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San Diego County, California genealogy and family history research page. Identify links to record collections, history, and genealogy resources to help you locate your own San Diego Co., ancestors. Get going by constructing a Free Family Tree.
San Diego County was founded on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for San Diego Bay, which had been rechristened by Vizcaino in 1602, in honor of the Franciscan, San Diego de Alcala de Henares, whose name was borne by his flagship.
Cities and towns located in San Diego County include Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, Vista .
Other Communities in San Diego County include 4S Ranch, Boulevard, Campo, Descanso, Dulzura, Jacumba, Jesmond Dene, Lincoln Acres, Mount Laguna, Ocotillo Wells, Pala, Potrero, Tecate, Santa Ysabel. CDPs ( census-designated place) include Alpine, Bonita, Bonsall, Borrego Springs, Bostonia, Camp Pendleton North, Camp Pendleton South, Casa de Oro-Mount Helix, Crest, Fairbanks Ranch, Fallbrook, Granite Hills, Harbison Canyon, Hidden Meadows, Jamul, Julian, La Presa, Lake San Marcos, Lakeside, Pine Valley, Rainbow, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego Country Estates, Spring Valley, Valley Center, Winter Gardens.
Since its creation San Diego County boundries have changed to include Territory which at one time was in San Diego County is now in Imperial County, Inyo County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County.
San Diego County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
San Diego Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. San Diego Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. San Diego 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 Diego County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often overlook the advantages of San Diego 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 Diego 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 - The 42 stained-glass windows from the clerestory of the 19th-century building, which was razed in 1959, are now displayed in county courthouses around San Diego, including 12 in the central atrium of the Hall of Justice. The elaborate windows depict the Great Seals of all the states then in the Union and were recovered from a rented storage area in 1978.
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 Diego County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county.
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to San Diego 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 Diego County genealogy or family history associated sites.