Imperial County, California Genealogy
|Imperial County, California|
Location in the state of 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
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 Historical Facts
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 Bible Records
- 5.2 Biography
- 5.3 Cemeteries
- 5.4 Census
- 5.5 Church History and Records
- 5.6 Court Records
- 5.7 Crime and Criminals
- 5.8 Directories
- 5.9 Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
- 5.10 Gazetteers
- 5.11 Genealogy
- 5.12 History
- 5.13 Land and Property
- 5.14 Maps
- 5.15 Migration
- 5.16 Military History and Records
- 5.17 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 5.18 Newspapers
- 5.19 Obituaries
- 5.20 Periodicals
- 5.21 Probate Records
- 5.22 Repositories
- 5.23 Societies
- 5.24 Taxation
- 5.25 Vital Records
- 5.26 Voting Registers
- 6 Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries
- 7 Websites
- 8 References
Imperial County, California Record Dates
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1907
County Recorder has birth, marriage and death records from 1907 
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. It is located in the Southeast area of the state.
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.
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
The following web site may have additional information on Imperial County cemeteries.
- Interment.net California cemetery records by County.
Church History and Records
Crime and Criminals
Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
Land and Property
- Index to Federal Land Patents - Imperial County (USGenWeb Archives)
- 1906-1935 - California, Pioneer Migration Index, Compiled 1906-1935 at FamilySearch — index
Military History and Records
World War II
- Index to World War II Army Enlistees, Imperial County, California (USGenWeb Archives)
- WW II Honor List of Dead and Missing, Imperial County, California (Genealogy Trails)
- Korean War Casualties, Imperial County, California (Genealogy Trails)
- Vietnam War Casualties, Imperial County, California (Genealogy Trails)
Naturalization and Citizenship
- Index to Imperial County Obituaries (USGenWeb Archives)
- Obituary Index, Imperial County, California (Genealogy Trails)
Online Probate Records
- 1782 – 1999 California Wills and Probate Records 1782-1999 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1833 – 1991 California Probate Estate Files 1833-1991 at FamilySearch — images
Archives, Libraries and Museums
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 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
- 1812 - 1988 - California Births and Christenings, 1812-1988 at FamilySearch — index
- 1905 - 1995 - California Birth Index, 1905-1995 at FamilySearch — index
- 1905 - 1910 - Imperial County Birth Index (Genealogy Trails)
- Imperial County Birth Notices (Genealogy Trails)
- 1800 - 2007 - California, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
- 1850 - 1945 - California Marriages, 1850-1945 at FamilySearch — index
- 1850 - 1952 - California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1854 - 1885 - Western States Marriage Index.
- 1960 - 1985 - California Marriage Index, 1960-1985 at FamilySearch — index and images
- Imperial County Marriage Notices (Genealogy Trails)
- 1905 - 1939 - California Death Index, 1905-1939 at FamilySearch — index
- 1940 - 1997 - California Death Index, 1940-1997 at FamilySearch — index
Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries
Pioneers Museum and Cultural Center of the Imperial Valley
373 East Aten Road
Imperial, Ca. 92251
- Imperial County, CA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- California Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- California Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- Imperial County CAGenWeb
- USGenWeb Archives
- Imperial County, California Genealogy Trails
- Imperial County CA Genealogy (ldsgenealogy.com)
- FamilySearch Catalog
- 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.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America&amp;amp;lt;/i&amp;amp;gt;, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Imperial County, California. Page 84.
- [The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America],10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Genealogy Trails History Group, “Imperial County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/imperial/#.WQm_lTEzqM8 5/03/2017.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Imperial County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_County,_California 5/03/2017.