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San Bernardino County was founded 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. .
Areas bordering to San Bernardino County 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) .
Cities and towns located in San Bernardino 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:
San Bernardino 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 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.
San Bernardino County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found 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. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.
A list of San Bernardino County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often overlook the advantages of San Bernardino 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 Bernardino 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 - After supervisors approved a $40,000 tax to construct a new Hall of Records in the late 1880s, south county residents voted to separate from San Bernardino and formed Riverside County in 1893. Undeterred, San Bernardino supervisors approved another tax to finance the construction of this Romanesque Revival building, which was demolished in 1928 after the construction of the current courthouse. The clock in this photo was removed and stored for more than 40 years until it was reinstalled in a new tower a half block from the site of the old courthouse.
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 Bernardino County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land was added from Los Angeles County in 1878.
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to suggest your own preferred San Bernardino County genealogy or family history associated sites.