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Guide to '''Santa Barbara 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
 
| county = Santa Barbara County
 
| county = Santa Barbara County
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| state = California
 
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| founded date = February 18
 
| founded date = February 18
 
| seat wl = Santa Barbara
 
| seat wl = Santa Barbara
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| building address = Hall of Records<BR>1100 Anacapa St.<BR>Santa Barbara, CA 93101  
 
| building address = Hall of Records<BR>1100 Anacapa St.<BR>Santa Barbara, CA 93101  
 
| web = http://www.countyofsb.org/
 
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Santa Barbara County''  
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Santa Barbara County, California Record Dates  ====
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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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" | '''[[Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]  
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1873
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1888
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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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[[Image:Ca-santabarbara-ch.jpg|185px|185px|right]]
 
[http://www.californios.us/santabarbara/ Santa Barbara County Courthouse]<br>105 E Anapamu Rm #204<br>Santa Barbara, CA 93101<br>Phone 805.568.2550  
 
[http://www.californios.us/santabarbara/ Santa Barbara County Courthouse]<br>105 E Anapamu Rm #204<br>Santa Barbara, CA 93101<br>Phone 805.568.2550  
  
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Santa Barbara area Native Americans were first contacted by several early explorers in the 1500s and 1600s but the first moves toward settlement by Europeans were Spanish in 1769. The Santa Barbara mission was founded in 1786 by Franciscan ''padres'' who were also the first record keepers.  
 
Santa Barbara area Native Americans were first contacted by several early explorers in the 1500s and 1600s but the first moves toward settlement by Europeans were Spanish in 1769. The Santa Barbara mission was founded in 1786 by Franciscan ''padres'' who were also the first record keepers.  
  
{{Wikipedia|Santa Barbara County, California|align=left}} <br><br>  
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{{Wikipedia|Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy|align=left}} <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
  
 
=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
 
'''18 February 1850:''' Santa Barbara was created as an original county when California first became a state. <ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}} ▲ {{FHL|1049485|item}}''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref>  
 
'''18 February 1850:''' Santa Barbara was created as an original county when California first became a state. <ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}} ▲ {{FHL|1049485|item}}''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref>  
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==== Description ====
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The county was named from Mission Santa Barbara was founded on December 4, 1786 in what is now Santa Barbara.
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The county derives its name from the mission. The county seat Santa Barbara and the county was created 1856. The County is located in the west central area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sbarbara/ 05/08/2017.</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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'''1 January 1873:''' Ventura County was set off.  
 
'''1 January 1873:''' Ventura County was set off.  
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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<br> 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  ===
  
 
{{Santa Barbara County, California}}  
 
{{Santa Barbara County, California}}  
  
The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names. Information about the cemeteries can be found in these pages if known.  
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The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have websites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names. Information about the cemeteries can be found in these pages if known.  
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=== Resources  ===
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biography  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sbarbara/bios.html Santa Barbara County Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santabarbara/bios.html Index to Santa Barbara County Biographies] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/cpl/cpl_bio.htm#42 Index to Santa Barbara County, California Biographies and Histories] (CAGenWeb)
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====Cemeteries  ====
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{{CA Cemeteries Intro|Santa Barbara }}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Santa Barbara, 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=224&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
  
== Resources  ==
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santabarbara/cemeteries.html California GenWeb]
  
=== Bible Records  ===
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santabarbara/cemeteries.htm California Genweb Archives]
  
=== Biography  ===
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/california/santabarbara.html Tombstone Project]
  
=== &nbsp;Cemeteries  ===
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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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|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black"|
  
BillionGraves:
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*{{FHL|509687|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12165 Foxen Canyon Cemetery, Santa Maria]  
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Santa+Barbara+California&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12021 Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery, Lompoc]
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12084 Santa Barbara Cemetery, Montecito]
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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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=== Census  ===
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=224 Findagrave.com]
  
{{Census|California}}
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=California&county=Santa%20Barbara&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
=== Church History and Records  ===
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*[https://www.deathindexes.com/california/ California's Genealogy Guide for Finding Obituaries, Cemetery Burials and Death Records]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/california-genealogy Santa Barbara  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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The following web sites may have additional information on Santa Barbara  County cemeteries.
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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://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Census  ====
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{{Census|California}}
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*'''1850''' - [http://www.cagenweb.com/santabarbara/1850cens.html Federal Census, Santa Barbara, California] (CAGenWeb Project)
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==== Church History and Records  ====
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{{CA Church Intro}}
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santabarbara/churchabc.html Santa Barbara County Churches & Synagogues] (CAGenWeb Project)
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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*Santa Maria
 
*Santa Maria
  
=== Court Records  ===
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==== Court Records  ====
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==== Crime and Criminals  ====
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==== Directories  ====
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==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
  
=== Crime and Criminals ===
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===== Germans =====
  
=== Directories ===
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==== Gazetteers ====
  
=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups ===
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==== Genealogy ====
  
==== Germans  ====
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The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society has free online databases and indexes to search at&nbsp;[http://sbgen.org sbgen.org]&nbsp;and maintains the Sahyun library open for research at 316 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Online subscriptions to Ancestry.com, Fold3, and GenealogyBank.com available to members only, or $5 per day. &nbsp;WiFi available.&nbsp;
  
=== Gazetteers  ===
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Hours are: Tues., Thurs., Fri. - 10-4, Sun. 1-4.
  
=== Genealogy  ===
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Summer evening hours beginning in April - Tues. 5-8 p.m.
  
=== History  ===
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==== History  ====
  
=== Land and Property  ===
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{{CA History Intro}}
  
=== Maps ===
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==== Land and Property ====
  
=== Migration  ===
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{{CA Land Intro}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/santabarbara/land/sbarbara.txt Index to Federal Land Records, Santa Barbara County] (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:Casantabarbara.png|center|200px|Casantabarbara.png]]
  
=== Obituaries ===
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==== Migration ====
  
=== Periodicals ===
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==== Military History and Records ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sbarbara/1883pensioners.html Santa Barbara County List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883] (Genealogy Trails)
  
=== Probate Records ===
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===== Civil War =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)|1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)]], Company A
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:- [[1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)|1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)]], Company C
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santabarbara/military.html Index to Civil War Veterans Rosters, G.A.R. Posts, Santa Barbara County] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
=== Repositories  ===
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===== World War II =====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santabarbara/military.html Index to Santa Barbara County Army Enlistees, World War II] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santabarbara/ww2drc.html World War II Draft Registration Cards, Santa Barbara County] (CAGenWeb Project)
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*[http://www.genealogytrails.com/cal/ww2honorlist12.html#Santa_Barbara WWII Honor List of Dead and Missing, Santa Barbara County] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santabarbara/military1.html Alphabetical Listing of Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II] (CAGenWeb Project)
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santabarbara/military2.html Detailed Records of Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II] (CAGenWeb Project)
  
==== Archives, Libraries and Museums  ====
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===== Vietnam War =====
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santabarbara/vietnam.html Vietnam War Casualties Listed on the Virtual Wall] - listed by city. (CAGenWeb Project)
  
==== County Courthouse ====
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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==== Newspapers  ====
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Santa_Barbara}}
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==== Obituaries  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sbarbara/obits.html Santa Barbara County Obituaries] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santabarbara/obits.html Index to Santa Barbara County Obituaries] (USGenWeb Archives)
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==== Periodicals  ====
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==== Probate Records  ====
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{{CA Probate Intro|Santa Barbara}}
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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://home.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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===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
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===== County Courthouse  =====
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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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*[[Solvang California Family History Center]]<br>
 
*[[Solvang California Family History Center]]<br>
  
=== Societies  ===
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==== Societies  ====
  
 
*[http://www.sbgen.org/ Santa Barbara Genealogical Society]  
 
*[http://www.sbgen.org/ Santa Barbara Genealogical Society]  
 
*[http://sites.google.com/site/sbarsar/ Santa Barbara Chapter; Sons of the American Revolution]
 
*[http://sites.google.com/site/sbarsar/ Santa Barbara Chapter; Sons of the American Revolution]
  
=== Taxation  ===
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==== Taxation  ====
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{{CA Tax Intro}}
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==== Vital Records  ====
  
=== 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]
  
 
Santa Barbara Mission archives contain early births, baptisms, marriages and deaths.  
 
Santa Barbara Mission archives contain early births, baptisms, marriages and deaths.  
  
==== Birth  ====
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===== Birth =====
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*'''1812 - 1988''' - {{RecordSearch|1674703|California Births and Christenings, 1812-1988}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1905 - 1995''' - {{RecordSearch|2001879|California Birth Index, 1905-1995}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1905''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sbarbara/births_1905.html Birth Index, Santa Barbara County] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sbarbara/birthnot1.html Early Santa Barbara County Birth Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1850 - 1945''' - {{RecordSearch|1674735|California Marriages, 1850-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1850 - 1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1804002|California, County Marriages, 1850-1952}} at [https://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://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sbarbara/marnot1.html Early Santa Barbara 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://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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===== Death  =====
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*'''1850''' - [http://www.cagenweb.com/santabarbara/mortality.html U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index for Santa Barbara County] (CAGenWeb Project)
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*'''1905 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1932433|California Death Index, 1905-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1940 - 1997''' - {{RecordSearch|2015582|California Death Index, 1940-1997}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santabarbara/ssdi.html Santa Barbara County Death Index by year] (CAGenWeb Project)
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cabf1905/Santa-Barbara/StaBarbCoIndx.htm Index to Pre-1905 Deaths, Santa Barbara County] (CAGenWeb Project)
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==== Voting Registers ====
  
==== Marriage ====
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=== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries ===
  
For a large number of early marriages see [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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'''Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society'''<br>316 Castillo Street<br>P.O. Box 1303<br>Goleta 93116-1303<br>[http://sbgen.org/ Website]<br><br>
  
==== Divorce  ====
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'''Santa Maria Valley Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 1215<br>Santa Maria, CA 93456<br><br>
  
==== Death  ====
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'''Vandenburg Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 81<br>Lompoc, CA 93438-0081<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  ===
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/santa-barbara-county/ Santa Barbara 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/santabarbara/ Santa Barbara County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/santabarbara/ Santa Barbara County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Santa_Barbara/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Santa_Barbara/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santabarbara/santabarbara.html USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/santabarbara/santabarbara.html USGenWeb Archives]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ca/santabarbara/santabarbara.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bsubject%3Acalifornia%2C%20%2Bsubject%3Asanta%20%2Bsubject%3ABarbara FamilySearch Catalog]
*{{FHL|206901|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sbarbara/ Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy Trails]  
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*[https://ldsgenealogy.com/CA/Santa-Barbara-County.htm Santa Barbara County CA Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=Santa+Barbara&countycode=SantaBarbara Santa Barbara County Research, California State Genealogical Alliance]
  
== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
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Latest revision as of 17:41, 5 June 2017

United States
California
Santa Barbara County

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

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Santa Barbara County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Santa Barbara County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 18, 1850
County Seat Santa Barbara
Courthouse
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Address Hall of Records
1100 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Website: www.countyofsb.org
Named for: Saint Barbara
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County Information

Santa Barbara County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1873 1850 1888 1850 1850 1850

County Courthouse

Ca-santabarbara-ch.jpg

Santa Barbara County Courthouse
105 E Anapamu Rm #204
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone 805.568.2550

 
Superior Court has divorce, probate, court and naturalization records
Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1850[2]

Historical Facts

Santa Barbara area Native Americans were first contacted by several early explorers in the 1500s and 1600s but the first moves toward settlement by Europeans were Spanish in 1769. The Santa Barbara mission was founded in 1786 by Franciscan padres who were also the first record keepers.









Parent County

18 February 1850: Santa Barbara was created as an original county when California first became a state. [3]

Description

The county was named from Mission Santa Barbara was founded on December 4, 1786 in what is now Santa Barbara. The county derives its name from the mission. The county seat Santa Barbara and the county was created 1856. The County is located in the west central area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes

1 January 1873: Ventura County was set off.


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

The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have websites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names. Information about the cemeteries can be found in these pages if known.

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Santa Barbara, 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 Santa Barbara County cemeteries.

Census

For tips on accessing Santa Barbara 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

  • Santa Maria

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society has free online databases and indexes to search at sbgen.org and maintains the Sahyun library open for research at 316 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Online subscriptions to Ancestry.com, Fold3, and GenealogyBank.com available to members only, or $5 per day.  WiFi available. 

Hours are: Tues., Thurs., Fri. - 10-4, Sun. 1-4.

Summer evening hours beginning in April - Tues. 5-8 p.m.

History

Local histories are available for Santa Barbara 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

Regiments. Service men in Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy:

- 1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union), Company A
- 1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union), Company C
World War II
Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Santa Barbara 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 - Santa Barbara - 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

Santa Barbara Mission archives contain early births, baptisms, marriages and deaths.

Birth
Marriage
Divorce
Death

Voting Registers

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
316 Castillo Street
P.O. Box 1303
Goleta 93116-1303
Website

Santa Maria Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 1215
Santa Maria, CA 93456

Vandenburg Genealogical Society
PO Box 81
Lompoc, CA 93438-0081

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), Santa Barbara County, California. Page 87At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. WorldCat 50140092FHL CollectionHandybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sbarbara/ 05/08/2017.