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Monterey County, California Facts

When was Monterey County, CA Created?
Monterey County was established on February 18, 1850.

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

What counties are adjacent to Monterey County, CA?
Bordering Counties are San Luis Obispo CountyKings CountyFresno CountySan Benito CountySanta Cruz County .

Monterey County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Monterey County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Monterey 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 Monterey County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for California Birth CertificateMarriage or Divorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Local Registrar of Births and Death, 1270 Natividad Road, Room 227.01, Salinas, CA 93906-3198; Office (831) 755-4504

Monterey County, CA Census Records

What Monterey County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Monterey County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Monterey Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Monterey Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Monterey 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.

Monterey County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Monterey County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Monterey County Courthouse?

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Monterey County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in California courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless California residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Monterey County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also California Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Monterey County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Monterey Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Monterey Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Monterey Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Monterey Co. CA General and History Websites

Monterey Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Monterey Co. CA Military Records