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Tulare County, California Facts

Tulare County

When was Tulare County, CA Created?
Tulare County was established 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.

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

What counties are adjacent to Tulare County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Fresno County (north), Inyo County (east), Kings County (west), Kern County (south) .

What cities and towns are in Tulare County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Lindsay, Porterville, Tulare, Visalia, Woodlake .

Tulare County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Tulare County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Tulare 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 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.

Vital Records can also be found in the Local Registrar of Births and Death, 1150 South K Street, Tulare, CA 93274; Office (559) 687-6963

Tulare County, CA Census Records

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

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.

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.

Tulare County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Tulare County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Tulare County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Tulare 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 Tulare County Courthouse
  • 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 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Tulare County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Tulare Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Tulare Co. CA Cemeteries & Church 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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