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Ventura County, California Facts

Ventura County

When was Ventura County, CA Created?
Ventura County was established on March 22, 1872 from Santa Barbara County . This county in 1782 the Mission San Buenaventura was founded as San Buenaventura (now known as Ventura). Buenaventura is composed of two Spanish words, buena meaning “good” and ventura meaning “fortune.”

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

What counties are adjacent to Ventura County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Santa Barbara County (west), Kern County (north), Los Angeles County (east) .

What cities and towns are in Ventura County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura .

Ventura County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Ventura County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Deaths, 2240 East Gonzales Road, Suite 150, Oxnard, CA 93036; Office (805) 981-5172

Ventura County, CA Census Records

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

Ventura Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1880. Ventura Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1880. Ventura 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.

Ventura County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Ventura County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Ventura County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Ventura 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 Ventura County Courthouse
  • Ventura County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Ventura 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: 800 South Victoria Avenue, LN 1260, Ventura, CA 93009
    • Phone: (805) 654-3666
    • Birth / Death Records: 1872
    • Marriage Records: 1873
    • Land Records: 1871 (Alcalde records from 1782; county land records begin 1871)
  • Ventura 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: 1873 
    • Court Records: 1873 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Ventura County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Ventura Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Ventura Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Ventura Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Ventura Co. CA General and History Websites

Ventura Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ventura Co. CA Military Records

Ventura Co. CA Schools & Directories

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