San Luis Obispo County, California

San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County was founded 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.

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

Areas bordering to San Luis Obispo County are Santa Barbara County (south), Kern County (east), Kings County (northeast), Monterey County (north) .

Cities and towns located in San Luis Obispo County include Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo .

Other Communities in San Luis Obispo County include Avila Beach, California Valley, Cholame, Halcyon, Harmony, Los Osos, Pozo, San Simeon, Santa Margarita. CDPs ( census-designated place) include Baywood-Los Osos, Cambria, Cayucos, Lake Nacimiento, Nipomo, Oceano, San Miguel, Shandon, Templeton.

Since its creation San Luis Obispo County boundries have changed to include these:

  1. Most of San Luis Obispo County has been in the county since 1850.
  2. Territory in San Luis Obispo County from 1850 to 1854, was in Santa Barbara County from, 1854 to 1872 when it was returned to San Luis Obispo County.
  3. Territory in San Luis Obispo County from 1850 to 1851, was in Monterey County from 1851 to 1861 when it was returned to San Luis Obispo County.
  4. Territory was in Monterey County from 1850 to 1861 when it was added to San Luis Obispo County.
  5. Territory was in Santa Barbara County from 1850 to 1854 when it was added to San Luis Obispo County.
  6. Territory in Mariposa County from 1850 to 1852, and in Tulare County from 1852 to 1866, was in Kern County from 1866 to 1885 when it was added to San Luis Obispo County.
  7. Territory which at one time was in San Luis Obispo County is now in Kern County, Monterey County, Santa Barbara County, and Ventura County.

San Luis Obispo 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 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.

San Luis Obispo 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 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. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

San Luis Obispo County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of San Luis Obispo County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

San Luis Obispo County Courthouse and Government Records


SanLuisObispo County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo 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 - San Luis Obispo officials agreed to construct a new courthouse after the district attorney pronounced the adobe used for county business since 1851 "a marvel of repulsiveness, and the courtroom with its wretched appointment a disgrace to the county." This classic Greek Revival building was welcomed by new residents as a break from the colonial past and became the center of the growing town. The courthouse was demolished in 1940.

 

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 Luis Obispo County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land was later added from counties Santa Barbara (1854 and 1872), Monterey (1861), and Kern (1885).

Remember to get in touch with the clerk's dept to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics prior to visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. A good number of employees will assist persons in obtaining the materials, but it's up to the person to do the research.
  • 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 
  • San Luis Obispo County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 2191 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401; Office (805) 781-5514

San Luis Obispo County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to suggest your own preferred San Luis Obispo County genealogy or family history associated sites.

San Luis Obispo Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

San Luis Obispo Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

San Luis Obispo Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

San Luis Obispo Co. CA Census Records

San Luis Obispo Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

San Luis Obispo Co. CA Church & Bible 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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