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Riverside County, California (Map It) was created on March 11, 1893 from San Diego County and San Bernardino County . Riverside County was named for the City of Riverside, christened when the upper canal of the Santa Ana River reached it in 1871. Learn More About State of California History
Riverside County Cities and Towns include Banning, Beaumont, Blythe, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, Eastvale, Hemet, Indian Wells, Indio, Jurupa Valley, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norco, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Perris, Rancho Mirage, Riverside, San Jacinto, Temecula, Wildomar .
Since its creation Riverside County boundries have changed to include these:
- Most of the new county had been in San Diego County from 1850 to 1893 when it was moved to the new county.
- Territory in San Diego County from 1850 to 1851, and in Los Angeles County from 1851 to 1853, was in San Bernardino County from 1853 to 1893, when it was moved to the new county.
- Territory in Los Angeles County from 1850 to 1851, was in San Bernardino County from 1853 to 1893, when it was moved to the new county.
- Territory in Los Angeles County from 1850 to 1851, was in San Diego County from 1851 to 1893, when it was moved in to help create the new county.
Riverside County, California Courthouse Records
Riverside County, CA Courthouse
Old Riverside County Courthouse
Courthouse History - Riverside's original courthouse was rented space on the ground floor of a downtown hotel until a 1902 bond measure for construction of a monumental new courthouse won voter approval. Modeled on the Grand Palais in Paris, the building occupies nearly a full block and reflects Riverside's turn-of-the-century status as one of the state's wealthiest counties. After sustaining minor damage in previous earthquakes, in 1994 the building was vacated following the Northridge quake. Riverside's landmark was restored with funds from court filing fees and rededicated in October 1998.
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 Riverside 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.
- Riverside 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.
- Riverside 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.
- Riverside County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
- Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 4065 County Circle Drive, Riverside, CA 92503; Office (951) 358-5068
Riverside County, California Census Records
- Learn More: State of California Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State Population Schedules: Voter Registers, 1866-1898, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: None
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: None
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: None
- Union Veterans Schedules: None
Riverside County, California Vital Records
- Learn More: State of California Vital Records
- Birth Records: from July 1905 to present.
- Marriage Records: Indexes from 1949-1986 and 1998-1999.
- Death Records: from July 1905 to present. See Local County Recorder
- Divorce Records: from 1962 and June, 1984. See local County Circuit or County Chancery Clerk.
- Locations: California Department of Public Health, Vital Records, – MS 5103, 1501 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814; PH (916) 445-1719 or (916) 445-2684
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Riverside County, California Resources
- Genealogical Society of Riverside
- Palm Springs Genealogical Society
- Palm Springs Historical Society
- Hemet San Jacinto Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 2516, Hemet, California 92546-2516
- Temecula Valley Historical Society
- Riverside County, California Message Boards
- Riverside County, California Genealogy Forum
- Riverside County, California Mailing lists