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United States
Tulare County

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


Tulare County, California
Map of California highlighting Tulare County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Founded April 20, 1852
County Seat Visalia
Address Tulare County Courthouse
221 S Mooney Blvd
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: 559.733.6418
Tulare County Website

County Information

Tulare County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1852 1852 1873 1850 1852 1854

County Courthouse

County Recorder has birth and marriage records from 1852
death records from 1873 & mil rec from 1919; Clerk
Superior Court has divorce, probate, court and
naturalization records County Assessor has land records[2]

Historical Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Tulare County, California

Parent County

20 April 1852: Tulare County was created from Mariposa County. County seat: Visalia [3]


The county was named from this lake that the county derives its name. The root of the name Tulare is found in the Mexican word tullin, designating cattail or similar reeds. Tularemia is named after Tulare County. The county seat Visalia and the county was created 1852. [4]The County is located in the central 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.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records



Cemeteries of Tulare, 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 Tulare County cemeteries.


For tips on accessing Tulare 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

  • Porterville
  • Visalia

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Local histories are available for Tulare 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.




Military History and Records

Civil War
World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Tulare 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 - Tular - Probate records.

Online Probate Records


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.



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


Voter Registers

California county clerks were to keep voting registers every other year from 1866 and well into the 20th century. These large books, called Great Registers, listed the men who registered to vote in that county. Besides name and age, the record may show place of birth, address, occupation, naturalization date and sometimes even a physical description.

These records are at the California State Library (1866-1944), and microfilmed copies are available through Family History Centers (1866-1910). Ancestry ($) has a searchable database of Los Angeles Great Registers from 1873-1896.

The Tulare records for 1869, 1890, and 1898 are available on the RootsWeb site, by clicking here.

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Sequoia Genealogical Society
c/o Tulare City Library, Genealogy Room
113 North "F" Street
Tulare, CA 93274; Phone:559-685-4518

Tulare County Historical Society
P.O. Box 295
Visalia 93279

Tulare County Historical Society
27000 South Mooney Boulevard
Visalia, CA 93277



  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), Tulare County, California. Page 88At 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, “Tulare County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/tulare/ 05/09/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Tulare County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulare_County,_California 05/09/2017.