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Solano County, California Facts

Solano County

When was Solano County, CA Created?
Solano County was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named indirectly from that of the Franciscan missionary, Father Francisco Solano, whose name was given in baptism to the chief of one of the Indian tribes of the region. Before receiving the name Solano, the chief was called Sem-yeto, which signifies “brave or fierce hand.” At the request of General Mariano Vallejo, the county was named for Chief Solano, who at one time ruled over most of the land and tribes between the Petaluma Creek and the Sacramento River.

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

What counties are adjacent to Solano County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Contra Costa County, Sonoma County, Napa County, Yolo County, Sacramento County .

What cities and towns are in Solano County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville, Vallejo .

Solano County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Solano County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Solano 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 Solano 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, 275 Beck Avenue, MS 5-185, Fairfield, CA 94533-0677

Solano County, CA Census Records

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

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

Solano County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Solano County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Solano County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Solano 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 Solano County Courthouse
  • Solano County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Solano 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: 675 Texas Street, Suite 2700 , Fairfield, CA 94533
    • Phone: (707) 784-6294
    • Birth / Death Records: 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1848
  • Solano 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: 1850 
    • Court Records: 1850 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Solano County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Solano Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Solano Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Solano Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Solano Co. CA General and History Websites

Solano Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Solano Co. CA Military Records

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