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Tulare County, California

Tulare County

Tulare County was founded on April 20, 1852 from Mariposa County . While hunting for deserters in 1772, Commandante Fages discovered a great lake surrounded by marshes and filled with rushes which he named Los Tules (the tules). It is from this lake that the county derives its name. The root of the name Tulare is found in the Mexican word tullin, designating cattail or similar reeds.

The Tulare County Seat is located in Visalia also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Tulare County are Fresno County (north), Inyo County (east), Kings County (west), Kern County (south) .

Cities and towns located in Tulare County include Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Lindsay, Porterville, Tulare, Visalia, Woodlake .

Other Communities in Tulare County include Allensworth, Badger .

Since its creation Tulare County boundries have changed to include these:

  1. Almost all of Tulare County was in Mariposa County from 1850 to 1852 when it was moved to the new county.
  2. A tiny territory in Mariposa County from 1850 to 1852, and in Tulare County from 1852 to 1856, was in Fresno County from 1856 to 1874 when it was returned to Tulare County.
  3. Territory which at one time was in Tulare County is now in Fresno County, Inyo County, Kern County, Kings County, Mono County, and San Luis Obispo County

Tulare 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 Tulare 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.

Tulare County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Tulare Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Tulare Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Tulare Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Tulare County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Tulare County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Tulare County Courthouse and Government Records

Tulare County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of Tulare 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 Tulare 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 - Tulare's third courthouse, built on the site of the first and second, was considered one of the most beautiful in the state and used as a model for the courthouses in Fresno and Merced Counties. Damage sustained in a 1952 earthquake made the building unsafe, and it was demolished shortly after the courts and county offices found temporary housing in Visalia. The statue of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, on top of the dome was saved and today greets visitors to the county's historical museum.

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 Tulare County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county.

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.
  • Tulare County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Tulare 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.
    • Birth / Death Records: 1852 / 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1852
    • Land Records: 1854
  • Tulare 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 
  • Tulare County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 1150 South K Street, Tulare, CA 93274; Office (559) 687-6963

Tulare County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Tulare 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 Tulare County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Tulare Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Tulare Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Tulare Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Tulare Co. CA Census Records

Tulare Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Tulare Co. CA Church & Bible Records

Tulare Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Tulare Co. CA General and History Websites

Tulare Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Tulare Co. CA Military Records

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