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Santa Barbara County was founded 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.
Cities and towns located in Santa Barbara 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 .
Other Communities in Santa Barbara County include Ballard, Casmalia, Cuyama, Garey, Gaviota, Hope Ranch, Los Olivos, New Cuyama, Sisquoc, Ventucopa. CDPs ( census-designated place) include Isla Vista, Los Alamos, Mission Canyon, Mission Hills, Montecito, Orcutt, Santa Ynez, Summerland, Toro Canyon, Vandenberg AFB, Vandenberg Village.
Since its creation Santa Barbara County boundries have changed to include these:
Santa Barbara 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 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.
Santa Barbara 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.
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. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.
A list of Santa Barbara County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often overlook the advantages of Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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 - Once the pride of Victorian Santa Barbara, by the 1920s the Greek Revival courthouse was overwhelmed by the growth of the county and out of step with the region's Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial architectural movements. A 1925 earthquake settled the question of what to do with the old courthouse, and by 1929 Santa Barbara had a new Spanish-style courthouse that is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Above the entrance to the current courthouse is the inscription "God Gave Us the Country, the Skill of Man Hath Built the Town."
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 Santa Barbara County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land was added from San Louis Obispo County in 1852 and 1872.
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to suggest your own preferred Santa Barbara County genealogy or family history associated sites.