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Tulare County, California
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Tulare County, California Facts

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 CountyInyo CountyKings CountyKern County .

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 CertificateMarriage or Divorce CertificateDeath 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 186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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?

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Tulare 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 Tulare 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.

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