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Santa Barbara County, California
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Santa Barbara County, California Facts

Santa Barbara County

When was Santa Barbara County, CA Created?
Santa Barbara County was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for the city of Santa Barbara, itself Spanish for Saint Barbara.

What is the County Seat of Santa Barbara County, CA?
The County Seat is located in Santa Barbara also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Santa Barbara County, CA?
Bordering Counties are San Luis Obispo County, Kern County, Ventura County .

What cities and towns are in Santa Barbara County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Ballard, Buellton, Carpinteria, Casmalia, Cuyama, Garey, Gaviota, Goleta, Guadalupe, Hollister Ranch, Hope Ranch, Isla Vista, Lompoc, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Mission Canyon, Mission Hills, Montecito, New Cuyama, Orcutt, Painted Cave, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Sisquoc, Solvang, Summerland, Toro Canyon, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg Village, Ventucopa .

Santa Barbara County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Santa Barbara County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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, 345 Camino Del Remedio, Santa Barbara, CA 93110; Office (805) 681-5150, 5151

Santa Barbara County, CA Census Records

What Santa Barbara County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Santa Barbara 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.

Santa Barbara Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Santa Barbara Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Santa Barbara 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.

Santa Barbara County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

SantaBarbara County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Santa Barbara County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara County Courthouse
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Santa Barbara 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: 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 ; Mail to: P. O. Box 159, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-0159
    • Phone: (805) 568-2250
    • Birth / Death Records: 1859 / 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1844 (Alcalde records included from 1779. See Land Records.)
  • Santa Barbara 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: 1850 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Santa Barbara County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Santa Barbara County, CA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Santa Barbara 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.

Santa Barbara Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Santa Barbara Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Santa Barbara Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Santa Barbara Co. CA General and History Websites

Santa Barbara Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Santa Barbara Co. CA Military Records

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