San Bernardino County, California Genealogy
Guide to San Bernardino County California genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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|San Bernardino County, California|
Location in the state of California
Location of California in the U.S.
|Founded||April 26, 1853|
|County Seat||San Bernardino|
1808 Commercenter West, Ste. D,
San Bernardino, CA 92415
|Named for: Saint Bernardino of Siena|
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 Historical Facts
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 History
- 5.1 Land and Property
- 5.2 Maps
- 5.3 Migration
- 5.4 Military History and Records
- 5.5 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 5.6 Newspapers
- 5.7 Obituaries
- 5.8 Periodicals
- 5.9 Probate Records
- 5.10 Repositories
- 5.11 Societies
- 5.12 Taxation
- 5.13 Vital Records
- 5.14 Voting Registers
- 6 Websites
- 7 References
San Bernardino County Courthouse
22 W Hospitality Lane
San Bernardino, CA 92415
County Clerk has marriage license from 1887
divorce and probate records from 1856 court
records from 1853 and land records from 1854;
County Recorder has birth and death records
from 1853 and marriage records from 1857
Historical FactsSan Bernardino County is presently the largest county in terms of geographic area within the United States. The county seat is the city of San Bernardino which is also the county's largest in terms of population, and that city lies in the southwest corner of the county.
San Bernardino itself was founded by settlers sent by Brigham Young in the 1850s, but they left when the matter known as the 'Utah War' erupted back in Utah.
Los Angeles County and San Diego County were original counties created in 1850 when California became a state. In 1851, Los Angeles County expanded to the eastern border of California to include part of what was San Diego, County. In 1853, San Bernardino County was created from the eastern area of Los Angeles County. In 1878, additional land from Los Angeles County was added to San Bernardino County.
- Apple Valley | *Barstow | Colton | Fontana | Hesperia | Highland | Redlands | Rialto | San Bernardino | Victorville
Inyo Kern Los Angeles Orange Riverside
Mountain View Cemetery 570 E Highland Ave San Bernardino, CA 92404-4002 909-882-2943
Pioneer Memorial Cemetery 211 E 9th St San Bernardino, CA 92410-4408 (909) 885-6484
Montecito Memorial Park 3520 E. Washington Street Colton San Bernardino County California USA Postal Code: 92324 Phone: 909-825-3024
For tips on accessing San Bernardino County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.
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.
LDS Ward and Branch Records
- San Bernardino
- San Bernardino 1
- San Bernardino 2
Crime and Criminals
Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Local histories are available for San Bernardino County, California Genealogy. 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.
Early migration routes to and from San Bernardino County, California Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:
- Camino Real de California 1770s linking Spanish Mission churches in California and Baja California
- Old Spanish Trail 1829 Los Angeles, California to Santa Fe, New Mexico
- California Trail 1846 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California
- Mormon Trail to Southern California 1847 from Salt Lake City, Utah to Los Angeles, California
- Butterfield Overland Mail 1857-1861 from San Francisco via Los Angeles to Memphis, Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri
- Central Overland Trail 1859-1869 from Salt Lake City, Utah to Carson City, Nevada (and usually on to northern California)
- Union Pacific Railroad 1869 Ogden, Utah to Omaha, Nebraska
- Central Pacific Railroad 1869 Ogden, Utah to Sacramento, California
- Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway 1881 Los Angeles, California to Chicago, Illinois
- Southern Pacific Railroad 1883 Los Angeles, California to New Orleans, Louisiana
- Atlantic and Pacific Railroad 1885 Los Angeles, California to Albuquerque, New Mexico (and the Santa Fe Railway) 
Military History and Records
Naturalization and Citizenship
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as San Bernardino County, California Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- Bernardino+county+California+Newspapers&qt=results_page WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
- Do a San Bernardino County, California Genealogy Place-name search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog. Do NOT use the word County. (For instructions see FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).
San Bernardino County Sun
4030 N. Georgia Blvd. San Bernardino, CA 92407 Phone: (909) 889-9666. All Departments: Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Serving: Adelanto, Apple Valley, Banning, Barstow, Beaumont, Big Bear, Colton, Crestline, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Hesperia, Highland, Loma Linda, Mentone, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, Victorville, Yucaipa http://www.sbsun.com/home
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 FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - San Bernardino - Probate records.
Archives, Libraries and Museums
Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Family History Centers
- Barstow California Family History Center
- Big Bear California Family History Center
- Chino California Family History Center
- Fontana California Family History Center
- Highland California Family History Center
- Needles California Family History Center
- Rancho Cucamonga California Family History Center
- Redlands California Family History Center
- Rialto California Family History Center
- Ridgecrest California Family History Center
- Twentynine Palms California Family History Center
- Upland California Family History Center
- Victorville California Family History Center
- Yucca Valley California Family History Center
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.
For early marriages see Western States Marriage Index.
- San Bernardino County CAGenWeb
- USGenWeb Archives
- USGenWeb Archives backup site
- FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog
- Eichholz, Alice Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 68-83. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Benardo County, California. Page 86 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Wikipedia contributors, "El Camino Real (California)" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Camino_Real_%28California%29 (accessed 14 September 2011).
- Wikipedia contributors, "Old Spanish Trail (trade route)" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Spanish_Trail_%28trade_route%29 (accessed 14 September 2011).
- "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).
- Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Hunt (accessed 6 September 2011).
- Wikipedia contributors, "Butterfield Overland Mail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfield_Overland_Mail (accessed 14 September 2011).
- Wikipedia contributors, "Central Overland Route" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Overland_Route (accessed 13 September 2011).
- Wikipedia contributors, "Union Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
- Wikipedia contributors, "Central Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
- Wikipedia contributors, "Santa Fe Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Fe_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
- Wikipedia contributors, "Southern Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
- Wikipedia contributors, "Atlantic and Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_and_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).