Los Angeles County, California Genealogy

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County Courthouse

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

== Quick 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 [1] 

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



Long Beach Municipal Cemetery (Long Beach)

Mt Olive Memorial Park (Commerce)

Mountain View Cemetery (Pasadena/Altadena)

Russian Molokan Cemetery (Commerce)

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 distroyed 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 internments have been recorded for Woodlawn Cemtery at FindAGrave.com.

Church History and Records

LDS 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


Land and Property


Military History and Records

Fort Drum (Wilmington)

Fort McArthur (San Pedro)

Fort Tejon (Tejon Pass near Grapevine)

Naturalization Records

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.


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

Societies, Libraries and Museums

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

Questing Heirs Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 15102
Long Beach, CA 90815-0102

Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library 
417 Irving Dr.
Burbank, CA ~ 91504

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

Nordic Genealogical Society of Southern California
Meetings: 2nd Saturday Jan Mar May Jul Sep Nov at 3 pm
Los Angeles Family History Library

Polish Genealogical Society of California
P.O. Box 307
Buena Park, CA 90621-0307
Los Angeles Family History Library
10471 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

Sons of the Revolution Library and Museum
600 South Central Avenue
Glendale, California 91204-2009     (818)240-1775
Library and Museum Hours
Wednesday – 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.

Family History Centers



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).


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