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Stanislaus County, California
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Stanislaus County, California Facts

Stanislaus County

When was Stanislaus County, CA Created?
Stanislaus County was established on April 1, 1854 from the western part of Tuolumne County . This county name is a corruption of Estanislao, the baptismal name of a mission-educated renegade Indian chief who led a band of Indians in a series of battles against Mexican troops. He was finally defeated by General Mariano G. Vallejo in 1826. The county is named for the Stanislaus River, first discovered by Gabriel Moraga in 1806, and later renamed Rio Estanislao for the Indian chief.

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

What counties are adjacent to Stanislaus County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Santa Clara County, San Joaquin County, Calaveras County, Tuolumne County, Merced County.

What cities and towns are in Stanislaus County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Modesto, Ceres, Hughson, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Turlock, Waterford .

Stanislaus County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Stanislaus County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Stanislaus 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 Stanislaus 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, 820 Scenic Drive, Modesto, CA 95350; Office (209) 558-8409, 8417

Stanislaus County, CA Census Records

What Stanislaus County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Stanislaus County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Stanislaus County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Stanislaus County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Stanislaus County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Stanislaus 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 Stanislaus County Courthouse
  • Stanislaus County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Stanislaus 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: 1021 I Street, Suite 101, Modesto, CA 95354 ; OR P.O. Box 1670, Modesto, CA 95353
    • Phone: (209) 525-5251
    • Birth / Death Records: 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1854
    • Land Records: 1854
  • Stanislaus 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

Stanislaus County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Stanislaus Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Stanislaus Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Stanislaus Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Stanislaus Co. CA General and History Websites

Stanislaus Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Stanislaus Co. CA Military Records

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