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

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San Luis Obispo County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting San Luis Obispo 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 San Lupis Obispo
Courthouse
CaliforniaSanLuisObispoCourthouse.jpg
Address San Luis Obispo County Courthouse
1144 Monterey St Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone 805.781.5080
San Luis Obispo County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

San Luis Obispo County, California Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1873 1850 1850 1854 1842 1854 1850
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1905. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

San Luis Obispo County Courthouse
1144 Monterey St Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone 805.781.5080

County Clerk Recorder has birth records from 1873,
marriage and death records from 1850  and land records from 1842
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records[2]

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: San Luis Obispo County, California

Parent County[edit | edit source]

18 February 1850: San Luis Obispo was created as an original county. County seat: San Luis Obispo [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named from Saint Louis of Toulouse. The county seat San Luis Obispo and the county was created 1850.[4] The County is located in the southwest central area of the state.[5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of San Luis Obispo, 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 San Luis Obispo County cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing San Luis Obispo County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Crime and Criminals[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Germans[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for San Luis Obispo 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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo County, California Genealogy:

- 1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union), Company A
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as San Luis Obispo County, California Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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 - San Luis Obiso - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

San Luis Obispo Genealogical Library
San Luis Obispo Public Library
995 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, California
Librarian - Mary Hansen

Arroyo Grande Genealogical Library
Arroyo Grande Public Library
South County Refional Center
800 W. Branch Street
Arroyo Grande, California
Librarian - Carolyn Baker

County Courthouse

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Societies[edit | edit source]

San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society
meets at:
Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Hall
520 Dana Street
San Luis Obispo, CA

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

San Luis Obispo County Historical Society
696 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo 93401

San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society

No Mailing Address was found

Websites[edit | edit source]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Luis Obispo County, California. Page 84-88 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 81-83.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Luis County, California. Page 87 At 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, “San Luis Obispo County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/sanluiso/ 05/08/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "San Luis Obispo County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Luis_Obispo_County,_California 05/08/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "San Luis Obispo County, California," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Luis_Obispo_County,_California#Communities, accessed 23 September 2019.

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