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San Benito County, California genealogy and family history research page. Identify links to record collections, history, and genealogy resources to help you locate your own San Benito Co., ancestors. Get going by constructing a Free Family Tree.
San Benito County was founded 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.
Areas bordering to San Benito County are Santa Clara County (north & northwest), Merced County (northeast), Fresno County (east & southeast), Monterey County (southwest & west), Santa Cruz County (northwest) .
Other Communities in San Benito County include New Idria, Paicines, Panoche, Tres Piños. CDPs ( census-designated place) include Aromas, Ridgemark.
Since its creation San Benito County boundries have changed to include these:
San Benito County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found 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. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.
A list of San Benito County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often overlook the advantages of San Benito 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 San Benito 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 - San Benito's third courthouse was a lavishly decorated building with an exterior modeled on the Farnese Palace in Rome and elaborate balustrades of polished red cedar within. The Hollister landmark withstood many earthquakes but was structurally damaged in a 1961 quake. The courts were moved into a quickly remodeled library while a new courthouse was constructed. The old courthouse was razed the following year.
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 San Benito County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land was later added from counties Fresno (1887) and Merced (1887).
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to suggest your own preferred San Benito County genealogy or family history associated sites.