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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=ZWXmI6zqLYMC Bakersfield Californian ]- 2700+ issues of the paper digitized and in the Google News Archive; covers 1907-1949.
*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=ZWXmI6zqLYMC Bakersfield Californian ]- 2700+ issues of the paper digitized and in the Google News Archive; covers 1907-1949.

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United States go toCaliforniago to Kern County

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

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Online Records

Kern County, California
Map of California highlighting Kern County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Founded April 2, 1866
County Seat Bakersfield
Address Kern County Courthouse
1655 Chester Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301;
Phone 661.868.6440 Kern County Website

County Courthouse

Kern County Courthouse
1655 Chester Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301;
Phone 661.868.6440

County Clerk Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1850
divorce, probate court and voting record from 1866;
An exchange of territory with San Bernardino Co took place in 1963[1]


Historical Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Kern County, California

Parent Counties

2 April 1866: Kern County was created from Los Angeles and Tulare Counties.
County seat: Bakersfield [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records




For tips on accessing Kern 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

  • Bakersfield

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Local histories are available for Kern 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.



Military History and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship


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



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 - Kern - Probate records.


Archives, Libraries and Museums

County Courthouse

Family History Centers



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.



Many early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.



Voting Registers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kern 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).