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San Luis Obispo County, California Facts

San Luis Obispo County

When was San Luis Obispo County, CA Created?
San Luis Obispo County was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for the Mission San Luis Obispo was established here  in 1772 by Padre Junipero Serra and named for Saint Luis, the Bishop of Toulouse. The county’s name comes from the mission.

What is the County Seat of San Luis Obispo County, CA?
The County Seat is located in  San Luis Obispo also, the county government website is www.slocounty.ca.gov

What counties are adjacent to San Luis Obispo County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Santa Barbara County (south), Kern County (east), Kings County (northeast), Monterey County (north) .

What cities and towns are in San Luis Obispo County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo .


San Luis Obispo County, CA Vital Records

Where can find San Luis Obispo County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo 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, 2191 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401; Office (805) 781-5514


San Luis Obispo County, CA Census Records

What San Luis Obispo County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. San Luis Obispo Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo County, CA Courthouse and Government Records


SanLuisObispo County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo County Courthouse
  • San Luis Obispo County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • San Luis Obispo 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: 1055 Monterey Street, D120, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
    • Phone: (805) 781-5080
    • Birth / Death Records: 1857 / 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1881
  • San Luis Obispo 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: 1854 
    • Court Records: 1854 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

San Luis Obispo County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

San Luis Obispo Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

San Luis Obispo Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

San Luis Obispo Co. CA General and History Websites

San Luis Obispo Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

San Luis Obispo Co. CA Military Records

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