Ventura County, California Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png California Gotoarrow.png Ventura County

County Courthouse

Quick 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.

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Parent County

22 March 1872: Ventura County was created from Santa Barbara County. County seat: Ventura [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

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

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Archives and Libraries

Cemeteries

[List of Ventura County cemeteries with transcriptions of a few cemeteries

Census

Church History and Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Ventura

Court Records

Guardianship record index,1873-1993

Directories

History

Land and Property

Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in Ventura County

Index to Ventura County Deeds, 1873-1917

Maps

Military History and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Probate Records

Taxation

Vital 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 and death records, $12 to search and/or copy marriage records.

Societies, Libraries and Museums

  • 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.

Family History Centers

Websites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).