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San Bernardino County, California
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San Bernardino County, California Facts

San Bernardino County

When was San Bernardino County, CA Created?
San Bernardino County was established on April 26, 1853 from Los Angeles County . This county was named for the Saint Bernard is the patron saint of mountain passes. The name Bernardino means “bold as a bear.” The Spanish gave the name San Bernardino to the snowcapped peak in southern California, in honor of the saint; from him the county derived its name. .

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

What counties are adjacent to San Bernardino County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Inyo County (north), Clark County, Nevada (northeast), Mohave County, Arizona (east), La Paz County, Arizona (southeast), Riverside County (south), Orange County (southwest), Los Angeles County (west), Kern County (west) .

What cities and towns are in San Bernardino County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Hesperia, Highland, Loma Linda, Montclair, Needles, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, Upland, Victorville, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley .

Other Communities in San Bernardino County include Amboy, Angelus Oaks, Baker, Blue Jay, Cadiz, Calico, Cima, Daggett, Devore, Essex, Fort Irwin, Goffs, Green Valley Lake, Halloran Springs, Helendale, Hinkley, Kelso, Landers, Lucerne Valley, Lytle Creek, Nipton, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Pioneertown, Rice, Sugarloaf, Sunfair, Sunfair Heights, Trona, Vidal, Yermo, Zzyzx. CDPs ( census-designated place) include Big Bear City, Big River, Bloomington, Bluewater, Crestline, Joshua Tree, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Mentone, Morongo Valley, Mountain View Acres, Muscoy, Nebo Center, Running Springs, San Antonio Heights, Searles Valley, Twentynine Palms Base, Wrightwood. .

Since its creation San Bernardino County boundries have changed to include these:

  1. Most of San Bernardino County territory had been in San Diego County from 1850 to 1851 and then in Los Angeles County from 1851 to 1853 when it was moved to the new county.
  2. A smaller territory was in Mariposa County from 1850 to 1851, then in Los Angeles County from 1851 to 1853 when it was moved to San Bernardino County.
  3. A third territory had been in Los Angeles County from 1850 to 1853 when it was moved to the new county.
  4. Territory in Mariposa County from 1850 to 1851, was in Los Angeles County from 1851 to 1878*, when it was added to San Bernardino County.
  5. Territory in Los Angeles County from 1850 to 1878* was added to San Bernardino County.
  6. Territory which at one time was in San Bernardino County is now in Inyo County and Riverside County

San Bernardino County, CA Vital Records

Where can find San Bernardino County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
San Bernardino 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 Bernardino 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, 340 North Mountain View Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415-0038; Office (909) 387-4247

San Bernardino County, CA Census Records

What San Bernardino County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for San Bernardino County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

San Bernardino Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. San Bernardino Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. San Bernardino 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 Bernardino County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

SanBernardino County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the San Bernardino County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in San Bernardino 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 Bernardino County Courthouse
  • San Bernardino County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • San Bernardino 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: 222 West Hospitality Lane, First Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415-0022
    • Phone: 855-REC-CLRK
    • Birth / Death Records: 1854 / 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1854
    • Land Records: 1854
  • San Bernardino 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: 1856 
    • Court Records: 1853 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

San Bernardino County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in San Bernardino County, CA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to San Bernardino 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 Bernardino Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

San Bernardino Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

San Bernardino Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

San Bernardino Co. CA General and History Websites

San Bernardino Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

San Bernardino Co. CA Military Records

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