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San Benito County, California
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San Benito County, California Facts

San Benito County

When was San Benito County, CA Created?
San Benito County was established on February 12, 1874 from Monterey County . This county was named for the San Benito Valley. In his expedition in 1772, Crespi named a small river in honor of San Benidicto (Saint Benedict), the patron saint of the married, and it is from the contraction of this name that the county took its name.

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

What counties are adjacent to San Benito County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Santa Clara County (north & northwest), Merced County (northeast), Fresno County (east & southeast), Monterey County (southwest & west), Santa Cruz County (northwest) .

What cities and towns are in San Benito County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Hollister, San Juan Bautista .

San Benito County, CA Vital Records

Where can find San Benito County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
San Benito 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 San Benito 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, 439 Fourth Street, Hollister, CA 95023; Office (831) 637-5367

San Benito County, CA Census Records

What San Benito County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for San Benito County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

San Benito Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1880. San Benito Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1880. San Benito 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.

San Benito County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

SanBenito County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the San Benito County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in San Benito 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 San Benito County Courthouse
  • San Benito County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • San Benito 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: 1850 / 1874
    • Marriage Records: 1874
    • Land Records: 1850
  • San Benito 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: 1874 
    • Court Records: 1874 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

San Benito County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

San Benito Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

San Benito Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

San Benito Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

San Benito Co. CA General and History Websites

San Benito Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

San Benito Co. CA Military Records

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