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Guide to '''Stanislaus County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. <br><br> {{Click|Image:CA_ORP.png|California Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| founded year = 1907
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| founded date = April 17
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| seat = Modesto
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| building address = Stanislaus County Courthouse<br>1021 I Street<br>Modesto, CA 95354<br>Phone: 209.525.5250<br>[http://www.stanct.org/ '''Stanislaus County Website'''] }}
  
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=== County Information  ===
  
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==== Stanislaus County, California Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 62-75. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref> </center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stanislaus County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stanislaus County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stanislaus County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stanislaus County, California Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Stanislaus County, California Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stanislaus County, California Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1873
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1854
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1873
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[http://www.stanct.org/ &nbsp;Stanislaus County Courthouse ]<br>1021 I Street<br>Modesto CA 95354<br>Phone: 209.525.5250
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County Clerk Recorder has marriage records from 1870<br>birth and death records&nbsp;from 1900&nbsp; Clerk Superior Court<br>has divorce, probate and court records from 1854<br>County Recorder has land records from 1854<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stanislaus County, California. Page 87{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
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==== Description ====
  
County Clerk Recorder has marriage records from 1870<br>birth and death records&nbsp;from 1900&nbsp; Clerk Superior Court<br>has divorce, probate and court records from 1854<br>County Recorder has land records from 1854<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stanislaus County, California. Page 87{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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The county was named for the Stanislaus River. The county seat Modesto and the county was created 1854. <ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Stanislaus County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/stanis/ 05/08/2017.</ref>The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Stanislaus County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislaus_County,_California 05/08/2017.</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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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  ====
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Alameda County, California|Alameda]]  
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*[[Alameda County, California Genealogy|Alameda]]  
*[[Calaveras County, California|Calaveras]]  
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*[[Calaveras County, California Genealogy|Calaveras]]  
*[[Mariposa County, California|Mariposa]]  
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*[[Mariposa County, California Genealogy|Mariposa]]  
*[[Merced County, California|Merced]]  
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*[[Merced County, California Genealogy|Merced]]  
*[[San Joaquin County, California|San Joaquin]]  
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*[[San Joaquin County, California Genealogy|San Joaquin]]  
*[[Santa Clara County, California|Santa Clara]]  
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*[[Santa Clara County, California Genealogy|Santa Clara]]  
*[[Tuolumne County, California|Tuolumne]]
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*[[Tuolumne County, California Genealogy|Tuolumne]]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
=== Bible Records  ===
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
=== Biography  ===
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==== Biography  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/stanis/biographies.html Stanislaus County Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ca/stanislaus/bios.html Index to Stanislaus County Biographies] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
=== Cemeteries  ===
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==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=11725 Grayson Cemetery, Grayson] BillionGraves
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{{CA Cemeteries Intro|Stanislaus }}
  
=== Census  ===
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Stanislaus, California''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=6&GScnty=232&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cagha/cemeteries/stanislaus-cemeteries.html California GenWeb]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ca/stanislaus/cemeteries.html California Genweb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/california/stanislaus.html Tombstone Project]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|451320|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Stanislaus+California&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=232 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=California&county=Stanislaus&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://www.deathindexes.com/california/ California's Genealogy Guide for Finding Obituaries, Cemetery Burials and Death Records]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/california-genealogy Stanislaus  California Cemetery Records]
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The following web sites may have additional information on Stanislaus  County cemeteries.
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/CA/index.htm Interment.net] California cemetery records by County.
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*1850 - 1960 - {{RecordSearch|1985807|California Cemetery Transcriptions, 1850-1960}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Census  ====
  
 
{{Census|California}}  
 
{{Census|California}}  
  
=== Church History and Records  ===
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{{CA Church Intro}}
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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*Turlock
 
*Turlock
  
=== Court Records  ===
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==== Crime and Criminals  ====
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===== Germans  =====
  
=== Crime and Criminals ===
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==== Gazetteers ====
  
=== Directories ===
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==== Genealogy ====
  
=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups ===
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==== History ====
  
==== Germans  ====
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{{CA History Intro}}
  
=== Gazetteers ===
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==== Land and Property ====
  
=== Genealogy  ===
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{{CA Land Intro}}
  
=== History ===
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==== Maps ====
  
=== Land and Property  ===
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
  
=== Maps  ===
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[[Image:Castanislaus.png|center|200px|Castanislaus.png]]
  
=== Migration  ===
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==== Migration  ====
  
=== Military History and Records  ===
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==== Military History and Records  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/stanis/1883pensioners.html Stanislaus County – List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883] (Genealogy Trails)
  
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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===== Civil War =====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/stanislaus/military/civilwar/rosters/grantpos243gmt.txt Civil War Veterans, Grant Post No. 9, G. A. R. 1886] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
=== Newspapers  ===
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===== World War II =====
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ca/stanislaus/military.html Index to Stanislaus County, World War II Army Enlistees] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.genealogytrails.com/cal/ww2honorlist13.html Stanislaus County, World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel] (Genealogy Trails)
  
=== Obituaries ===
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
  
=== Periodicals ===
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==== Newspapers ====
  
=== Probate Records  ===
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Stanislaus}}
  
=== Repositories ===
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==== Obituaries ====
  
==== Archives, Libraries and Museums  ====
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*[http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/california/stanislaus_county_obituaries.htm Newspapers.net]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cagha/obits/obits-stanislaus.htm Rootsweb.com]
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/stanis/obits1.html Stanislaus County Obituaries] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ca/stanislaus/obits.html Index to Stanislaus County Obituaries] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/lr/stanislaus/Stanislaus%20County%20Contributed%20Obituaries.html Stanislaus County Contributed Obituaries] (CAGenWeb Project)
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*[http://cagenweb.com/lr/stanislaus/staniobit.html Stanislaus County, California Old Obituaries Page] (CAGenWeb Project)
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==== Periodicals  ====
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{{CA Probate Intro|Stanislaus}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1782 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8639 California Wills and Probate Records 1782-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $ 
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*'''1833 – 1991''' {{RecordSearch|1999181|California Probate Estate Files 1833-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
  
 
[http://www.stanislauslibrary.org/ '''Stanislaus County Library''']<br>'''Address:<br>'''1500 I St<br>Modesto, CA 95354<br>'''Telephone:'''&nbsp;(209) 558-7800 <br>The library's catalog is online. It has many items&nbsp;genealogy related items. The library&nbsp;subscribes&nbsp;to a number of online databases, some of which would be useful to genealogists.&nbsp;The Special Collections room at the Modesto Library includes works on genealogy, sections on California and local history, and older high school yearbooks. This area also includes non-current editions of local telephone and city directories. None of these items may be checked out. Volunteers from the Stanislaus Genealogical Society&nbsp;often staff this&nbsp;room and answer genealogical queries.&nbsp;  
 
[http://www.stanislauslibrary.org/ '''Stanislaus County Library''']<br>'''Address:<br>'''1500 I St<br>Modesto, CA 95354<br>'''Telephone:'''&nbsp;(209) 558-7800 <br>The library's catalog is online. It has many items&nbsp;genealogy related items. The library&nbsp;subscribes&nbsp;to a number of online databases, some of which would be useful to genealogists.&nbsp;The Special Collections room at the Modesto Library includes works on genealogy, sections on California and local history, and older high school yearbooks. This area also includes non-current editions of local telephone and city directories. None of these items may be checked out. Volunteers from the Stanislaus Genealogical Society&nbsp;often staff this&nbsp;room and answer genealogical queries.&nbsp;  
  
==== County Courthouse  ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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===== Family History Centers  =====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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*[[Turlock California Family History Center]]<br>
 
*[[Turlock California Family History Center]]<br>
  
=== Societies  ===
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[http://cagenweb.com/lr/stanislaus/gssc.html#Research '''Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County, CA., Inc'''].<br>'''Address:<br>'''P. O. Box A<br>Modesto, CA 95352-3660<br>'''Telephone:''' (209) 529-6467<br>'''Email:''' gssc@worldnet.att.net<br>The Stanislaus Genealogical Society works closely with the Stanislaus County Library's Special Collections Room, adding to its holdings, volunteering there, and answering queries.<br><br>  
 
[http://cagenweb.com/lr/stanislaus/gssc.html#Research '''Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County, CA., Inc'''].<br>'''Address:<br>'''P. O. Box A<br>Modesto, CA 95352-3660<br>'''Telephone:''' (209) 529-6467<br>'''Email:''' gssc@worldnet.att.net<br>The Stanislaus Genealogical Society works closely with the Stanislaus County Library's Special Collections Room, adding to its holdings, volunteering there, and answering queries.<br><br>  
  
=== Taxation  ===
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==== Taxation ====
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{{CA Tax Intro}}
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==== Vital Records  ====
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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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===== Birth  =====
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*'''1812 - 1988''' - {{RecordSearch|1674703|California Births and Christenings, 1812-1988}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1905 - 1995''' - {{RecordSearch|2001879|California Birth Index, 1905-1995}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1850 - 1945''' - {{RecordSearch|1674735|California Marriages, 1850-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1850 - 1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1804002|California, County Marriages, 1850-1952}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1854 - 1885''' - [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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*'''1960 - 1985''' - {{RecordSearch|1949339|California Marriage Index, 1960-1985}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/stanis/marriages.html Early Stanislaus County Marriages] (Genealogy Trails)
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1966 - 1984''' - {{RecordSearch|2015584|California Divorce Index, 1966-1984}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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===== Death  =====
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*'''1905 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1932433|California Death Index, 1905-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1940 - 1997''' - {{RecordSearch|2015582|California Death Index, 1940-1997}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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==== Voting Registers  ====
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=== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries ===
  
=== Vital Records  ===
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'''McHenry Museum and Historical Society'''<br> 1402 I Street<br> Modesto, CA 95354<br>Phone: 209.577.5235<br><br>
  
==== Birth  ====
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'''Stanislaus County Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 4735<br>Modesto 95352<br><br>
  
==== Marriage  ====
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'''Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County'''<br>PO Box A<br> Modesto, CA 95352-3660<br>[http://cagenweb.com/lr/stanislaus/gssc.html Website]<br><br>
  
==== Divorce  ====
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'''Patterson Township Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 15<br>Patterson, CA 95363<br><br>
  
==== Death  ====
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'''Pocahontas Trails Genealogical Society'''<br>3628 Cherokee Lane<br>Modesto, CA 95356<br><br>
  
=== Voting Registers  ===
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-society-archive/ List of California Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
== Websites  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/stanislaus-county/ Stanislaus 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://www.cagenweb.com/lr/stanislaus/ Sonoma County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/lr/stanislaus/ Sonoma County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Stanislaus/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Stanislaus/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/stanislaus/stanislaus.html USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/stanislaus/stanislaus.html USGenWeb Archives]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/stanislaus/stanislaus.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bsubject%3Acalifornia%2C%20%2Bsubject%3Astanislaus  FamilySearch Catalog]
*{{FHL|206993|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/stanis/ Stanislaus County, California Genealogy Trails]
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/stanis/ Stanislaus County CA Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy]
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*[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=Stanislaus&countycode=Stanislaus Stanislaus County Research, California State Genealogical Alliance]
  
== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
 
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Latest revision as of 20:48, 6 June 2017

United States
California
Stanislaus County

Guide to Stanislaus County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Stanislaus County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Stanislaus County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 17, 1907
County Seat Modesto
Courthouse
CaliforniaStanislausCourthouse.jpg
Address Stanislaus County Courthouse
1021 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: 209.525.5250
Stanislaus County Website


County Information

Stanislaus County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1873 1854 1873 1850 1854 1854

Historical Facts

County Courthouse

County Clerk Recorder has marriage records from 1870
birth and death records from 1900  Clerk Superior Court
has divorce, probate and court records from 1854
County Recorder has land records from 1854[2]

Description

The county was named for the Stanislaus River. The county seat Modesto and the county was created 1854. [3]The County is located in the central area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes

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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Stanislaus, California online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See California Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Stanislaus County cemeteries.

Census

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

Church History and 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Modesto
  • Oakdale
  • Turlock

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Stanislaus 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.

Maps

Castanislaus.png

Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War
World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

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 FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - Stanislaus - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums

Stanislaus County Library
Address:
1500 I St
Modesto, CA 95354
Telephone: (209) 558-7800
The library's catalog is online. It has many items genealogy related items. The library subscribes to a number of online databases, some of which would be useful to genealogists. The Special Collections room at the Modesto Library includes works on genealogy, sections on California and local history, and older high school yearbooks. This area also includes non-current editions of local telephone and city directories. None of these items may be checked out. Volunteers from the Stanislaus Genealogical Society often staff this room and answer genealogical queries. 

County Courthouse
Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Societies

Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County, CA., Inc.
Address:
P. O. Box A
Modesto, CA 95352-3660
Telephone: (209) 529-6467
Email: gssc@worldnet.att.net
The Stanislaus Genealogical Society works closely with the Stanislaus County Library's Special Collections Room, adding to its holdings, volunteering there, and answering queries.

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

Birth
Marriage
Divorce
Death

Voting Registers

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

McHenry Museum and Historical Society
1402 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: 209.577.5235

Stanislaus County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 4735
Modesto 95352

Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County
PO Box A
Modesto, CA 95352-3660
Website

Patterson Township Historical Society
PO Box 15
Patterson, CA 95363

Pocahontas Trails Genealogical Society
3628 Cherokee Lane
Modesto, CA 95356

Websites

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 62-75. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stanislaus County, California. Page 87At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Stanislaus County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/stanis/ 05/08/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Stanislaus County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislaus_County,_California 05/08/2017.