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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]][[California|California]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Kern County'''
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Guide to '''Kern County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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{{Click|Image:CA_ORP.png|California Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County  
 
| county = Kern County  
 
| county = Kern County  
 
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| founded date = April 2
 
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| seat = Bakersfield  
 
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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'''] }}  
 
| 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'''] }}  
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Kern 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" | '''[[Kern County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Kern County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Kern County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Kern County, California Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Kern County, California Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Kern County, California Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
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==== Parent Counties  ====
 
==== Parent Counties  ====
  
'''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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'''2 April 1866:''' Kern County was created from [[Los Angeles County, California Genealogy|Los Angeles]] and [[Tulare County, California Genealogy|Tulare]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Bakersfield <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Description ====
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The county was named from the Kern River, which was named for Edward Kern, cartographer for General John C. Frémont's 1845 expedition, which crossed Walker Pass.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Kern County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kern_County,_California 5/03/2017.</ref> The County Seat is Bakersfield and was founded 1866. It is located in the south-central area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Kern County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/kern/ 5/03/2017.</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.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Records Loss  ====
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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  ====
  
*[[Inyo County, California|Inyo]]  
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*[[Inyo County, California Genealogy|Inyo]]  
*[[Kings County, California|Kings]]  
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*[[Kings County, California Genealogy|Kings]]  
*[[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles]]  
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*[[Los Angeles County, California Genealogy|Los Angeles]]  
*[[Monterey County, California|Monterey]]  
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*[[Monterey County, California Genealogy|Monterey]]  
*[[San Bernardino County, California|San Bernardino]]  
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*[[San Bernardino County, California Genealogy|San Bernardino]]  
*[[San Luis Obispo County, California|San Luis Obispo]]  
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*[[San Luis Obispo County, California Genealogy|San Luis Obispo]]  
*[[Santa Barbara County, California|Santa Barbara]]  
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*[[Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy|Santa Barbara]]  
*[[Tulare County, California|Tulare]]  
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*[[Tulare County, California Genealogy|Tulare]]  
*[[Ventura County, California|Ventura]]
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*[[Ventura County, California Genealogy|Ventura]]
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=== Resources  ===
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biography  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/kern/bios.html Kern County Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/kern/bios.html Kern County Biographies] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/kern/kernbio1.htm Kern County Biographies] (CAGenWeb Project)
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{CA Cemeteries Intro|Kern}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Kern, 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=197&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/kern/ California GenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/kern/cemeteries.htm California Genweb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/california/kern.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|447736|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Kern+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=197 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=Kern&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]
  
=== Bible Records ===
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/california-genealogy Kern California Cemetery Records]
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=== Biography ===
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The following web site may have additional information on Kern County cemeteries.
  
=== Cemeteries  ===
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/CA/index.htm Interment.net] California cemetery records by County.
  
=== Census  ===
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{{Census|California}}  
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{{Census|California}}
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*'''1870''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/kern/census.html Kern County Census Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
=== Church History and Records  ===
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{{CA Church Intro}}  
 
{{CA Church Intro}}  
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*Bakersfield
 
*Bakersfield
  
=== Court Records  ===
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=== Crime and Criminals  ===
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==== Crime and Criminals  ====
  
=== Directories  ===
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=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ===
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==== Germans  ====
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===== Germans  =====
  
=== Gazetteers  ===
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==== Gazetteers  ====
  
=== Genealogy  ===
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==== Genealogy  ====
  
=== History  ===
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==== History  ====
  
 
{{CA History Intro}}
 
{{CA History Intro}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/kern/history.html Index to Kern County History Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
=== Land and Property  ===
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{{CA Land Intro}}
 
{{CA Land Intro}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/kern/land.html Index to Federal Land Records, Kern County] (USGenWeb Archives)
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==== Maps  ====
  
=== Maps ===
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
  
=== Migration  ===
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[[Image:Cakern.png|center|200px|Cakern.png]]
  
=== Military History and Records ===
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==== Migration ====
  
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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=== Newspapers  ===
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===== Civil War =====
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*'''1883''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/kern/1883pesioners.html List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883, Kern County] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/kern/military.html Index to Kern County WWII Army Enlistees by Name] (USGenWeb Archives)
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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==== Newspapers  ====
  
 
{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Kern}}  
 
{{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.
 
*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=ZWXmI6zqLYMC Bakersfield Californian ]- 2700+ issues of the paper digitized and in the Google News Archive; covers 1907-1949.
  
=== Obituaries  ===
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/kern/obits.html Kern County Obituaries] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/kern/obits.html Index to Kern County Obituaries] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/kern/ Index to Kern County Obituaries] - Scroll down to "Kern County Obituaries & Death Certificates" (CAGenWeb Project)
  
=== Periodicals  ===
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=== Probate Records ===
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==== Probate Records ====
  
 
{{CA Probate Intro|Kern}}
 
{{CA Probate Intro|Kern}}
  
=== Repositories  ===
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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://search.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
  
==== Archives, Libraries and Museums ====
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==== Repositories ====
  
==== County Courthouse ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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===== County Courthouse  =====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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*[[Wasco California Family History Center]]<br>
 
*[[Wasco California Family History Center]]<br>
  
=== 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}} 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://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1905 - 1995''' - {{RecordSearch|2001879|California Birth Index, 1905-1995}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1905''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/kern/births_1905.html Kern County Births, 1905] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1906''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/kern/births_1906.html Kern County Births, 1906] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/kern/birth.html Kern County Births] (USGenWeb Archives)
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1850 - 1945''' - {{RecordSearch|1674735|California Marriages, 1850-1945}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1850 - 1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1804002|California, County Marriages, 1850-1952}} at [https://www.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://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/kern/marrnot.html Kern County Marriage Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1966 - 1984''' - {{RecordSearch|2015584|California Divorce Index, 1966-1984}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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===== Death  =====
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*'''1880 - 1900''' - [http://www.cagenweb.com/kern/KC-CoronersReports1885-1900.html Kern County Coroner's Reports, 1885-1900] (CAGenWeb Project)
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*'''1905 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1932433|California Death Index, 1905-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1940 - 1997''' - {{RecordSearch|2015582|California Death Index, 1940-1997}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/kern/death.html Index to Kern County Deaths and Death Notices] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''Pre-1905''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cabf1905/Kern/KernCoIndx.htm Kern County Death Index] (CAGenWeb Project)
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==== Voting Registers  ====
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=== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries ===
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'''Kern County Genealogical Society'''<br> P.O. Box 2214<br> Bakersfield, CA 93303-2214<br><br>
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'''Kern County Historical Society'''<br> P.O. Box 141<br> Bakersfield, CA 93302<br><br>
  
=== Taxation ===
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'''Kern River Valley Historical Society'''<br>49 Big Blue Rd.<br> P.O. Box 651<br> Kernville, California 93238-0651<br>Phone: (760) 376-6683<br><br>
  
{{CA Tax Intro}}
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'''Kern-antelope Historical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 325<br> Rosamond 93560<br><br>
  
=== Vital Records  ===
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'''Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert'''<br>100 E. Las Floras Avenue<br> Ridgecrest CA 93555<br><br>
  
{{CA Vital Intro}}
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'''Indian Wells Valley Genealogical Society'''<br> 131 Los Flores<br>Ridgecrest CA 93555<br><br>
  
==== Birth  ====
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'''Kern River Valley Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 651<br>Kernville CA 93239<br><br>
  
==== Marriage  ====
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'''Saint Ives Historical Society'''<br> 8648 Lupine Loop Dr., #5 <br>California City, CA 93505<br><br>
  
Many early marriages are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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'''Shafter Historical Society'''<br> PO Box 1088<br>Shafter, CA 93263<br><br>
  
==== Divorce  ====
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'''Taft Genealogical Society'''<br> PO Box 7411<br>Taft, CA 93268<br><br>
  
==== Death ====
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'''Ridge Route Communites Historical Societies and Museum'''<br>Box 684<br> Frazier Park, CA 93225<br> Phone: 661-245-7747<br>[http://www.rrchs.org/ Website] <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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=== Websites  ===
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/kern-county/ Kern 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/kern/ Kern County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/kern/ Kern County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Kern/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Kern/ Linkpendium]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/kern/kern.html USGenWeb Archives]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bsubject%3ACalifornia%2C%20%2Bsubject%3AKern FamilySearch Catalog]
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/kern/kern.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/kern/ Kern County, California Genealogy Trails]
*{{FHL|206556|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/CA/Kern-County.htm Kern County, CA Genealogy]
  
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 03:35, 20 October 2017

United States
California
Kern County

Guide to Kern County, California ancestry, family history, and 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
CaliforniaKernCourthouse.jpg
Address Kern County Courthouse
1655 Chester Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301;
Phone 661.868.6440 Kern County Website


County Information

Kern County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1850 1850 1850 1850 1850 1866

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[2]

 

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 [3]

Description

The county was named from the Kern River, which was named for Edward Kern, cartographer for General John C. Frémont's 1845 expedition, which crossed Walker Pass.[4] The County Seat is Bakersfield and was founded 1866. It is located in the south-central area of the state.[5]

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 Kern, 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 site may have additional information on Kern County 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

Civil War
World War II

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.

Online Probate Records

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums
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

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

Kern County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2214
Bakersfield, CA 93303-2214

Kern County Historical Society
P.O. Box 141
Bakersfield, CA 93302

Kern River Valley Historical Society
49 Big Blue Rd.
P.O. Box 651
Kernville, California 93238-0651
Phone: (760) 376-6683

Kern-antelope Historical Society
P.O. Box 325
Rosamond 93560

Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert
100 E. Las Floras Avenue
Ridgecrest CA 93555

Indian Wells Valley Genealogical Society
131 Los Flores
Ridgecrest CA 93555

Kern River Valley Historical Society
PO Box 651
Kernville CA 93239

Saint Ives Historical Society
8648 Lupine Loop Dr., #5
California City, CA 93505

Shafter Historical Society
PO Box 1088
Shafter, CA 93263

Taft Genealogical Society
PO Box 7411
Taft, CA 93268

Ridge Route Communites Historical Societies and Museum
Box 684
Frazier Park, CA 93225
Phone: 661-245-7747
Website

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), Kern County, California. Page 85 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Kern County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kern_County,_California 5/03/2017.
  5. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Kern County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/kern/ 5/03/2017.