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San Joaquin County was founded 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.
Cities and towns located in San Joaquin County include Stanislaus County (south & southeast), Alameda County (west), Contra Costa County (west), Sacramento County (north), Amador County (northeast), Calaveras County (east) .
Other Communities in San Joaquin County include Banta, Mountain House, Victor. CDPs ( census-designated place) include August, Country Club, Farmington, French Camp, Garden Acres, Kennedy, Lincoln Village, Linden, Lockeford, Morada, North Woodbridge, South Woodbridge, Taft Mosswood.
Since its creation San Joaquin County boundries have changed to include these:
San Joaquin 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 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.
San Joaquin 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 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. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.
A list of San Joaquin County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often overlook the advantages of San Joaquin 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 Joaquin 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 - Of all the substantial buildings erected in the late-19th-century boom years in Stockton ("destined to become the Chicago of the West," according to one writer at the time), the courthouse was the most impressive. Among its many marvels was a gas well "providing heat and light without cost to taxpayers" and a statue of Justice atop a dome that rose 172 feet above the street. The building was demolished in 1961 to make room for a new 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 Joaquin County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land was later added from Sacramento County in 1878.
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to suggest your own preferred San Joaquin County genealogy or family history associated sites.