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Monterey County, California Facts

Monterey County

When was Monterey County, CA Created?
Monterey County was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for the Bay of Monterey. The word itself is composed of the Spanish words monte and rey, and literally means “king of the forest.” The bay was named by Sebastian Vizcaino in 1602, in honor of the Conde de Monterey, the Viceroy of New Spain.

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

What counties are adjacent to Monterey County, CA?
Bordering Counties are San Luis Obispo County, Kings County, Fresno County, San Benito County, Santa Cruz County .

What cities and towns are in Monterey County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Sand City, Seaside, Soledad .

Monterey County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Monterey County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Monterey 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 Monterey 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, 1270 Natividad Road, Room 227.01, Salinas, CA 93906-3198; Office (831) 755-4504

Monterey County, CA Census Records

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

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

Monterey County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Monterey County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Monterey County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Monterey 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 Monterey County Courthouse
  • Monterey County Courthouse (Completed 1878, all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Monterey 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: 168 West Alisal Street, First Floor, Salinas, CA 93901
    • Phone: (831) 755-5041
    • Birth / Death Records: 1824 / 1887
    • Marriage Records: 1887
    • Land Records: 1850
  • Monterey 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

Monterey County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Monterey Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Monterey Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Monterey Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Monterey Co. CA General and History Websites

Monterey Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Monterey Co. CA Military Records

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