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

Hand and keyboard.jpg California
Online Records

San Benito County, California
Map of California highlighting San Benito County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Founded February 12, 1874
County Seat Hollister
Address San Benito County Court House
440 5 th St 2nd Floor
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: 831.636.4029 

San Benito County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth marriage, death, burial,
land and naturalization records from 1894
Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records[1]

Historical Records

Parent County

12 February 1874: San Benito County was created from Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. County seat: Holllister [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records




For tips on accessing San Benito 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.

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




The California State Genealogical Alliance serves as a statewide association of independent genealogical societies, individuals and non-profit organizations. The Alliance website provides genealogical resources for all 50 California counties. This is the link for San Benito County.


Local histories are available for San Benito 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




Military History and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as San Benito County, California Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



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 - San Benito - Probate records.


Archives, Libraries and Museums

County Courthouse

Family History Centers



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.





Voting Registers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Benito County, California. Page 86 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).