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{{stub}}''[[United States|United States ]] > [[California|California]] > Kern County''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]][[California|California]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Kern County'''  
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Kern County California genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== History  ==
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{{CADC}}
  
==== Parent County  ====
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Kern County
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| county_map = California Kern Map.png
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| state = California
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| state_map = California.png
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| founded year = 1866
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| founded date = April 2
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| seat = Bakersfield
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| building image =  
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| building address = Kern County Courthouse<br>1655 Chester Ave<br>Bakersfield, CA 93301; <br>Phone 661.868.6440 [http://www.co.kern.ca.us/ '''Kern County Website'''] }}
  
'''1866--'''Kern County was created 2 April 1866&nbsp;from Los Angeles and Tulare Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Bakersfield <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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[http://www.co.kern.ca.us/ Kern County Courthouse]<br>1655 Chester Ave<br>Bakersfield, CA 93301; <br>Phone 661.868.6440
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County Clerk Recorder has&nbsp;birth, marriage, death and land records from 1850<br>divorce, probate court and voting record from 1866;<br>An exchange of territory with San Bernardino Co took place in 1963<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kern County, California. Page 85 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Historical Facts  ===
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{{Wikipedia|Kern County, California}}
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==== Parent Counties  ====
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'''2 April 1866:''' Kern County was created from [[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles]] and [[Tulare County, California|Tulare]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Bakersfield <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
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== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
  
==== Populated Places ====
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==== Populated Places ====
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[[Inyo County, California|Inyo]]
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*[[Kings County, California|Kings]]
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*[[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles]]
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*[[Monterey County, California|Monterey]]
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*[[San Bernardino County, California|San Bernardino]]
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*[[San Luis Obispo County, California|San Luis Obispo]]
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*[[Santa Barbara County, California|Santa Barbara]]
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*[[Tulare County, California|Tulare]]
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*[[Ventura County, California|Ventura]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Bible Records  ===
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=== Biography  ===
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=== Cemeteries  ===
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Census  ===
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{{Census|California}}
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=== 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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*Bakersfield
 
*Bakersfield
  
==== Court ====
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=== Court Records  ===
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=== Crime and Criminals  ===
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=== Directories ===
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=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ===
  
==== Land ====
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==== Germans ====
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Gazetteers ===
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Genealogy ===
  
==== Military ====
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=== History ===
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{CA History Intro}}
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Land and Property ===
  
==== Taxation  ====
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{{CA Land Intro}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Maps ===
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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[[Image:Cakern.png|center|400px]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Migration ===
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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=== Military History and Records  ===
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=206556&subject_disp=California%2C+Kern&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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=== Newspapers  ===
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Kern}}
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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.
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=== Obituaries  ===
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=== Periodicals  ===
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{CA Probate Intro|Kern}}
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=== Repositories  ===
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==== Archives, Libraries and Museums  ====
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==== County Courthouse  ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Bakersfield California Family History Center]]<br>
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*[[Bakersfield California East Family History Center]]<br>
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*[[Bakersfield California South Family History Center]]<br>
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*[[Delano California Family History Center]]<br>
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*[[Frazier Park California Family History Center]]
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*[[Kern Valley California Family History Center]] (Mountain Mesa)
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*[[North Edwards California Family History Center]]
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*[[Taft California Family History Center|Taft California Family History Center]]
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*[[Tehachapi California Family History Center]]<br>
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*[[Wasco California Family History Center]]<br>
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=== Societies  ===
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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}}
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==== Birth  ====
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==== Marriage  ====
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Many early marriages are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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==== Death ====
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=== Voting Registers  ===
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== Websites  ==
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/kern/ Kern County CAGenWeb]
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Kern/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/kern/kern.html USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/kern/kern.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site
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*{{FHL|206556|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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[[Category:Kern_County,_California]]
 
[[Category:Kern_County,_California]]

Revision as of 18:32, 23 July 2013

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

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Kern County, California
Map
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.
Facts
Founded April 2, 1866
County Seat Bakersfield
Courthouse
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
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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Census

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

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

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.

Maps

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Migration

Military History and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Kern 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 - Kern - Probate records.

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums

County Courthouse

Family History Centers

Societies

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.

Birth

Marriage

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

Divorce

Death

Voting Registers

Websites

References

  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).