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=== County Courthouse ===
Los Angeles County Courthouse<br>12400 E Imperial Hwy<br>; PO Box 1024<br> Norwalk, Ca 90650<br> Phone: 562.462.2137
County Clerk&nbsp;has divorce records from&nbsp;1880, probate and court records<br>from 1850 County Recorder has birth,&nbsp;marriage, death and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  Los Angeles  County, California. Page 85 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
=== Historical Facts  ===
=== Historical Facts  ===

Revision as of 20:12, 7 June 2012

United States > California > Los Angeles County

County Courthouse

Los Angeles County Courthouse
12400 E Imperial Hwy
; PO Box 1024
Norwalk, Ca 90650
Phone: 562.462.2137

County Clerk has divorce records from 1880, probate and court records
from 1850 County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records[1]

Historical Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Los Angeles, California

Parent County

18 February 1850: Los Angeles County was created as one of 30 original counties in the new state of California. Prior to the creation of the county, the records were either at city or Franciscan mission places.

County seat: Los Angeles [2] 

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Los Angeles County contains 88 incorporated cities (2010) and many more named places. Los Angeles City also contains a large number of named areas many of which had their origins before they were annexed into Los Angeles.

Cities: Beverly Hills, Burbank, Compton, Los Angeles, Whittier, more cities...

Communities: Hacienda Heights, South Whittier, Topanga, Universal City, East Los Angeles, more...

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records



Cemeteries in California  

Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Palmdale BillionGraves

Evergreen Cemetery, La Verne BillionGraves

Glen Haven Memorial Park, Sylmar BillionGraves

Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes BillionGraves

Long Beach Municipal Cemetery (Long Beach)

Mt Olive Memorial Park (Commerce)

Mountain View Cemetery (Pasadena/Altadena) BillionGraves

Pomona Cemetry, Pomona BillionGraves

Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier BillionGraves

Russian Molokan Cemetery (Commerce)

San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Los Angeles BillionGraves

San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel BillionGraves

Sunnyside Cemetery (Long Beach)

Wilmington Cemetery (Wilmington)

Woodlawn Memorial Park, 1715 Greenleaf Boulevard, Compton, CA 90220 Phone; 310/637-1766.  The original records have been destroyed over the years. The California State Cemetery and Funeral Bureau revoked the cemetery's Certificate of Authority in 1994, and ultimately suspended it in 2000. The Genealogical Society of Utah microfilmed existing records in 1956. That film has the most correct information. More than 700 interments have been recorded for Woodlawn Cemtery at FindAGrave.com.

  • Some Early Southern California Burials. Questing Heirs Genealogical Society, Long Beach, California, 1974. Available at central Los Angeles Public Library (2011). LAFHL (2011), Long Beach Public Library (2011).


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

Church Records

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ward and Branch Records

  • Adams
  • Alhambra
  • Alta Vista
  • Arcadia
  • Arleta
  • Arlington
  • Baldwin Park
  • Bellflower
  • Belvedere
  • Beverly Hills
  • Boyle Heights
  • Brentwood (Santa Monica)
  • Burbank
  • Centinela (Hawthorne)
  • Chatsworth
  • Compton
  • Compton Center
  • Covina
  • Culver City 
  • Downey
  • Duarte
  • El Monte
  • El Segundo
  • El Sereno
  • Elysian Park
  • Firestone Park
  • Fullerton (Long Beach)
  • Garvanza
  • Gate S.
  • Glendale
  • Glendale E.
  • Glendale W.
  • Grant (Bell Gardens)
  • Hollywood
  • Hollywood N.
  • Huntington Beach
  • Huntington Park
  • Inglewood
  • La Brea (Los Angeles)
  • La Cienega
  • La Mirada
  • Lancaster
  • Las Flores now Huntington (Temple City)
  • Lennox (Hawthorne)
  • Lomita
  • Long Beach
  • Long Beach N.
  • Los Angeles
  • Manchester (Los Angeles)
  • Mar Vista
  • Matthews
  • Maywood
  • Mission Park (Wilmar)
  • Monrovia
  • Montebello
  • North Hollywood
  • Ocean Park now Santa Monica
  • Palmdale
  • Park View (Long Beach)
  • Pasadena
  • Pasadena S.
  • Pomona
  • Redondo Beach
  • Reseda
  • Rosemead
  • San Fernando
  • San Pedro
  • Santa Ana (Long Beach)
  • Santa Monica
  • South Gate
  • Studio City (Hollywood)
  • Sunset (Burbank)
  • Sylmar
  • Tarzana
  • Temple City
  • Torrence
  • Van Nuys
  • Vermont
  • Virginia (Long Beach)
  • Walnut (South Gate)
  • Walteria
  • West Hills
  • Westchester
  • Westdale
  • Westwood
  • Whittier
  • Wilmington
  • Wilshire
  • Woodland Hills

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Fold3.com ($) has Los Angeles City Directories 1873, 1875, 1878-1924 (5 yrs. missing) available online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups


Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Church Records
Cemetery Records
Court Records




Land and Property



Early migration routes to and from Los Angeles County, California Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:

Military History and Records

Fort Drum (Wilmington)

Fort McArthur (San Pedro)

Fort Tejon (Tejon Pass near Grapevine)

Naturalization and Citizenship

The Los Angeles County Archives has records of Los Angeles County for the years 1856 to 1886:
Los Angeles County Archives
225 North Broadway
Los Angeles, California 90012
Telephone: 562-462-2137


The Los Angeles Public Library has made available on its website an index to newspaper and periodical articles containing obituary information on renowned actors, authors, journalists, and librarians. You can search the database by name, occupation, date of death, and cause of death. The data fields in the results returned may include full name, including married name, maiden name, and nickname; sex, occupation, death date, age, place of death, and information source.


The Southern California Genealogical Society has created The Los Angeles Times Obituary Index database searchable by either first name, last name or a combination of the two. If the name is found, the index provides the year of the obituary. If a copy of the obituary is desired, then it is necessary to purchase it from the Society.  Currently the Index covers the period 1988 to 2004.


Probate Records


Archives, Libraries and Museums
10741 Santa Monica Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Telephone: 310-474-9990
Hours: T-W-Th 9 am-9 pm; Mon-Fri-Sat 9 am-5 pm; Closed Sun

417 Irving Dr.
Burbank, CA ~ 91504

600 South Central Avenue
Glendale, California 91204-2009
Telephone: (818)240-1775
Library and Museum Hours: Wednesdays Noon to 6:00 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sunday through Tuesday, Saturdays before a Monday holiday, Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the entire month of December.
County Courthouse

 County Courthouse Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012 (county seat)

Family History Centers


417 Irving Dr.
Burbank, CA ~ 91504

P.O. Box 15102
Long Beach, CA 90815-0102

P.O. Box 4367
Whittier, California 90607-4367
Meetings at Masonic Lodge
7604 Greenleaf Ave.
Whittier, CA
1310-B West Magnolia Boulevard
Burbank, California
P. O. Box 7369
Burbank, California 91510-7369
Telephone: (818) 848-3122

Meetings: 2nd Saturday Jan Mar May Jul Sep Nov at 3 pm
Los Angeles Family History Library
P.O. Box 307
Buena Park, CA 90621-0307
Meetings: Los Angeles Family History Library
10471 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: 310-474-9990


Vital Records

For early marriages see Western States Marriage Index.
 Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
(for Birth, Marriage and Death records going back at least to 1852) Norwalk RR/CC Building
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA. 90650
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of every month) *Note: There are several other sites to get birth, marriage and death records in Los Angeles County but Norwalk is the only facility that you can view records personally. Viewing Vital Records: The following will provide you with the procedure for viewing vital records. Certificates and indexes of birth, death and marriage records not exempt from public inspections may be examined at the Office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday, except holidays. In addition to certificates on file, there are indexes of birth, death and marriages available for public inspection as follows: Births prior to 1905 and from 1964 to the present; Deaths from 1877 to the present; and Marriages from 1852 to the present. Records of confidential marriages performed pursuant to Family Code Section 500 are not available for public review. Certificates and indexes may be examined at no charge unless a deputy is requested search and/or retrieve more than five records. Random searches of the indexes or the certificates are not allowed. An application is required for each record searched. Information sufficient to identify the requested record must be provided.

Los Angeles County Death Records at the Family History Library:
Los Angeles County Death Records are available through the Family History Library System.  First, search the index film for the year the person died.  Note that in 1958-1960, there are separate film sets for different cities in Los Angeles County, including Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Long Beach.
Note that entries in the county wide index with certificate numbers preceded by an "L" pertain to the Long Beach set of death certificates

The California Death Records 1940-1997 can be searched for free on Rootsweb. California Death Records



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  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
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