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Santa Barbara County, California
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Location in the state of California
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Location of California in the U.S.
Founded February 18, 1850
County Seat Santa Barbara
Address Hall of Records
1100 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Named for: Saint Barbara
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Historical Facts

Santa Barbara area Native Americans were first contacted by several early explorers in the 1500s and 1600s but the first moves toward settlement by Europeans were Spanish in 1769. The Santa Barbara mission was founded in 1786 by Franciscan padres who were also the first record keepers.

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Parent County

18 February 1850: Santa Barbara was created as an original county when California first became a state. [1]

Boundary Changes

1 January 1873: Ventura County was set off.

Record Loss


The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names. Information about the cemeteries can be found in these pages if known.


Archives and Libraries


Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery, Lompoc BillionGraves

Church History and Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Santa Maria

Court Records


Land and Property


Military History and Records


Probate Records


Vital Records

Santa Barbara Mission archives contain early births, baptisms, marriages and deaths.

For a large number of early marriages see Western States Marriage Index.

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family History Centers



  1. WorldCat 50140092FHL CollectionHandybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)


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