Monday, January 16, 2012

Are You Looking in the Right Place?

When California was admitted to the Union in 1850, Southern California consisted of only four counties: San Diego (which was huge!), Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. Take a look at this map from the California State Association of Counties website:



From 1850 to 1907, six additional counties were created. If you are not finding a particular record in one county, perhaps you should be looking in the parent county. Although it does not list all the boundary changes that have taken place over the years  (click here for that), the chart below may be helpful in determining what other counties to check:

County
Created
Parent(s)
County Seat
Imperial
6 Aug 1907
San Diego
El Centro
Kern
2 Apr 1866
Tulare; Los Angeles
Bakersfield 1874-present
Havilah 1866-1874
Los Angeles
18 Feb 1850
Original
Los Angeles
Orange
11 Mar 1889
Los Angeles
Santa Ana
Riverside
11 Mar 1893
San Diego; San Bernardino
Riverside
San Bernardino
26 Apr 1853
Los Angeles
San Bernardino
San Diego
18 Feb 1850
Original
San Diego
San Luis Obispo
18 Feb 1850
Original
San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara
18 Feb 1850
Original
Santa Barbara
Ventura
22 Mar 1872
Santa Barbara
Ventura


There have been no changes in the location of the county seats, except in Kern County, and I don't believe you'll find what you need in Havilah!

Museum, Kern County Court House, Havilah, California; photo from Wikipedia.
Sources:
  1. “California County History,” California State Association of Counties  (http://www.counties.org/default.asp?id=5 : accessed 12 January 2012).
  2. “California County Creation Dates and Parent Counties” FamilySearch Research Wiki, (https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/California_County_Creation_Dates_and_Parent_Counties : accessed 12 January 2012)

© 2012 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research

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