyon County, Nevada, Mineral County, Nevada, Esmeralda County, Nevada. .

What cities and towns are in Mono County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the 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 .

Mono County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Mono County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Mono 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 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.

Vital Records can also be found in the Local Registrar of Births and Death, 221 Twin Lakes Road, Bridgeport, CA 93517; Mail to: P.O. Box 476, Bridgeport, CA 93517; Office (760) 932-5580

Mono County, CA Census Records

What Mono County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Mono County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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.

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.

Mono County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Mono County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Mono County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Mono 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 Mono County Courthouse
  • Mono County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Mono 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.
    • Birth / Death Records: 1873 / 1877
    • Marriage Records: 1862
    • Land Records: 1861
  • Mono 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: 1864 
    • Court Records: 1864 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Mono County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Mono Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Mono Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Mono Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Mono Co. CA General and History Websites

Mono Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Mono Co. CA Military Records

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