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Riverside County, California
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Riverside County, California Facts

Riverside County

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

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

What counties are adjacent to Riverside County, CA?
Bordering Counties are San Bernardino County (north), La Paz County, Arizona (east), Imperial County (south), San Diego County (south), Orange County (west) .

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

Riverside County, CA Vital Records

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

Vital Records can also be found in the Local Registrar of Births and Death, 4065 County Circle Drive, Riverside, CA 92503; Office (951) 358-5068

Riverside County, CA Census Records

What Riverside County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Riverside County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940

One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also California Census Records Research Guide.

Riverside County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Riverside County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Riverside County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Riverside 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 Riverside County Courthouse
  • 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 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Riverside County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Riverside Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Riverside Co. CA Cemeteries & Church 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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