Kings County, California Genealogy Guide

Kings County, California (Map It) was created on March 22, 1893 from Tulare County. AAAAA County derived its name from the Kings River which, according to Padre Munoz’ diary of the Moraga Expedition of 1806, was discovered in 1805 by an exploring expedition and named Rio de los Santos Reyes (River of the Holy Kings). Learn More About State of California History

Kings County is bordered by Kern County (south), Tulare County (east), Fresno County (north & northwest), Monterey County (west), San Luis Obispo County (southwest) .

Kings County Cities and Towns include Armona, Avenal, Corcoran, Hanford, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lemoore, Lemoore Station, Stratford .

Since its creation Kings County boundries have changed to include these:

Kings County, California Courthouse Records

Kings County, California Courthouse
Kings County, CA Courthouse
Old Kings County, California Courthouse
Old Kings County Courthouse

The Kings County Courthouse is located in Hanford, California. Land from Fresno County was added in 1909. Learn More About State of California Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Courthouse History - King's County was not officially incorporated until 1893, when it broke away from Tulare and established a county seat in Hanford. For years county offices were spread around the town, with the courts operating out of the Opera House, until supervisors approved plans for a courthouse "in granite stone [with] terra cotta trimmings and the sum of $26,000." The courts and other county offices occupied the Neoclassical Romanesque building until a new government center was constructed in 1977. The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now used for offices, retail shops, and restaurants.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research. Some early court records from the various courts may have been sent to the California State Archives. Besides court minutes and judgements, these records include tax lists, wills, deeds, estate inventories, and marriage bonds. The California State Archives has microfilm of selected county records, 1850–1919.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Kings county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered. Some counties encompass land settled in the eighteenth century; their records pre-date county formation. Land transactions and vital records recorded in the county are at the county recorder's office. The county clerk general has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be in either place, depending on how filed.

  • Kings County Recorder-Clerk has Birth / Death Records from 1893, Marriage Records from 1893 and Land Records from 1893. The County Recorder-Clerk is s responsible for examination and recording of all documents presented for recording that deal with establishing ownership of land in the County or as required by statute; administers the real property transfer tax law and maintains a permanent record and indexes of all documents for public viewing plus providing certified copies requested by the public; recording of all lawful documents such as deeds, deeds of trust, judgments, liens, affidavits, Uniform Commercial Code Financial Statements, etc; and the filing of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.
  • Kings County Clerk of Superior Court has Probate Records from 1893 and Court Records from 1893. The County Clerk of Superior Court has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be here or in the Recorders Office, depending on how it was filed.
  • Kings County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 330 Campus Drive, Hanford, CA 93230; Office (559) 584-1401 ext. 2604

Kings County, California Census Records

Kings County, California Vital Records

Kings County, California Resources

Kings County, California External Links

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