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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]][[California|California]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles County]]''
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]][[California|California]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Los_Angeles_County,_California|Los Angeles County]]''  
  
Guide to '''Los Angeles County California genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Los Angeles County California genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
[[Image:LosAngeles-Plaza-1869.jpg|left|645px|Los Angeles Plaza 1869]]<br> Los Angeles Plaza 1869  
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[[Image:LosAngeles-Plaza-1869.jpg|left|645px|Los Angeles Plaza 1869]]<br>Los Angeles Plaza 1869  
  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Census'''</center>  
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| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | 1849-present<br>
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| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | 1850-present  
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18 February 1850: Los Angeles County was created as one of 30 original counties in the new state of California. Prior to the creation of the county, the records were either at city or Franciscan mission places. <br>  
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18 February 1850: Los Angeles County was created as one of 30 original counties in the new state of California. Prior to the creation of the county, the records were either at city or Franciscan mission places. <br>
  
 
*Los Angeles&nbsp; County, California '''residents''' may also have records in<br>'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Orange County, California|Orange]] &#124; [[San Bernardino County, California|San Bernardino]] &#124; [[Riverside County, California|Riverside]] &#124; [[Kern County, California|Kern]]
 
*Los Angeles&nbsp; County, California '''residents''' may also have records in<br>'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Orange County, California|Orange]] &#124; [[San Bernardino County, California|San Bernardino]] &#124; [[Riverside County, California|Riverside]] &#124; [[Kern County, California|Kern]]
  
 
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*[http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library]<br>
 
*[http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library]<br>
  
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*[http://theusgenweb.org/ca/losangeles/ Los Angeles County, California GenWeb]<br>  
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*[http://theusgenweb.org/ca/losangeles/ Los Angeles County, California GenWeb]<br>
 
*[http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm Early California Population Project]<br>
 
*[http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm Early California Population Project]<br>
  
 
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{{CADC}}  
 
{{CADC}}  
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{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
| county = Los Angeles County  
 
| county = Los Angeles County  
| county_map =  
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| county_map = California Los Angeles Map.png
 
| state = California
 
| state = California
 
| state_map = California.png  
 
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| seat = Los Angeles
 
| seat = Los Angeles
 
| building image =  
 
| building image =  
| building address = Los Angeles County Courthouse<br>12400 E Imperial Hwy<br>PO Box 1024<br>Norwalk, Ca 90650<br>Phone: 562.462.2137; [http://www.courts.ca.gov/facilities-la-mentalhealth.htm'''Los Angeles Website'''] }}  
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| building address = Los Angeles County Courthouse<br>12400 E Imperial Hwy<br>PO Box 1024<br>Norwalk, Ca 90650<br>Phone: 562.462.2137; [http://www.courts.ca.gov/facilities-la-mentalhealth.htm'''Los Angeles Website'''] }}  
  
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
  
County Clerk&nbsp;has divorce records from&nbsp;1880, probate and court records<br>from 1850 County Recorder has birth,&nbsp;marriage, death and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Los Angeles County, California. Page 85 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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The County Clerk&nbsp;has divorce records from&nbsp;1880 and probate and court records<br>from 1850. The County Recorder has birth,&nbsp;marriage, death and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Los Angeles County, California. Page 85 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
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The original County of Los Angeles covered a large part of Southern California including parts of what is now Kern County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Orange County. These areas split off to form San Bernardino County in 1853, Kern County in 1866, and Orange County in 1889. In 1893 part of San Bernardino County that had originally been part of Los Angeles County became part of Riverside County.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Los Angeles County, California" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_County,_California (accessed 15 February 2013).</ref>  
 
The original County of Los Angeles covered a large part of Southern California including parts of what is now Kern County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Orange County. These areas split off to form San Bernardino County in 1853, Kern County in 1866, and Orange County in 1889. In 1893 part of San Bernardino County that had originally been part of Los Angeles County became part of Riverside County.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Los Angeles County, California" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_County,_California (accessed 15 February 2013).</ref>  
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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<br>For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/california/ "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps"] (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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==== Records Loss  ====
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For a list of record loss in California counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-counties/#courthouse California Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
=== Places/Localities  ===
 
=== Places/Localities  ===
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*''Some Early Southern California Burials''. Questing Heirs Genealogical Society, Long Beach, California, 1974. Available at central Los Angeles Public Library (2011). LAFHL (2011), Long Beach Public Library (2011).
 
*''Some Early Southern California Burials''. Questing Heirs Genealogical Society, Long Beach, California, 1974. Available at central Los Angeles Public Library (2011). LAFHL (2011), Long Beach Public Library (2011).
  
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Also try [http://www.FindaGrave.com FindaGrave].com for Los Angeles burials.  
 
Also try [http://www.FindaGrave.com FindaGrave].com for Los Angeles burials.  
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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{{CA Church Intro}}
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===== Lutheran  =====
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*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Los Angeles County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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===== Germans  =====
 
===== Germans  =====
  
'''Archives, Libraries, and Museums<br>Biographies<br>Church Records<br>Cemetery Records<br>Court Records<br>Histories<br>Immigration/emigration/migration<br>Maps<br>Newspapers<br>Societies<br>'''<br>  
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'''Archives, Libraries, and Museums<br>Biographies<br>Church Records<br>Cemetery Records<br>Court Records<br>Histories<br>Immigration/emigration/migration<br>Maps<br>Newspapers<br>Societies<br>'''<br>
  
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
  
==== History  ====
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=== History  ===
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{{CA History Intro}}
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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{{CA Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
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[[Image:Calosangeles.png|center|400px|Calosangeles.png]]
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
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==== Military History and Records  ====
 
==== Military History and Records  ====
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===== Historical Forts  =====
  
 
Fort Drum (Wilmington)  
 
Fort Drum (Wilmington)  
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Fort Tejon (Tejon Pass near Grapevine)  
 
Fort Tejon (Tejon Pass near Grapevine)  
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===== Civil War  =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company B
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:- [[1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)|1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)]], Company C
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:- [[1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)|1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)]], Company D
  
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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*[http://www.torranceca.gov/libraryarchive/ Torrance Public Library: Historical Newspaper Archives (1913-1969)]&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.torranceca.gov/libraryarchive/ Torrance Public Library: Historical Newspaper Archives (1913-1969)]&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.torranceca.gov/libraryarchive/ Torrance Public Library: Historic City and Phone Directories (1922-1975)]
 
*[http://www.torranceca.gov/libraryarchive/ Torrance Public Library: Historic City and Phone Directories (1922-1975)]
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Los_Angeles}}
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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{{CA Probate Intro|Los Angeles}}
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
 
===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
  
*[http://www.larfhc.org/ Los Angeles Family History Library]
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*&nbsp;[[Los Angeles FamilySearch Library|Los Angeles FamilySearch Library]]
  
:10741 Santa Monica Blvd<br>  
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:10741 Santa Monica Blvd<br>
:West Los Angeles, CA 90025<br>  
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:West Los Angeles, CA 90025<br>
:Telephone: 310-474-9990<br>  
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:Telephone: 310-474-9990<br>
 
:Hours: T-W-Th 9 am-9 pm; Mon-Fri-Sat 9 am-5 pm; Closed Sun<br><br>
 
:Hours: T-W-Th 9 am-9 pm; Mon-Fri-Sat 9 am-5 pm; Closed Sun<br><br>
  
 
*[http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library]<br>
 
*[http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library]<br>
  
:417 Irving Dr.<br>  
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:417 Irving Dr.<br>
 
:Burbank, CA ~ 91504 <br>818-843-7247<br><br>
 
:Burbank, CA ~ 91504 <br>818-843-7247<br><br>
  
 
*[http://www.srcalifornia.com Sons of the Revolution Library and Museum] <br>
 
*[http://www.srcalifornia.com Sons of the Revolution Library and Museum] <br>
  
:600 South Central Avenue <br>  
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:600 South Central Avenue <br>
 
:Glendale, California 91204-2009  
 
:Glendale, California 91204-2009  
:Telephone: (818)240-1775 <br>  
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:Telephone: (818)240-1775 <br>
 
:Library and Museum Hours: Wednesdays Noon to 6:00 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sunday through Tuesday, Saturdays before a Monday holiday, Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the entire month of December.
 
:Library and Museum Hours: Wednesdays Noon to 6:00 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sunday through Tuesday, Saturdays before a Monday holiday, Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the entire month of December.
  
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*[[Los Angeles California East Family History Center]]&nbsp; (Monterey Park)  
 
*[[Los Angeles California East Family History Center]]&nbsp; (Monterey Park)  
 
*[[Los Angeles California Large Multi-stake Family History Library]]  
 
*[[Los Angeles California Large Multi-stake Family History Library]]  
*[[Los Angeles Family History Library]]  
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*[[Los Angeles FamilySearch Library|Los Angeles FamilySearch Library]]  
 
*[[Palmdale California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Palmdale California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Palos Verdes California Family History Center]] (Rancho Palos Verdes)  
 
*[[Palos Verdes California Family History Center]] (Rancho Palos Verdes)  
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*[http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library]<br>
 
*[http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library]<br>
  
:417 Irving Dr.<br>  
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:417 Irving Dr.<br>
 
:Burbank, CA ~ 91504 <br>818-843-7247<br><br>
 
:Burbank, CA ~ 91504 <br>818-843-7247<br><br>
  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/questing/ Questing Heirs Genealogical Society]<br>
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/questing/ Questing Heirs Genealogical Society]<br>
  
:P.O. Box 15102<br>  
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:P.O. Box 15102<br>
 
:Long Beach, CA 90815-0102<br><br>
 
:Long Beach, CA 90815-0102<br><br>
  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/kr/wags/ Whittier Area Genealogical Society]<br>
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/kr/wags/ Whittier Area Genealogical Society]<br>
  
:P.O. Box 4367<br>  
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:P.O. Box 4367<br>
:Whittier, California 90607-4367 <br>  
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:Whittier, California 90607-4367 <br>
 
::Meetings at Masonic Lodge  
 
::Meetings at Masonic Lodge  
 
::7604 Greenleaf Ave.  
 
::7604 Greenleaf Ave.  
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*[http://immigrantgensoc.org/library_page.html Immigrant Genealogical Society]<br>
 
*[http://immigrantgensoc.org/library_page.html Immigrant Genealogical Society]<br>
  
:1310-B West Magnolia Boulevard<br>  
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:1310-B West Magnolia Boulevard<br>
:Burbank, California<br>  
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:Burbank, California<br>
:P. O. Box 7369<br>  
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:P. O. Box 7369<br>
:Burbank, California 91510-7369<br>  
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:Burbank, California 91510-7369<br>
 
:Telephone: (818) 848-3122 <br><br>
 
:Telephone: (818) 848-3122 <br><br>
  
 
*[http://nordicgenealogy.org/ Nordic Genealogical Society of Southern California]<br>
 
*[http://nordicgenealogy.org/ Nordic Genealogical Society of Southern California]<br>
  
:Meetings: 2nd Saturday Jan Mar May Jul Sep Nov at 3 pm<br>  
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:Meetings: 2nd Saturday Jan Mar May Jul Sep Nov at 3 pm<br>
 
:Los Angeles Family History Library<br>
 
:Los Angeles Family History Library<br>
  
 
*[http://www.pgsca.org/ Polish Genealogical Society of California]<br>
 
*[http://www.pgsca.org/ Polish Genealogical Society of California]<br>
  
:P.O. Box 307<br>  
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:P.O. Box 307<br>
:Buena Park, CA 90621-0307<br>  
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:Buena Park, CA 90621-0307<br>
::Meetings: Los Angeles Family History Library<br>  
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::Meetings: Los Angeles Family History Library<br>
::10471 Santa Monica Boulevard<br>  
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::10471 Santa Monica Boulevard<br>
::Los Angeles, CA<br>  
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::Los Angeles, CA<br>
 
::Telephone: 310-474-9990 <br><br>
 
::Telephone: 310-474-9990 <br><br>
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{CA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
For early marriages see [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]. <br>&nbsp;[http://www.lavote.net/recorder/bdm_records.cfm <span style="font-weight: bold;">Los Angeles County </span>'''Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk''']<br>(for Birth, Marriage and Death records going back at least to 1852) Norwalk RR/CC Building<br>12400 Imperial Highway<br>Norwalk, CA. 90650 <br>Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of every month) *Note: There are several other sites to get birth, marriage and death records in Los Angeles County but Norwalk is the only facility that you can view records personally. '''Viewing Vital Records:''' The following will provide you with the procedure for viewing vital records. Certificates and indexes of birth, death and marriage records not exempt from public inspections may be examined at the Office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday, except holidays. In addition to certificates on file, there are indexes of birth, death and marriages available for public inspection as follows: Births prior to 1905 and from 1964 to the present; Deaths from 1877 to the present; and Marriages from 1852 to the present. Records of confidential marriages performed pursuant to Family Code Section 500 are not available for public review. Certificates and indexes may be examined at no charge unless a deputy is requested search and/or retrieve more than five records. Random searches of the indexes or the certificates are not allowed. An application is required for each record searched. Information sufficient to identify the requested record must be provided. <br>  
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{{CA Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-vital-records/ How to order California Vital Records]
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For early marriages see [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]. <br>
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[http://www.lavote.net/recorder/bdm_records.cfm <span style="font-weight: bold">Los Angeles County </span>'''Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk''']<br>(for Birth, Marriage and Death records going back at least to 1852) Norwalk RR/CC Building<br>12400 Imperial Highway<br>Norwalk, CA. 90650 <br>Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of every month) <br>
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*Note: There are several other sites to get birth, marriage and death records in Los Angeles County but Norwalk is the only facility that you can view records personally. <br>
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'''Viewing Vital Records:''' The following will provide you with the procedure for viewing vital records. Certificates and indexes of birth, death and marriage records not exempt from public inspections may be examined at the Office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday, except holidays. In addition to certificates on file, there are indexes of birth, death and marriages available for public inspection as follows: Births prior to 1905 and from 1964 to the present; Deaths from 1877 to the present; and Marriages from 1852 to the present. Records of confidential marriages performed pursuant to Family Code Section 500 are not available for public review. Certificates and indexes may be examined at no charge unless a deputy is requested search and/or retrieve more than five records. Random searches of the indexes or the certificates are not allowed. An application is required for each record searched. Information sufficient to identify the requested record must be provided. <br>
  
 
'''Los Angeles County Death Records at the Family History Library:'''<br>{{FHL|1131994|title-id|disp=Los Angeles County Death Records}} are available through the Family History Library System.&nbsp; First, search the index film for the year the person died.&nbsp; Note that in 1958-1960, there are separate film sets for different cities in Los Angeles County, including Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Long Beach. <br>Note that entries in the county wide index with certificate numbers preceded by an "L" pertain to the {{FHL|1137333|title-id|disp=Long Beach set of death certificates}}.&nbsp;  
 
'''Los Angeles County Death Records at the Family History Library:'''<br>{{FHL|1131994|title-id|disp=Los Angeles County Death Records}} are available through the Family History Library System.&nbsp; First, search the index film for the year the person died.&nbsp; Note that in 1958-1960, there are separate film sets for different cities in Los Angeles County, including Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Long Beach. <br>Note that entries in the county wide index with certificate numbers preceded by an "L" pertain to the {{FHL|1137333|title-id|disp=Long Beach set of death certificates}}.&nbsp;  
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<br>The California Death Records 1940-1997 can be searched for free on Rootsweb. [http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ca/death/search.cgi?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978 California Death Records]  
 
<br>The California Death Records 1940-1997 can be searched for free on Rootsweb. [http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ca/death/search.cgi?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978 California Death Records]  
  
=== Websites ===
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== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-society-archive/ List of California Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/los-angeles-county/ Los Angeles County, CA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104090835347610280512 California Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/120538224699188/ California Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://theusgenweb.org/ca/losangeles/ Los Angeles County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://theusgenweb.org/ca/losangeles/ Los Angeles County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Los_Angeles/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Los_Angeles/ Linkpendium]  

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Guide to Los Angeles County California genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Los Angeles Plaza 1869

Los Angeles Plaza 1869
Dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1849-present
1850-present 1874-present 1850-present 1850-present 1850-present
For earlier dates, try...

18 February 1850: Los Angeles County was created as one of 30 original counties in the new state of California. Prior to the creation of the county, the records were either at city or Franciscan mission places.

Remember these collections


Hand and keyboard.jpg California
Online Records


Los Angeles County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Los Angeles County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 18, 1850
County Seat Los Angeles
Courthouse
Address Los Angeles County Courthouse
12400 E Imperial Hwy
PO Box 1024
Norwalk, Ca 90650
Phone: 562.462.2137; Los Angeles Website

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County Courthouse

The County Clerk has divorce records from 1880 and probate and court records
from 1850. The County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records[1]

Historical Facts

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Parent County

18 February 1850: Los Angeles County was created as one of 30 original counties in the new state of California. Prior to the creation of the county, the records were either at city or Franciscan mission places.

County seat: Los Angeles [2] 

Boundary Changes 

The original County of Los Angeles covered a large part of Southern California including parts of what is now Kern County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Orange County. These areas split off to form San Bernardino County in 1853, Kern County in 1866, and Orange County in 1889. In 1893 part of San Bernardino County that had originally been part of Los Angeles County became part of Riverside County.[3]


For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps" (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Records Loss

For a list of record loss in California counties see: California Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Los Angeles County contains 88 incorporated cities (2010) and many more named places. Los Angeles City also contains a large number of named areas many of which had their origins before they were annexed into Los Angeles.

Cities: Beverly Hills, Burbank, Compton, Los Angeles, Whittier, more cities...

Communities: Hacienda Heights, South Whittier, Topanga, Universal City, East Los Angeles, more...

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Long Beach Photos: Focus is on the history of Long Beach: Courtesy of the Long Beach Public Library

Cemeteries

Cemeteries in California  


Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Palmdale BillionGraves

Evergreen Cemetery, La Verne BillionGraves

Glen Haven Memorial Park, Sylmar BillionGraves

Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes BillionGraves

Long Beach Municipal Cemetery (Long Beach)

Mt Olive Memorial Park (Commerce)

Mountain View Cemetery (Pasadena/Altadena) BillionGraves

Pomona Cemetry, Pomona BillionGraves

Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier BillionGraves

Russian Molokan Cemetery (Commerce)

San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Los Angeles BillionGraves

San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel BillionGraves

Sunnyside Cemetery (Long Beach)

Valhalla Memorial Park, Burbank BillionGraves

Wilmington Cemetery (Wilmington)

Woodlawn Memorial Park, 1715 Greenleaf Boulevard, Compton, CA 90220 Phone; 310/637-1766.  The original records have been destroyed over the years. The California State Cemetery and Funeral Bureau revoked the cemetery's Certificate of Authority in 1994, and ultimately suspended it in 2000. The Genealogical Society of Utah microfilmed existing records in 1956. That film has the most correct information. More than 700 interments have been recorded for Woodlawn Cemtery at FindAGrave.com.

  • Some Early Southern California Burials. Questing Heirs Genealogical Society, Long Beach, California, 1974. Available at central Los Angeles Public Library (2011). LAFHL (2011), Long Beach Public Library (2011).


Also try FindaGrave.com for Los Angeles burials.

Census

For tips on accessing Los Angeles County, California census records online, see: California Census.

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about California denominations, view the California Church Records wiki page.

Lutheran
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Los Angeles County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Biographies
Church Records
Cemetery Records
Court Records
Histories
Immigration/emigration/migration
Maps
Newspapers
Societies

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Los Angeles County, California. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section California Local Histories.

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See California Land and Property for additional information about early California land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Maps

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Migration

Early migration routes to and from Los Angeles County, California for emigrant settlers included:

Military History and Records

Historical Forts

Fort Drum (Wilmington)

Fort McArthur (San Pedro)

Fort Tejon (Tejon Pass near Grapevine)

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Los Angeles County, California served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Los Angeles County, California:

- 1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company B
- 1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union), Company C
- 1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union), Company D

Naturalization and Citizenship

The Los Angeles County Archives has records of Los Angeles County for the years 1856 to 1886:
Los Angeles County Archives
225 North Broadway
Los Angeles, California 90012
Telephone: 562-462-2137

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Los Angeles County, California newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

The Southern California Genealogical Society has created The Los Angeles Times Obituary Index database searchable by either first name, last name or a combination of the two. If the name is found, the index provides the year of the obituary. If a copy of the obituary is desired, then it is necessary to purchase it from the Society.  Currently the Index covers the period 1988 to 2004.

Periodicals

Probate Records

The county clerk is usually the custodian of probate records. The records include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

You can obtain copies of the original probate records (such as wills and estate files) by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse.

The Family History Library Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - Los Angeles - Probate records.

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums
10741 Santa Monica Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Telephone: 310-474-9990
Hours: T-W-Th 9 am-9 pm; Mon-Fri-Sat 9 am-5 pm; Closed Sun

417 Irving Dr.
Burbank, CA ~ 91504
818-843-7247

600 South Central Avenue
Glendale, California 91204-2009
Telephone: (818)240-1775
Library and Museum Hours: Wednesdays Noon to 6:00 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sunday through Tuesday, Saturdays before a Monday holiday, Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the entire month of December.
County Courthouse

 County Courthouse Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012 (county seat)

Family History Centers

Schools

Long Beach High School Yearbooks: 1900s-1950s: courtesy of the Long Beach Public Library

Societies

417 Irving Dr.
Burbank, CA ~ 91504
818-843-7247

P.O. Box 15102
Long Beach, CA 90815-0102

P.O. Box 4367
Whittier, California 90607-4367
Meetings at Masonic Lodge
7604 Greenleaf Ave.
Whittier, CA
1310-B West Magnolia Boulevard
Burbank, California
P. O. Box 7369
Burbank, California 91510-7369
Telephone: (818) 848-3122

Meetings: 2nd Saturday Jan Mar May Jul Sep Nov at 3 pm
Los Angeles Family History Library
P.O. Box 307
Buena Park, CA 90621-0307
Meetings: Los Angeles Family History Library
10471 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: 310-474-9990

Taxation

California tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page California Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records. The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder. See also How to order California Vital Records

For early marriages see Western States Marriage Index.

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
(for Birth, Marriage and Death records going back at least to 1852) Norwalk RR/CC Building
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA. 90650
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of every month)

  • Note: There are several other sites to get birth, marriage and death records in Los Angeles County but Norwalk is the only facility that you can view records personally.

Viewing Vital Records: The following will provide you with the procedure for viewing vital records. Certificates and indexes of birth, death and marriage records not exempt from public inspections may be examined at the Office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday, except holidays. In addition to certificates on file, there are indexes of birth, death and marriages available for public inspection as follows: Births prior to 1905 and from 1964 to the present; Deaths from 1877 to the present; and Marriages from 1852 to the present. Records of confidential marriages performed pursuant to Family Code Section 500 are not available for public review. Certificates and indexes may be examined at no charge unless a deputy is requested search and/or retrieve more than five records. Random searches of the indexes or the certificates are not allowed. An application is required for each record searched. Information sufficient to identify the requested record must be provided.

Los Angeles County Death Records at the Family History Library:
Los Angeles County Death Records are available through the Family History Library System.  First, search the index film for the year the person died.  Note that in 1958-1960, there are separate film sets for different cities in Los Angeles County, including Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Long Beach.
Note that entries in the county wide index with certificate numbers preceded by an "L" pertain to the Long Beach set of death certificates


The California Death Records 1940-1997 can be searched for free on Rootsweb. California Death Records

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Los Angeles County, California. Page 85 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
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