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Guide to '''Ventura 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
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| building address = Ventura County Courthouse<br>800 S Victoria Avenue<br>Ventura, CA 93009<br>Phone: 805.654.2267<br>[http://www.ventura.courts.ca.gov/ '''Ventura County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Ventura 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" | [[Ventura County, California Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]  
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ventura County, California Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[http://www.ventura.courts.ca.gov/ Ventura County Courthouse]<br>800 S Victoria Avenue<br>Ventura, CA 93009<br>Phone: 805.654.2267 <br>
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County Clerk Recorder has birth, marriage and <br>death from 1873 and&nbsp;land records from 1850<br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate <br>and court records from 1873&nbsp; Some land went <br>to Kern &amp; Los Angeles Counties in boundary change<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ventura County, California. Page 88{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
 
County Clerk Recorder has birth, marriage and <br>death from 1873 and&nbsp;land records from 1850<br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate <br>and court records from 1873&nbsp; Some land went <br>to Kern &amp; Los Angeles Counties in boundary change<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ventura County, California. Page 88{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
  
 
=== Historical Facts&nbsp;  ===
 
=== Historical Facts&nbsp;  ===
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''22 March 1872:''' Ventura County was created from [[Santa Barbara County, California|Santa Barbara]] County. '''County seat:''' Ventura <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''22 March 1872:''' Ventura County was created from [[Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy|Santa Barbara]] County. '''County seat:''' Ventura <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 seat Ventura and the county was created 18573.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Ventura County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/ventura/ 05/09/2017.</ref> The County is located in the southern area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ventura County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventura_County,_California 05/09/2017.</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.
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==== Records Loss  ====
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
Camarillo, Fillmore, Hueneme, Moorpark, Nyeland Acres, Newbury Park, Oak View, Ojai, Oxnard, Piru, Santa Paula, Simi, Somis, Thousand Oaks, Ventura  
 
Camarillo, Fillmore, Hueneme, Moorpark, Nyeland Acres, Newbury Park, Oak View, Ojai, Oxnard, Piru, Santa Paula, Simi, Somis, Thousand Oaks, Ventura  
  
==== &nbsp;Cities&nbsp; ====
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==== Cities  ====
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Kern County, California|Kern]]  
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*[[Kern County, California Genealogy|Kern]]  
*[[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles]]  
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*[[Los Angeles County, California Genealogy|Los Angeles]]  
*[[San Luis Obispo County, California|San Luis Obispo]]  
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*[[San Luis Obispo County, California Genealogy|San Luis Obispo]]  
*[[Santa Barbara County, California|Santa Barbara]]
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*[[Santa Barbara County, California Genealogy|Santa Barbara]]
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=== Resources  ===
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biography  ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/ventura/bios.html Ventura County Biographies] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~npmelton/vnb.html Ventura County Biographies from the Golden Nugget Library] (CAGenWeb Project)
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*[https://venturacogensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=77 Index to Biographical Sketches from the Ventura County Genealogical Society] (CAGenWeb Project)
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{CA Cemeteries Intro|Ventura }}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Ventura, 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=238&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/ventura/cemeteries.html California GenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/ventura/cemetery.html California Genweb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/california/ventura.html Tombstone Project]
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*[http://Californiagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=56 California Gravestones]
  
== Resources  ==
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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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=== Bible Records  ===
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*{{FHL|1358311 660876|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} Camarillo
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*{{FHL|660876|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} Ojai
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*{{FHL|737097|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} Oxnard
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*{{FHL|785132|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} Simi
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Ventura+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=238 Findagrave.com]
  
=== Cemeteries  ===
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=California&county=Ventura&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
[http://www.venturacogensoc.org/Cemetery.html [List of Ventura County cemeteries with transcriptions of a few cemeteries]  
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*[https://www.deathindexes.com/california/ California's Genealogy Guide for Finding Obituaries, Cemetery Burials and Death Records]
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158511 Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley] Has only one burial, that of Ronald Reagan, former Governor of California and former President of the United States. For the headstone, click on the 'Images' tab below the Google map, then click on the thumbnail for the image itself to view the grave and the inscriptions.
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/california-genealogy Ventura  California Cemetery Records]
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BillionGraves:
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The following web sites may have additional information on Ventura  County cemeteries.
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=13645 Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore]  
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/CA/index.htm Interment.net] California cemetery records by County.
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=160172 El Rancho Cemetery, Simi Valley]
 
  
=== Census  ===
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*1850 - 1960 - {{RecordSearch|1985807|California Cemetery Transcriptions, 1850-1960}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
*[http://www.venturacogensoc.org/Census.html Ventura County censuses from 1850-1900]
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==== Census ====
  
{{Census|California}}  
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{{Census|California}}
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/ventura/census.html Ventura County Census Records] (CAGenWeb Project)
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*[https://venturacogensoc.org/clist.php?nm=51 Ventura County censuses from 1860-1900] (Ventura County Genealogical Society)
  
=== Church History and Records  ===
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==== Church History and Records  ====
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{{CA Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.venturacogensoc.org/VtaCongChBapt.html Ventura Congregational Church Baptisms to 1900, Ventura]
 
*[http://www.venturacogensoc.org/VtaCongChBapt.html Ventura Congregational Church Baptisms to 1900, Ventura]
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*Ventura
 
*Ventura
  
=== Court Records  ===
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==== Court Records  ====
  
 
[http://venturacogensoc.org/Court.html Guardianship record index,1873-1993]  
 
[http://venturacogensoc.org/Court.html Guardianship record index,1873-1993]  
  
=== Crime and Criminals  ===
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==== Crime and Criminals  ====
  
=== Directories  ===
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==== Directories  ====
  
 
*[http://www.venturacogensoc.org/Misc.html Miscellaneous County Directories]
 
*[http://www.venturacogensoc.org/Misc.html Miscellaneous County Directories]
  
=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ===
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==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
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===== Germans  =====
  
==== Germans ====
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==== Gazetteers ====
  
=== Gazetteers ===
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==== Genealogy ====
  
=== Genealogy ===
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==== History ====
  
=== History ===
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{{CA History Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.venturacogensoc.org/StFrDam.html Victims of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, 1928]
 
*[http://www.venturacogensoc.org/StFrDam.html Victims of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, 1928]
  
=== Land and Property  ===
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==== Land and Property  ====
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{{CA Land Intro}}
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*'''1873 - 1917''' - [http://venturacogensoc.org/Land.html Index to Ventura County Deeds, 1873-1917]
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*[http://venturacogensoc.org.SpanGrants.htm Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in Ventura County]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/ventura/land/ventura.txt Ventura County Federal Land Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
[http://venturacogensoc.org.SpanGrants.htm Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in Ventura County]
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==== Maps  ====
  
[http://venturacogensoc.org/Land.html Index to Ventura County Deeds, 1873-1917]  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
  
=== Maps  ===
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[[Image:Caventura.png|center|200px|Caventura.png]]
  
=== Migration  ===
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==== Migration  ====
  
=== Military History and Records  ===
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==== Military History and Records  ====
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*[https://venturacogensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=62 Veterans of Various Wars buried in Nordoff Cemetery, Ojai] (Ventura County Genealogical Society)
  
*[http://venturacogensoc.org/Military.html Military Records]
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===== Civil War  =====
  
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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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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*'''1883''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/ventura/1883pensioners.html Ventura County – List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1886''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/ventura/military.html Civil War Veterans Rosters, G.A.R. Posts, Ventura County] (USGenWeb Archives)
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===== World War I =====
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*[https://venturacogensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=60 Index of Men from Ventura County who served  in WWI (June 1919)] (Ventura County Genealogical Society)
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===== World War II =====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/ventura/military.html Index of Ventura County World War II Army Enlistments] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.genealogytrails.com/cal/ww2honorlist15.html Ventura County, World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel] (USGenWeb Archives)
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===== Vietnam War =====
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*[https://venturacogensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=61 Vietnam Casualties from Ventura County] (Ventura County Genealogical Society)
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
 
*[http://www.venturacogensoc.org/immigration.html Local Naturalization Records, 1873-1911]
 
*[http://www.venturacogensoc.org/immigration.html Local Naturalization Records, 1873-1911]
  
=== Newspapers  ===
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Ventura}}
  
=== Obituaries  ===
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==== Obituaries  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/ventura/obitindex.html Index to Ventura County Obituaries] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/ventura/obituaries.html Index to Ventura County Obituary Sources] (CAGenWeb Project)
  
=== Periodicals  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
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==== Probate Records  ====
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{{CA Probate Intro|Ventura}}
  
 
*[http://venturacogensoc.org/Probate.html Probate Record Index, 1873-1993]
 
*[http://venturacogensoc.org/Probate.html Probate Record Index, 1873-1993]
  
=== Repositories  ===
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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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==== Archives, Libraries and Museums  ====
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===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
  
 
*[http://scandinaviancenter.org/ Scandinavian Center.] Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation at California Lutheran University. Large oral history recordings collection; many early works about Scandinavian churches in Midwest United States. See library catalog at [http://www.callutheran.edu/ CLU].
 
*[http://scandinaviancenter.org/ Scandinavian Center.] Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation at California Lutheran University. Large oral history recordings collection; many early works about Scandinavian churches in Midwest United States. See library catalog at [http://www.callutheran.edu/ CLU].
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*[http://www.venturamuseum.org/ Ventura County Museum of History and Art] The museum is currently closed for renovation, though a temporary exhibit space and gift shop are open on California St. The Librarian is available to answer question by phone. Once the museum is reopened the Library is an excellent research resource.
 
*[http://www.venturamuseum.org/ Ventura County Museum of History and Art] The museum is currently closed for renovation, though a temporary exhibit space and gift shop are open on California St. The Librarian is available to answer question by phone. Once the museum is reopened the Library is an excellent research resource.
  
==== County Courthouse  ====
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===== County Courthouse  =====
  
 
[http://recorder.countyofventura.org/recorder.htm County Clerk and Recorder]<br>County Recorder's Office<br>Hall of Admin., Main Plaza<br>800 S. Victoria Ave.<br>Ventura, CA 93009-1260  
 
[http://recorder.countyofventura.org/recorder.htm County Clerk and Recorder]<br>County Recorder's Office<br>Hall of Admin., Main Plaza<br>800 S. Victoria Ave.<br>Ventura, CA 93009-1260  
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Camarillo California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Camarillo California Family History Center]]  
*[[Fillmore California Family History Center]]<br>
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*[[Fillmore California Family History Center]]<br>  
*[[Newbury Park California Family History Center]]<br>
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*[[Newbury Park California Family History Center]]<br>  
 
*[[Ojai California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Ojai California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Oxnard California 2nd Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Oxnard California 2nd Family History Center]]  
*[[Simi Valley California Family History Center]]<br>
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*[[Simi Valley California Family History Center]]<br>  
*[[Thousand Oaks California Family History Center]]<br>
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*[[Thousand Oaks California Family History Center]]<br>  
 
*[[Ventura California Family History Center]]<br>
 
*[[Ventura California Family History Center]]<br>
  
=== Societies  ===
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==== Societies  ====
  
 
*[http://www.venturacogensoc.org/ Ventura County Genealogical Society]
 
*[http://www.venturacogensoc.org/ Ventura County Genealogical Society]
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*[http://www.jgscv.org/ Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County]
 
*[http://www.jgscv.org/ Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County]
  
=== 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]
  
==== Birth  ====
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===== Birth  =====
  
 
The County Recorder maintains records from 1873. Prior to that the Santa Barbara Recorder has the records. Ventura County Recorder fees: $14 to search and/or copy birth records.  
 
The County Recorder maintains records from 1873. Prior to that the Santa Barbara Recorder has the records. Ventura County Recorder fees: $14 to search and/or copy birth records.  
  
*[http://recorder.countyofventura/recorder.html Ventura County Recorder].
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*[http://recorder.countyofventura.org/county-recorder/vital-records/ Ventura County Recorder].
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'''''Online Records'''''
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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
  
==== Marriage  ====
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===== Marriage  =====
  
 
The County Recorder maintains records from 1873. Prior to that the Santa Barbara Recorder has the records. Ventura County Recorder fees: $12 to search and/or copy marriage records.  
 
The County Recorder maintains records from 1873. Prior to that the Santa Barbara Recorder has the records. Ventura County Recorder fees: $12 to search and/or copy marriage records.  
  
*[http://recorder.countyofventura/recorder.html Ventura County Recorder].
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*[http://recorder.countyofventura.org/county-recorder/vital-records/ Ventura County Recorder].
  
==== Divorce  ====
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'''''Online Records'''''
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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
  
==== Death  ====
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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  =====
  
 
The County Recorder maintains records from 1873. Prior to that the Santa Barbara Recorder has the records. Ventura County Recorder fees: $14 to search and/or copy of death records.  
 
The County Recorder maintains records from 1873. Prior to that the Santa Barbara Recorder has the records. Ventura County Recorder fees: $14 to search and/or copy of death records.  
  
*[http://recorder.countyofventura/recorder.html Ventura County Recorder].
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*[http://recorder.countyofventura.org/county-recorder/vital-records/ Ventura County Recorder].
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1872 - 1941''' - [https://venturacogensoc.org/clist.php?nm=51 Ventura County Death Records Index, 1872-1908; Coroner's Inquest Records, 1873-1941] - Scroll down to Death Records. (Ventura County Genealogical Society)
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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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=== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries  ===
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'''Conejo Valley Genealogical Society'''<br>P. O. Box 4977<br>West Lake, CA 91359-1977<br>[http://www.conejovalleygenealogicalsociety.org/index.html Website]<br><br>
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'''Conejo Valley Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 1692<br>Thousand Oaks, CA 91360<br><br>
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'''Fillmore Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 314<br>Fillmore, CA 93015<br><br>
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'''Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County'''<br>6052 Hackers Lane<br> Agura Hills, CA 91301<br>[http://jgscv.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Los Californianos'''<br>2531 Aztec Court<br>Ventura,CA 93001<br>
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'''Moorpark Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 662<br>Moorpark,CA 93020<br>
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'''Ojai Valley Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 204<br>Ojai, CA 93023<br>
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'''Simi Valley Historical Society'''<br>137 Strathearn Place<br>Simi Valley, CA 93065<br>
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'''Ventura County Genealogical Society '''<br>PO Box 24608<br>Ventura, CA 93002<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cavcgs/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Ventura County Historical Society'''<br>100 East Main Street<br>Ventura,CA 93001-2698<br>
  
*[http://www.venturacogensoc.org/Death.html Ventura County Death Records Index, 1872-1908; Coroner's Inquest Records, 1873-1941]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-society-archive/ List of California Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ventura-county/ Ventura 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/ventura/ Ventura County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/ventura/ Ventura County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Ventura/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Ventura/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/ventura/ventura.html USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/ventura/ventura.html USGenWeb Archives]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ca/ventura/ventura.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bsubject%3Acalifornia%2C%20%2Bsubject%3Aventura FamilySearch Catalog]
*{{FHL|207036|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/ventura/ Ventura County, California Genealogy Trails]
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*[https://ldsgenealogy.com/CA/Ventura-County.htm Ventura County CA Genealogy]
  
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Latest revision as of 03:47, 20 October 2017

United States
California
Ventura County

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

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Ventura County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Ventura County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 22, 1872
County Seat Ventura
Courthouse
CaliforniaVenturaCourthouse.jpg
Address Ventura County Courthouse
800 S Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009
Phone: 805.654.2267
Ventura County Website


County Information

Ventura County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1873 1873 1873 1850 1871 1873

County Courthouse

County Clerk Recorder has birth, marriage and
death from 1873 and land records from 1850
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate
and court records from 1873  Some land went
to Kern & Los Angeles Counties in boundary change[2]

Historical Facts 

Mission San Buenaventura, one of the original 21 Roman Catholic missions in Alta California was founded in what is now downtown Ventura city in 1782 although it had a long rocky history including fires, earthquakes, tsunami and pirates, among other difficulties. The mission fathers kept the original vital records.

The costal plains and inland valleys are mostly devoted to agriculture even today but the costal mountains also cover a considerable part of the county. El Camino Real, the original roadway connecting the early missions, crosses the county. In the late 1800s the railroads came and in the 1900s US-101 followed essentially the Camino Real route heading north to Santa Barbara. Settlements mainly grew up along these routes.

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

Parent County

22 March 1872: Ventura County was created from Santa Barbara County. County seat: Ventura [3]

Description

The county seat Ventura and the county was created 18573.[4] The County is located in the southern 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

Camarillo, Fillmore, Hueneme, Moorpark, Nyeland Acres, Newbury Park, Oak View, Ojai, Oxnard, Piru, Santa Paula, Simi, Somis, Thousand Oaks, Ventura

Cities

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Ventura, 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 Ventura County cemeteries.

Census

For tips on accessing Ventura 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

  • Ventura

Court Records

Guardianship record index,1873-1993

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Ventura 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

Caventura.png

Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Ventura 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 Ventura County, California Genealogy:

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

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

Online Probate Records

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums
  • Scandinavian Center. Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation at California Lutheran University. Large oral history recordings collection; many early works about Scandinavian churches in Midwest United States. See library catalog at CLU.
  • Ventura County Museum of History and Art The museum is currently closed for renovation, though a temporary exhibit space and gift shop are open on California St. The Librarian is available to answer question by phone. Once the museum is reopened the Library is an excellent research resource.
County Courthouse

County Clerk and Recorder
County Recorder's Office
Hall of Admin., Main Plaza
800 S. Victoria Ave.
Ventura, CA 93009-1260

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

Birth

The County Recorder maintains records from 1873. Prior to that the Santa Barbara Recorder has the records. Ventura County Recorder fees: $14 to search and/or copy birth records.

Online Records

Marriage

The County Recorder maintains records from 1873. Prior to that the Santa Barbara Recorder has the records. Ventura County Recorder fees: $12 to search and/or copy marriage records.

Online Records

Divorce
Death

The County Recorder maintains records from 1873. Prior to that the Santa Barbara Recorder has the records. Ventura County Recorder fees: $14 to search and/or copy of death records.

Online Records

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 4977
West Lake, CA 91359-1977
Website

Conejo Valley Historical Society
PO Box 1692
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Fillmore Historical Society
PO Box 314
Fillmore, CA 93015

Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County
6052 Hackers Lane
Agura Hills, CA 91301
Website

Los Californianos
2531 Aztec Court
Ventura,CA 93001

Moorpark Historical Society
PO Box 662
Moorpark,CA 93020

Ojai Valley Historical Society
PO Box 204
Ojai, CA 93023

Simi Valley Historical Society
137 Strathearn Place
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Ventura County Genealogical Society
PO Box 24608
Ventura, CA 93002
Website

Ventura County Historical Society
100 East Main Street
Ventura,CA 93001-2698

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), Ventura 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, “Ventura County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/ventura/ 05/09/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Ventura County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventura_County,_California 05/09/2017.