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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12021 Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery, Lompoc]  
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12084 Santa Barbara Cemetery, Montecito]
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12084 Santa Barbara Cemetery, Montecito]
Santa Barbara Cemetery
Santa Maria Cemetery
Goleta Cemetery
Carpinteria Cemetery
*Tombfinder - Carpinteria Cemetery
Guadalupe Cemetery
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Guide to Santa Barbara County California genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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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
Website: www.countyofsb.org
Named for: Saint Barbara
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County Courthouse

Santa Barbara County Courthouse
105 E Anapamu Rm #204
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone 805.568.2550

Superior Court has divorce, probate, court and naturalization records
Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1850[1]

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.

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Santa Barbara County, California

Parent County

18 February 1850: Santa Barbara was created as an original county when California first became a state. [2]

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.


Bible Records




Santa Barbara Cemetery

Santa Maria Cemetery

Goleta Cemetery

Carpinteria Cemetery

  • Tombfinder - Carpinteria Cemetery

Guadalupe Cemetery


For tips on accessing Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.

Church History and Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Santa Maria

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society has free online databases and indexes to search at sbgen.org and maintains the Sahyun library open for research at 316 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Online subscriptions to Ancestry.com, Fold3, and GenealogyBank.com available to members only, or $5 per day.  WiFi available. 

Hours are: Tues., Thurs., Fri. - 10-4, Sun. 1-4.

Summer evening hours beginning in April - Tues. 5-8 p.m.


Land and Property



Military History and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship




Probate Records


Archives, Libraries and Museums

County Courthouse

Family History Centers



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.



Voting Registers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Santa Barbara County, California. Page 87At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. WorldCat 50140092FHL CollectionHandybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)