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    Los Angeles County is a county in California and is the most populous county in the United States. Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau gives an estimated 2005 population of 9,758,886 residents, while the California State government's population bureau lists a January 1, 2006 estimate of 10,245,672. The county seat is the city of Los Angeles.

     The history of Los Angeles County began in the San Gabriel Valley in September 1771 when Father Junipero Serra and a group of Spaniards founded the San Gabriel Mission as the center of the first community in an area inhabited by small bands of Gabrielino Indians.  On September 4, 1781, the Pobladores, a group of 12 families – 46 men, women and children from the San Gabriel Mission led by Captain Rivera y Moncada – established a community in what is now known as the City of Los Angeles. They named it El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula (The River of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula), after a nearby river.  In September of 1797, the Franciscan monks established the San Fernando Mission Rey de Espana in the northern San Fernando Valley, which is now the city of San Fernando.  California was ruled by Spain until 1822 when Mexico assumed jurisdiction. After a two-year period of hostilities with Mexico beginning in 1846, the area came under U.S. control. In 1848 the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo made California a United States territory.  The County of Los Angeles was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the 27 original counties, several months before California was admitted to the Union.  Today, Los Angeles County has 88 cities and more than 140 unincorporated communities. The first city, incorporated on April 4, 1850, was the City of Los Angeles, which was designated as the official seat of County government. In 1886 Pasadena and Santa Monica were established. Monrovia became the fourth Los Angeles County city in 1887; followed by Pomona, Long Beach, South Pasadena, and Compton in 1888. Redondo Beach became a city in 1892, as did Whittier and Azusa in 1898. The latest additions to the county were Santa Clarita in 1987, Diamond Bar in 1989, and Malibu and Calabasas in 1991.




 Los Angeles County Clerk-Recorder's Office has Birth Records from 1866, Marriage Records from 1856, Death Records from 1877 and , Land Records from 1856. *Alcalde records from 1781. See Land Records.
Los Angeles County Clerk of Superior Court has Probate Records from 1850 and Court Records from 1850.
    The county Superior Court clerk 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.

 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.

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The OFFICIAL Web Site of The Los Angeles City Historical Society

Southern California Genealogical Society

Los Angeles WESTSIDE Genealogical Society

Historical Society of Southern California

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Los Angeles Public Library. [web site ]  [online catalog]

County of Los Angeles Public Library

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U.S. National Register of Historic Places

National Park Service 

 National Historic Landmarks 

 National Battlefields

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 National Monuments


The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.

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McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Douglass;   Moreland;   Robbins;   Scruggs

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families


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Los Angeles;   Norwalk;   Pomona;   San Pedro;

   University of Southern California;   Whittier;


LOCATION: 34°03′N 118°15′W / 34.05, -118.25

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): Ora RHODES and her husband George ROBBINS moved to Los Angeles in 1912. George passed away in 1940 and Ora continued to reside in there home at 2260 West 25th street until 1951.  Sarah R. DOUGLASS died at Los Angeles County, California on 21 Mar 1913, probably at the home of her daughter the aforementioned Ora.  William Lewis PINNELL (1905-1961) and his wife Aleta lived in Los Angeles, California. Eldridge Keith SCRUGGS (1908-1984) died at Los Angeles, California.  Harold PINNELL, son of Ernest PINNELL (1890-1918), lived in Los Angeles, California at one time. Oliver Jackson PINNELL (1893-1976) died at Los Angeles County, California.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Los Angeles - Wikipedia


LOCATION: Los Angeles County, California;   Coordinates: 33°54′25″N 118°05′00″W

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): William Joseph SCRUGGS (1876-1946) died at Norwalk, Los Angeles Co., California.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s):  Norwalk, California - Wikipedia


LOCATION: Location in Los Angeles County and the State of California;   Coordinates: 34°3′39″N 117°45′21″W / 34.06083, -117.75583

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): Some time between 1910 and 1920 John  R. Mcvicker (1844-1929), along with Mary and daughter Neva moved to the Pomona section of San Jose Township in Los Angeles County.  Prior to his death in 1929 John moved to Tulare County, California.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s):     Pomona, California - Wikipedia;   City of Pomona: home page


LOCATION: San Pedro is a beach community within Los Angeles.   33°44′09″N 118°17′29″W / 33.73583, -118.29139

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): Mildred Irma LINKLETTER, daughter of Arthur LINKLETTER and Leona Inez PINNELL was born at San Pedro, Los Angeles Co., California, on 08 April 1915.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s):  San Pedro, Los Angeles, California - Wikipedia


LOCATION: University of Southern California is at coordinates 34°01′14″N 118°17′08″W / 34.02051, -118.28563 (University of Southern California)

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): Jerre F. MORELAND (1899-1971) & Pearl SCRUGGS (1901-1957) attended USC for approximately 2 ˝ years between 1920 and 1923.  They were married at the Methodist Center, University of Southern California, on 17 February 1923. 

INTERNET WEB LINK(s):;   University of Southern California - Wikipedia;


LOCATION: Whittier is in Los Angeles County at Coordinates: 33°57′56″N 118°1′28″W / 33.96556, -118.02444

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): George William Lewis PINNELL died at Whittier, Los Angeles Co., California, on 17 Sep 1980.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s):     Whittier, California - Wikipedia;   City of Whittier;   Whittier Public Library;  Whittier Chamber of Commerce;   Whittier College



The red star in the map at the left designates thelocation of the seat of government for this county.

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The list below will assist in your research regarding the matching of your ancestors birth, marriage, death dates and in what locality of this county these events may have occurred.

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List of cities in Los Angeles County, California


Major divisions of the county

·             Greater Los Angeles Area

·             East: Eastside, San Gabriel Valley, Pomona Valley

·             West: Westside, Beach Cities

·             South: South Bay, Palos Verdes Peninsula, South Los Angeles, Gateway Cities

·             North: San Fernando Valley, portions of the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley

·             Central: Downtown Los Angeles, Mid-Wilshire


Largest cities[7]


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history - Los Angeles County  

History of Los Angeles County. History of County Communities. The area comprising present-day Los Angeles County was first explored by Europeans in 1769 - 32k -

Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA > California > Los Angeles County  

Nov 6, 2008 ... Free Lookups from Genealogy Today Southern California History and Biography; Los Angeles County Books (Source: Books-We-Own)

Los Angeles County, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  

1 History; 2 Geography. 2.1 Major divisions of the county; 2.2 Largest cities; 2.3 Other cities; 2.4 Unincorporated communities in Los Angeles County,_California

Los Angeles Public Library | Databases  

A genealogy file that contains local history information, ... Photographs documenting the early history of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Los Angeles County - USGenWeb Project  

Genealogical & Historical Societies, Listing of names, addresses and contact information. Geographic sections of L.A. County, Areas of Los Angeles County

Golden Nugget Library's Los Angeles County Genealogy Databases  

Los Angeles County Biographies · Link: California Genealogy & History Archives* · Pen Portraits (Autobiographics of State Lawmakers & Professional Men

Los Angeles County California Genealogy  

History & Genealogy Dept. 630 W. 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90071 .... Los Angeles County California Local History; The History of California: From early

Free genealogy family history photo search by surname - Dead Fred .com  

Free genealogy search for your family history in photos. Search by surname, state, country and more. If you find a photo of a family member owned by the

Los Angeles Public Library | Central Library | The History ...  

History and Genealogy Department Los Angeles Public Library ... Census Tract Maps for Los Angeles County User's Guide · Genealogy at Central Library -

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Orange County California Genealogical Society, Huntington Beach ... Los Angeles Public Library History & Genealogy Department, Downtown LA


Los Angeles County GenWeb Project

Los Angeles County, CA Genealogy Forum

RootsWeb Message Boards [ Los Angeles ]

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Cyndi's List - U.S. - California - Localities

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Los Angeles Co., CA Genealogy Links

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Bovard Hall at the University of Southern California shortly after completion in 1921.


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