Riverside County, California
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Riverside County

Riverside County was founded on March 11, 1893 from San Diego County and San Bernardino County . This county was named for  the City of Riverside, christened when the upper canal of the Santa Ana River reached it in 1871.

The Riverside County Seat is located in Riverside also, the county government website is www.countyofriverside.us/

Areas bordering to Riverside County are San Bernardino County (north), La Paz County, Arizona (east), Imperial County (south), San Diego County (south), Orange County (west) .

Cities and towns located in Riverside County include Banning, Beaumont, Blythe, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, Eastvale, Hemet, Indian Wells, Indio, Jurupa Valley, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norco, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Perris, Rancho Mirage, Riverside, San Jacinto, Temecula, Wildomar .

Other Communities in Riverside County include Aguanga, Anza, Chiriaco Summit, Desert Center, Eagle Mountain, Eastvale, Lost Lake, Menifee, North Shore, Ripley, River Bend Lodge, Sun City Palm Desert, Thermal, White Water. CDPs ( census-designated place) include Bermuda Dunes, Cabazon, Cherry Valley, East Blythe, East Hemet, El Cerrito, Glen Avon, Highgrove, Home Gardens, Homeland, Idyllwild-Pine Cove, Lakeland Village, Lakeview, March ARB, Mecca, Mira Loma, Murrieta Hot Springs, Nuevo, Pedley, Quail Valley, Romoland, Rubidoux, Sedco Hills, Sun City, Sunnyslope, Thousand Palms, Valle Vista, Wildomar, Winchester, Woodcrest. .

Since its creation Riverside County boundries have changed to include these:

  1. Most of the new county had been in San Diego County from 1850 to 1893 when it was moved to the new county.
  2. Territory in San Diego County from 1850 to 1851, and in Los Angeles County from 1851 to 1853, was in San Bernardino County from 1853 to 1893, when it was moved to the new county.
  3. Territory in Los Angeles County from 1850 to 1851, was in San Bernardino County from 1853 to 1893, when it was moved to the new county.
  4. Territory in Los Angeles County from 1850 to 1851, was in San Diego County from 1851 to 1893, when it was moved in to help create the new county.

Riverside 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 Riverside 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.

Riverside County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Riverside County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Riverside County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Riverside County Courthouse and Government Records


Riverside County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of Riverside 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 Riverside 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 - Riverside's original courthouse was rented space on the ground floor of a downtown hotel until a 1902 bond measure for construction of a monumental new courthouse won voter approval. Modeled on the Grand Palais in Paris, the building occupies nearly a full block and reflects Riverside's turn-of-the-century status as one of the state's wealthiest counties. After sustaining minor damage in previous earthquakes, in 1994 the building was vacated following the Northridge quake. Riverside's landmark was restored with funds from court filing fees and rededicated in October 1998.

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 Riverside County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county.

Remember to get in touch with the clerk's dept to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics prior to visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. A good number of employees will assist persons in obtaining the materials, but it's up to the person to do the research.
  • Riverside County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Riverside 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: 2724 Gateway Drive, Riverside, CA 92507, OR P.O. Box 751, Riverside, CA 92502-0751
    • Phone: (951) 486-7000
    • Birth / Death Records: 1893
    • Marriage Records: 1893
    • Land Records: 1893
  • Riverside 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: 1893 
    • Court Records: 1893 
  • Riverside County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 4065 County Circle Drive, Riverside, CA 92503; Office (951) 358-5068

Riverside County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Riverside 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 Riverside County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Riverside Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Riverside Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Riverside Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Riverside Co. CA Census Records

Riverside Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Riverside Co. CA Church & Bible Records

Riverside Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Riverside Co. CA General and History Websites

Riverside Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Riverside Co. CA Military Records

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