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San Joaquin County, California Facts

San Joaquin County

When was San Joaquin County, CA Created?
San Joaquin County was established on  February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for the county takes its name from the San Joaquin River. In the early 1800s Lieutenant Moraga, commanding an expedition in the lower great Central Valley of California, gave the name of San Joaquin (meaning Saint Joachim) to a rivulet that springs from the Sierra Nevada mountains and empties into Buena Vista Lake.

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

What counties are adjacent to San Joaquin County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Stockton, Lathrop, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Tracy, Escalon .

What cities and towns are in San Joaquin County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Stanislaus County (south & southeast), Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Sacramento County, Amador County, Calaveras County .

San Joaquin County, CA Vital Records

Where can find San Joaquin County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
San Joaquin 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 Joaquin 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, 1601 East Hazelton Avenue, Stockton, CA 95205 OR P. O. Box 2009, Stockton, CA 95201-2009; Office (209) 468-3404

San Joaquin County, CA Census Records

What San Joaquin County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for San Joaquin County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

San Joaquin Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. San Joaquin Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. San Joaquin 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 Joaquin County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

SanJoaquin County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the San Joaquin County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in San Joaquin 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 Joaquin County Courthouse
  • San Joaquin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • San Joaquin 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: 44 N. San Joaquin Street, Suite 260, Stockton, CA 95202 ; Mail to: P.O. Box 1968, Stockton, CA 95201-1968
    • Phone: (209) 468-8075
    • Birth / Death Records: 1850 / 1858
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1850
  • San Joaquin 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: 1850 
    • Court Records: 1851 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

San Joaquin County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

San Joaquin Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

San Joaquin Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

San Joaquin Co. CA General and History Websites

San Joaquin Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

San Joaquin Co. CA Military Records

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