San Bernardino County Historical Archives

Genealogical Resources

As per Health and Safety Code Section 102230, Birth, Death, and Marriage record indices must be kept confidential.

To request a copy of these documents please complete the form with all information as completely as you can, and mail with payment to the County Recorder.  Birth, Death, and Marriage Certificate Application  For more information please see http://www.sbcounty.gov/arc/Vitals.aspx

Births and Deaths
The San Bernardino County Historical Archives has copies of Birth and Death records from 1873 to 1926 that can be viewed in-house. The State of California did not start requiring the registration of Births and Deaths until 1873, these records were only maintained at the County level until 1905. Records from 1873 to 1910 are in a register format only.

Marriages
The San Bernardino County Historical Archives has copies of Marriages from 1853 to 1926 that can be viewed in-house. The State of California required the recordation of marriage licenses in 1850, the Archives records begin with the formation of the county in 1853; records before this date are recorded in Los Angeles County.

Probate
The San Bernardino County Historical Archives has Probate proceedings from 1853 to 1926 that can be viewed in-house. Probate records may include information verifying the authenticity of the deceased person’s will, appointing someone to handle the deceased person’s affairs, details on paying any debts and taxes, and the distribution of the deceased person’s property and possessions. These records can also include the names of spouses and children, and are organized by case number and date.

Great Register of Voters
The San Bernardino County Historical Archives has Great Register of Voters from 1866 to 1908 that can be viewed in-house. The Great Register of Voters contains a variety of information about the registrant, depending on the year. Some registers include occupation, height, age, physical description, and if the registrant is a naturalized citizen. Each voter was required to register with the County Clerk; registrant’s names are arranged alphabetically.

If you have any questions about the SBCHA collections please email us at ARC-DLRecArchive@rec.sbcounty.gov


Cecil B. De Mille Filming at Big Bear Lake, 1914 Threatt Collection


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