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Guide to '''Riverside County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. <br><br> {{Click|Image:CA_ORP.png|California Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County  
{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
 
| county = Riverside County  
 
| county = Riverside County  
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| state = California
 
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| founded date = March 11
 
| founded date = March 11
 
| seat = Riverside  
 
| seat = Riverside  
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| building address = Riverside County Courthouse<br>4080 Lemon St <br>1 st Floor<br>PO Box 12004<br>Riverside, CA 92502<br>Phone: 909.486.7000  
 
| building address = Riverside County Courthouse<br>4080 Lemon St <br>1 st Floor<br>PO Box 12004<br>Riverside, CA 92502<br>Phone: 909.486.7000  
[http://www.rivcovitalrecords.org/ '''Riverside County Website'''] }}
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[http://www.rivcovitalrecords.org/ '''Riverside County Website'''] }}  
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Riverside 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" | '''[[Riverside County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Riverside County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Riverside County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Riverside County, California Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Riverside County, California Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Riverside County, California Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1893
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1893
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1893
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1893
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
 
  
 
County Clerk Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1893<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Riverside County, California. Page 86 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
County Clerk Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1893<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Riverside County, California. Page 86 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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==== Parent Counties  ====
 
==== Parent Counties  ====
  
'''11 March 1893:''' Riverside County was created from [[San Bernardino County, California|San Bernardino]] and [[San Diego County, California|San Diego]] Counties. '''County seat: '''Riverside <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''11 March 1893:''' Riverside County was created from [[San Bernardino County, California Genealogy|San Bernardino]] and [[San Diego County, California Genealogy|San Diego]] Counties. '''County seat: '''Riverside <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 City of Riverside, christened when the upper canal of the Santa Ana River reached it in 1871. The county seat Riverside and the county was created 1893.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Riverside County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/riverside/ 05/05/2017.</ref> The County is located in the southeast area of the state.
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<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Riverside County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverside_County,_California 05/05/2017.</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&nbsp;  ====
 
==== Populated Places&nbsp;  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Imperial County, California|Imperial]]  
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*[[Imperial County, California Genealogy|Imperial]]  
*[[La Paz County, Arizona|La Paz County, Arizona]]  
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*[[La Paz County, Arizona Genealogy|La Paz County, Arizona]]  
*[[Orange County, California|Orange]]  
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*[[Orange County, California Genealogy|Orange]]  
*[[San Bernardino County, California|San Bernardino]]  
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*[[San Bernardino County, California Genealogy|San Bernardino]]  
*[[San Diego County, California|San Diego]]
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*[[San Diego County, California Genealogy|San Diego]]
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=== Resources  ===
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biography  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/riverside/bioindex.html Riverside County Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/riverside/bios.html Riverside County Biographies] (USGenWeb Archives)
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==== Cemeteries ====
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{{CA Cemeteries Intro|Riverside }}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Riverside, 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=215&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/sl/riverside/ California GenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/riverside/cemeteries.html California Genweb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/california/riverside.html Tombstone Project]
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*[http://Californiagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=33California Gravestones]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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== Resources  ==
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*{{FHL|451695|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
  
=== Bible Records  ===
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Riverside+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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=== Biography  ===
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=215 Findagrave.com]
  
=== Cemeteries&nbsp;  ===
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=California&county=Riverside&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
*Crestlawn Memorial Park, Riverside
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*[https://www.deathindexes.com/california/ California's Genealogy Guide for Finding Obituaries, Cemetery Burials and Death Records]
  
BillionGraves
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/california-genealogy Riverside  California Cemetery Records]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"|<center>See '''[[California Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12172 Mount View Cemetery, Beaumont]
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The following web sites may have additional information on Riverside   County cemeteries.
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158761 Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12179 Sunny Slope Cemetery, Corona]
 
  
=== Census  ===
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/CA/index.htm Interment.net] California cemetery records by County.
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*1850 - 1960 - {{RecordSearch|1985807|California Cemetery Transcriptions, 1850-1960}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Census  ====
  
 
{{Census|California}}  
 
{{Census|California}}  
  
=== Church History and Records  ===
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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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*Riverside
 
*Riverside
  
=== Court Records  ===
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==== Court Records  ====
  
=== Crime and Criminals  ===
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==== Crime and Criminals  ====
  
=== Directories  ===
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[[Image:Aerial view Coachella Valley California.jpg|thumb]]
  
=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups ===
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==== Directories ====
  
==== Germans  ====
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==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
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===== Germans  =====
  
 
'''Archives, Libraries, and Museums<br>Biographies<br>Church Records<br>Cemetery Records<br>Court Records<br>Histories<br>Immigration/emigration/migration<br>Maps<br>Newspapers<br>Societies'''<br>  
 
'''Archives, Libraries, and Museums<br>Biographies<br>Church Records<br>Cemetery Records<br>Court Records<br>Histories<br>Immigration/emigration/migration<br>Maps<br>Newspapers<br>Societies'''<br>  
  
=== Gazetteers  ===
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==== Gazetteers  ====
  
=== Genealogy  ===
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==== Genealogy  ====
  
=== History  ===
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==== History  ====
  
=== Land and Property  ===
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{{CA History Intro}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/riverside/history.html Riverside County History Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
=== Maps ===
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==== Land and Property ====
  
=== Migration  ===
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{{CA Land Intro}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/riverside/deeds.htm Riverside County Index to Federal Land Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
=== Military History and Records ===
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==== Maps ====
  
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
  
=== Newspapers  ===
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[[Image:Cariverside.png|center|200px|Cariverside.png]]
  
=== Obituaries ===
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==== Migration ====
  
=== Periodicals ===
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==== Military History and Records ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/riverside/military.html Index to Riverside County Military Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
=== Probate Records ===
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
  
=== Repositories ===
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==== Newspapers ====
  
==== Archives, Libraries and Museums  ====
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Riverside}}
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==== Obituaries  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/riverside/obitindex.html Riverside County Obituaries] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/riverside/obits.html Riverside County Obituaries] (USGenWeb Archives)
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==== Periodicals  ====
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==== Probate Records  ====
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{{CA Probate Intro|Riverside}}
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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
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==== Repositories  ====
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===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
  
 
<br>Corona Public Library<br>650 S. Main Street<br>Corona, California 98992-3417<br>951-736-2386<br>  
 
<br>Corona Public Library<br>650 S. Main Street<br>Corona, California 98992-3417<br>951-736-2386<br>  
  
==== County Courthouse  ====
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===== County Courthouse  =====
  
 
Riverside Hall of Justice<br>4100 Main Street, Riverside, Ca. 92501  
 
Riverside Hall of Justice<br>4100 Main Street, Riverside, Ca. 92501  
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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[[Image:Historical Society Indio California.jpg|thumb|Historical Society Indio California.jpg]]  
 
[[Image:Historical Society Indio California.jpg|thumb|Historical Society Indio California.jpg]]  
  
*[[Hemet California Family History Center|Hemet Family History Library]]**<br>425 North Kirby<br>Hemet, CA 92544<br>951-658-8104<br>Website: [http://mysite.verizon.net/hemetfhc/ Hemet Family History Center]
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*[[Hemet California Family History Center|Hemet Family History Library]]**<br>425 North Kirby<br>Hemet, CA 92544<br>951-658-8104<br>
  
 
*[[Jurupa California Family History Center]] (Riverside)  
 
*[[Jurupa California Family History Center]] (Riverside)  
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=== Societies  ===
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==== Societies  ====
  
 
[http://www.coronagensoc.org/index.html Corona Genealogical Society] <br>Meets in the Corona Public Library  
 
[http://www.coronagensoc.org/index.html Corona Genealogical Society] <br>Meets in the Corona Public Library  
  
<br>[http://www.hsjgs.org/index.htm Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society, Inc] <br>P. O. Box 2516 <br>Hemet, California 92546-2516 <br>951-765-2372<br>  
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<br>[http://www.hsjgs.org Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society, Inc] <br>P. O. Box 2516 <br>Hemet, California 92546-2516 <br>951-765-2372<br>  
  
 
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&nbsp;email:&nbsp; [mailto:gsor@gsor.org gsor@gsor.org]<br><br>  
 
&nbsp;email:&nbsp; [mailto:gsor@gsor.org gsor@gsor.org]<br><br>  
  
=== Taxation  ===
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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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===== 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/riverside/marrnotindex.html Riverside 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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*'''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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==== Voting Registers  ====
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=== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries  ===
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'''Riverside County Historical Commission'''<br>P.O. Box 3507<br>Riverside 92519<br><br>
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'''Riverside Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 2557<br>Riverside 92516<br><br>
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'''Coachella Valley Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 124<br>Indio, CA 92202<br><br>
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'''Colorado River-Blythe Quartsite Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 404<br>Blythe, CA 92226<br><br>
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'''Corona Genealogical Society'''<br>650 S. Main Street<br>Corona, CA 92882-3417<br>[http://coronagensoc.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Desert Hot Springs Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 1267<br>Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240<br><br>
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'''Genealogical Society of Riverside'''<br>PO Box 2557<br>Riverside, CA 92156-2557<br>[http://www.gsor.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 2516<br>Hemet, CA 92343<br><br>
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'''Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 807<br> Lake Elsinore, CA 92330<br>[http://www.bakerfamily.org/legs/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Palm Springs Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 2093<br>Palm Springs, CA 92263<br>[http://palmspringsgensoc.org/ Website]<br><br>
  
=== Vital Records  ===
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'''Palm Springs Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 1498<br>Palm Springs, CA 92263<br><br>
  
==== Birth  ====
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'''Pioneer Historical Society of Riverside'''<br>PO Box 246<br>Riverside, CA 92502<br><br>
  
==== Marriage  ====
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'''Society Middletown First Settlers Descendants(1650-1700)''' <br>81641 Ave. 48, Space 89<br>Indio, CA 92201-6723<br><br>
  
==== Divorce  ====
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''' Temecula Valley Genealogical Society''' <br>27475 Ynez Road, Ste. 291<br>Temecula,CA 92591<br>[http://www.tvgs.net/ Website]<br><br>
  
==== Death  ====
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''' Temecula Valley Historical Society''' <br>PO Box 157<br>Temecula, CA 92593<br><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  ===
  
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/riverside/ Riverside County CAGenWeb]  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/riverside-county/ Riverside 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]
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/sl/riverside/ CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Riverside/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Riverside/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/riverside/riverside.html USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/riverside/riverside.html USGenWeb Archives]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/riverside/riverside.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bsubject%3Acalifornia%2C%20%2Bsubject%3Ariverside FamilySearch Catalog]
*{{FHL|206775|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/riverside/ Riverside County, California Genealogy Trails]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/CA/Riverside-County.htm Riverside County CA Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
  
== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
 
{{reflist}}  
 
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Latest revision as of 03:31, 20 October 2017

United States
California
Riverside County

Guide to Riverside County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Riverside County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Riverside County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 11, 1893
County Seat Riverside
Courthouse
CaliforniaRiversideCourthouse.jpg
Address Riverside County Courthouse
4080 Lemon St
1 st Floor
PO Box 12004
Riverside, CA 92502
Phone: 909.486.7000

Riverside County Website


County Information

Riverside County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1893 1893 1893 1850 1893 1893

County Courthouse

County Clerk Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1893[2]

Historical Facts

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Riverside County, California

Parent Counties

11 March 1893: Riverside County was created from San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. County seat: Riverside [3]

Description

The county was named from the City of Riverside, christened when the upper canal of the Santa Ana River reached it in 1871. The county seat Riverside and the county was created 1893.[4] The County is located in the southeast 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 

Cities: Banning | Beaumont | Blythe | Calimesa | Canyon Lake | Cathedral City | Coachella | Corona | Desert Hot Springs | Eastvale | Hemet | Indian Wells | Indio | Jurupa Valley | La Quinta | Lake Elsinore | Menifee | Moreno Valley | Murrieta | Norco | Palm Desert | Palm Springs | Perris | Rancho Mirage | Riverside | San Jacinto | Temecula | Wildomar

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Riverside, 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 sites may have additional information on Riverside County cemeteries.

Census

For tips on accessing Riverside 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

  • Arlington
  • Blythe
  • Elsinore
  • Hemet
  • Indio
  • Palm Springs
  • Riverside

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

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Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Biographies
Church Records
Cemetery Records
Court Records
Histories
Immigration/emigration/migration
Maps
Newspapers
Societies

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Riverside 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 Riverside 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 - Riverside - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums


Corona Public Library
650 S. Main Street
Corona, California 98992-3417
951-736-2386

County Courthouse

Riverside Hall of Justice
4100 Main Street, Riverside, Ca. 92501

Riverside Historic Courthouse

4050 Main Street, Riverside, Ca. 92501


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.

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Societies

Corona Genealogical Society
Meets in the Corona Public Library


Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society, Inc
P. O. Box 2516
Hemet, California 92546-2516
951-765-2372


Genealogical Society of Riverside

 P. O. Box 2557
 Riverside, CA 92516-2557

 email:  gsor@gsor.org

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

Riverside County Historical Commission
P.O. Box 3507
Riverside 92519

Riverside Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2557
Riverside 92516

Coachella Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 124
Indio, CA 92202

Colorado River-Blythe Quartsite Genealogical Society
PO Box 404
Blythe, CA 92226

Corona Genealogical Society
650 S. Main Street
Corona, CA 92882-3417
Website

Desert Hot Springs Historical Society
PO Box 1267
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

Genealogical Society of Riverside
PO Box 2557
Riverside, CA 92156-2557
Website

Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society
PO Box 2516
Hemet, CA 92343

Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society
PO Box 807
Lake Elsinore, CA 92330
Website

Palm Springs Genealogical Society
PO Box 2093
Palm Springs, CA 92263
Website

Palm Springs Historical Society
PO Box 1498
Palm Springs, CA 92263

Pioneer Historical Society of Riverside
PO Box 246
Riverside, CA 92502

Society Middletown First Settlers Descendants(1650-1700)
81641 Ave. 48, Space 89
Indio, CA 92201-6723

Temecula Valley Genealogical Society
27475 Ynez Road, Ste. 291
Temecula,CA 92591
Website

Temecula Valley Historical Society
PO Box 157
Temecula, CA 92593

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), Riverside County, California. Page 86 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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Riverside County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/riverside/ 05/05/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Riverside County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverside_County,_California 05/05/2017.