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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.
Other Communities in Tulare County include Allensworth, Badger .
Since its creation Tulare County boundries have changed to include these:
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.
A list of Tulare County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
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.
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.