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Solano County, California Genealogy

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

Solano County, California
Map of California highlighting Solano County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Founded February 18, 1850
County Seat Fairfield
Address Solano County Courthouse
701 Texas Street
Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone: 707.421.6265
Solano County Website

County InformationEdit

Solano County, California Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1873 1850 1873 1850 1848 1850 1850
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1905. General compliance by 1920.

Historical FactsEdit

County CourthouseEdit

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

Parent CountyEdit

18 February 1850: Solano County was created as an original county. County seat: Fairfield [3]


The county was named from an Indian Chief, Chief Solano of the Suisunes, a Native American tribe of the region and Vallejo's close ally. The county seat Fairfield and the county was created 1850. [4]The County is located in the west central area of the state. [5]

Boundary ChangesEdit

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 LossEdit

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


Populated PlacesEdit

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]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring CountiesEdit


Bible RecordsEdit



Cemeteries of Solano, 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 Solano County cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 580
1860 7,169 1136.0%
1870 16,871 135.3%
1880 18,475 9.5%
1890 20,946 13.4%
1900 24,143 15.3%
1910 27,559 14.1%
1920 40,602 47.3%
1930 40,834 0.6%
1940 49,118 20.3%
1950 104,833 113.4%
1960 134,597 28.4%
1970 169,941 26.3%
1980 235,203 38.4%
1990 340,421 44.7%
2000 394,542 15.9%
2010 413,344 4.8%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Solano County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.

Church History and RecordsEdit

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.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Vallejo

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court RecordsEdit

Crime and CriminalsEdit


Ethnic, Political, or Religious GroupsEdit




Vacaville California FamilySearch Center


Local histories are available for Solano 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 PropertyEdit

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.


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Military History and RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

Regiments. Service men in Solano 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 Solano County, California Genealogy:

- 3rd Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company C
- 3rd Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company E
- 3rd Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company F
- 3rd Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company G
- [3rd Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company H
- 5th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company I
- 8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company I
World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


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



Probate RecordsEdit

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 - Solano - Probate records.

Online Probate Records


Archives, Libraries and MuseumsEdit
County CourthouseEdit
Family History CentersEdit

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.


Solano County Genealogical Society


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 RecordsEdit

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 RegistersEdit

Genealogy Societies, Archives and LibrariesEdit

Genealogical Society of Vallejo-Benicia
734 Marin Street
Vallejo, CA 94590

Solano County Historical Society
P.O. Box 922
Vallejo 94590

Solano County Genealogical Society
610 East Main Street

Vacaville, CA 95688

Phone: (707) 446-6869

Solano Historical Society
PO Box 3009
Fairfield, CA 94533-0309

membership required


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  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Solano 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), Solano County, California. Page 87At 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, “Solano County, California Genealogy and History”, 05/08/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Solano County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_California 05/08/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Solano County, California," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_California, accessed 24 September 2019.