Imperial County, California Genealogy

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Imperial County

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

Imperial County, California
Map of California highlighting Imperial County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Founded April 17, 1907
County Seat El Centro
Address Imperial County Courthouse
940 W Main St;
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone 760.482.4220

Imperial County Website

County Information

Imperial County, California Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1907 1907 1907 1851 1907 1850
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1905. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1907
County Recorder has birth, marriage and death records from 1907 [2]

Historical Facts

Parent County

6 August 1907: Imperial County was created from San Diego County. County seat: El Centro [3]


The county was named from Imperial Valley. The Imperial Valley got it's name from the Imperial Land Company, a subsidiary of the California Development Company, which at the turn of the 20th century had reclaimed the southern portion of the Colorado desert for agriculture. The County Seat is El Centro and was founded 1907.[4] It is located in the Southeast area of the state.[5]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps" (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the website.

Records Loss

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records



Cemeteries of Imperial, 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 site may have additional information on Imperial County cemeteries.


Church History and Records

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Land and Property


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Military History and Records

World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship




Probate Records

Online Probate Records


Archives, Libraries and Museums
County Courthouse
Family History Centers

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



Vital Records

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. See also How to order California Vital Records


Voting Registers

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Pioneers Museum and Cultural Center of the Imperial Valley
373 East Aten Road
Imperial, Ca. 92251



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Imperial 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</i>, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Imperial County, California. Page 84.
  3. [The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America],10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Imperial County, California Genealogy and History”, 5/03/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Imperial County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_California 5/03/2017.